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    Here's Why Glossier Cloud Paint Is Totally Worth Your Money

    Whether you're a makeup expert or newbie, this gel-cream blush is a DREAM!

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    By now you've probably heard of Glossier, your one-stop shop for makeup and beauty products with perfectly Instagramable packaging, good-for-you ingredients, and an I-woke-up-like-this natural look. And as they expand to new products (looking at you, Brow Flick), you might be wondering "HOW GOOD IS THIS STUFF ANYWAY??"

    So we're here to talk about one of their OG makeup products: Cloud Paint ($18 on Glossier). This buildable, gorgeous tint is just what you need for a flush of lovely color — whether you like a natural look or a dramatic full face.


    It comes in six shades and is packaged in cuter-than-cute paint-style tubes. Here's how all six shades look ~on~ in subtle circles on Glossier's models — from top to bottom we got: Storm, Dawn, Haze, Dusk, Puff, and Beam.


    Cloud Paint's cream-gel texture applies smoothly and evenly for a streak-free look. And it retains water to visibly plump your skin for a moisturized, dewy (but not wet or shiny) look!


    So now that you know a little more about it, nine (9!) BuzzFeeders are here to talk about why they love this super-useful blush and incredibly blendable formula. And help you see what the different shades actually look like *on*!

    Sarah blends a little of two shades (like Puff and Storm, here) for a custom shade and natural look. She says Cloud Paint actually made her a Blush Person™.

    BuzzFeed / Sarah Han

    "I wasn't a Blush Person until I met Cloud Paint. Any other attempts at wearing blush always looked super unnatural and accented redness on my face that would, as you might guess, populate in the cheek areas. It was always too much or too little, no in between — little did I know I needed to say goodbye to powder blushes and let ~gel-cream~ blush into my life.

    My favorite way to use Cloud Paint is to blend two shades together! Obviously each is gorgeous on their own, but I love feeling like an ~artist~ mixing paints together on a palette (my hand, lol). Plus, the deeper shades like Haze (a deep berry) benefit from a little toning down from, say, Dusk (a brownish 'nude') or Puff (a light pink). I just dot — to be precise, four dots in a slightly upwards-curving line — from the apples of my cheeks outwards and lightly pat with a trusty sponge to diffuse the color. The gel-cream formula just blends so seamlessly / like no other blush I've ever used, and it's a piece of cake to use. It doesn't make pores look more apparent and just gliiiiides over your skin for a dewy-looking flush. And if I have too many glasses of wine, I can blame any flush on the blush. (Or just own it, because I. Love. Wine.)

    P.S. I've also used Cloud Paint as eyeshadow (like Rihanna's 2017 Met Gala draping lewk, but way less intense) and it's quite lovely for a effortlessly smooth and tied-together look — and it puts any extra pigment to proper use!" —Sarah Han

    Ooh, look how pretty combining these two shades is!

    BuzzFeed / Sarah Han

    Olivia (wearing Haze) forgets she's even *wearing* Cloud Paint, because it's so light and breathable on her mostly makeup-free skin.

    BuzzFeed / Olivia Taylor

    "As someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, I was a little hesitant to give such a bright blush color like Haze a try — but I’m so glad I did! Cloud paint is the perfect gel-like consistency for buildable color, so I was able to give myself a natural, (but still fun & bright!) flush without feeling too done up. The product was also super breathable and I didn’t feel like anything was on my skin.

    I definitely want to try some of the other colors Cloud Paint comes in and work them into my makeup routine — they’re a perfect and error-free way to mix up my look without sacrificing my comfort in being nearly makeup- free. The only downside to this product is that after a few hours, I noticed it had faded, so I had to reapply. I have somewhat oily skin, so I’m sure it would be the perfect product for someone with dry to normal skin!" —Olivia Taylor

    Ignacia opts for Haze to bring out the drama and Puff when she wants a simple, everyday kind of look.

    BuzzFeed / Ignacia Fulcher

    Haze is pictured on the left, and Puff is on the right!

    "I happened upon it during one of my online shopping binges and thought 'OMG, this is so pretty, why not give it the ol' college try?!' It's ridiculously lightweight and easily buildable. And the best part? You don't need ANOTHER makeup brush. I know, that little detail is what got my cheap-ass, too. We all know that makeup is actually more easily spread when it's the same heat as your body temperature, so you don't have to worry about it clumping or anything of the sort! Plus, it looks hella dope on dark skin.

    Haze is a deep berry perfect for when you wanna bring out all the drama to your already beautiful face. It doesn't have to be so dramatic, either! If you want a simple, everyday kind of look you can try Puff. It's a light and airy pink you can build up to be a legendary Barbie girl, or to offset a bold red lip like I did. The greatest thing about this blush, though is that it looks flawless on EVERY. FREAKING. SKIN TONE. If it doesn't show up on your cheeks the first time, continue to build up the product to get it to the saturation you need. Easy-peasy!" —Ignacia Fulcher

    Check out her more in-depth Cloud Paint review to see why she called it "a lazy girl's dream!"

    Like Sarah, I also use 'em as a pretty and blendable cream eye shadow for a matchy-matchy makeup look (I'm wearing Puff on my lids and cheeks here!).

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    "Cloud Paint might be the easiest-to-apply blush of all time. I am (as you can see) incredibly pale, and a lot of blushes get full Haunted Victorian Doll really quick. Two dabs of this and a quick blend, and the natural pink flush is there — and any excess product I just pop on my eyelids for a cute matchy look. It adds some hydrated dimension to an otherwise-matte face of foundation, feels SUPER comfortable on, and lasts (on me at least) all day! There is a little bit of a learning curve when squeeeeezing the product out (it can be easy at first to waste some), but once you're used to it, squeezin's a breeze. The good news is you only need a teeeeensy tad, so the tube lasts (The Sandlot voice) FOR-E-VER!

    My favorite color combination (as you can PROBABLY tell in this photo) is pink and red. So my spring-and-summer go-to makeup is Cloud Paint in Puff on my lids and cheeks, and my almost-everyday red lip combo: Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil (in Dragon Girl) to line precisely and Tom Ford Lip Color Matte (in Ruby Rush) to fill in and last ALLLLLL DAYYYYYY."—Maitland Quitmeyer (hi, that's me)

    Jessica (wearing Beam) pops a few dabs of product on, whether she is going makeup-free or rocking a full face.

    BuzzFeed / Jess Seib

    "I'll be the first to admit that Cloud Paint in 'Beam' is a heavenly STAPLE. If you can't tell from the photos, it's both lightweight and moisturizing. The shade is super subtle, but equally as flattering on both a bare and full face of makeup. My daily *lewk* is forever changed — you won't regret buying!" —Jessica Seib

    AnaMaria (wearing Storm) conquered her fear of Aggressive Blush from dance recitals past and has been raking in the compliments on the ~warm rose~ color of her cheeks!

    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    "I’ve always loved the idea of a darker-toned blush, but find that they usually look way too dramatic. Like my brush will pick up too much product and BAM! I’m suddenly reliving my dance recital days and my nostrils are overwhelmed with the smell of hairspray. But this Storm shade? It really is the loveliest ~warm rose~ hue that can (and should) be worn on the daily. I’ve already had about 95 people compliment me on the color of my cheeks. My cheeks!! Arguably the most random thing to compliment.

    The Cloud Paint formula itself is super hydrating, blendable, and buildable; just one small dot of product is enough for your entire cheek AKA one tube can last for weeks/months/decades/centuries/eons. It also stays put all day long and I don’t feel the need to reapply at all (and for reference, I swear by Milani baked blushes but they always fade by mid-day). And you don’t have to stop at cheeks!!! I’ve even been wearing this as an eyeshadow because it truly gives off the prettiest pink sheen. —AnaMaria Glavan

    Kayla had almost forgotten that special feeling of finding a new Holy Grail product — until discovering the effortlessly natural contouring power of Dusk!

    BuzzFeed / Kayla Suazo

    "There’s a very special feeling that comes with finding a high-quality, long-lasting, and effective makeup product. And as someone who *loves* makeup and tries something new weekly, that feeling has become few and far between — untiiiiil I got my hands on Glossier’s Cloud Paint blush. It’s a gel-cream blush that not only delivers incredible hydration to my cheeks, but some gorgeous, natural-looking color.

    I’ve been using the color ‘Dusk’ (a brownish nude) and it leaves behind the most flattering pinkish tint to my cheeks while still looking natural. And because of its super lightweight formula, it’s easy to build from a soft flush to a stronger contoured look. This is one of those products that’s easy to use but packs a serious punch to your makeup, and basically what I am saying here is, this stuff is going to be a forever staple in my makeup bag. —Kayla Suazo

    Rachel swaps out Puff (for a barely-there look) for Dawn when she wants to go Full Summer Glow. Hello coral gorgeousness!

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    "Cloud Paint is simply heavenly. Its sheer yet buildable coverage allows you to create a barely-there natural flush *or* a full-on blush moment depending on your mood. I use the shade Puff when I want to feel like a pretty 'lil cloud, aka with my everyday natural makeup look, and the shade Dawn when I want everyone to bask in the glory of my cheeky summer glow. Don't be afraid to invest in the bolder shades! The gel formula makes it super easy to just dab and blend a little bit of product, and — unlike a powder blush — it's simple to back off a bit after applying if you need to. A little goes a long way, so the price it more than worth it. Cloud Paint layers pretty well over liquid foundation, but I find it thrives most on bare skin because, well, Glossier." —Rachel Dunkel

    Alana applies a dollop of 'Dusk' to work as an easy faux bronzer for her everyday look.

    BuzzFeed / Alana Zeitchik

    "I love Cloud Paint! It's part of my everyday routine. I have an olive complexion that is on the lighter side and I find that this color works sort of like a faux bronzer for me. It adds just the right amount of color and warmth without making me look like Tan Mom. Plus a little goes a very long way -- I've had the same tube for over a year." —Alana Zeitchik

    And we BuzzFeeders aren't alone either — Cloud Paint has a 4.5/5-star average, from over 1,500 reviews!


    Try it yourself and let us know what you think! Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

    And don't forget — if you're a new customer, get 10% off your first order *and* free shipping on orders over $30!

    Brb, just going to watch this gif on loop the rest of the day.


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