Should I Stay or Should I Bounce? Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

Written by Donna Marie

Let’s talk about cream blush. Do you use them? Love them? I don’t have much experience with cream blush myself. Toronto beauty blogger and makeup artist Donna Marie has agreed to play with Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush share her thoughts on the formula. Take it away, Donna Marie!

I’m not much of a cream blush kind of gal and that’s probably because I’ve never really found one that
I really liked. When I look for a good cream blush a few things I look for are how well they blend, how well they last and how pigmented they are.

I was able to try out 3 of the new Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blushes (around $9) in #60 Coffee Cake (tan/nude), #10 Pink Frosting (hot pink) and #45 Orchid Hush (baby pink).

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in #60 Coffee Cake

First off let’s talk about the texture of these blushes. One word that I would use to describe them is… well, umm, weird.  I’ve never come across a cream blush that has a spongy and silly putty type of feel.  That’s what it literally felt like to me when I first rubbed my fingers into it.  Oh and I should warn you that it also tends to get a little crumbly when trying to get some product onto your fingers, so use a light hand.  I’ve tried different brushes but that only made the crumbling worse.  Using your fingers for application is the best way to go!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in #10 Pink Frosting

As for how well it blends, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. The product has a cream-to-powder finish.  But I felt like it dried too soon so it was almost like smearing powder on my cheeks.  Try using a light hand when applying. I found that tapping it on and smoothing it out lightly worked for me.

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in #45 Orchid Hush

I found that I had to build a few layers of the blush for it to show up on my skin.  The blushes are not pigmented at first, but they are buildable.  I’d also stick with the brighter colors like #10 Pink Frosting if you want it to show up instantly on the skin.  As for lasting powder, I’d say it lasted a good 4 hours until it melted off my face.  But that could also be because of the crazy warm weather we’ve been having lately!  I’d have to try them in cooler drier weather.

I would say that Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush has more cons that pros in my opinion. I do like them, but not enough to hold on to them. I think I may have to “bounce” on these the next time I’m on a hunt for a cream blush.

Have you tried Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush? If so, how do you like them?

Written by Donna Marie

Donna Marie is a fresh face to the world of beauty. Growing up she always had a passion for art with drawing and painting as her strengths. Donna Marie is a freelance makeup artist based out of Toronto Canada where she is also a wife and a mommy of 3 beautiful children.

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  • I had 4 of these and I NEVER used them/really didn’t like them, so I gave them to my mom to play with. I just think the whole thing was really gimmicky and you’re right, the playdo-powder consistency was really hard to blend out, etc.

    • Hi Becca! Thanks for sharing! I think they sound cooler than they actually are. So sad they don’t perform well.

  • I have pink frosting. I tried to use a brush to apply it but the brush ate up all the color. Even with my fingers it takes 4 or 5 passes on my pale skin. I am not a huge fan of these.

    • So… no one likes these, eh? It’s too bad. The swatches look so good, but bad performance is not acceptable anymore even for drugstore products. I think we’re all spoiled now!

  • I actually didn’t find these to be that hard to use, but yes, the pigmentation can be lousy. The brighter ones however, are very nice for giving a seamless rosy flush. Those look natural and pretty, as opposed to invisible. I can’t say I would buy any more, but a couple of them are worth a look.

  • I haven’t tried them because I keep hearing mixed things! Some people love them and some people absolutely hate them. I do like all 3 shades featured here but I’m already rather content with my other drugstore blushes (Milani, Hard Candy) that I probably won’t buy the Bouncy blushes which seem to have a learning curve.