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

Salt New York Spice Lip and Cheek Crème Tint ($16.00 for 0.15 oz.) is a slightly muted, medium-dark coral with strong, warm undertones and a natural sheen. It was almost like a very warm-toned plum to my eye, but it seemed better categorized as a coral overall.

The texture was lightweight, emollient, and a little gel-like, which gave it great slip without being prone to picking up foundation when applied on skin (even with fingertips). It had sheer, buildable coverage–semi-opaque after three layers–that blended out easily on my cheeks. It wore well for seven and a half hours before moving noticeably as a cheek color.

As a lip product, it had sheer, buildable color coverage that applied evenly and just slightly emphasized the natural texture of my lips but was one of the better-performing shades on my lips from the range. It only lasted for two hours as a lip product, though, and felt neither drying nor hydrating.

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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