Last week Glossier released their first standalone blush product, Cloud Paint ($18). The name apparently pays homage to it's "pillowy" texture and the fact that the colors have supposedly been inspired by gradient pink NYC sunsets. (I don't live in NYC so I can't really attest to whether NYC sunsets are gradient and/or pink.) The claims are that it's seamless, sheer, and buildable and that it applies smoothly and blurs the skin underneath. The ingredient deck is decently clean and it's hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.
I snagged two of them on release day: "Dusk", a muted tawny brown and "Beam", a soft coral orange. What's great about this product is that it spreads easily over the cheeks. It takes a bit to build-up, so because of that, it's great for beginners. However, the very thing that makes it so great for beginners is the thing that makes it slightly more tricky to use for those of us with deeper complexions. I find that I have to layer more that I expected for the colors to really show up on my cheeks; I expect that with regular use a person with a deeper complexion may go through a tube quite quickly.
Dusk barely shows up on my complexion color-wise. It does impart on my cheeks a seamless warmth and a sophisticated sheen. Although I can certainly imagine pairing this blush with smoky eyes or dramatic looks in general as a balancing element, I still have thoughts about exchanging it for a deeper color. It's the end of winter and I'm at my lightest. I feel that as we move into summer, this shade will be rendered useless.
Beam is gorgeous and performs exactly how I was expecting. Although it looks orange straight out of the tube, like many orange blushes, it pulls quite coral on my complexion. What I'm most excited about is that it serves as a decent replacement for one of my favorite non-cruelty-free products, Cha Cha Tint by Benefit. I wouldn't use it on my lips, but it does leave that same coral flush to the cheeks that I love from my old cheek stain.
Glossier Cloud Paint can be applied on the go quickly with your fingers but the ingredient deck isn't super clean and they shade range can definitely improve. You get a good amount of product in the tube for the price, but you may end up going through the lighter shades pretty quickly.
Overall I would recommend this product for people with light to tan skin tones. But if your complexion is similar to mine, Beam and Haze (a dusty berry shade that I sadly did not pick up) may be the only ones worth purchasing.