Glossier Cloud Paint

Milabu Rating

  • Overall
    (3.5)

Price Category: Pro-Grade

  • $20.00 Retail

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Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Dewy finish
  • Buildable, wearable color

Cons

  • Can accentuate skin texture
  • Color does fade in intensity throughout the day
  • Squeezy packaging makes it easy to use too much and waste product

Overview

Glossier Cloud Paint kickstarted the cream blush movement. The formula is buildable, blendable, and playful.

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Glossier Cloud Paint Blush makes it fun to play with cheek color.

One of the most user friendly cream blushes I’ve found is Glossier Cloud Paint. Launching in 2017, this was one of the first wave-making cream blush products to rock the beauty world, catapulting a cream blush revolution. It’s one of the more fail proof formulas, perfect for those new to cream blush or experienced. Affordable, easy to apply, and a natural flush of color are just three of the reasons I love this blush The colors are stunning on their own, but even better is mixing shades for a custom cocktail of color, which is one of my favorite ways to use Cloud Paint.

Promises vs. Performance: This cream blush is easy to work with.

Cloud Paint is a seamless, gel-cream blush that’s “enjoyable to apply and easy to wear.” The initial application is sheer, but it can easily be built up to your desired intensity. No streaking or chalking with this bouncy formula that blends seamlessly with just the fingertips (Glossier’s recommend application method). It features Special Blurring Pigments which give a soft-focus effect and doesn’t accentuate texture or pores. Glossier says it makes you look as if you’re in “golden hour lighting all the time.”

Just as Glossier promises, the lightweight and dewy formula has minimal settling, into fine lines and pores. I love that I don’t have to worry about it settling or clinging. The gel-cream hybrid formula blends into skin easily with fingers or a brush. Cloud Paint may look intimidating when you squeeze it out, but you’ll quickly realize it is pretty sheer in color. It builds up easily without disturbing any product underneath or looking too heavy. And, if you’re feeling experimental, the colors are easy to mix and match for a custom shade cocktail.

I wouldn’t necessary call these long wearing. They can accentuate skin texture and the color intensity fades a good bit. I suggest applying Cloud Paint a bit bolder than you’d normally wear, as well as topping with a powder blush similar in color.

Quick Rating Rundown

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(3.5)
Glossier Cloud Paint

:Glossier Cloud Paint Blush

Price: $20.00

0.33 oz

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(4.8)

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(3)

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(2.8)

Longevity

(3)

Extra Benefits

(4)

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(4.6)
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Price: $30.00

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Finish (cream)

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Longevity

(4.5)

Extra Benefits

(4.5)

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How It Compares: Glossier Cloud Paint is iconic.

If you’re looking for an easy cream blush, Glossier Cloud Paint is it. Coming in 8 shades, ranging from light pinks and corals to deeper mauves, there’s a shade for everyone. And, if there’s not, they’re very fun to mix! These blushes apply super easily with fingers or a brush, and are buildable in intensity. They give a natural, lit-from-within glow. Though, I will say Cloud Paint is not 100% foolproof. It can lift the makeup below during application, look patchy, accentuate skin texture, and the color payoff fades a decent amount throughout the day. Glossier truly kicked off the cream blush movement perfectly with Cloud Paint and for that I give it props.

What is my favorite cream blush, you might ask? ROSE INC Blush Divine is easily one of the best formulas I have ever tried and is one of my holy grails. The creamy formula easily blends into cheeks with fingers or a brush, providing a the most healthy, radiant flush of color. It never accentuates any imperfections, from dryness to texture and never settles into lines or pores. Blush Divine applies beautifully over any base, whether cream or powder, without disrupting the makeup underneath.

For a complete list of my favorite cream blush formulas (rated ****4.0+), check out our MILABU PICKS article, ‘The Best Cream Blushes You Need In Your Life.’

Milabu Beauty Method: Paint your cheeks for an everyday glow.

One shade of Cloud Paint Blush will do, but have fun mixing if you enjoy experimenting and creating custom shades!

  1. Dispense a tiny amount of product on the back of your hand. A little bit goes a long way, so start small!
  2. Use your fingertip to swirl the product and warm it up. If you’re mixing shades, blend them together now.
  3. Using your finger, dot the blush along your cheekbones and onto the apples of your cheeks.
  4. To blend, use tapping motions to press into skin. I like to also go over this with a dense brush (IT Cosmetics makes one of my favorites, Heavenly Luxe, $49).
  5. Add an additional layer if desired for more bold pop of color.

Tip: Try topping this blush with a powder formula like NARS Blush ($32). I find the shade Orgasm is the perfect topper for most Cloud Paint colors. This will make cheeks pop even more and help extend the wear time.

Advertised Product Highlights

Glossier Cloud Paint Blush

SHADE/COLOR: Puff (light, cool pink); Dusk (brownish nude)

FORMULATION: Cream

LONGEVITY: No claims

BENEFITS: Lightweight gel-cream with a pillowy, bouncy feel; Blends seamlessly without being streaky or chalky; Blurring pigments to hide imperfections

OTHER: Cruelty free; Dermatologist tested; Available in 8 shades

CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: Fragrance free

Edited by Maddie

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