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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When one of my favorite beauty blogs, Into the Gloss, started a makeup brand two years ago, I felt twin, ambivalent feelings – lust for the perfectly-branded products, and worry that it was all hype. So I waited, read reviews, used up other products, thought it over, and finally placed a large order this summer. The products arrived with stickers and a baby pink bubble-wrap pouch that works as a dopp kit for a weekend-long trip. Over the last few months I’ve been road-testing the products, and to my delight, they’re really great.
Milky Jelly Cleanser ($18 for 6 fl oz)
Milky Jelly Cleanser is a rose-scented gentle cleanser with a very pleasant, squishy texture. Think micellar water in a jelly texture. I enjoy the cleanser, but this is the one item I don’t plan on re-purchasing. Instead, I’ll refill the well-designed bottle with a cheaper alternative, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser ($7 for 12 oz).
Perfecting Skin Tint in Light ($26)
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect base makeup for years (seriously – I wrote about the “Foundation Quest” three years ago). After I wrote that post, I took a couple years off foundation entirely, sticking to sunscreen only and focusing on skincare. I still like the no-foundation look, but Glossier’s skin tint is great option if you want to subtly cover redness while letting freckles peek through.
Skin tint is lighter than every foundation, BB cream and tinted moisturizer I’ve tried. It is very sheer, with a dewy finish. If you are looking for a light-coverage base, it’s a wonderful option. I find that it’s best applied with fingers.
Stretch Concealer in Light ($18)
Stretch Concealer comes in a small screw-off jar, similar to RMS Un-Cover. It has a creamy texture and light coverage.
Some people might dislike a sheer concealer, but I find it works well under the eyes. It doesn’t entirely erase dark circles, which looks more natural to me than opaque coverage.
Boy Brow in Blonde ($16)
I’ve tried a lot of brow products over the years – brow powder (fades quickly), brow pomade (fussy application, a brush that requires cleaning), brow pencil (hard to make it look natural), and brow gel (the shade I got, Anastasia Beverly Hills in Caramel, was oddly glittery). Boy Brow is a brow gel with a waxy, pomade texture. This shade, blonde, is a nice neutral taupe. It is by far the simplest and fastest way I’ve found to tidy up and define my eyebrows.
Haloscope in Quartz ($22)
Haloscope is Glossier’s highlighter, and it comes in three shades, Quartz (champagne), Topaz (light bronze), and Moonstone (white/blue opal). I have Quartz, which I like for a very natural glow. It comes in a chubby twist-up stick, with a shimmery outer ring and a solid oil core. The stick allows for easy application, blended out with finger tips. This is not an over-the-top metallic highlighter, but rather imparts a dewy glow with very fine shimmer. If your skin is sensitive to coconut oil, you may want to find another product, but it hasn’t bothered or clogged my skin.
Balm Dot Com in Coconut, Rose, and Cherry ($12)
Balm Dot Com is a petroleum-based lip balm with lanolin, similar to Aquaphor. They work as great lip balms, but I also like them as cuticle creams. The balm comes in an unscented version as well as four flavors (Mint, Rose, Coconut, Cherry). Coconut and Mint are clear, Rose is slightly pink-tinted, and Cherry has a subtle rosy tint, similar to Benetint.
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