Smith and Cult Cool Plum Flash Flush Cream Blush ($24.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation when applied with fingertips, but the application with fingertips was horrendous–streaky, patchy, uneven, and imprecise (because the product did not actually adhere to my skin, it just moved around in clumps).
I was only able to apply it using a stippling brush, which gave me a sheer to semi-sheer application, but it wasn’t buildable due to the clumpy nature of the product. The texture felt a bit clay like–drier, more velvety, but lacked the creaminess initially to help it go on well and blend out easily. This shade stayed on well for seven and a half hours on me before fading visibly.
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).