Glossier Cloud Paints have been everywhere for a hot minute. Since their surprise debut on the Oscars red carpet earlier this year they have been on the most wanted makeup list for just about every woman we know. Here at 16th and B, you know we are seriously devout Glossier fans. Balm Dotcom is one of our favorite beauty items EVER, the concealer is 100 and the skin tint is just plain magic – so when these pretties came out we ordered all four as soon as they went on sale.

​Cloud Paints are described as follows via the Glossier website: “A new way to blush. With Cloud Paint, we set out to make blush the high point of your routine. The pillowy, gel-cream formula is designed to be the most user-friendly cheek color in existence. If you can finger paint, you can Cloud Paint—simply dab it onto cheeks wherever you please. It’s seamless, sheer, and buildable (i.e. it’s hard to accidentally apply too much). Inspired by gradient pink NYC sunsets, the shades are optimized to work across a wide range of skin tones for a healthy, flushed-from-within glow.”

Both of us have very similar skin tones, but different profiles. We decided to spilt up the four colors and give our readers our honest thoughts.
In today’s post, Bex will review Dusk and Beam. In our Glossier Review – Part 2 Mila will review Haze and Puff.

​Before I begin my review, I wanted to give my skin profile. I have very oily skin that easily breaks out. I tested both Cloud Paints as part of my everyday routine. Here it is:
1.  Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark
2.  Glossier Stretch Concealer in Medium
3. . Blend with a beauty blender
4.  Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder to oily spots- sides of nose, cheeks, and chin
5. . RMS Beauty Living Luminizer on nose, cheekbones, above brow, and corners of the eye
6.  Cloud Paint Blush
7. SuperGoop! Setting Mist

I wanted to give the Cloud Paints a fair chance to last all day and I wanted to keep within what I do on a daily basis. On another note, I did not photoshop, filter, etc these photos. (I blurred the background a bit only bc my kids were in one). I wanted to keep the makeup review as authentic as possible.

Peace + Love,


Rating: 2.5/5
I really wanted to love this one, but it didn’t work out for me.

First off, these blushes apply just like the description. They are a nice gel formula, but I found this color is not the best for my skin tone. I had to build 3-4 layers for it to finally show up. However, it does blend beautifully, looks natural, and gorgeous for the first hour or so. Once I moved on with my day, ran errands, etc., I started to notice that this color was blotchy on my face. This was only 3 hours later.

The photo below (right) was taken in my car with natural sunlight. As you can see it is blotchy and starting to run down my face. Maybe this is due to my oily skin? I dabbed with oil sheets and re-applied setting powder and Dusk only to have the same thing happen again.

For an $18 purchase, I was disappointed with the amount of product you must apply for it to show on medium-olive skin. Also, I have a problem with the way it wears during the day, so to me it’s not worth the money.

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Rating: 4/5
Loved it, but very confused.

After my bad experience with Dusk, I expected to hate this. I also thought that out of the four colors this would be my least favorite. I swatched it and it looked nice; more of a glowing peach instead of bright orange on my skin tone. I applied the exact same way as Dusk. My skin soaked it up beautifully, it was easy to blend, and gave a nice natural flush. I was able to get the color I wanted with one single application. I feel Beam is much more pigmented than Dusk.

I went on with my day expecting it to slide off my skin in a blotchy oily mess, but I was pleasantly surprised. This photo was taken with a ring light at approximately 4:30 pm with the same weather as when I tried Dusk and no different outliers.

This formula is the same consistency, but I feel this is a slightly different. With a deeper pigmentation and better overall wear, I am surprised at the difference between the two colors. To me this one – Beam – is worth the money.

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