Winter is approaching, which means that intense hydration is a priority in our skincare routines. I’ve been on the hunt for a hydrating but not greasy blush cream for the holiday season. At Sephora, I picked up the Josie Maran Argan Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Everlasting Honey ($18). Then, at Urban Outfitters, I picked up Dr. PawPaw’s Tinted Peach Pink Balm ($8). Both claim to have natural base ingredients. Well, how do they compare?
Firstly: the tube is big! Lots of product!
The cream itself is thick when squeezed out the tube, but melts on the fingertips to form a (very) sheer, buttery tint. It hydrates the lips, and when applied to the cheeks, it is not as greasy as I expected. As for the color itself, it is an innocent and natural coral color.
Josie Maran’s formula contains argan oil, and feels more silky than Dr. PawPaw. However, I cannot really tell if the oil hydrates my skin, especially my lips, which remained chapped after applying. The pigment on this baby is much more packed than Dr. PawPaw, and a little really goes a long way. The color itself is more mature and sophisticated, kind of a dusty rose color. It also doesn’t feel greasy on the skin.
Color Swatches (Top two are Dr. PawPaw):
This was a tough one – Josie Maran is silkier and has more pigment (and its packaging is prettier) while PawPaw had hydration pluses and was half the price. I myself will choose PawPaw as the winner, and may return the JM oil, because I like the sheerness of the formula as well as the intense hydration it delivers for just $8.
Thanks for reading!