Ciate Glow-To Illuminating Blush ($26) is a new little luminous blush that the brand launched in six shade selections for the Summer 2017 season. I picked up two of these shades late last month as I skipped out on the newest shades of Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush that launched prior to these.
I’m pretty much in love with glow-y blushes especially for Summer looks (we all know the mad love affair I have with NARS Orgasm). Sadly, I wasn’t a huge fan of Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush when they launched and I had some reservations about the marble baked formula of Ciate’s Glow-To Illuminating Blush for this reason but I decided I’d check them out and see if they might just impress me.
And they did…!
Ciate Glow-To Illuminating Blush are pretty tiny weighting in at 0.14 oz in size with the compact being about the size of a MAC Mineralize Eye Shadow. It’s a pretty small and cute blush with a yellow beige face plate that has a star background and a ribbon decorating the front. There’s a standard mirror tucked inside as well.
The powder is just as pretty as the compact as it’s a pretty burst design with a ribbon embossing decorating the powder. I find the embossing doesn’t fade away quickly, it’s pressed and cut fairly deeply into the powder so a few swipes of your brush won’t have the design disappearing.
I had some skepticism about the formula as it has a smooth appearance in the pot that I thought might cause issues with application as I expected to not be able to pick up color well with my brush. Turns out the smooth, firm, and dense formula was not difficult to use at all. It didn’t have any powdery kick up and was easy enough to pick with a regular blush brush but a small kabuku also works a treat at swirling and picking up the color easily. I wouldn’t say these were packed with pigment but they are so perfect for people like me who have a heavy hand with their blush. They are incredibly difficult to over apply and have a natural, seamless, smooth finish on cheeks without looking caking or adhering to drier areas. The formula is very easy to build upon. They wear very well for a good seven hours before showing signs of wear. I thought they looked quite natural and healthy with a subtle touch of a shimmer finish. I wouldn’t say these produced the same glow you’d get from say NARS Orgasm. According to the brand they created them to contain the same amount of blush and highlighter but I felt like they contained more blush versus highlighter. I thought they appeared shimmery versus luminous or radiant but it wasn’t a disco ball sparkle but merely a touch of shimmer.
I got two of the six shades they launched (one shade is exclusively available on Ciate’s website) but I think I’ll purchase a few others as I like how easy these are to work with.
All in all, Ciate Glow-To Illuminating Blush was a delightful little blush that produced natural color in an easy to use formula! I’d totally buy more shades.
These are Muse Approved and available now at Sephora.com.
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