Salt New York Rose Lip + Cheek Crème Tint Evaluation & Swatches


Salt New York Rose Lip and Cheek Crème Tint ($ 16.00 for 0.15 oz.) Is a soft, light medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had a pure, buildable paint cover that could be built up with three layers to a medium to slightly higher medium opacity.

The texture was light, moderately pliable, and thin with a somewhat gel-like quality that helped it slide over my skin – even with basic products – and spread well over bare skin and foundation. It did well as a cheek paint for seven hours before showing any movement. As a lip product, it had similar coverage, but had a tendency to settle into all of my lip lines, catching on to texture and disappearing within two hours.

MORE READING: Formula overview for details on general performance and properties (such as fragrance).

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Formula overview

$ 16.00 / 0.15 oz. – – $ 106.67 per ounce

The formula is described as “buttery smooth, easy to blend” and is said to have “a sheer, buildable cover with a soft, skin-like finish”. Although it comes in three flavors – highlighter, contour / bronzer, and blush – the formulas don’t differ dramatically in terms of performance and feel.

It had sheer coverage that could be built on top of medium coverage, but getting full coverage didn’t really seem within the realm of possibility, so those who need or want larger, truer coverage might not find it as workable. I would recommend sticking with deeper hues if you need or want more coverage as the lighter hues are less buildable.

As a baking product, the formula was applied evenly and applied well to bare skin as well as dabbed over base products as it was not a formula that tended to lift complexion products. The finish was wetter, although it seemed a little softer after about an hour of wear. They wore between six and seven hours before there was any noticeable fading and / or slight movement / slide. I’ve had the best wear and tear when I applied it to a more matte foundation than bare skin or a damper / brighter foundation.

As a lip product, they offered semi-sheer to medium coverage that was a bit even, but the thinner, smoother formula “dried out” faster on my lips and wasn’t the most flattering formula to use when you have imperfections, flakes, or dryness (also slightly). They lasted anywhere from two to three hours, with deeper colors lasting longer and not feeling drying.

In general, I think they are a better cream blush formula than a lip product, which goes without saying with these multitasking blush and lip products. For those who want to wear them primarily as a baking product, mentally step up the ratings a bit!

Browse all of our Salt New York Lip and Cheek Crème Tint swatches.


Caprylic / capric triglyceride, cetearyl alcohol, candelilla wax, synthetic Cera Elba (synthetic beeswax), silica, Vitis Vinifera (grape seed oil), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Punica Granatum (pomegranate seed oil), Carthamus Barius (safflower seed oil), Carthamus Barius (safflower seed oil) Aloe extract), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), phenoxyethanol. May contain: mica, iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), titanium dioxide (CI77891), red 40 (CI 16035), red 33 (CI 17200), yellow 5 (CI 19140), blue 1 (CI 42090), red 27 (CI45410)

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