When I was *ahem* younger, I was all about a powder blush; no way you’d catch me using a cream. But I’ve slowly been rethinking that position. More often than not these days, I’ll reach for a cream formula first. Why? The cream formulas have improved so much in terms of pigmentation, feel and overall look. They look natural, have staying power and couldn’t be easier to work with.
I’ve been on a mission to find and test the best cream blushes. I like a cream blush that is pigmented, goes on easily, looks natural and has “staying” power. There’s not much point to applying a product, only to have it “disappear” a few hours later.
These are the Best Cream Blushes — in my opinion and in no particular order:
1. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Hibiscus 2. AERIN Beauty Multicolor for Lips & Cheeks 3. La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Plum Glow 4. CHANEL Le Blush Creme de CHANEL in 69 Intonation 5. YSL Creme de Blush in 2- Powdery Rose 6. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Cheek Glow 7. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in 15 Rose Petal 8. Clinique Cheek Pop/Blush Pop in 03 Berry Pop 9. MAKE UP FOR EVER Blush Creme Second Skin Cream Blush in 215 Flamingo Pink 10. Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in 01 Petal
While you’d think that a blush is a blush is a blush, that isn’t necessarily true. For instance, the La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush has antioxidants in a nourishing formula. A couple of my favorites have cream-to-powder formulas including the YSL Creme de Blush and Sonia Kashuk. While the Creme de CHANEL colors look really bright, don’t be afraid. Once on and blended, the shades are absolutely gorgeous. The Clinique Cheek Pop is actually a gel-hybrid formula and Make Up For Ever has just introduced the first HD Blush!
For best results, cream blush should be applied right after your foundation or base (BB, CC, tinted moisturizer, etc) because the textures are similar. If you try to apply a cream blush over a powder (or powder foundation), the textures will not blend.
The easiest method of application is with your fingertips, starting at the apple of your cheek and blending upward along the cheek bone. I prefer to start with just a tiny amount and build the coverage. It’s easier than overapplying and having to remove! If you’re not a fan of using fingers, a makeup sponge or BeautyBlender will do the trick. The key to the most natural look is blending well.
You can also use a makeup brush to apply a cream blush. I’ve seen makeup artists use everything from a Duo Fiber brush to a regular blush brush to a foundation brush. The MAC 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush (or 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush) is ideal; better than the 187 because you have more control and less stray product. Stipple the cream blush on, starting at the apple of your cheek and working up and out. The 159 brush works particularly well for the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush, which has more of a cream-gel to powder formula.
Do you use cream blushes? If so, what is your favorite?
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