Skip Your Highlighters thanks to the Ciaté London Dewy Blush

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I’ve only recently started to really explore and use liquid blushes, so they’re still on the ‘new’ spectrum for me. So far, I’m really loving them, liquid blushes give a much more natural-looking colour to this skin, sort of like a sun-kissed flush!

After trying out the Maybelline Cheek Gel-Cream Heat Blush, I had high hopes for the Ciaté London Dewy Blush! I knew the minute I saw it that I needed to try out this blush, and obviously, review it!

Liquid blushes are increasingly becoming more of a staple and I can’t fully put a finger on exactly why. With that said, I’m now like a hawk stalking for prey when it comes to these liquid blushes.

Ciaté London Dewy Blushes

Ciaté London Dewy Blushes are lightweight blushes that apply beautifully and seamlessly to the skin leaving your cheeks with natural glowing colour. They come in a blush coloured semi-matte plastic tube. Each tube corresponds to the colour of the shade it contains.

I gotta be honest, they’re not the most inviting looking liquid blushes out there. And for $22 or £19 per 10mL tube, the Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush sounds and looks a lot more enticing. But that isn’t to say they’re the same products. Nope. The Ciaté London Dewy Blush is a whole different experience.

Designed to complement all skin tones with just four shades is impressive. The blushes are available in a range of natural shades with fruity scents:

Papaya (Peach/Pink)
Watermelon (Fuchsia)
Coconut (Bronze/Nude)
Pomegranate (Berry)

The corresponding shade name is the main ingredient for each blush, which I think puts a lovely touch to it! The Papaya Dewy Blush contains papaya, the Watermelon Dewy Blush contains watermelon, and so on…I’m sure you get the idea!

Application & Formula

Ciaté claims that their Dewy Blush is going to give you a glass-like sheen, super glossy and luminous finish. And that it is a “next-gen, gel-balm tint blush”.

When I had tried the Dewy Blush in Coconut, I could see what they meant with that latter description. 

It gives the cheeks a really soft colour with a most beautiful glossy finish. My favourite part is how the blushes give the skin a soft-focus effect like a beautifully hazed app filter. But it’s the combination of soft-focused and super dewy that’s most remarkable really! It’s not often you come across a product that has such unique features. Usually, the products that give a soft-focus effect, tend to be more on the natural or matte side so that was definitely interesting and a nice touch! 

As for the formula and natural texture of the product, they call it a gel balm. Again, an interesting take on blush! Most liquid blushes are gel creams, gels, or creams. However, gel balm is something different and I didn’t really know what to expect from the texture and consistency.

When you actually put this product on your skin, it comes out of the tube-like a gel would. And it’s consistency is definitely that of a gel. It doesn’t run or melt, it feels exactly like a gel substance should. “Gel balm” is a very accurate way to describe it.

Two or three dots of this product is generous enough to cover your cheek area. And when it’s time to spread out the product on the cheeks, you can immediately feel the “balminess” of it.

Picture pharmaceutical balms that you spread over troubled skin and how they just attach to your skin’s surface reassuringly. That’s exactly what this gel is. Honestly, working with this gel texture is quite a bit easier to work with than a regular dewy cream blush. The main reason for this is because you don’t need to warm up the gel before applying it to your skin as it already has a thinner texture.

How did it actually fare?

This is the part of the story where the cons come in!

The gel comes out of the tube just like a gel-cream blush should, when you pat it on the cheeks, it immediately transforms into that balmy texture. The texture is definitely more felt when applied with a finger. It’s not necessarily sticky but it does have a tackiness to it just like an over-the-counter ointment would.

For that reason,  I recommend applying this with a finger or a beauty blender rather than a brush. Using a brush will make it more difficult to spread and blend the blush and you could potentially ruin your underlying makeup.

It’s a cheek tint so it’s not supposed to give a super pigmented blush, its intention is to give a sheer wash of colour- which is exactly what happened when I used it on my skin. I love the outcome of the product, or rather the finish!

The blush is really reflective and I think you can get away with not wearing highlighter unless of course, you like your shimmer to be seen from the ISS. (My kids have been watching far too much on space recently, it’s a little on my head atm:))

I will say though that it’s not the most comfortable product to apply nor to have on the skin. It’s not super sticky but its presence makes itself known. And for a blush product where it is usually applied on a large area of the cheeks, the thick feeling may not be great for some (especially those with oily skin).

Additionally, because the product is very glossy, if you have large pores, or even just visible pores, the blush may tend to highlight them even more. Just something to be aware of.

Continuing that last thought, the Ciaté London Dewy Blush also plays its chances on combination skin types, I noticed that the longer I wore the blush, the more obvious my pores were. I think this would best fit those with dry and dehydrated skin.

Key Ingredients

ciate london dewy blush papaya

Papaya Shade

  • Castor Seed Oil
  • Papaya Extract
  • Papaya Seed Oil
  • Lactic Acid
  • Yuzu Fruit Extract

ciate london dewy blush pomegranate

Pomegranate Shade

  • Castor Seed Oil
  • Dragon Fruit Juice
  • Lactic Acid
  • Yuzu Fruit Extract

ciate london dewy blush coconut

Coconut Shade

  • Castor Seed Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Dragon Fruit Juice
  • Lactic Acid
  • Yuzu Fruit Extract

Watermelon Shade

  • Castor Seed Oil
  • Watermelon Fruit Juice
  • Lactic Acid
  • Yuzu Fruit Extract

Final Thoughts

When applied right, this product can last hours even with its sheer pigmentation. I love the glossy wet glass look. And there’s way more of that stuff in this blush than I can describe for some highlighters!

But honestly, what doesn’t really work for me is the heavy, tacky feeling. For a product that takes up significant space on my face, I don’t think it should feel uncomfortable. I honestly love the finish, but sadly, the formula isn’t right for my type of skin (although I do wish it was!). That being said, I think it would work great on dry skin that doesn’t have open pores. Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Ciaté London Dewy Blush can be bought from Amazon

Hollie xx

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