I wrote about two Glossier Cloud Paint blushes a while back, and liked them so much I bought the other two colors available. They have quickly become my favorite blush formula, and I use them almost every day. They’re liquid blushes in a squeeze tube shaped like a tube of paint. The finish is similar to a blush stain, without actually staining your skin. They wear for me nicely for about 10 hours.
The trickiest part about the Cloud Paints is managing how much comes out of the tube, because you don’t need much. My technique involves keeping my finger over the tube’s hole and lightly squeezing the tube. Then I use a pin-sized amount, split between two fingertips, and apply one cheek at a time, blending quickly with my fingerpads. I prefer a fairly subtle application, but you can build them up to your desired intensity.
Haze is a berry shade that I think will be perfect for winter. It’s the darkest of the bunch but it’s become a surprise favorite, especially with berry, plum, or burgundy lipstick. Beam is described as a cool pink shade, but on my yellow undertones it’s a fairly warm coral pink. For a cooler pink I recommend Benefit’s Posie Tint, which is similar but much cooler-toned and a true blush stain.
Now that I’ve been using them regularly for months, my favorite is the still one I was most drawn to from the beginning – the peachy orange shade Beam. Dusk is a nice brownish pink that works well as a blush-contour and goes well with both neutral and red lipsticks. I wear all four regularly, depending on my outfit, eye makeup, and lipstick choices.
You can even get artistic and mix blush shades on the back of your hand for a custom color. Overall, I highly recommend this blush if you’re on the market for a liquid or cream blush. With winter coming, I like to use an all-cream base (with liquid or cream foundation, blush, and highlighter) for maximum dewiness in dry conditions. They cost $18, or two blushes for $30.
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After my success with my first set of Glossier purchases, I placed another order. I purchased two shades of the new Cloud Paint blush, Beam (a coral-peach) and Dusk (a brownish nude), as well as the Generation G lipstick in Leo, a warm brown nude.
As you can see, Leo and Dusk are similar browny nude shades, and they work well together for a monochromatic 90s inspired look. Beam is a very flattering orangey peach shade.
Cloud Paint Seamless Cheek Color ($18)
Here’s Glossier’s description of Cloud Paint:
With Cloud Paint, we set out to make blush the high point of your routine. The pillowy, gel-cream formula is designed to be the most user-friendly cheek color in existence. If you can finger paint, you can Cloud Paint—simply dab it onto cheeks wherever you please. It’s seamless, sheer, and buildable (i.e. it’s hard to accidentally apply too much). Inspired by gradient pink NYC sunsets, the shades are optimized to work across a wide range of skin tones for a healthy, flushed-from-within glow.
When I first saw the Cloud Paints, I was reminded of my very first fancy beauty purchase, a Benefit Cheekies cream blush I bought way back in 2004 – a peach shade I lusted after for a solid year before buying. Then, of course, I barely used it and forced myself to throw it out last year, after a decade of languishing in my collection. I loved the paint style packaging, but the product was too powdery and hard to blend out. Luckily Cloud Paint has a much easier formula, that’s more of a sheer gel-cream that you can blend with your fingers.
Cloud Paint available in four shades: Dusk (brownish nude), Puff (light, cool pink), Haze (berry flush), and Beam (coral-peach). I decided on Beam, which was closest to my Benefit Cheekies blush, and Dusk, as I’ve been drawn to nude blushes lately, in the vein of Nars Douceur, Tarte Exposed, and Colourpop Aphrodisiac.
Cloud Paint in Beam
On my left cheek I wore Beam, which is a beautiful light orangey coral-peach. It’s very natural on my complexion, which I would describe as warm-toned fair skin with yellow-peach undertones.
Cloud Paint in Dusk
On my right cheek, I wore Dusk. It’s a beautiful warm brown with a tinge of pink. If you want a similar but less expensive shade, check out Colourpop Aphrodisiac, another browny nude. This shade can be used for light contouring, or layered underneath Beam lower on the cheek. For comparison, here they are next to each other:
As you can see, Dusk is darker and has a bit more impact, but they are both very natural shades. The packaging is very enjoyable to use, but I wish the opening was a little smaller – it’s too easy to dispense too much product. I recommend squeezing it out with your finger firmly over the hole to control how much comes out. It’s best applied and blended with clean fingers over bare moisturized skin, or a liquid or cream base product.
Generation G Sheer Matte Lipstick ($18)
Here’s Glossier’s description of Generation G lipstick:
Generation G is a new kind of lip color that gives the look and finish of just-blotted lipstick, without the blot. We’ve created a short list of the six most important shades, with dialed-down pigment loads for a casual look: Zip, Leo, Crush, and Jam, along with the super subtle Cake and Like, which give some oomph to lighter lip tones. They’re lipsticks that adapt to you, not the other way around, so they’ll appear a bit different on everyone as your natural lip color shows through. The effect? Diffused, matte goodness—just swipe it on.
There are six shades available: Cake (subtle peachy nude), Like (light powdery pink), Crush (hot raspberry pink), Jam, (deep berry magenta), Zip (poppy red), and Leo (warm cocoa brown). When they first released Generation G, I held off on getting it for a two reasons – I heard that it was too drying, and that there were packaging issues. When Glossier released its newest shades, Leo and Zip, they announced they re-formulated all of the shades to be less drying, and adjusted the packaging to be more secure.
Generation G in Leo
Leo is a sheer matte stain in a browny nude shade, similar to Revlon’s classic Toast of New York. Brown lipstick is a challenging trend, but one I’ve been attempting over the last year. Leo is my third brown lipstick, along with Toast of New York and Colourpop Grunge. It’s the easiest to wear of the three because of the sheer finish. I think it would work well across many skin tones, especially people with warmer-toned complexions.
Overall I enjoy the formula, but it comes with a few drawbacks. It’s not very long-lasting (2-3 hours or so), and it’s not moisturizing (so I like to layer Balm Dot Com on top, which cuts down further on the product duration). It’s a fairly small lipstick for the price, about the size of a cigarette. The packaging is white and plastic, and seems sturdy so far. If you’re looking for a sheer matte finish it’s a great option, but if you have very dry lips, it may not be the best for you.
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