Melt Cosmetics Daydreamer Cream BlushlightMelt Cosmetics Daydreamer Cream Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy brown with warm, reddish undertones and fine pearl. It had a natural sheen–not fully dewy but a little more luminous than my skin looked on its own.
The consistency was smooth, lightly creamy, and moderately emollient with a fair amount of slip–more than the shimmer-less shades in the same formula–that applied better with a brush than a fingertip for that purpose. In the photos, my initial application was using fingertips, but later on, when I actually went to test it out to actually wear and review, I used a brush, which gave me much more even, diffused coverage that I wasn’t able to achieve readily with my fingertips.
It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage, though it could be used with a lighter hand or spread out more vigorously for a sheerer effect. I’d just recommend using a lighter hand, though, if sheerer coverage is desired. The product dried down and didn’t feel tacky or wet to the touch but I had plenty of time to work with it, and it was still somewhat blendable (with a slightly denser, more dome-shaped brush) if I needed to do a little more blending. It wore well for eight hours before fading noticeably.
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$22.00/0.14 oz. - $157.14 Per Ounce
The product is primarily marketed as a cream blush, but the brand also stated that they can be applied to lips as well with some shades working as cream eyeshadow for a monochromatic look. There was nothing about coverage that I could find, though the brand's swatches--both live and in promotional images--were opaque.
The formula was lightweight, moderately emollient, and slightly gel-like, which helped it spread better over bare skin and over base products. Most shades were not prone to lifting up base products and worked well with both fingertips and brushes for application.
As the formula was more pigmented with most shades ranging from semi-opaque to fully opaque, I found brushes were particularly good at getting a sheerer, more diffused application, especially around the edges. If you want a sheerer effect, I'd recommend using less product and building up more as they were more pigmented than most cream-based blushes.
They dried down to a more transfer-resistant finish, so they did not remain emollient, which helped them last longer on my skin. They could still be blended out once dry, and if I rubbed with a fingertip, product would transfer, but the color didn't lift away if I had to brush a stray eyelash or hair from my face (as examples). They still had a natural sheen on my skin, less than dewy but definitely not matte either!
On average, they lasted eight hours on me with a couple of shades lasting a touch longer. I found the shimmer-less shades to last slightly longer in comparison to the shimmery shades, which were more emollient in the pan as well.
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ISOAMYL LAURATE, ISONONYL ISONONANOATE, POLYGLYCERYL-2 TRIISOSTEARATE, POLYETHYLENE, MICA, OCTYLDODECANOL, SILICA, BEHENYL DIMETHICONE, TRIBEHENIN, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, TALC, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, TIN OXIDE, BHT, BENZYL BENZOATE. MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 77891, IRON OXIDES CI 77491, IRON OXIDES CI 77492, IRON OXIDES CI 77499, BLUE 1 LAKE CI 42090, RED 7 CI 15850.
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