The Glossier Cloud Paints | A Review

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.

If I Could Only Own Three Glossier Products

It's no secret that I absolutely love Glossier. I love the aesthetic of the brand, I love the ethos of the brand, and don't even get me started on their Instagram feed *insert heart-eye emoji*. If you rummaged through my beauty stash you would find that I own nearly every product in the Glossier range, and I can easily say that I love every product that I have bought and they have become some of my workhorse beauty products. But as I don't want to bore you with going over every single Glossier product I own, I thought it would be much more useful to narrow down my top three products that I could not live without from the Glossier range.

Milky Jelly Cleanser ~ The hype was definitely real with the launch of the Milky Jelly Cleanser. In making it, Glossier took in hundreds of comments from their audience to formulate the perfect cleanser. I love how multi-tasking the cleanser it, as it both removes non-waterproof makeup effectively and cleanses the skin. The jelly texture is also really nice because it cleanses the skin without it feeling stripped or like there is still a residue (like some balm cleansers tend to do). I use this cleanser both morning and night and I don't see myself straying any time soon.

Balm Dotcom ~ My lips are incredibly dry year round, no matter how much water I consume, so I am constantly in need of lip balm. While I have loved lip balms like the Dior Crème de Rose in the past, the Glossier Balm Dotcom has cemented itself as my favorite all-time lip balm. For starters it comes in both flavored (my favorite of which is the rose version pictured here) and unflavored versions, which is nice because sometimes you don't always want a scented lip balm. The lip balm is also pretty thick and sticks around on your lips, but it actually does improve the condition of your lips after it has worn off. I had cracked lips after skiing for a few days, used the balm dotcom regularly and they were healed within a matter of a day or two, which I cannot say for many other lip balms. I also love the tube packaging, because it is far more sanitary for on-the-go than a pot style lip balm.

Boy Brow ~ Oh boy brow. I honestly do not know what I did before I had boy brow in my life. Might sound a tad dramatic, but it is seriously the best brow product I have found (and believe me I've tried a lot of brow products). I like boy brow so much because it really does everything: it gives the brows a some color, definition, and keeps them in place all day long. I am also glad that Glossier decided to go with a wax-based formula as opposed to a fiber-based formula (like the Benefit Gimme Brow) because I find the wax-based formula performs better and you don't get those little flecks of product falling down your face throughout the day, which I have experienced with fiber-based formulas. I'd say if you like that very brushed up, defined yet-natural brow look, you'll love boy brow.