BEAUTY ADVENT 2017 // DAY #8: Monet for your face
This is a bit naughty as this is the second Glossier product I have featured in this calendar (I know, tut tut), but what can I say? I think these collagen-infused cream blushes and Glossier’s Boy Brow (Day 3 in case you missed it) are THE BOMB.
I am a major cream blush fan. Other favourites include Laura Mercier’s Canyon and the semi-matte textures of Chantecaille’s Cheek Creme range (swoon) but when I first tried these little tubes of heaven back in November, the texture was unlike anything I had ever experienced.
The gel like formula is light but pigmented and the effect, glossy but substantial. A paradox!
Inspired by the pink hues of New York sunsets (love) the four available shades are all totally divine and instantly prettifying. Of course, I could quite have easily bought all four but not wanting to run before I could walk, I opted for the two I thought I would get most wear out of; Beam and Dusk (seen above).
Beam is my favourite type of peachy coral (not too orange, not too pink) and Dusk is almost like the perfect tawny brown. The latter is a bit too warm to wear as a liquid bronzer (I prefer my bronzers to be on the cooler side) but on days when I need to feel less girly and more grown up, I blend the two shades together to create a mixed blush (founder Emily Weiss does this too).
I haven’t talked about the packaging (THE PACKAGING!). Just look at those tubes. They are really dinky in person and remind me so much of my teenage painting phase (I started on oils and then moved swiftly onto acrylics which spelled the death of my painting career. Sigh). Pulling one of these cute little tubes out of your makeup bag feels playful but contemporary. They have a care-free vibe but when the product is applied well (i.e. patted seamlessly into the skin), the effect is much more editorial. Plus, any coloured cream or liquid product which requires you to apply it using finger tips is a winner in my book.
How much is it:
£15.00 ($18.00) each or you can buy all four shades (Beam, Puff, Haze and Dusk) for £45.00 ($55.00).
Where can I buy it:
Glossier.com. Glossier started shipping to the UK in October this year so no more customs tax (whoop!). My November Glossier review contains a link to a 20% discount code so be sure to check that out before you buy.
Who is it for:
Everyone. Your nan, your bestie, your boss. Glossier maintain that “if you can finger paint you can cloud paint” (nice) however as a makeup artist I’d urge the following caution: a little goes a long way. What looks pretty and flushed on a sixteen year old model has the potential to look slightly unhinged on a woman over the age of 30 😉
How to use it:
You need the tiniest bit. I will say that again. You need the TINIEST BIT because a little goes a long way (see point above). Place a grain of rice sized amount onto the back of your hand and then, using your ring finger, dab a spot of colour on the fattest part of your cheek (the apple) and start patting. Blend the colour outwards so that the colour is at its most intense right in the centre. Look in the mirror. Have you placed the blush at similar heights on both cheeks? Great. Now, if you need more, pat on another LIGHT LAYER (light people!). Keep patting (pat, pat, pat) until the colour is blended and you look beautifully flushed.
Can I wear it to the office?
Absolutely but if you work in a very corporate environment be sure to keep the texture imperceptibly sheer. Puff (the pale pink shade) is very girly and probably best suited to teenagers/young adults/those in creative industries. Beam is my overarching favourite (a peach tone generally suits everyone), Dusk was a winner on my mum and Haze would look particularly stunning on Indian or deep skin tones. Did I mention Cloud Paint lasts really well? All day ladies.
Coming up tomorrow…
Tomorrow I have a BODY present idea for you and it would suit a him or a her. It is currently sitting in my bathroom, calling to me…”Nataliiiiieeeee”… 😉 Hasta mañana.
A bit more about my Advent Cal:
My advent-themed calendar is designed to give you, lovely reader, some ideas for presents this gifting season. The list is based on my Top 25 Beauty Buys of recent years. Of the 25 products which made the cut, some I have used for the first time this year and others I have been using for several years. The selection criteria for each product was as follows:
1. It is a product I have repurchased or know I will definitely repurchase at some point
2. It is an item I believe will genuinely make an awesome gift for someone this Christmas
This series is not sponsored and you should know that, like many makeup artists, I am one of the fussiest people I know when it comes to selecting and using beauty products. They have to blow me away. Hope you enjoy!