I can tell you that I was worried. I made the PR rep who sent me this Josie Maran product double check that it didn't contain coconut oil or any of its derivatives. When the tube arrived I verified it myself, and then had a friend go over the ingredient list again, just so I can be sure that it was not going to awaken the dragon within my skin, the one that reacts to coconut in various unsavory ways. I'm glad to report that my face and I survived, and Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil in Timeless Coral is an adorable moisturizing lip and cheek tint.
Here's what's good about it: it smells nice, kind of citrusy, all from natural ingredients. It's hydrating and nourishing, the texture is very easy to blend and mix with other products (more on that in a second), the coral shade is gorgeous and lively, and it has a radiant effect. The driest of skin will relish Argan Infinity and feel restored by it. This natural product is also gluten-free, for those who require it, and rich in natural oils.
Which means that if you're oily or even normal-skinned this is most likely not the product for you. There's also a longevity issue: Argan Infinity is more of a tinted skincare than a full-on color product, and sinks into the skin without leaving more than the faintest stain. While it's perfectly acceptable for a lip balm, a cheek stain/cream blush is supposed to remain put for the length of your work day. This isn't the case, and you have to either set the glowing stain with a powder blush (and a finishing powder), which kind of misses the point, or, and here's an interesting solution, mix and blend a good amount of this Josie Maran color into your foundation, BB cream, or other base product (Cover FX drops?) and apply with a rush to the apples of your cheeks. I can tell you that this works and keep the color more stable for around four to five hours. still not ideal, but good for a quick outing. Do take note that some of the natural ingredients might be irritants for those who are sensitive to them (citrus oils are notorious for that). I'm just happy there's no coconut.
Bottom Line: nice to have. I prefer it as a lip balm than a cheek color for longevity reasons.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Beeswax**, Jojoba Esters**, Brassica Campestris (Grapeseed)/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer**, Acacia Decurrens (Mimosa) Flower Wax**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax**, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil**, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Sorbitan Oleate**, Tocopherol, Polyglycerin-3**, Phenethyl Alcohol**, Water**, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. May Contain: Mica**, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)**, Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 33 (Ci 17200), Red 7 (Ci 15850), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499). *Organic **Natural.
Josie Maran Timeless Coral Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil ($18, made in USA) is available from Sephora. The product for this review was sent by PR.