It's definitely no secret at this point that I am a big Glossier fan. In fact, at this point I think I can easily say that Glossier has become one of my favorite and most used brands. I find myself using at least two or three of their products on an everyday basis. So when I found out about a month ago that Glossier was adding blushes to their range, I got very excited. There isn't a day that I wear makeup that I don't wear blush. I personally feel that because I am so pale, blush gives me a dose of some much-needed color and dimension. I held off on writing this post till I had thoroughly put all of the Cloud Paints to the test.
I decided to get all four shades because after watching them demoed on the Glossier website, I realized that they all can work on my paler skin. One thing that I love about Glossier is that they try to be as inclusive as possible when coming up with color products and they take a wide array of skintones in consideration. All of the shades are demoed on very pale to very deep skin on the website and I think they look beautiful on all the models. The first shade is Puff, which is a pale baby pink. I was a bit wary about this shade at first just because it is such a pale pink, but it gives a beautiful flush that doesn't read as powdery or ashy. The next lightest shade is Beam, which is a a true peach that doesn't read as orange on the skin (which I am prone to). Dusk is a brownish rose, which I thought would only look good on darker skintones but looks good on paler skin as a kind of blush/contour hybrid. And then there's Haze, the darkest and most pigmented of the shades. I absolutely love Haze for a very healthy berry flush that looks most similar to the way my cheeks naturally flush when I'm out in the cold.
Now onto formula, which is where I think the Cloud Paints really stand apart from most other blush formulations. The best way to describe the formula is a thicker liquid that almost resembles the texture of a lightweight liquid foundation. The blush definitely dries down but more as a stain than as a powder. I personally love the formula because I think it looks incredibly natural and the shades lend themselves to looking as though it is just your natural flush. If you don't have perfect skin you might want to use these blushes before you use any concealer because they do have a tendency to shift whatever base you have underneath. I don't find this to be a deal-breaker for me because I tend to wear little to no foundation, but it can be more of a problem if you were to wear a very full coverage foundation. Longevity-wise, the Cloud Paints really do amazingly because of that stain-like dry down that they have. However, because of that I would say that you need to use a very minimal amount of product because they are pretty pigmented and you need to be pretty quick to blend them in because once they set they don't really budge.