Hate Blush? These 15 Cream Formulas Will Make You a Believer

They melt into your skin for a flawless flush every time. 

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While blush may be one of the most underrated products in the beauty space, we believe it deserves to shine. However, we understand people who are on the anti-blush team, as some powder formulas can make even the dewiest and youthful skin look cakey if the formula isn't just right. Enter: Cream blush.

Aside from its versatility (you can apply it on your eyelids, cheeks, and lips), it also blends seamlessly into the skin with your fingertips, favorite makeup brush, or makeup sponge. Plus, unlike chalky formulas that don't deliver, just a single drop or swipe of a good cream blush is powered with pigments that can take you from looking washed-out and ghostly to flushed and alive.

Here are the 15 cream blushes that changed our opinions on the entire category.

Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush

Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush
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This lightweight formula goes on sheer and is buildable, so that users can achieve the exact amount of color they wish—plus it comes in six shades. The oil-free and water-based formula gives a natural flush of color to all skin types, without ever clogging pores.

Armani Beauty Neo-Nude A-Line Liquid Blush

Armani Beauty Neo-Nude A-Line Liquid Blush

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.

ROSE INC Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush

ROSE INC Blush Divine Clean Dewy Cream Blush
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For the eco-friendly people out there, this hydrating cream blush is for you. Not only does it come in six radiant shades, but you can purchase refills once you're done to reduce waste. When you're ready to switch it out, simply use a safety pin to poke a hole in the pan to release it, and replace it with your new blush pod.

Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush

Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush
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Tower 28 formulates all its products for sensitive skin, so if that's you, consider trying this blush in one (or more!) of the seven shades available.

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Selena Gomez's featherweight formula (available in matte and radiant finishes) only takes one to two drops of product to go a long way—that's partly why it went viral on TIkTok. 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.

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Covergirl Clean Fresh Cream Blush

Covergirl Clean Fresh Cream Blush

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.

MAKEUP BY MARIO Soft Pop Blush Stick

MAKEUP BY MARIO Soft Pop Blush Stick
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Kim Kardashian's makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, created one of the best cream blushes on the market. On one end, you can find the cream blush in stick form, and on the other there's a makeup brush to help you blend in the color.

Glossier Cloud Paint

Glossier Cloud Paint

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."

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

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.

Stila Convertible Color

Stila Convertible Color

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.

PATRICK TA Major Beauty Headlines - Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush

PATRICK TA Major Beauty Headlines Double-Take Crème & Powder Blush
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For those looking to dabble in cream blush, but still find comfort in powder formulas, this product is for you. We love that this blush duo contains both a hydrating cream blush for a dewy look and an airy powder version in a complementary tone for a matte finish—it's the best of both worlds.

Freck Beauty CheekSlime

Freck Beauty CheekSlime
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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."

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek

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.

NUDESTIX Nudies Bloom

NUDESTIX Nudies Bloom

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.

Florence by mills Cheek Me Later Cream Blush

florence by mills Cheek Me Later Cream Blush

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.

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