April 05, 2011

Chic Shopaholic: Jouer Cosmetics

A few weeks ago I posted about the contest I won from Jouer's Facebook page and since then, I placed a couple orders from their website, jouercosmetics.com. Sephora used to carry it years ago but they pulled it and the brand has since revamped its packaging and products to a more exclusive line. It was started by Christina Zilber, a "Makeup Stylist", who's philosophy on makeup is to be classic, natural, and enhance your natural beauty.

I suggest you sign up for the Insider Report (mailing list) because they email you with special Beauty Spotlight offers such as, receiving a free product when you buy a certain product or a percentage discount. For my first order, I bought:
  • Light Age-Repairing Brightener: It's a concealer that illuminates and reduces the look of dark circles and fine lines under your eyes. The texture is creamy, easy to blend, and has a slight dewy-moisturizing finish. With the lipstick-type packaging, it makes it easy to apply. The coverage is medium and so if you have super dark circles, this might not be enough coverage for you and you may need to apply a corrector concealer underneath first.
  • Tiare Highlighter: I got to choose any Highlighter shade with purchasing the Age-Repairing Brightener and so I chose Tiare, a pale sheer shimmery gold. It has a smooth texture that doesn't dry to a powdery finish, so you can easily apply it over powdered products, it won't look cake-y, and it lasts for a decent amount of time on the skin.


In my next order, there was a 25% off offer on all products and so I thought it was a great chance to buy a bunch of stuff. Here's what I got:
  • Pearl Luminizing Moisture Tint: I had tried a sample of Golden and it was a couple shades too dark for me, maybe if I had a tan it would match me. Although Pearl is a better match, it does have a slightly golden-tan tint to it but hardly noticeable once blended in and settled with a powder. The texture is creamy but not thick that it makes it hard to blend. The  texture actually dries down so that it doesn't feel sticky on the skin but it still has a an illuminating-glowy finish to it.

  • Ivory Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder: This powder foundation has ingredients  that is supposed to keep your skin continuously hydrated throughout the day. It has a smooth velvety matte finish that doesn't cake on the skin and has light-to-medium coverage. The SPF 39 is a bit random (why not an even 40?) and there's an interesting scent to the powder (sort of ocean-y?) that isn't off-putting, but overall I do like this powder.

  • Perfect Tan Replenish & Protect Hydrating Bronzer SPF 39: This has all the same benefits as the powder but it has warm golden bronze color to it. It has a matte finish that still gives you the bronze glow without the shimmer, which also makes it great for contouring.

  • Whisper Tint: This is a multi-purpose product that you can use on your cheeks and lips. Whisper is a warm pink with a gold sheen. The pigmentation on these are meant to be sheer so there's no way of applying too much and overdoing it. It has a creamy texture, kind of slippery but not at all greasy. They don't dry to a powdery finish so you can apply it over a powered face and it won't look cake-y. The lasting power is descent but if you're worried about it wearing off, then you can either take it with you for touch-ups, set it with loose powder, or wear a matching powder blush on top.

  • Chiffon Creme Eyeshadow: This is a shimmery ivory color that is nice as a highlighter for the brow-bone and inner corner or on the lid for a soft wash of color. It has a dry-cream texture but it's still easy to blend. It doesn't set to a powdery finish so there's a chance that it can crease a bit but if you apply a primer underneath, it should stay on well. You can also layer a matching powder eyeshadow on top to keep it lasting a lot longer.

  • Powder Eyeshadow: I bought three colors and generally they are pigmented, smooth texture, and easy to blend. You can also apply them with a damp brush to intensify the color or use it as a liner. The colors I bought are:
    • Chestnut: matte medium golden brown. This is my favorite color out of the three because I like to use it on the crease which gives enough warmth to the eyes without looking orange.
    • Amaretto: shimmery taupe plum-brown. It's a nice neutral shade that I think is pretty universal on any skin-tone. Can be worn during the day for a simple look or paired with darker colors for a dramatic look at night.
    • Espresso: shimmery slate grey. This is a nice color to be used as a liner when you don't want it to be too dark and harsh looking but still give it definition.

  • Clair Eye Clarifier: This is a matte nude-cream color that is meant to be applied to the bottom waterline to take away the redness, brighten, and open up the eyes. It has a creamy smooth texture but doesn't really last too long so you may need to take it with you to touch-up. Comes with a sharpener which is a nice bonus, but I haven't tried it yet to know if it's good or not.

  • Nicole Hydrating Lipstick: This is a shimmery soft raspberry pink color. The pigmentation is medium, has a slight glossy sheen to it, and feels comfortable on the lips. The packaging is really sleek, in a champagne-colored metal casing that feels really secure when it's closed so you don't have to worry about it opening up in your bag.

  • Essential Lip Enhancer: I love trying new lip balms and I've read good things about this one so I was excited to try this. Jouer claims that if you use this product three times a day for 29 days, it will naturally plump up your lips and decrease fine lines. It doesn't have any tingling sensation like other lip plumpers and I don't really notice any extra fullness to my lips but then again, it hasn't been a full 29 days so I can't attest to that. It feels very moisturizing on the lips though, not sticky, and a scent that I can't really put my finger on it, but it's really subtle and wears off fairly quickly. It also has a sheer pale pink tint to it and a glossy finish which is nice if you only have this product with you to apply on your lips. Another plus I like about this lip balm is that it doesn't have SPF like how most lip balms do, not that having it is bad but I like how this is more like a treatment that I can use at night.

So that's all the products! What drew me in to the brand in the first place was the packaging. While I rarely buy products for how it looks, I mean even if it's cute or luxurious looking, the quality of the product is what's most important. But the packaging of Jouer products is unique because it interlocks side-by-side and back-to-back. Even the Moisturizing Lipglosses can be connected to the compacts. I think it's just a innovative idea that makes it easier to organize and store your makeup, easy to take with you for touch-ups, and just fun to play with to customize your own palettes.

Now while the packaging may seem a little gimmicky, I think the quality of the products are actually really nice. They're easy to use, especially with the cream products you can just use your fingers to apply. I think this brand is great for people who want simple and sophisticated looks that is easy to put together as all the colors are wearable and work well together. I'm really happy with these products and hope to try more from them. Have you tried Jouer products? What are your favorites?


Glamour Girl

2 comments:

  1. Awesome, detailed review! Thanks so much for that. I think the interlocking packaging is really cool! I can't wait to place my order, but per your tip, I signed up for the Insider Report & will wait until I receive an offer that is too good to pass up. 25% off would have been it for me! That giveaway was sweet too, congrats!

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  2. You're welcome!

    Another tip I forgot to add is that if you fill in the "Ask a Stylist" form, they give you suggestions on what colors and products would look best on you. :)

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