Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Jouer Tint Lip and Cheek Color in Amaryllis

Statistically, there's a pretty good chance that I have at least a few French-speakers in my blog-reading audience. If that is you, you may want to consider skipping the next few paragraphs, in order to avoid a heaping pile of second-hand embarrassment. (If you like schadenfreude, though, carry on.)

I am sure that French is a language that makes sense. I, though, am used to English, which is my native tongue and thus easy by default, and Spanish, which is a phonetic language. When I am asked to pronounce something in a language that is neither English nor Spanish, my brain kind of melts. 'Jouer' is a word that means "to play" in French. I know this because of google. I fully believe that there is a way to pronounce the word 'jouer' that is not based on unicorns and fairy dust. Unfortunately, my brain is too busy melting at the concept of the entire French language to fully figure it out. (I have accepted that I am simply the kind of person who butchers brand names when I speak. This is reason #857 that I write a blog instead of doing youtube.)

When your brain melts halfway through the word "jouer", something magical happens.

In 30 Rock, Jenna Maroney stars in an indie movie called 'the Rural Juror'.



 "The rurrrrr jurrrrr".

For the rest of my life, this is how I will pronounce the brand name "Jouer". I am so sorry, France.

On to my review!

Jouer's cream blush is, un-googleably, called "Tint". (The put the word "tint" in about half their product names, making it slightly annoying to track down this particular product.)


It's a super teeny-weeny little package, containing a paltry 0.07oz of product. (Products like NYX Cream Blush weigh in at 0.12oz. NARS Cream Blush is 0.19oz.) If it were any smaller, it would warrant a Zoolander Reference.



Jouer pans have a unique packaging that link together with other Jouer items. The idea is that you can create a customizable palette containing only the shit you actually want. It's definitely a unique idea, but I don't feel that it is practical for most people. Perhaps other people are much more brand-loyal than I am, but I only own two Jouer products that click together and there is no part of me that feels that I am any better served using them while attached to each other.

With that said, it's certainly not a negative that the products hook together, and it is kind of cool. It might give you something to do with your hands while sitting in a waiting room or while riding on a long car trip.

The packing opens to reveal a small mirror. If mirrors are you thing, you shall have one!



Amaryllis, named for the vibrant South African flower, is an electric dark coral-red.

FINGERPRINTS.

It swatches with a fair bit of pigment, but it's also quite easy to blend out into a natural blush color on fair skin. I think that this is a product that would work really well on a variety of skin tones, since it's quite easy to adjust the intensity of the color as needed.


As many of you already know, I am pretty wary of products that claim to work for both lips and cheeks. There is a distinct "I am wearing a cream blush on my lips" feeling that is partly drying, partly greasy, and thoroughly unpleasant.

This product doesn't solve the problem flawlessly, as it definitely does not feel like a lip product, but it's the best "two in one" lip and cheek color that I have tried. It's comfortable on my lips, albeit a bit strange-feeling, and it is flattering on both my cheeks and lips. If you're really passionate about two-in-one products for some reason, I would definitely recommend this to you.

Here's how it looks on both my cheeks and my lips:


And here's a close-up of the lips:


You can see that the level of pigment works well in both locations. It's flattering. I like it. Thumbs up.

Since it does work well as a two-in-one and since it is itsy bitsy, I think this would be particularly effective to bring while traveling.

Jouer Tints retail for $20 for 0.07oz, putting it at a pricy $285.71 per ounce. The overall price isn't scary, but because it is so small, it's expensive for what you get. (For comparison, the old NARS Cream Blush Cheek Color is $29 for 0.19oz, which puts it at a much more reasonable $152.63 per ounce.)

32 comments:

  1. It's pronounced like 'jew-aye' with a softer sounding J ;)

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    1. Haha I looked it up, but it will always be "Juurrrrrr" to me.

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  2. I promise, this video is vaguely related and not scammy or Rickroll-y.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r7dveDEv-I

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    1. The Simpsons is essentially a cartoon rickroll!

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  3. As an acne sufferer, how do you apply cream blush without displacing all the concealer and foundation underneath? Is it just a question of foundation texture/quality?

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    1. Hey! Couldn't help noticing your comment as I have quite a bit of acne myself! I don't think it matters what foundation you use. What I do is I only apply the cream blush nearer to my hairline. I don't bring it out to the cheeks as much. Then I set with powder and go over it with a powder blush (this one I can bring on my cheeks) for extra oomph! That way, when/if the powder fades, I'm still left with a bit of colour on my cheeks thanks to the cream! (: Hope this helps!

      http://celineavenue.blogspot.com

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    2. I think it's more about patting the product on (or stippling, if that's your jam), rather than rubbing it.

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  4. Fun French Fact!: (yay alliteration!) The word "joue" means cheek in French and is pronounced like "jouer" without the "ay" sound at the end, so I'm guessing the product name is a play on words.

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    1. That's totally possible! I can't find any reference to that anywhere, though, so who knows?

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  5. I am now just going to call this brand "jugar" for the rest of eternity.

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  6. I have this in Peony and absolutely love it.

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    1. That one looks super pretty and fresh!

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  7. This is very pretty on you! I'm rather surprised that it works OK on lips - I always wonder why brands bother with that, actually. There are so many lipsticks that work just fine as cream blushes, and don't even advertise the fact...

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    1. I have never tried going the other way around, actually! I would think it would melt off.

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  8. I love cream blush (actually all blush), and I really like what I already have from this brand, so I need to try it. I highly HIGHLY recommend their cream highlighters. I have two of the three and they are fantastic, especially in Camelia, which is a pearlescent white. It is so, so pretty, and I've found myself pretty much using these almost exclusively since I've got them.

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    1. Wow! I looked up swatches and that look gorgeous!

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  9. This looks really pretty! It swatches more coral, though! Love cream blushes!

    http://celineavenue.blogspot.com

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    1. It's definitely got some coral in there!

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  10. The whole 'tint' thing drives me nuts. That is all.

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    1. I wouldn't mind if they hadn't put the word "tint" in so many of their other products!

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  11. You are the only person who can mispronounce jouer so thoroughly and be fantastic while doing so haha <3 This review was far too perfect and hilarious for me to pay the product much attention on the first read. I had to go back and re-read with stifled laughter to truly appreciate how pretty this color is on you. Interested to give this brand a shot now.

    Though now every time I say "jouer" in a sentence, I will think of the rurrrrrrr jurrrrrrrrr and probably lose all pronunciation abilities. Thanks, buddy :P

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    1. Celia, are you a French speaker? I don't have a whole lot of opportunities to say "jouer" in a sentence!

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  12. I love it, but I especially love the "Rural Juror" reference.

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    1. I literally cannot think of this brand without thinking of that joke. I cannot.

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  13. I think you mean fremdschämen, and not schadenfreude.

    Robyn, your makeup collection must be incredible. I'd love a behind the scenes sneak peek sometime, if you're up to it?

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    1. One day I will clean and you all can see it!

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  14. I can't pronounce jack all in French, either. Like, if I learn the pronunciation of individual words, I'll remember it, but just trying to read it out loud, nope. Japanese is in the easy pronunciation club with Spanish, though!

    The "tint" google problem reminds me of trying to hunt down live versions of songs by my favorite band...Live. ...yeah, not happening.

    Most all cheek+lip products get reviewed for being especially bad for lips, so I don't really get it. Why don't they make them more like a lip product to begin with? I see people recommending using lipsticks AS cream blushes all the time (everyone from makeup artists to my freaking grandmother has done this), so I would think a decent twofer formula might work better starting from a lipstick formula and tweaking a bit from there. Not making a cream blush and going, "yeah, I guess you could slap it on your lips, too, if you had to."

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    1. Two-in-one products that are good on lips tend to be too emollient on the cheeks, and ones that are good on cheeks tend to be too dry for the lips. Temptalia's review of YSL's new Kiss and Blush makes it seem like this problem has been solved by at least one product, though: http://www.temptalia.com/ysl-fuchsia-desinvolte-01-baby-doll-kiss-blush-review-photos-swatches

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    2. Yeah, I am guessing that lip products would slide off of cheeks.

      And I'm not so sure about Japanese-- my boyfriend is a fluent Japanese speaker and he has to correct me all the time!

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  15. Have you tried "How 'Bout Them Apples" by theBalm? Because holy wow, this is an amazing set. I wear the same color on my lips and cheeks all the time and it always looks/feels nice.

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