Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk - Swatches and Review

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Hey everyone! 

Today I have a review on the Glossier Cloud Paint, the brand's new cream-gel blush launch. Glossier makes some pretty lofty claims about all their products (no one garners a case of FOMO (fear of missing out) like Glossier does) so I couldn't resist getting this along with their Boy Brow (which I reviewed here).



Click through to read my review and see my swatches!

Cloud Paint is $18.00 for .33 oz/ 10mL. Looking at the tube, I know it appears quite small but it's fairly comparable in size to other cream/gel blushes like Becca Beach Tint.

I picked up the color Dusk, which is described as a "brownish nude". In the tube and when squeezed out, it does look quite brown but applies more pink when rubbed out. The color actually reminds me of Tarte Exposed; in the vein of those not quite pink but not quite brown blushes.

To apply, squeeze a tiny dot onto your finger, tap onto your cheek, and blend in a gentle rubbing motion. You could apply it with a brush, but I think the formula does much better with fingers.



Glossier says "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"

Glossier describes it as sheer while reviews are calling it pigmented, but basically it looks pigmented when unblended but as you keep rubbing it onto your face, it takes on almost a stain-like quality that lets your skin show through. You can easily blend the edges of the blush out for a seamless look. To build up color, it's better to do two layers instead of applying one thicker layer. The formula is silicone-y, which explains the soft gel-cream texture and dare I say it, user-friendly status. 

I absolutely love how the blush looks on my skin, but if you have oily skin like me then you will need to set it with powder. Wear time is about five to six hours on me before it faded, which is a little shorter than I like for a cream blush. I plan to continue using it on its own and pairing it with a corresponding powder blush (like Tarte Exposed) to improve the wear on my face. If you're looking for that natural, almost effortless blush look then I think you could absolutely use this on your own. It's rather quick and easy to apply.



With the name "Cloud Paint", I know the packaging is inspired by actual paint tubes but I would much prefer a nozzle tip instead of the flat squeeze tube opening. If I'm not careful I can squeeze out too much product so the nozzle tip would help me control it better. Also the range of four shades is narrow, especially for deeper skin tones so I hope they come out with a broader color spectrum.

Here is my sad attempt at swatching Dusk, my camera made it a pain to photograph it adequately in the face swatch but Sabrina/TheBeautyLookBook has a much better swatch photo! 


There is the tiniest amount of pearl in the formula, I can see it in direct sunlight but it's not noticeable enough to add any shimmer to your face. It just adds a nice natural depth to the blush.


Not a lot of brands do liquid/gel blushes, and I think not a lot of consumers are attracted to them because traditional formulas can be difficult to apply well but this is a formula that even newbies to makeup can wear well. Though I do have mixed feelings on the wear time/color range, I do think this is a blush formula that will be workable for many people. 

If you're interested in purchasing, feel free to use my referral link; I get store credit and you get 20% off your purchase!

Are you a fan of cream-gel blushes? Do you happen to have any favorites for me to try?

Disclaimer: I purchased this blush myself. All opinions are my own. There are referral links in this post, which provides me with a credit (and you get 20% off) based on your use of the link when making your purchase.

13 comments

  1. Allison @neversaydiebeautyApril 24, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    I'm so intrigued by all the new products that Glossier is launching these days. I'm a gel cream fan so this would be up my alley. When you said brown, I got a little nervous, but it looks more peachy in the swatch - a very pretty shade indeed!

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  2. I love how matte it looks on the skin but the wear time is a red flag for me since I don't like to reapply in the middle of the day.

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  3. I get oily fast, my skin wouldn't agree with this, but it looks gorgeous on you!

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  4. I have several MUA friends who love and use these for their work, I need to get myself one.

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  5. I've been so curious about these. I love a cream blush and this is calling to me. I need to look at the colors and I'm sure I'll cave in. I'll be happy with 20% off too.

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  6. I'm so curious about Glossier's makeup and skincare. I've only tried Balm Dotcom. That's the only product available for international shipping.

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  7. I prefer cream blushes but like gel for it's staying power.

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  8. It looks beautiful on you! I prefer powder blushes myself, but I might give this one a try.

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  9. I think these blushes look absolutely lovely! I've seen swatches on youtube too, that's what made me want to check these out in the first place. This color looks amazing on you BTW.

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  10. That shade is the prettiest! I've heard so many good things about Glossier products.

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  11. Shelley PolarbelleApril 25, 2017 at 12:58 AM

    Glossier has so many good products!! I get so excited when I think about their future...can't wait to see everything they have coming in the future.

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  12. That is a pretty, subtle blusher. I NEED to place a Glossier order, soon. I keep hearing raves, everyone loves their stuff and I'm suffering from serious FOMO. :D

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  13. This is a color I would typically gravitate towards <3

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