I’ve been wanting to purchase a plum/berry blush, and a nude blush so I was excited when I saw Maybelline’s new Dream Bouncy Blushes.  These shades are gorgeous!

Maybelline Dream Bouncy – Plum Wine and Coffee Cake

However, they were not worth my time or money.  I actually ended up exchanging them (replacements below) and here is why:  the consistency.  SO W-E-I-R-D.  I honestly don’t know what to make of these.  They are like…sponges?  I swatched with my fingers and really didn’t get much pay-off without lots of layering.  They left a stain more than anything.

Plum Wine / Coffee Cake

Obviously, the Coffee Cake was a no go.  That took a ton of layers (I think it was something like 6 or 7)!  I thought maybe I could work with Plum Wine using a dense flat top synthetic brush because the color really is pretty.

Wearing Plum Wine

It did give off a hint of color…sort of a natural flush texture.  But in the end, it was too much hassle and not what I was looking for.  Also, I tried rubbing my fingers onto Coffee Cake and it crumbled.  Um, no.  Both went back to the store and were replaced by:

Milani Fantastico Mauve / Sonia Kashuk Lilly
Milani Fantastico Mauve / Sonia Kashuk Lilly

 A shout-out to @WillWrkFrMakeup, @BloominBeauty5, and @lilladylife for leading me in the right direction on Fantastico Mauve.  Let’s face it, Milani does blushes well!  And while Lilly wound up more pink than I was looking for, I have been eyeing it for months and Sonia Kashuk blushes are high quality so I’m not complaining.

Any suggestions on something that better matches the Coffee Cake?  Maybe Milani’s Rose D’Oro?  I’m trying to find less pink and more natural or even peach.  I’ll keep looking!