Smith and Cult Cool Pink Flash Flush Cream Blush ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a light-medium pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was gummy; creamy but thick, almost clumpy when I tried to apply and blend it out with my fingertips, and very prone to clumping on itself when worked with. I only found marginal success using a stippling brush to tap the product onto my skin and do the barest blend, but it was hard to blend out seamlessly as it moved around my skin too easily. It wasn’t worth using over foundation as all it did was lift and absorb whatever it was on top of in the worst way (patchy, uneven, added visible texture).
It had semi-opaque pigmentation when applied with fingertips (the method the brand says to use) and sheer to semi-sheer coverage applied with a brush as it was a drier, thicker formula that did not pick up well on brushes. The only upside was it lasted for seven hourson me before fading, though I would have expected longer based on this type of formula (cream-to-powder) and experiences with competing formulas.
FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).
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$24.00/0.09 oz. - $266.67 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be a "lightweight, cream-to-powder blush" that is "pore-smoothing" with a "barely-there feel." The texture has a thicker, more clay-like feel to it, where there's creaminess to it, but there was also a drier, more velvety/powdery feel present as well. It was a tricky formula to work with, as it was dry and prone to crumbling/flaking off my skin when I tried to use it with my fingertips (which is what the brand says to use with the product). I had the best luck working with a stippling brush, but the drier texture made it more difficult to pick up product with a brush. I did not like how they applied on my skin; they were uneven and sometimes caught on any dryness or flakiness.
They seemed semi-opaque to opaque in coverage initially, but I struggled to get that to translate on my cheeks as the product didn't build up well with a brush. If I applied with fingertips, though, the application was uneven, product seemed to sink into my pores, and looked nightmarish. They pick up and move foundation a lot, and when applied on top of powder, the product goes on unevenly and tends to clump up. The only good thing about this formula was it lasted six to seven hours on average for me.
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Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Mica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Talc, Dimethicone, Jojoba Esters, Octyldodecanol, Silica, Nylon-12, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake).