I called out Cloud Paint, Glossier's liquid-y "gel" blush, as one of my must-haves for spring in Fashionista's full roundup — and in the time since, I've grown to love it even more. I'm a big fan of no-makeup makeup and rarely ever want my makeup to be noticeable. I love cream blushes in general because they're super-easy to dab on with your finger and typically blend and melt into skin really well, looking like a truly natural flush.
But as things start to heat up and get more humid in the spring and summer, I'm wary to add anything too "dewy" or moisturizing into my routine. That means I tend to swap out my go-to cream blushes in the winter (I like this and this) for one with a more powdery, matte finish. Glossier's gel version falls into that latter category, beginning as a slippery cream but then quickly drying down for a smooth, not at all slick finish.
If you're used to traditional cream formulas, it takes some getting used to, because it's fairly drippy and tends to dispense from the tiny painter's tube a little too easily. I actually don't squeeze it out at all when I'm applying it, but rather just tap the tip of the tube squarely in the center of the apple of each cheek. There's inevitably just enough leftover product on the end of the tube that it somehow deposits just the right amount (a teeny, tiny drop is all you need — it's surprisingly pigment-dense), and then I blend it outward and upward with my finger. Then I use a very similar technique to tap one of my favorite highlighters (this or this) over my cheekbones, and I'm good to go.
You can get an even better idea of the texture with this incredibly soothing GIF:
Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff, $18, available at Glossier.
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