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Glossier Cloud Paint Review and Swatches

March 31, 2017

Glossier Cloud Paint Review and Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Glossier’s latest makeup launch is the a gel-cream blush called Cloud Paint ($18 each for 0.33 fl oz/10 ml, save 10% off your first order by using this referral link). These come in small squeeze tubes and have a very lightweight texture. There are four colors to choose from in Puff, Beam, Haze and Dusk. For me the packaging and product name are what spoke to me – how could I resist trying cloud paint on my face? I ordered them to try and after testing, I have mixed feelings.

These cream-gel blushes come in the cutest little squeeze tubes. As usual my order arrived in the cute pink bubble zip pouch. The four colors include Puff which is a super pale pink, Beam which is a soft peach, Haze a berry pink and Dusk a nude pink brown. Glossier recommends applying these with fingers and I tried both with my fingertips and a foundation brush. Using the fingers is probably the best way to apply so you waste as little product as possible, but I really prefer the brush method. Brushes are just easier for me and less messy for the hands. Finish is really sheer on these for a natural blush but you can build them without it caking or streaking. Dry down is a matte but in a natural looking way. They almost have a stain-like quality to them – on my arms and hands, removing with cleansing water does the trick but one swipe still left some color on the arm. On the face I found they lasted around 5 hours before starting to fade, the exception is with Haze which is the darkest color and lasted significantly longer.

Glossier Cloud Paint | The Beauty Look BookSwatches with a heavy hand and then blended out:

Glossier Cloud Paint Swatches | The Beauty Look Book


Glossier Cloud Paint Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

On the face with different coordinating lip colors, foundation worn is Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation in Sable (reviewed and compared to a few MAC colors here):

Glossier Cloud Paint | The Beauty Look Book

I have mixed feelings due to the sheerness and product size. I do think the sheerness was to be expected based on the product description as “seamless, sheer and buildable.” As one who finds that many blushes are easy to overdo – these are a nice change as they really give a natural look. For the face swatches above I had to layer at least 2 layers of product to get them to show up, and with some layering they do. I really like that on the Glossier website they show video application of all the colors on three skintones: light, medium and deep and you can see that they do indeed show up on darker skintones even though they are on the sheer side. I think all the colors are wearable and versatile – Haze is the only one I wasn’t crazy about because it gives a stained flush that I found a bit hard to blend.

Product size of these is really tiny – after just a few uses a significant portion of the tube was used up. The good thing is that they will be easy to use up before they go bad or dry up (I find some tube cream products are prone to drying up).

Pros are that these are indeed very natural and seamless. They blend nicely on the skin even on top of a powdered face. I had some concerns that the gel formula might cause my base to come off or that it might look streaky on top – I am happy to report that it blended well. I also like that there’s no detectable scent, they caused zero irritation or clogging, they are shimmer-free but don’t look flat. They have a youthful natural vibe to them that makes me feel like they’d be suitable for a wide range of ages. If you’re shopping for teens who are just starting to get into makeup but want something natural this is a great option. If these had been around in the early 2000’s I could see my college-age self wearing these. I’m in my mid-30s now and can see myself wearing them on a regular basis for an effortless natural look. I think anyone who wants a very natural blush will like these.

For me the pros outweigh the cons. As one who really doesn’t like gel blush because I simply don’t like the texture, I think these are great. They do take a bit of extra effort to layer for noticeable color but the extra time it takes isn’t a deal breaker. I don’t regret my purchase but I definitely don’t feel like these are must-haves. My favorites are Beam and Dusk.

Glossier Cloud Paint Review | The Beauty Look Book

If you’ve tried these I’d love to hear your thoughts! You can find them at Glossier for $18 each. You can save 10% off your first order by using this referral link.

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  • roxlet March 31, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I love these. I am always looking for a natural-looking blush, and these do the trick. Years and years ago, I was a big fan of a Clinique gel blush called Wild Rose. it was super natural-looking and it stayed on until removed. These come close.

  • Sharon Macklin March 31, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I also love these. I have 2 – Puff and Haze. I’ve been using Haze daily since I got it – and I ordered both the day they were released. If you think the tube is going to be used up quickly, I think you must be using way too much! I use just a tiny bit…maybe layering twice…but I get a nice look with the amount the comes out of the tube hardly squeezing it at all. Try using less and see if you don’t still get enough color. I do notice that you are applying the color to your whole cheek area – I have high cheekbones, and I apply only to the top of my cheeks – stopping much higher on the cheek area than you. I also think it brings more attention to the cheekbone itself!

  • Lisa Adams March 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Puff and Haze look great on you. I love Glossier’s packagingg in general, but i know will never turn to this because I do’t want to stain my hands. This is for the low maintenance girl who slaps on a few items in front of the bathroom sink and goes for the natural look and can wash her hands right away. Not for me who would have to leave my beauty room, trot down the hall and go wash my hands. Not happening! Too lazy!

    • Casey April 3, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      HA! Your last couple of lines are sooooo me. lolol Plus I hate using my hands to apply any type of makeup even though I keep wipes at my makeup table.

      • Lisa Adams April 3, 2017 at 8:39 pm

        Okay, never thought of keeping wipes in the beauty room. Great idea!

  • Heidi B March 31, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for this post, I am in the U.K. and dying to use Glossier products! They all look lovely, and being 50 with dehydrated skin, I’m sure they would be lovely. I do get a bit fed up of powder blush, my only faves are Tarte, also Laura Geller’s gelato.
    I love your blog & glad I found your fab Insta feed.
    H x

  • sev2108 March 31, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I got them, too. My only complaint was that too much came out of the tube when I squeezed it – I really think I only need a teeny bit to get the light effect they show in the demo videos on Glossier. Otherwise, I love their compact size (easy to throw in a bag) and sheerness!

  • emmmilyyy April 1, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I ordered them all and love them. I feel the opposite though about the pigmentation/sheerness…if anything, I found them a little too pigmented! I wish the tube dispensed less product as a tiny little speck is all I need (even with the paler colours like Beam and Puff). I’m n15 ish. I also found them to be extremely long wearing, despite the humid climate where I live. They last 12+ hours. Such a great formula, I think they’re my favourite Glossier product to date!

  • PercyandPeaches April 3, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I have yet to jump into the Glossier pool. What would be your recommendations for a first time purchase? I have oily, acne-prone skin. I know they have an intro kit, but I already know I won’t be into the Skin Tint.

  • A. Larasati April 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Wow they don’t lie when they say it melts into skin. I wonder how do you think this compares to YSL Kiss & Blush?