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.
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.)