Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee!



 Press Sample


Josie Maran knows how to take care of her skin; she was one of the very first brands to start using Argan oil in her cosmetics and has been touting its virtues for years. Now Josie is introducing us to the benefits of coconut water with her Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelees ($22).  

“Living on the beach in Oahu, I became a devotée of coconut water—and noticed that drinking lots of it seemed to make my skin and hair glow. I created Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée to bring that hydrating color to my face, and yours. Have a sip of coconut water for your face with this blush that’s cool to the touch.” —Josie Maran 

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This blush really does look like jelly in a jar but the texture is firmer. It is a hybrid cream blush/cheek stain. Infused with 50 percent-pure coconut water and Vitamin E-rich argan oil, it provides a refreshing sip of coconut water for your skin while imparting moisture and long lasting color.  Available in six shades, this blush is perfect for summer weather!

I admit looking into a pan of Getaway Red had me a bit scared–I don’t do well with brights even though I probably wear more blush than I should. Cool your jets girls, Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelees are more sheer than they appear. Getaway Red looks like I got a teeny bit too much sun on my cheeks and I love that natural look! With this Cheek Gelee, some mascara and a dab of lipgloss, I’m ready for a casual summer day!

Coconut Water Gelee Runway Red

The finish is closer to a stain than a dewy cream blush. It’s not sticky and lasts a good 12-14 hours!  Application is as easy as dipping your fingers into the pot and blending. You really can’t mess this up, the effect is SO natural people will think you were born with a natural glow!  Like I said, it is sheer so you need to build it up to the coverage you prefer. It’s very hard to overdo it and I love that! Warning: this blush will stain your fingers but it did wear off quickly. The great thing about Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee is that it has a cooling effect and though I haven’t tested it in humid weather (I’m lucky we don’t have humidity here),  I feel confident this blush will hold up just fine.

Since this blush is a stain, it doesn’t cling to dry skin or accentuate pores making it ideal for us over 40 beauties! I didn’t notice any extra hydration as Josie claims but I sure do love the natural look.

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Bottom Line: for a natural flush of color with a cooling effect that’s perfect for summer, try Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelee! 


  • Jessica

    This really does give you a fresh glow, kind of like you just worked out (but without the sweat!). It looks great!

    • cindy

      LOL, yes, I fake working out whenever I can (true story).

  • Allison@neversaydiebeauty

    I would have been concerned about the beautiful but bright red shade, but it looks great on you especially with your red & white top!

    • cindy

      I was concerned and I applied a bit heavy so it showed up in pics.

  • Ange

    This is one of my favorites!!!

  • Adri – Beauty with a Twist

    I love these gelees! If you don’t want your fingers to stain/build up the color, use a flat brush like a concealer brush to apply to your cheek. Then use your fingers to blend out.

  • Cosmetics Aficionado

    This looks so lovely on you!

    • cindy

      Thanks, I think you’d like it too!

  • Brittany

    I really do love everything about JM and this is the one product of hers that I haven’t tried yet. I think too much when it comes to applying these things. Guess I need to just go for it. It looks gorgeous on you! And what mascara are you wearing because your lashes are POPPING, mama!

    • cindy

      It’s Eddie Funkhouser Quattro!

  • Miranda

    It gave you a beautiful rosy glow! I love JM products

    • cindy

      Love this stuff, I want more colors!

  • Mai

    I’ve been meaning to try this out and your review is really convincing me that I should!

    • cindy

      Sephora has a mini of Poppy Paradise for only $10!

  • Kimberly

    That cheek gelee is perfect for you!!!!

    • cindy

      So surprised red worked for me!

  • Destany

    That looks great on you! I’ve never heard of anything quite like it :)

    • cindy

      It’s fab!

  • Carleen

    That shade is so pretty on you!!!

    • cindy

      I was so scared but it’s sheer enough that it works for me!

  • Sheila (Painted Ladies)

    Wow, this looks so beautiful on you!

  • Laura My Newest Addiction

    still havent tried this. i need to though

  • Jamie @ Makeuplifelove

    I am obsessed with these. I bought Honeymoon Honey and it is gorgeous although in the pot it looks super scary. They are so easy to apply and just beautiful. Great post and it looks gorgeous on you!!

    • cindy

      I think I want Poppy Paradise next!

  • Phyrra

    I think these are gorgeous

    • cindy

      Me too, just love how natural they look!!

  • Melody Wright

    These look nice!! I need to see a hand swatch to really gauge pigmentation.

    • cindy

      They are very sheer Melody, you would probably need to build it up–I needed to do 3 dips into the pot LOL!


    Beautiful finish! I need this in my life.

  • Nidia – Lit From Within

    So pretty! I want to try this and her lip/cheek tube thingie. There’s a honey-neutral color I want!

  • Mamavalveeta03

    You look fresh and pretty!

  • Justina

    This looks so nice on you! I’ve been wanting to try this.

  • Leelo R

    IT looks great on you! I have to try this one!

  • Kath TheFabZilla

    Interesting product. I will check this out when I go to Sephora this weekend

  • Aleya Bamdad

    I’m stuck on the fact that you don’t have humidity there. It looks nice on you by the way.

  • Honeygirlk

    I need to really splurge and get this – I have had my eyes on it for a while. I love the way it looks on you 😉

  • Pink Sith

    Yup. That’s it. I want one of these! That blush looks so natural on you. Seriously beautiful!

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    SO pretty! I just bought a JM liquidy shadow thingie today at Sephora and forgot to even look at this! ACK!

  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    I love the Cheek Gelee. I think the look is just refreshing. You look great in this shade too.

  • Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    It gives such a healthy natural glow. I really like it on you.

  • Anastasia

    How neat! I love the color and the consistency of this cheek tint, it looks so dewy and natural :) Great color for you!

  • Zaradrea

    Absolutely love Josie Maran product… Amazing lovely blush and so much more natural!