I love cream blush. I love it probably about as much as Oprah loves bread (but maybe not as much as I love bread). Not knocking powder blush or anything, but a good cream blush really does give you that flush "from within" (as opposed to a flush from without). Plus, you can fingerpaint it on, meaning you don't need any tools (which means fewer brushes to clean).
I was a fan of Glossier's Cloud Paint blushes from the get-go — the pigmented liquids are incredibly easy to tap onto my cheeks and sink in just the right amount to blend into my Skin, as opposed to sitting on top of it (like actual face paint). The initial four shades, however, had only one, maybe two shades, that would really work on my skin tone, depending on the time of year (aka not summer when I'm slightly tanner). In fact, I found myself on most occasions mixing the shades Haze and Dusk together to amp up the neutral tan Dusk and tone down the vibrant berry Haze, respectively. (I still think Glossier should just combine those two colors and make that one a new shade on its own, but I am not on their product development team.)
The two new shades are Dawn, a bright sunny coral, and Storm, a deep warm rose. The models Glossier included in the launch campaign were, in fact, two WOC, beautifully showcasing how the shades' vibrancy and depth really flush and sculpt their (already sculpted, to be fair) cheeks. For someone like me, whose skin tone exists on the tan side of medium with golden undertones, I was excited to smush these babies on my cheeks.
Dawn makes me look cheerfully bronzed — I say cheerfully because it's clearly way more orange than a typical bronzer. It's a very happy sun-kissed beachy vibe, as opposed to "frolicking on a black sand beach in a Chris Issak music video" kind of The Beach vibe that your typical brown bronzer would imbue.
If Dawn is the summer shade, Storm would be its winter counterpart. The brand even describes it as leaving a "flushed-from-the-cold look on cheeks." Gotcha. I just love that it's a deep enough rose for that kind of Victorian doll-looking blush on me. A little bit goes a long way so you just need a tiny dot for a subtle stain, and then you can use a bigger blob (like the circumference of a pencil eraser) for a statement blush look.
Both shades have the same concentrated pigmented formula as the Cloud Paints of yore. They're slightly hydrating enough to give a nice plumped dewy sheen already even before applying your highlighter. They're available now on Glossier's website and are $18 each. Add to cart if you also wish to look like an effortlessly flushed diva.
These put the $$ in Glo$$ier:
Maybe try recreating any of these blush looks from the past 100 years:See the video.