Do you remember when Glossier launched in the UK and it was pretty much all the beauty world could talk about? I remember popping along to the launch – which was basically like a fashion show with all the hip young things standing around looking VERY serious, alongside me talking to a blogger friend about morning sickness, the glamour! – and I tried out their Milky Jelly Cleanser, thought it was fab (it is – find a mini here for £8 – link) then that was pretty much the end of my relationship with the brand as there was nothing that pulled me in, although I think that might’ve been more to do with my aversion to hype. A few years later and suddenly I can’t stop thinking about their Cloud Paints, deciding they would be the perfect addition to my summer make-up routine, and I was absolutely right.
Glossier’s approach to make-up is really interesting, and one I really like, because they have this kind of “wake up, splodge a few things on with your fingers, brush your brows through with Boy Brow and you’re good to go” take on makeup application, which I really like; don’t get me wrong, I love to spend an hour perfecting every little element of my make-up, but that’s a luxury I rarely get to enjoy, and most of the time I’m just squeezing in whatever I can in the 10 minutes between breakfast and taking Teddy to school, so if you’re like me and often pushed for time, then Glossier make-up is a brand I can highly recommend.
The Glossier Cloud Paints come in six shades in total, and I was sent Beam and Puff which I was thrilled about as those are literally the two shades I desperately wanted. Beam is a rich peach and Puff is a cool-toned pink – I love them both and refuse to play favourites. Beam is the sort of colour that suits me best when I have a tan, whereas Puff is better when I’m a little paler, although both work well whatever my colourings. The texture is lovely and light and blends like a dream. I also love the paint style packaging which adds an element of fun to the whole thing.
The swatches are a little scary as they look quite intense, but rest assured that they blend out to a gorgeous flush of colour that you can layer up, if you choose. If you watch the videos on the Glossier site you can see that it’s just a case of patting them on and blending them in with your fingers, or if you’re like me and a fan of brush blending, the Real Techniques Instapop Cheek Brush will make all the difference. The blushers are £15, which I was really surprised about as I always thought Glossier were an expensive brand, and whilst I realise £15 isn’t exactly budget, it’s also not too spendy either, especially as the tube will last for ages as you need such a small amount each time. You can also buy a duo of Cloud Paints for £25, making them even better value.