Gorgeous Cheek Colors That Won’t Break the Bank

In a variety of shades and finishes, these affordable drugstore blushes offer pretty pops of color without the steep price tag. Sweep one over your cheeks to take your complexion from rundown to rosy in seconds.


e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia 


This mirrored compact houses two colors—a peachy-pink for cheeks and a bronzer for temples, forehead, and nose—each with subtle shimmer to leave you with a sun-kissed glow (and plenty of cash left in your pocket).

To buy: $3, target.com.

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NYX Cosmetics Stick Blush 


Ideal for travel, this portable stick comes in eight shades (from soft pink to deep mauve) and glides onto skin for a dewy wash of color. In a pinch, the stick doubles as lip and eye color.

To buy: $6, nyxcosmetics.com.

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Milani Rose Powder Blush


The finely milled powder gives cheeks a rosy tint (sweep it on with a fluffy brush), without streaking. For a seasonal splash of color, try the coral shade during the summer months.

To buy: $8, drugstore.com.

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Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush


A unique powder-gel formula feels silky like a cream blush (and offers similar longevity), yet it blends into skin with a quick swipe of the finger—no brush needed. Apply it lightly for a sheer flush or layer it on for a more dramatic dose of color. The pink and rose shades complement lighter skintones; the peach and coral colors dazzle on medium ones; the violet and plum options look stunning on darker complexions.

To buy: $8, ulta.com.

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Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush


Pearl pigments give skin a luminous, soft-filtered finish, while varying shades of pink swirl together to mimic a natural flush. Available in four shades.

To buy: $12, ulta.com.

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Circa Beauty UltraSuede Cream Blush 


This product’s velvety formula won’t melt in the heat or fade by the end of a long day. Pat it onto the apples of your cheeks, and then blend toward your temples. On those days when you only have time for minimal makeup, let this pick double as a velvety lip shade.

To buy: $13, walgreens.com.

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