Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold review and swatches.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold ($18 USD/ 4.7 ml) are the newest creations from the “Luxury with a Conscience” creator/brand, Josie Maran.  Her line of paraben, sulfate, phthalate-free products are among the best in the business.  These new “bi-phase” liquid eye shadows promise to deliver hydration, long-lasting wear and healthier looking lids.  Could I resist these claims?  No.  Will I fall in love?  You’ll see.

According to josiemaran.com:

50% Coconut Water, 100% Hydration. Like a refreshing sip of coconut water for your eyes, this pigment-packed liquid shadow instantly makes eyes look and feel more hydrated. It has two layers: one layer of fresh Coconut Water, and one layer of Argan-infused pigments that instantly give eyes a more youthful appearance.  Comes in six colors:

  1. Playa del Pink– shimmering light pink
  2. Rio de Rose Gold– shimmering pink gold
  3. Polynesian Purple– shimmering violet
  4. Rainforest Green– shimmering emerald
  5. Beach Sand– shimmering light bronze
  6. Bora Bora Bronze– shimmering deep bronze
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold swatches.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand and Rio de Rose Gold swatches.

The Pros to Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow:

  1. Gorgeous metallic foiled colors.
  2. Unbelievably pigmented, very little product is needed to achieve supreme color payoff.
  3. Incredibly lightweight cooling texture.
  4. Lasts 12 hours+ with a primer.
  5. Zero color transfer or creasing with a primer.
  6. Applies smoothly with a variety of tools (fingers, brushes and/or applicator).
  7. Smooth, intensely pigmented, long-lasting formula makes for an outstanding eyeliner.
  8. Can be used as a base for powder eyeshadows to add dimension.
  9. Beach Sand looks amazing on medium to darker skin tones.
  10. Rio de Rose Gold would look amazing on lighter complexions and those with smaller lid space.
  11. Amazing amount given, considering you only need a tiny amount for one application, one bottle is sure to last for years.
  12. Removes cleanly with minimal effort.
  13. Formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

The Cons to Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow:

  1. An incredible amount of shaking is required to completely dislodge the pigment from the base of the bottle to mix with the liquid portion.  When you hear the tiny agitator beads (similar to those in nail polish) moving around in the bottle (which takes awhile), then you know the solution is properly mixed.
  2. Not the best choice during busy mornings, due to the amount of shaking required.  Personally, hitting the bottle forcefully against my thigh several times, works to loosen and combine the “bi-phase” formula.
  3. High metallic/foiled finish (especially Rio de Rose Gold) would not suit mature lids or an office environment.
  4. Dry time is 5-10 seconds…you must work fast for color placement.
  5. Applicator dispenses too much product for my liking.  I prefer to place the color on a synthetic brush and then apply it to the lids.
Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow "bi-phase" liquid.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow “bi-phase” liquid.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow stuck at the base of the bottle.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow stuck at the base of the bottle.

This formula reminds me of Chanel’s discontinued Ombre D’Eau Fluid Liquid Eyeshadows.  The above photos clearly show the “bi-phase” liquid; the pigment portion is basically stuck to the base of the bottle for every use.  Without the proper amount of shaking, only a fraction of pigment is moved, which results in a diluted and poorly functioning color.  Only when you hear the agitator beads moving is the pigment fully integrated.  After a couple of minutes, even my husband became frustrated with the shaking.  His exact words were, “My goodness, this reminds me of trying to get ketchup out of the glass bottle.” 🙂

**Update:  Unscrewing the top and swirling the applicator wand several times in the bottle before application helps free the agitator balls from the pigment.  

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Beach Sand.

Beach Sand is a color I can see myself using on a daily basis.  This shade also makes an outstanding base for powdered eyeshadows for added depth, dimension and longevity.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold.

Rio de Rose Gold’s warm metallic tones proved to be too overpowering for my eye shape and skin tone.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold as a base and Beach Sand applied directly on top with Make Up For Ever S-556 Artist Shadow.

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow Rio de Rose Gold as a base and Beach Sand applied directly on top with Make Up For Ever S-556 Artist Shadow.

As a solution, I applied Beach Sand over Rio de Rose Gold and the resulting hue was more befitting for a woman of my age (28 🙂 ).  MUFE Artist Shadow S-556 was also used in the crease and outer corners.  Love the results!

Ingredients for Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow:

Water**, Glycerin**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice**, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B**, Sodium Olivoyl/Cocoyl Amino Acids Fructoside, Propanediol, PVP, Lactic Acid**, Benzoic Acid**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019)**, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)**, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)**, Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510). *Organic. **Natural.

Josie Maran Cosmetics can be found exclusively at Sephora and QVC.com

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadows are lovely.  If you are someone who seeks a feather lightweight formula, more natural ingredients, a metallic finish, and long wearing results then these babies are for you.  Personally, I adore Beach Sand and am willing to tolerate the hassle of shaking/beating my bottle, some may not.  What say you, yea or nay?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.

Comments

  1. Hi Maria

    May I ask what’s your lipstick ?

    Lovely review!

    • Hello TK,

      I used Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in Allure as my lip base/liner (if you do not have feathering issues, you can skip this step) followed by Lipstick Queen Black Tie topped lightly with Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 975 Minuit.

      Thank you for your interest and comment.

      -Maria

  2. Looks great, I like the metallic finish and I wouldn’t mind some shaking for that stunning effect:)

    • Hello Helena,
      Thank you, these are lovely. Beach Sand is my favorite and was so much easier to mix/shake than Rio de Rose Gold. Please let me know if you try them.
      -Maria

  3. I think I’m willing to see past all the shaky shaky that’s required. I mean, these are just STUNNING :-O

    • Hello Melissa (Kiss and Make-up),
      I think you would love these. I think both colors would look so lovely with your beautiful younger brown eyes 🙂 On me, Rio looked like, “Ok old lady, tone it down a bit.” On you, Rio would look like, “Wow, that girl has got it going on.” Just be ready to shake 🙂
      -Maria

  4. Hey Maria Pia, I’ve heard mostly good things about these, so I am pretty curious! Not too sure about the having to shake it part though. Now come to think of it, it could be a little tricky! I really love how Beach Sand looks on you, and it looks great layered over Rio de Rose Gold as well. Great picks!

    • Hello Sunny,
      The lasting power on these are amazing. I have been wearing Beach Sand as a base with MUFE S-556 layered in the outer corners and in the crease, for the ultimate taupe-y eye look. I can totally picture you wearing this shade. For some reason Rio de Rose Gold took so much longer to mix than Beach Sand. My husband was ready to fling the bottle across the room 🙂 Thank you so much for the support.
      -Maria

  5. Those look stunningly beautiful, Maria!! WOW WOW!! 🙂 I am so tempted!

    • Hello Shari,
      These are beautiful. I happen to love the darker shades for my eye shape, but on your beautiful eyes all these would look stunning!
      -Maria

  6. I was looking at these the other day at Sephora and the colors looked so nice. I know you said you did not like Rio De Rose Gold but I’m really liking it on you and for me. I think I may add the purple one to the list too 🙂

    • Hello Lucy,
      Thank you for the encouraging words, but when I wore Rio de Rose Gold it appeared as if I had sprayed rose gold metal all over my lids 🙂 Not the most flattering look when picking up your kids from their activities. I think on a younger woman that color would look more appropriate. Polynesian Purple is so lovely, but again, a little too bright for my eyes. Let me know if you enjoy your color selection.
      -Maria

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