Glossier has recently released some liquid/cream blushes that I was hella stoked about. Up until now I hadn't cared that much for blush, though I always have been more interested in cream formulas than powder despite me being oily. Being a dark skinned black girl, I always felt like blush was pointless. It was one of the most obvious makeup products that I could put on my face because let's face it: when have you ever seen a dark skinned girl blush? Exactly. All the other times I've worn blush I've had people be like "aww you look so cute, are you wearing blush?" because not that it was overdone, but because of the fact that... we don't blush. And we all know that.
But I think at this point I've pushed past that and came to the decision to indulge and wear blush anyway because it makes me look even cuter and it gives a lively glow to your face that you really can't pull off without it. And I'm all about a glow. But before I delve into the actual review of these blushes, I need to rant about something that bothered me with the launch of this product: the exclusion of dark skin. This pissed me off a bit because I'm a huge fan of Glossier. Not only do I support this brand monetarily and emotionally, but also I feel like if they're gonna claim to be inclusive of all women and skin tones, then they need to be consistent and do that with every makeup release. I voiced the same concern when they released Haloscope and had no dark skinned models. I literally need to see what makeup is gonna look like on me before I spend my hard-earned money on it. Colors have the potential to literally transform into something completely different on dark skin, so yes representation is necessary. No ifs ands or buts. If you can find a plethora of white models, then you can spend that same energy to find some dark skinned black girl models.
I've said this before and I'll say it again; don't release makeup products if you aren't even going to be inclusive of all skin tones. Keep it, don't even bother. Glossier bothered, but it was very transparent. They did what most makeup brands do with their campaigning and swatches; they used a light skinned black girl and called it a day. Because black people don't get any darker than that. Because dark skin and black are apparently synonymous these days (spoiler alert: it's really not.) I looked through the comments on some of their pictures and there were mad chocolate girls asking if these blushes would even suit them, asking what it'd look like on them because guess what? They had zero representation. They were going in blind when choosing which blush to buy because they hadn't the slightest idea or clue of how it'd look on them. This shouldn't still be happening but here we are.
When they did an IG post stating which blushes looked best for whom, they never did recommendations for people who wear skin tint in Rich. I felt overlooked and ignored, which is really terrible because I love glossier and their products. I shouldn't have to feel like that.
But anyways, onto these blushes. I was eager and had unused store credit so I got every color. Initially I was most excited about Dusk because I love any shade of brown. I was hoping it'd be a peachy brown shade on me but it literally does not show up on my face. I have too much melanin for that blush to handle. And it sucks because I have no alternative use for it, I can't use it on my lips because 1) they don't recommend it so I'm not gonna bother and 2) it makes me look like Tyrone Biggums anyway. So I'm gonna have to give it to someone or throw it away.
Puff is a color that I would describe as sort of a cool-toned bubblegum pink. It gives your cheeks this sort of pale but bright almost neon flush of pink that looks sooo cute on any skintone. I like to wear this color when I'm feeling super feminine and soft and cutesy. It makes you look very youthful and sort of childlike so if that's not the look you typically like to go for, then I would skip out on this.
Haze is your typical berry shade that leans on the purple side when first applied, but when I blend it out it looks more red, so it gives you more of a rosy look. Like you just got in the house from being out in the cold kind of rosy. It's great for dark skin, especially if you're trying out blush for the first time and don't know which shade to get. This is a very casual color and you can't go wrong with it. I will warn you though that a little goes a long way with this because despite it being a sheer, buildable blush, it is still very pigmented. So make sure you squeeze the tube gently when dispensing the blush so that you don't end up with too much. But the good part is that since a little goes a long way, it should last you a while.
Last but not least is my all time favorite, Beam. This is a bright coral-y, peachy-pink kind of color that will look good on anyone. It gives your face a healthy glow while brightening it as well. On me, it's similar to Puff but slightly less dramatic and a bit more flattering since it's a warmer color.
In the first picture I applied it at around 2:30pm and the second picture was 2 hours later. As you can see the oiliness came through but the color was still there. Not as vibrant and noticeable but still there. I actually like the way it looks as the day goes on cause I feel like it sort of oxidizes and becomes even more flattering and warmer on me. I can see myself wearing this everyday probably for the rest of my life. I've found a new spouse. If you wanna try out two of these blushes for cheaper and with free shipping then use the code 2BLUSH when you checkout and my link for 20% off your first order. Blush away, ladies.