Salt New York Cranberry Lip + Cheek Crème Tint Review & Swatches

Salt New York Cranberry Lip and Cheek Crème Tint ($16.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a brighter, coral-red with subtle, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had sheer, buildable pigmentation, which I was able to get to medium to semi-opaque coverage with three layers. The texture was lightweight, like a gel-like cream that was still thin, emollient, and more like a traditional cream blush than a strictly gel-based formula.

As a blush it applied evenly to bare skin as well as over foundation as it didn’t lift up my base products. It wore well for seven and a half hours before moving noticeably on my skin.

As a lip product, it had more semi-sheer, buildable pigmentation that applied fairly evenly and was only slightly prone to settling into my lip lines/emphasizing my lip texture (but an improvement from many other shades in the formula!). The color stayed on decently for two and a half hours as a lip product and felt non-drying.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$16.00/0.15 oz. – $106.67 Per Ounce

The formula is described as “buttery soft, easy to blend” and is supposed to have “sheer, buildable coverage with a soft, skin-like finish.” Though it’s available in three types–highlighter, contour/bronzer, and blush–they formulas do not differ dramatically in terms of performance and feel.

It had sheer coverage that was buildable to more medium coverage,but getting full-on opacity didn’t seem like it was really in the realm of possibilities, so those who either need or want greater, truer-to-pan coverage may not find it as workable. I’d recommend sticking with deeper shades for those who need or want more coverage, too, as the lighter shades were less buildable.

As a cheek product, the formula applied evenly and blended out well on bare skin as well as patted over base products as it wasn’t a formula prone to lifting up complexion products. The finish was dewier, though it seemed to soften a bit after an hour or so of wear. They wear was between six and seven hours before there was noticeable fading and/or light movement/slide. I had the best wear when applied over a more matte foundation as compared to bare skin or a dewier/more luminous foundation choice.

As a lip product, they offered semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on somewhat evenly, but the thinner, more emollient formula was quicker to “dry down” on my lips and wasn’t the most flattering formula to have on if you have imperfections, flakiness, or dryness (even minor). They lasted between two to three hours with deeper colors lasting longer and felt non-drying.

In general, I think they’re a better cream blush formula than a lip product, which is par for the course with these multi-tasking blush-and-lip kind of products. For those who intend to wear them primarily as a cheek product, then mentally boost 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 Seed Oil), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Seed Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed Oil), Aloe Barbadensis (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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