Glossier Cloud Paint & Generation G Review and Swatches (In-Depth Brand Review pt. 2)

Products: Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Light, Stretch Concealer in Light, Boy Brow in Blonde, Cloud Paint in Beam, Haloscope in Quartz, and Generation G in Leo

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.

If you want to read my first review of the other Glossier products I’ve tried (the cleanser, skin tint, concealer, highlighter, brow gel, and lip balms), you can check it out here:

Swatches of Generation G and Cloud Paint

Glossier Generation G in Leo, Cloud Paint in Dusk, and Beam (swatched
From left to right: two swatches each of Generation G in Leo, Cloud Paint in Dusk, and Cloud Paint in Beam (swatched heavily on the left and blended out on the right)

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.

Benefit Cheekies) Glossier Cloud Paint
Benefit Cheekies (now discontinued) and Glossier Cloud Paint

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

Cloud Paint blush in Beam, on my left cheek topped with Haloscope in Quartz
Cloud Paint blush in Beam topped with Haloscope in Quartz

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

Cloud Paint in Dusk, a dusty brown nude
Cloud Paint in Dusk topped with Haloscope in Quartz

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:

On the left: Cloud Paint in Beam; on the right: Cloud Paint in Dusk
On the left: Cloud Paint in Beam; on the right: Cloud Paint in Dusk

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

Glossier Generation G in Leo swatch
Glossier Generation G in Leo (one coat)

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.

Glossier Generation G in Leo, a warm brownish-orange nude
Glossier Generation G in Leo (and some peachy Colourpop eye products I will review at a later date)


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.

On the left: no makeup; on the right: Glossier Skin Tint and Stretch Concealer in Light, Boy Brow in Blonde, Haloscope in Quartz, Cloud Paint in Beam and Dusk, and Generation G in Leo (two coats)


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Colourpop: In-Depth Brand Review (Featuring Super Shock Shadows, Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, Ultra Satin Lips, Highlighters, Brow Pencil, and Blush)

My complete Colourpop collection: Lip Primer, Lippie Stix in Frida, I Heart This, and Grunge, Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park, Lip Pencils in Frida and Grunge, Brow Pencil in Blondie, Pearlized Highlighters in Fanny Pack and Monster, Super Shock Cheek in Aphrodisiac, Super Shock Shadows in Mixed Tape, Liberty and I Heart This

I placed my first Colourpop order around Christmas of last year. I had very exciting New Year’s Eve plans – a black tie wedding on the central coast of California. I knew exactly what I was going to wear: my grandmother’s 1960s floor-length black gown with rhinestone straps. And with that dress came a specific beauty vision – silver eyeshadow, black liquid liner wings, shimmery white highlighter, and glossy drink-proof red lipstick. So (of course) I needed new makeup. For the lipstick I went with Rimmel Provocalips in Play with Fire (a great drugstore true red). For the highlighter and eyeshadow I turned to Colourpop, a newish online-only retailer.


Left to right: Echo Park, I Heart This, Grunge (x2), Frida (x2), I Heart This, Liberty, Mixed Tape, Blondie, Aphrodisiac, Monster, and Fanny Pack

Super Shock Shadows ($5)

Colourpop has a new pressed powder eyeshadow, but the Super Shock Shadow is their original formula. It’s cream-t0-powder with a unique putty-like texture. They wear best layered on top of eye primer, and applied with your fingers. If you want to use a brush, synthetic works best. I have three shades in three finishes: I Heart This (silver taupe in a glitter finish), Liberty (silver in an ultra-metallic finish), and Mixed Tape (grey-taupe with a pearlized finish).

Colourpop shadows in Mixed Tape, I Heart This, and Liberty
Super Shock Shadows in Mixed Tape (upper lid), I Heart This (center of upper lid), and Liberty (lower lash line)


I’ve gotten the most use out of Mixed Tape, which I love to wear with a shimmery champagne powder shadow layered on top. I usually use I Heart This dotted in the center of a smokey eye to add glittery dimension. My favorite shade of the three is Liberty, the highly metallic silver shade I wore to the NYE wedding.

Brow Pencil ($5)

Colourpop brow pencil in Blondie
On the top: no products. On the bottom: Colourpop brow pencil in Blondie

I’ve used Anastasia Brow Wiz in the past, but I finished it in only a couple months, which is way too quickly for a $21 pencil. Colourpop brow pencils have a similar waxy formula, but with less sturdy packaging; the spoolie on one end broke off after a few weeks. That said, I have extra loose spoolies from Sephora, so it’s not a major issue. Blondie is a taupe shade that’s slightly warmer toned than I’d prefer. It does a good job of filling in patchy areas, and sometimes I use it along with Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde for extra definition.

Pearlized Highlighters and Super Shock Cheeks ($8)

I have two shades of Colourpop highlighters: Fanny Pack (pearlized white) and Monster (a light pink duochrome). Fanny Pack is definitely my most-used shade. It might look ashy on darker skin tones, but I love the non-color glow on my pale skin. Monster is a unique highlighter shade that’s gotten more popular over the last year. It’s similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills shade Pink Heart in the Moonchild palette, or the Kat Von D shade Opal in the Alchemist palette, although those are powder formulas. This is a cream formula, which unfortunately does not wear well as eyeshadow (I’ve tried).

On the left: Fanny Pack, on the right: Monster, on both cheeks: Aphrodisiac blush

I have one shade of the Colourpop Super Shock Cheek blush, Aphrodisiac. I was aiming for a similar shade to Nars Douceur, which was strangely discontinued a few years back (though I’ve since heard you can buy a refill on their website). Aphrodisiac is a warm nude shade that works well as a dual blush and contour. I find it applies best with a finger along the hollow of my cheek and then blended upwards.

Lip Primer, Lippie Stix, Lip Pencils ($5) and Ultra Satin Lips ($6)

Underneath all my Colourpop lip shades I like to use the Lip Primer. It’s a similar to MAC Prep and Prime Lip, but at a much better price ($5 vs. $17.50). It’s a clear waxy formula that helps the colors last longer and apply more easily.

Colourpop Lippie Stix and Pencil in Frida
Lippie Stix and Pencil in Frida

Frida is beautiful coral pink in a satin formula. It’s bright and colorful but still flattering.

Colourpop Lippie Stix and Pencil in Grunge
Lippie Stix and Pencil in Grunge

Grunge is a brown plum in a matte formula. The lip pencil is a bit patchy, which is common for darker shades, but it’s still workable. I wear the lipstick most often without liner, dabbed on top of balm. That turns it into a more wearable, natural nude shade.

Colourpop Lippie Stix in I Heart This
Lippie Stix in I Heart This

I Heart This is a bright fuchsia pink in a matte formula. I got this shade by accident when I placed my first order. It’s the upside of Colourpop choosing the same name for a eyeshadow and a lipstick. However, Colourpop’s customer service was very nice and sent out the correct eyeshadow out quickly at no added cost. Because this shade was a happy accident, I don’t have the matching lip pencil so my application is a little messier.

Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park

Echo Park is a peachy nude. This is the one shade I have in the Ultra Satin Lip formula,  a liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry down completely. Because of that, it’s much less drying than their Ultra Matte Lip formula, but one downside is the shade does transfer onto coffee cups, cheeks, cats, etc. It’s a lovely muted coral-nude shade that wears very comfortably.

Overall Thoughts

I think Colourpop is a great option for drugstore-priced makeup, with a few packaging-related caveats. The eyeshadow packaging is very bulky, and the shades are impossible to depot, because the cream formula dries out if it’s left uncapped. The eyeshadows also have a shelf life of only one year. I’ve had these shades for 14 months and they’re still going strong, but I don’t expect them to last too much longer. The white packaging gets dirty easily, and the silver holographic decals rub off. But packaging is not a major priority for me, so I think the trade-offs are worth it for the friendly price point.

Overall I definitely enjoy these products, so if you’re looking for a reasonably priced makeup, check out Colourpop.

Color Challenge: Harajuku Birthday Party

Harajuku makeup tutorial
Featuring not one, but two Polly Pocket necklaces.

When my friend invited me to his Harajuku themed birthday party, I had one thought: how will I do my makeup? In day-to-day life I prefer a fairly natural look, but it’s fun to go all out on occasion.

The day before, I did a quick run-through, featuring teal halo smokey eyes and bubblegum pink lips. I wasn’t satisfied – not as colorful or playful as I wanted. Also, the birthday party was a brunch, so I didn’t want to deal with my lipstick wearing off during a meal.

teal smokey eye tutorial
Bright, but not quite wacky enough.

Instead, I decided to play up my eyes and wear a simple pink lip stain that would require no touching up.

How to Get this Ridiculous Look in (Only) 10 Steps: 

1. Apply eye primer. My current favorite is Wet N Wild’s Fergie (yes, from the Black Eyed Peas) primer.
2. Brush a skin-toned matte shade (I use Lorac Cream) below your eyebrows at the edge of the smokey eye, so that you can blend it with the pink. If you don’t have a shadow that matches your skin, you can also use a translucent setting powder, like Make Up Forever’s HD powder.

3. Apply the pink shade to the crease and outer corner of your eye using windshield wiper motions. I used Urban Decay in Junkshow, a fuschia pink with a shimmery blue shift.

4. Pat on teal eyeshadow to the mobile lid and the center of the lower lashline, just below the iris. I used Urban Decay Deep End, which has great pigmentation.

5. Blend the pink and blue with a clean, fluffy blending brush. This will create a purple shade along the lower part of the crease.

6. Pat black eyeshadow with a small brush to the outer corner, and blend with circular motion. I used Urban Decay’s Blackout, the deepest, matte-ish black I’ve ever tried (I did side-by-side comparisons of the half dozen black shadows I have from various palettes).

7. For an inner corner highlight, I used a L’Oreal lime green loose shadow I bought in … 2004? Ssssh, powder makeup doesn’t expire quickly, and you’ll know it when it does.

8. Apply black liquid liner in a dramatic wing. I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 liquid liner. It has an ultra-fine brush for pointy wings, and once you put it on, it doesn’t budge. It has a slightly glossy finish. If you want a matte black shade, try Kat Von D’s liner in Trooper.

9. Brush on a coat of lash primer and several coats of black mascara on top and bottom lashes. I’m currently using Lancome’s lash primer and Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara. False lashes intimidate me, so I stick to lash primer and mascara.

10. Don’t forget your eyebrows! I brushed on a coat of Maybelline clear mascara and lightly filled in with Anastasia Dip Brow in Blonde. I brushed in the pomade with a clean spoolie.

I finished off the look with a ballet pink lip stain by heavily applying Revlon balm stain in Cherish, and then wiping it mostly off with a tissue (ok it was actually a piece of toilet paper).

With so much going on with the eyes, I kept the skin simple, with no foundation or concealer, but you do you. I did use two (2) highlighters – Benefit High Beam, a silvery pink, topped with Colourpop Fanny Pack, a white cream shade. To add color to my cheeks I used a lavender pink glittery blush, a shade from Tarina Tarantino’s blush pallete that I rarely get a chance to wear.

 I finished off the look with two powders: Make Up Forever HD powder, which blurs, mattifies, and preserves the makeup, and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light, a soft yellow powder that adds a radiance back to the conplexion, and reduces redness. 
Luckily, living in New York City means even a dramatic look like this doesn’t attract second glances on the subway.

My Favorite Makeup Looks from the 2016 Oscars

1. Sophie Turner

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Top awards go to Sophie Turner, wearing a beautiful champagne smokey eye. The lower lash line is darker than the top, which usually makes eyes look smaller, but it’s expertly blended and makes her seafoam green eyes pop. To recreate the look, I’d use the Lorac Pro palette, with Champagne on the lids, Taupe in the crease, and Pewter blown out along the lower lash line. Sophie keeps the rest of the look natural with feathered brows, soft pink cheeks, and a pinky nude lipstick. For a close match, try  Bite Amuse Bouche lipstick in Fig.

2. Alicia Vikander

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Alicia balanced out her dramatic Belle from Beauty and the Beast gown with natural makeup that added definition. She wore a matte brown smokey eye with black eyeliner along her top lash line. To recreate the look, I’d use the Lorac Pro palette with Taupe all over the lid, and Sable blended in the crease and outer corner. I’d contour with an apricot blush and wear a muted coral lipstick, like Urban Decay lipstick in Rapture.

3. Olivia Munn

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Olivia Munn matched her one-shouldered tangerine dress with a bright orange-red lipstick. To recreate the look, I’d wear Urban Decay’s lipstick in Bang, with clear gloss added on top. The rest of her look was simple, with false eyelashes and coral blush.

4. Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan wore a very smokey silver eye and peachy nude lipstick. To recreate the look, I’d wear Colourpop Liberty on the lid, tightline with black eyeliner, and smoke out the line with a charcoal eyeshadow, like Lorac Slate. Saoirse wore Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Adrienne.

5. Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga had an interesting take on vintage glamour. Rather than wear traditional red lips and a black cat eye, she wore a copper pink smokey eye with shimmery coral pink lipstick. To recreate the look, I’d wear a BareMinerals eyeshadow in Bragging Rights all over the lid, up into the crease, and alone the lower lashline. I’d define the crease with a darker red eyeshadow, and blend it out into a winged shape. I’d wear a coral lipstick like Nars Audacious lipstick in Julie, and pat some of the eyeshadow in the center for a frosted effect.

Color Challenge: Amethyst and Orange


0EBAC7ED-6730-4C69-BF73-044A0B14898BYesterday it was nearly 60 degrees in Brooklyn. Warm enough to grab a bottle of rosé and head to my friend’s backyard. To celebrate, I chose a spring-like combination of purple and orange eyeshadow.

Here’s how to get this look:

  1. Apply a copper eyeshadow (from Sleek’s Sunset Palette) with a fluffy brush to your eye crease, blending above and below.
  2. With a small brush, pack a purple eyeshadow (Urban Decay Omen) onto the lid near from your lash line to your crease.
  3. Blend the crease and lid color using windshield wiper motions along the eye socket.
  4. Apply a matte dark purple shadow (Lorac PRO Palette’s Deep Purple) to the outer corner of the eye and blend with small, circular motions.
  5. Apply black mascara to top and bottom lashes (Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes).
  6. Define eyebrows with a gel, and brush through with a clean spoolie (Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Blonde).
  7. Apply a soft pink tinted lip balm (Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé).
  8. Using your pinky finger, apply a white highlighter (Colourpop Fanny Pack) to the top of your cheekbone.
  9. Sweep a powder peach blush (Tarina Tarantino’s Feather) on your cheeks.
  10. Using your ring finger, apply a reddish-brown cream contour (Colourpop Aphrodisiac) to the hollow of your cheek, and blend upwards.
  11. Brush on a bronzer along your hairline (BareMinerals Warmth)
  12. Finish with a blurring powder all over (Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light).




So, You Want to Look Like a Spice Girl?

Fulfilling important childhood dreams.

When I was in elementary school, Spice Girl clubs were all the rage. No, not nightclubs that only played Spice Girls. That would have been 9 year-old-me paradise, but luckily I’m not Drew Barrymore and I didn’t go to rehab at 13. No, Spice Girl clubs were groups of 5 girls, each who took on the role of a different Spice Girl during recess. There was a weirdly competitive aspect of the Spice Girl clubs as well – the best Spice Girl club was the one with the most closely matching appearances and personalities. Thus, the giggly blondes were always Baby, the intense athletes were always Sporty, and so on. I’m not a redhead, more of a dirty blonde, but I was chosen to be Ginger Spice.

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Top 10 Beauty Products of 2012

5 of the very best
Best of the year part one

My favorite thing to spend money on is makeup. Well, right behind skiing and concerts. I was frugal for the first half of the year, but after the launch of a beauty blog, I decided to indulge myself in a few (ok, much more than a few) packages in the mail. Here’s the best of my haul (not in any order, because how can you choose between children?).

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