If one thing has remained consistent in my makeup routine over the past few years, it's my love of cream products. Despite them getting a bad rap as being more difficult to use than their powder counterparts, I feel like if you find the right formula, they're even easier. Creams always look much more natural on the skin and really give me the natural glow I'm looking for.
I don't have many cream bronzers, pretty much because they're more of a rarity and also because I found the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer and didn't want to stray from it. It's super creamy and easy to blend (I stripe it on my cheeks and blend it with a Real Techniques Sculpting Brush), and the color is perfect for me. They have a deeper shade that looks beautiful, too. Though it's marketed as a contour, the "Shade" part of the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate makes a beautiful cream bronzer, too. It's quite warm toned, so it works perfectly as a bronzer for me. The pigmentation is more sheer, making it natural and buildable. It gives the skin a beautiful dewy quality, too. Speaking of contour, if that's what you're after, the Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skin Stick in Amber is absolutely perfect. And if you're pale like me, the Bite Beauty Multistick in Blondie is a great bronzer shade, too.
Here's where my collection starts getting a little excessive. I was never one to use much blush, but the Glossier Cloud Paints converted me. They're more of a gel-cream formula that may seem scary and unwieldy at first, but they're super easy to use and so blendable that they're basically foolproof. I always get compliments on my skin when I'm wearing these. My newest obsession is the Lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek, a teeny little pebble that imparts a beautiful flush to the skin. I have b. true, a neutral pink, and b. memorable, a wine shade, and they both work well on my skin - I just use less of the wine shade! I mentioned the Multisticks above, but I love using them as blushes, too. Gelato, Mascarpone, and Cashew are my favorite to use as blushes. Other notable formulas in my favorite kind of flushed-mauve-red-brown shade are the Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color in Naughty-N-Spice and the Smashbox LA Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Mulholland Mauve. The Nudestix has a lovely thin consistency that makes blending a breeze, and the Smashbox leaves a lovely dewy sheen on the skin.
This is where my collection is full to bursting. My ride-or-die will always be the Glossier Haloscope - Quartz is my ultimate favorite, but Moonstone is beautiful and one I often grab as well. Another that gives the skin quite a beaming sheen is the Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator. I love that it looks like a baby deodorant, and it gives the skin a beautiful shine that while intense, still manages to look like skin. I also have a couple favorites that have a pink shift that make them super unique and pretty. The Milk Makeup Holographic Stick has been one of my favorites since it launched - I now have all three shades, and the peachy pink shift of Mars is my favorite. The Nudestix Nudies in Illumi-Naughty is also an ultimate favorite of mine - I wore it nonstop last year. It looks just like a clear gloss on the skin, but it gives a pink glow when it hits the light. This is definitely one of the prettiest highlighters I own. I also have a few that look ultra natural and dewy on the skin - the Kjaer Weis Highlighter in Ravishing, the Lilah b. Divine Duo in b. dazzling, and the Ilia Beauty Illuminator in Polka Dots and Moonbeams. The Kjaer Weis is a pale gold, the Lilah b. is a pink champagne, and the Ilia is a pearl, so I've got all the bases covered. The Illuminate section of the aforementioned Tom Ford is also a favorite because it just looks like a pure clear gloss on the skin - very editorial, and very pretty. My last favorite, and one of my most-worn (I've been reaching for it over Haloscope lately!) is the YSL Touche Eclat Glow Shot. It's a liquid that's super easy to apply and blend. It creates a beautiful natural sheen, but it can be layered for a more intense, mirrorlike finish.
What's your favorite cream product?
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