As I wrote earlier, Josie Maran Cosmetics is a new, eco-friendly cosmetics line from the model Josie Maran. It features organic ingredients and is free of fragrance, parabens, and petrochemicals. The treehugger in me loves these ideas, but my inner beauty obsessive wants cosmetics that work well, too.
A lot of natural cosmetics I've tried just don't deliver good color or texture, but for the most part, that's not a worry with these products. In fact, one of them is superior to a lot of non-organic lines I've tried. For the full review and some color swatches, read more
I tried four products, so here's a rundown of each one:
Cream Bronzer ($30): Inside the packaging, the shade looked waaaayyyy too dark for my pale skin. What a pleasant surprise, then, that it blends well and looks believably natural when it's on the face. It gets more sheer as you blend, so I think this would be worth trying no matter what your skin tone is.
Lipstick ($18): This was by far my favorite product. I tried it in Flirtatious, a rich and creamy rose shade. It glides on smoothly, almost in a buttery way. And the color is gorgeous. If you try only one product from this line, make it the lipstick.
Concealer ($20): This was the one product I definitely wouldn't recommend. Even though the sample sent to me wasn't my shade, I tried it for the texture. Unfortunately, it doesn't have good "slip," and it's hard to blend. Plus, there are only three shades available, leaving the majority of women without a perfect match.
Cream Blush ($20): Again, the hue in the packaging seemed a little too Betty-White-on-the-lanai for me—but when it's on, the color is sheer and very flattering. When it's properly blended, it looks completely natural, like a normal and believable flush of color.