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15 Best Cream Blushes

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15 Best Cream Blushes September 12, 2018

I absolutely love a good cream blush for two main reasons – one, it works beautifully on my dry skin by providing ample hydration, and two, it adds a rosy, healthy glow to it. Finding the perfect cream blush may be quite a challenging task – you need to find a blendable formula that’s non-greasy and also one that resists fading. I tried some of the most popular cream blushes out there, and these are a must-try for that perfect, natural flush!

Top 15 Cream Blushes For Women

  1. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
  2. M.A.C Cream Colour Base
  3. Tarte Cheek Stain
  4. NARS The Multiple
  5. Benefit Majorette Booster Blush
  6. Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick
  7. NYX Cosmetics Rouge Cream Blush
  8. Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush<
  9. Stila Convertible Colour
  10. Burberry Lip And Cheek Bloom
  11. Make Up For Ever HD Blush Second Skin Cream Blush
  12. Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush
  13. Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color
  14. E.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush
  15. Rimmel London Royal Cream Blush

1. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

Pros

  • 2-in-1 product for cheeks and lips
  • Available in various shades
  • Blends well
  • Easy to apply
  • Long-staying

Cons

  • Slightly sticky texture

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge Review

This best-selling, multitasking cream color for lips and cheeks comes in a mirror flip-top compact for on-the-spot application. It gives you that just-pinched natural look that lasts all day long. It’s available in eight different shades and is one of the best cream blushes for a perfectly dewy finish. So, whether you are someone with a fair, medium or dark skin tone, there’s something for everyone. It’s also the award winner at the Best Beauty by Stylist, Best Cream Blusher!

This comes in 8 different shades for every skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

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2. M.A.C Cream Colour Base

Pros

  • Creamy, smooth and easy to blend
  • Available in various shades
  • Long-lasting
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Pricey

M.A.C Cream Colour Base Review

This creamy, emollient-based formulation imparts color and a sheer, dewy finish, which allows you to create an effect that ranges from sheer layers to dramatic and luscious intensities, depending on the application. It’s fragrance-free, water-resistant, and dermatologist tested. It’s also non-drying, so if you have dehydrated skin, you have nothing to worry about. I’d like to give a special mention to how versatile this blusher is – it can be used on the eyelids, lips, and cheeks, and is extremely easy to blend.

This comes in 14 shades and is suitable for every skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

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3. Tarte Cheek Stain

Pros

  • Blends well
  • Easy to apply
  • Very pigmented
  • Gluten-free and vegan-friendly
  • Does not look cakey

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side

Tarte Cheek Stain Review

Tarte’s original award-winning cheek stain gives you a natural-looking flush in one brush-free application, just smile, dot, and blend! It’s lightweight and contains ingredients like T5 super fruit complex and active antioxidant-rich fruits for nourishing, skin-restorative benefits. If you have sensitive skin, this is a great option as it’s formulated without minerals, parabens and phthalates and sulfates. If you are new to cream blushes, this one’s great for beginners!

It’s available in five shades, so you can easily find one that suits your skin tone.

Rating: 5/5

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4. NARS The Multiple

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Convenient container
  • Long-lasting
  • True to color
  • Even application

Cons

  • Expensive

NARS The Multiple Review

This iconic innovation from NARS is the original, multi-purpose stick that creates an instant afterglow for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Its uniquely creamy formula and sheer color blend effortlessly create luminous contours, accents, and dynamic highlights for every skin tone. I love that this blush is enriched with the goodness of vitamin E and acai oil for antioxidant benefits. It makes my skin feel and look so great that I find myself going back to it for more.

With its 11 shades, it’s easy to find a color that will suit your skin tone.

Rating: 4.9/5

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5. Benefit Majorette Booster Blush

Pros

  • Beautiful packaging
  • Incredible staying power
  • Blends easily
  • Lovely texture
  • Very pigmented

Cons

  • It has a fruity fragrance that can be overpowering for some

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush Review

Firstly, I can’t stop swooning over its adorable packaging. Benefit’s Majorette is your booster blush which instantly amplifies your natural flush for a flirtatious, fresh-faced looked. It has won the InStyle Award for Best Blush for Medium-Dark Skin, so shoutout to all you dusky ladies – check this one out! This blush is so pigmented that it builds up beautifully and you can play around with the intensity of the color.

This peachy-coral shade will suit most skin tones. It all depends on how much color you’ve built up.

Rating: 4.9/5

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6. Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick

Pros

  • Long-staying
  • Easy to use
  • Very pigmented
  • True to its color
  • Sturdy packaging

Cons

  • Expensive

Clinique Blushwear Cream Stick Review

The Blushwear Cream Stick by Clinique provides a sheer, buildable color that’s easy to blend and looks natural. It also happens to be transfer and water-resistant, which makes me love it all the more! It’s suitable for sensitive skin types as this blush is incredibly lightweight and is made out of the most gentle ingredients. This has impressed me regarding its lasting power – it does last all day long!

You have a variety of shade options to go with your skin tone.

Rating: 4.8/5

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7. NYX Cosmetics Rouge Cream Blush

Pros

  • Creamy formula
  • Easy to use
  • Value for money
  • Long-lasting
  • Applies smoothly

Cons

  • Needs touch-ups

NYX Cosmetics Rouge Cream Blush Review

NYX’s Rouge Cream blush provides a natural, radiant, long-lasting color to your cheeks with its specially formulated creamy formulation. I am a big fan of its pigmentation and color payoff, which leaves you with a fabulous, natural flush. This is one of the most reasonably priced cream blushes in the market, and its quality is comparable to several high-end brands.

These are available in 12 shades, so there’s something perfect for every skin tone.

Rating: 4.8/5

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8. Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush

Pros

  • Leaves you with a natural finish
  • Fragrance-free
  • Easy to use
  • Very pigmented
  • Does not accentuate pores

Cons

  • Needs touch-ups

Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush Review

This is one of my favorite drugstore cream blushes. These feel creamy to touch in the pots, but once you apply them on your skin, they’re thin and dry, and spread easily. The colors are sheer to an extent but are also very buildable. There is no icky, sticky feel to them, which makes me love these! If your cheeks tend to get drier during the winters, this is one option that you absolutely must check out.

This is available in four shades: Coral Reef, Pinched, Flushed, and Charmed – something for every skin tone!

Rating: 4.7/5

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9. Stila Convertible Colour

Pros

  • Easy to use and blend
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Lasts long without fading
  • Buildable color
  • Comes with a mirror

Cons

  • Not very great for the lips as it accentuates fine lines on the lips

Stila Convertible Colour Review

This versatile blush from Stila brightens cheeks and lips with a creamy, translucent color. Its sheer tint adds an inherent glow to the cheeks. It’s the Winner of InStyle’s Best Cream Blush Winner for ten years now! Let me start with its gorgeous packaging – it comes in a sturdy plastic container with an embossed floral design on it. It has a smooth and creamy texture that blends out really well and makes my skin look very hydrated. Also, it lasts for a good 8-9 hours without fading.

This comes in 11 different shades.

Rating: 4.7/5

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10. Burberry Lip And Cheek Bloom

Pros

  • Buildable color
  • Easy to blend
  • Perfect for everyday wear
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Long-lasting

Cons

  • Expensive

Burberry Lip And Cheek Bloom Review

Burberry’s Lip and Cheek Bloom comes in a unique, airy, cushioned formula that leaves a buildable, soft flush of color on your cheeks and lips. It’s formulated without parabens, phthalates, and sulfates, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin. I love its packaging – it comes in a glass jar with the iconic Burberry checks on its cap. The texture is soft and smooth, and it goes onto the cheeks well, leaving a natural, flushed glow. I was highly impressed with its wear time – it stayed on for 12 hours!

These come in six shades to choose from, so Burberry has made it convenient for every skin tone to find a color that’s suitable.

Rating: 4.7/5

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11. Make Up For Ever HD Blush Second Skin Cream Blush

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Thick, creamy consistency
  • Very pigmented
  • Buildable

Cons

  • Pricey

Make Up For Ever HD Blush Second Skin Cream Blush Review

This new creamy blush from Make Up For Ever melts on the skin for an extremely natural flush of color with long-lasting results. It boasts incredible blendability, and its second skin texture allows for easy, controlled application. It feels very smooth and lightweight and does not have any shine or glitter in it. It’s purely a pretty flush of color for those who like to keep it minimal. Also, this would suit all skin types, including oily.

These come in a wide range of 16 shades for every skin tone.

Rating: 4.6/5

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12. Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush

Pros

  • Creamy, buttery texture
  • Lightweight
  • Buildable color
  • Formulated without gluten and parabens

Cons

  • Not fragrance-free

Too Faced Peach My Cheeks Melting Powder Blush Review

This blush from Too Faced will leave your cheeks looking and smelling like dreamy peaches and cream. This is nothing like I’ve ever used before. It’s highly pigmented, and a little goes a long way. It’s also supremely creamy, and it goes on like a dream, looking flattering on any skin type. I love its ultra cute packaging, and the fact that it comes with a mirror is a cherry on the pie.

These are available in 6 shades to complement every skin tone.

Rating: 4.5/5

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13. Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color

Pros

  • Blends easily
  • Long-lasting
  • Very pigmented
  • Buildable color

Cons

  • Pricey

Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Color Review

This versatile, natural cheek color is formulated to provide translucent, buildable coverage for a soft, velvety finish. It softly illuminates your skin for a healthy complexion. If you have a drier and mature skin type, this will be the best cream blush for you. It is creamy and lightweight, and can be built up to a deeper color. I love how it feels and looks so natural on my skin.

This comes in 6 shades that range from pink and nude to coral and berry shades.

Rating: 4.5/5

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14. E.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Natural-looking
  • Easy to apply
  • Affordable

Cons

  • The formula is slightly dense and drier

E.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush Review

This blush by e.l.f creates a flawless look that’s beautiful and natural-looking. I love how pigmented this is and how a little goes a long way. It also blends impressively and lasts all day long without having to be touched up. It’s suitable for sensitive skin as it’s infused with Argan Oil And Vitamin E to help nourish and hydrate your skin. How can I forget? It’s completely cruelty-free and vegan. For $4, this is one of the best cream blushes out there.

This is available in two shades.

Rating: 4.5/5

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15. Rimmel London Royal Cream Blush

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Pigmented and buildable color
  • Long-staying
  • Affordable

Cons

  • It has a subtle scent to it

Rimmel London Royal Cream Blush Review

Rimmel’s Royal Cream Blush is a firm cream that’s easy to apply and blend. It gives a gorgeous natural flush to the cheeks. It also feels very lightweight and silky on the skin.

Its packaging is convenient and small, and clasps firmly, so they’re easy to toss into your handbag for quick touch-ups. The staying power impressed me as this lasted for about 6-7 hours.

These are available in 3 different natural shades for every skin tone.

Rating: 4.4/5

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How To Choose The Best Cream Blush? – Quick Tips

Before you hit the “buy” button, consider a few things to make sure you’re picking the right blush for yourself.

  • Remember, a cream blush is best suited for dry, dull complexions. They are also good for aging skin. These glide on smoothly and deliver ample color and moisture. Its dewy finish also lends a gorgeous, youthful glow.
  • Fair skinned beauties can enhance their skin with a soft pink, peach or light coral shade. The key is a light application.
  • If you have a medium skin tone, rich pinks and peaches are your best bet. You can build color as per your preference until you’ve reached your desired vibrancy.
  • For dark skin tones, deep shades of orange, brown and reds are ideal – these will leave you looking radiant instead of giving you an awful, washed-out look.

Regardless of what you choose, a blush should provide a healthy, natural glow that livens up your complexion (it’s essential you don’t over apply). That was my roundup of the 15 best cream blushes that you definitely shouldn’t be missing out on. What’s your favorite blush formula and why? Spill your thoughts out in the comments!

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