I Hate Blush, but These 10 Cream Blushes Are the Exception
Cream blush melts into your skin like a dream for a flawless flush every time.
Fact: Blush is one of the most underrated products in the beauty biz. I get it, I used to be on the anti-blush team for ages. The powder formulas made my dewy skin look cakey and never distributed the right amount of color. My opinion changed the moment I applied my first cream blush. Aside from its versatility (you can apply it on your eyelids, cheeks, and lips), it also blends naturally with fingertips or a brush and cuts down my getting ready time in half. Unlike chalky formulas that don’t deliver, just a single drop (or swipe) is powered with pigments that can take you from looking pale and ghostly to flushed and alive. Below, 10 cream blushes that changed my opinion on the entire category.
Available in eight shades ranging from bright corals to sultry berries, Armani’s liquid blush distributes the perfect sheer flush of color. Dubbed “watercolors for your complexion,” the luxurious velvet applicator makes application similar to painting. Composed of a water-based liquid color, just one drop goes a long way. To apply, use the applicator to apply a small dollop of blush to the apples of your cheek and blend using your fingertips.
Cheek Me Later is a cream blush that dries into a powder-like finish. Due to its hero ingredient kaolin clay, the color stays put through just about anything. The light and thin creamy texture allows for buildable color with zero stickiness.
Selena Gomez’s featherweight formula (available in matte and radiant finishes) only takes one to two drops of product to go a long way. Each blush is formulated with a botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, and white water lilies for an added skincare benefit. Also worth noting: the packaging is insanely chic and can be displayed on any vanity with ease.
Rihanna has done it again with her newest blush collection, composed of incredible shades suitable for every complexion. With cheeky names such as Rosé Latte, Bikini Martini, and Summertime Wine, how could you not fall in love? Names aside, the non-greasy sweat- and water-resistant formula melts right into your skin for a flawless application every time.
Known for its slime-like texture, CheekSlime can best be described as a cream blush with a gel-like formula. The two universally flattering shades, Cuffed and Fielding, last all day (trust) and apply seamlessly. However, it doesn’t end there; liquid plant-based collagen, glycerin, quinoa-seed extract, and carrot root extract infused within this blush serve to hydrate while giving you the perfect flush. In a review, one user even said that it “lasted a 12-hour shift with a mask on.”
Applying blush couldn’t be any easier than with this solid blush pick. It’s perfect for travel due to its compact size (and the fact that it’s spill-free!). The moisturizing blend of mango butter, avocado oil, and apricot oil allows the formula to blend easily while keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day.
This cream blush appears in natural shades ranging from Lilium, a nude pink, to Gerbera, a rosy pink peach. Its translucent finish and subtle colors make it ideal for a no-makeup look. Application tip: Gently rub the blush into your fingers to warm the color, and then blend outward and upward along your cheeks.
Ideal for application on the go, this multi-tasking blush is made with a built-in brush for accessible application. Colors like Tiger Lily Queen, a soft coral, and Cherry Blossom Babe, a rose flush, add the perfect pop of color to your cheeks. Other noteworthy points: The blush is long-wearing, non-sticky, and water-resistant.
Made of a lightweight pillowy formula, this cream blush is perfect for a wide range of skin tones. All six shades are inspired by NYC sunsets and blend easily, giving a foolproof glow every time. One user said this blush is so good that “unlike her friends, it stayed loyal, despite all of her crying.”
Infused with hyaluronic acid, this blush moisturizes and plumps cheeks for a youthful dewiness. Its high pigment shades arrive in a cruelty-free and vegan formula that can be built up or down. Pro tip: dab a little bit onto your eyelids to help you achieve that freshly wide-awake look.