Blush is a great way to perk up your makeup and shift your complexion from flat & tired to instantly luminous! One of my favorite ways to get a fresh, glowy look is to use a cream blush rather than a powder one. It’s easy to use (and blend), lets my skin shine through, and gives me a dewy fresh, natural finish!
With my dry skin, cream blushes always work better for me than powder especially in winter. I like to use a cream blush directly over my foundation, set it with powder, and then add just a little more cream blush. The layering is key for a long lasting look! That said, cream blushes can be a bit tricky, especially if you have combination to oily skin. If you’re really oily, just make sure to use a primer and an oil-control setting powder and your cream blush will stay put much longer.
Whether you’re looking for a natural glow or a dramatic flush, there are plenty of cream blush options to add a rosy glow without going over $15. So just keep reading, and see my favorite drugstore cream blushes you’ll want to try too!
Revlon Cream Blush ($12.99) – Revlon is one of my favorite drugstore brands, and this cream blush is truly one of their best offerings! The creamy formula blends very easily, adding a lovely flush of color to your cheeks with a soft, satiny finish. The colors are sheer but the formula is super-buildable if you’re looking to pack more of a punch and lasts quite long, at least 5-7 hours for me. If your skin is on the oilier side, you may have to layer it with a powder blush for more longevity. My favorite shade is Pinched that adds a pretty peachy glow without any shimmer.
L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush ($11.59) – I love every single thing about this blush! The creamy formula is seriously pigmented and it’s got a fluffy mousse-like texture that just melts into your skin. Although packaged in a small tube, it’s easy to squeeze out just a little on the back of your hand and apply with fingertips. A little bit of this stuff goes a long way! It really does help blur dullness and imperfections with a silky-smooth, shimmer-free finish. And the staying power is great too. I just wish they had more color choices!
NYX Whipped Lip & Cheek Souffle ($6) – This is a new product from NYX cosmetics that’s totally worth trying out! This one also has a mousse formula that gives you a soft velvety matte finish, not sticky or greasy at all. These are highly pigmented and you really need only a tiny bit to add a soft, natural flush. And the color is pretty long-lasting as well, kinda like a stain! I don’t like it as much as a lip color but it’s great as a blush. My favorite shades are Berry Tea and Plush.
Sonia Kashuk Crème Blush ($9.79) – Sonia Kashuk is another of my favorite brands that offers premium quality products with a totally non-drugstore, chic feel! This crème blush formula glides on like buttah and makes my skin look radiant and fresh, never greasy. It takes just a little dab of this creme to give you a beautiful touch of blush with a smooth and natural finish. I love this one on all counts! The colors Rosey and Petal are right up my alley!
NYX Rouge Cream Blush ($6) – NYX cosmetics are known for their rich, pigment-packed products and these cream blushes are no exception! I love the glossy cream texture of this blush that glides across the skin with ease and results in a sheer, radiant glow. It blends on incredibly smooth and the color holds up quite decently throughout the day. For those with oily skin, it might be a little too shiny but for normal to dry skin types like me, it’s surely a winner! The shades range from peaches & pinks to red and bronze, some of which have light shimmer to give your look a little kick!
Flower Beauty Win Some Rouge Some Crème Blush ($8) – This is a fabulous matte cream blush that melts onto skin with a soft powder-like finish, leaving you with a naturally rosy flush. I love how the texture is delightfully light and creamy without a sticky/oily feel and would be suitable for all skin types. It blends easily with your fingertips on bare skin as well as over foundation, and the pigmentation is great and easy to control for a totally natural finish (excellent for beginners!)
e.l.f. Studio HD Blush ($3) – This one is such a fantastic little beauty steal for just $3! The lightweight, velvety smooth texture plays nicely with my skin providing creamy color with a nice, strong wear. Plus, the convenient pump applicator makes it so easy to control the amount of product you need. The formula has a rich color payoff and gives you the perfect soft, dewy finish which doesn’t accentuate larger pores and doesn’t appear too shiny or oily. This one is a no-brainer if you’re not comfortable fidgeting with brushes or application!
Rimmel London Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint ($8) – The lasting power of this blush is ah-ma-zing. No problem with it staying put almost all day long! It has a creamy mousse/gel like consistency that’s so easy to blend and dries down into a beautiful, natural-looking stain so you’re not left with a creamy/oily feel on your cheeks. And the color won’t transfer at all. The shades are all flattering but my favorite is Sunkissed Cherry (coral pink) This is such a fantastic and affordable cream blush but has been discontinued. It’s still available at Walmart website and Amazon.com so you might want to pick up a shade or two!
Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick ($8.49) – If no fuss application is your deal, Maybelline’s Master Glaze cream blush sticks are the perfect pick! You can just swipe ’em on and easily blend ’em out for a pop of sheer color with a soft glowing sheen. And if you want more color, just layer! Their creamy consistency, easy to blend formula, and no-nonsense application is actually pretty similar to that of NARS The Multiple (for a fraction of the price!)
Jordana Color Tint Blush Stick ($2.99) – Another cream blush stick that I can’t get enough of is this one by Jordana! I love how it glides on and blends effortlessly adding a delicious wash of color for softly-flushed cheeks. It has a fairly sheer to medium color pay off that can easily be built up depending on how intense you want to go. The wear time is a little on the short side but they sure do come in an array of pretty colors, with something to suit every skin tone! It’s really a cheap thrill with a friendly price tag of $3!
What’s your favorite drugstore cream blush? Do share your budget friendly favorites in the comments below…I’d love to hear from you!
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