9 of the Best Cream Blushes to Lift Your Winter Complexion

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9 of the Best Cream Blushes to Lift Your Winter Complexion

For that fresh-looking, lit-from-within glow (AKA the “clean girl” aesthetic), cream blush is a must. It instantly lifts a dull winter complexion, and the buttery smooth texture and sheer pigments add a natural-looking flush of colour to the skin. And, if you’re creating a more statement look, there are plenty of options for a bold or full-glam effect. Read on for nine of the best cream blushes to have on your radar in 2023, from Charlotte Tilbury’s skincare-infused “Pillow Talk” Lip and Cheek Glow to Vieve’s Sunset Blush Balm, which gives skin a radiant, sun-kissed finish—prepare for glowing results!

1. Manasi 7 All Over Colour, £39

Manasi 7 All Over Colour in Bisque
Manasi 7 All Over Colour in shade Bisque
Manasi 7 All Over Colour Bisque in shade Bisque
Best Blush For A Natural Glow | Shade: Bisque

Do you prefer the clean girl look or natural-looking makeup for every day? Then Manasi 7’s All Over Colour is for you. This creamy and blendable lip, cheek, and eye colour glides on effortlessly and blends easily into the skin and onto the lips for a truly natural flush of colour. It’s buildable, easy to layer, and won’t cake or crease, making it the ideal cream blush for beginners. We chose Bisque, a barely there, neutral rosy brown hue with a touch of warmth for everyday, but there are 20 incredible shades to choose.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush, £30

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush in Soft Rose
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush
Best Blush For A Glowy, Glitter Free Finish | Shade: Soft Rose

Of the cream blushes we tested, Anastasia Beverly Hills is in a league of its own. It gives a glowy radiance and a natural-looking flush and has a light, non-sticky formula that feels hydrating on the skin. The creamy formula is super-lightweight and melts seamlessly into the skin, whether you apply it with your fingers or buff it in using its handy built-in brush. Invest in this AB blush if you’re after a sheer formula that’s buildable and not so easy to overdo.

3. Makeup By Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick, £33

Makeup By Mario
Makeup By Mario
Makeup By Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick
Best Blush For Bold or Monochromatic Looks | Shade: Pale Petal

Soft Pop is ideal for evenings out and full-glam looks. The cream formula is highly pigmented but blends beautifully without blotches or streaks. The built-in brush helps you buff your way to a flawless finish. Since it’s highly pigmented, you only need a dab or two. The bright colour and radiant finish aren’t as natural-looking as others we tested. Nonetheless, it’s an excellent choice for bold makeup looks.

4. Rose Inc Cream Blush Lip & Cheek Colour, £23

Rose Inc Cream Blush Lip & Cheek Colour
Rose Inc Cream Blush Lip & Cheek Colour in Ophelia
Rose Inc Cream Blush in shade Ophelia
Best Skincare-Infused Blush | Shade: Ophelia

We couldn’t live without this “clean girl” blusher from Rose Inc. It brightens and blurs whilst adding a radiant flush of colour. This pigment-rich formula contains a spectrum of skincare ingredients that improve skin health with each use, including hydrating squalene, antioxidant vitamin E, and shine-reducing marine ferment extract. It’s long-lasting, buildable and melts into the skin for a smooth, glowing complexion. It’s our go-to for everyday makeup.

5. Victoria Beckham Cheeky Posh Cream Blush Stick, £36

Victoria Beckham Cheeky Posh Cream Blush Stick
Victoria Beckham Cheeky Posh Cream Blush Stick in Fame
Victoria Beckham Cheeky Posh Cream Blush Stick in shade Fame
Best Blush For Universal Shade Range | Shade: Fame

Victoria Beckham’s Cheeky Posh stick has us completely smitten. With buildable colour, a velvety texture, and a blurring finish, it’s unlike any other weightless cream blushes we tested. It contains pure botanical actives that leave your cheeks and lips smoother, brighter, and healthier. It blends seamlessly into the skin, leaving a satin, soft-focus finish that lasts all day. The foolproof formula doesn’t shift foundation and layers well over bare skin, highlighter, or other complexion products. It applies boldly but can be sheered out or built up without leaving a white cast. With seven shades designed to flatter all complexions, VB truly nails her shade range.

6. Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip and Cheek Glow, £30

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip and Cheek Glow
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip and Cheek Glow in Colour of Passion
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip and Cheek Glow
Best Blush For Mature Skin | Shade: Colour of Passion

Need a multi-tasking cream blush that blends out easily and won’t shift your makeup underneath? Meet Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lip and Cheek Glow. What makes this particular blush different from other products is its focus on skincare, as it contains a potent boost of vitamin E and raspberry leaf stem cell extract to prevent dryness and help keep your skin hydrated. The formula is long-lasting, smooths out imperfections, and adds a glow to the whole face.

7. Vieve Sunset Blush Balm, £21

Vieve Sunset Blush Balm
Vieve Sunset Blush Balm in Pesca
Vieve Sunset Blush Balm
Best Blush For A Sunkissed Look | Shade: Pesca

Extend (or fake) your holiday glow with Vieve’s Mediterranean-inspired Sunset Blush Balm. Enriched with skin-loving ingredients, Sunset Blush gives a luminous, radiant finish to the cheeks. Plus, the liquid formula is buildable, so you can easily transition from a soft flush of colour to a bold look. The precision tip of the wand makes the light liquid blush easy to apply to create a myriad of looks.

8. ICONIC London Sheer Blush & Blender Bundle, £23.10

ICONIC London Sheer Blush shade range
ICONIC London Sheer Blush shade range
ICONIC London Sheer Blush & Blender Bundle
Best Blush Bundle | Shade: Rose Riot

Make your makeup pop with the iconic London Sheer Blush and Blender bundle. This ultra-creamy blush adds an instant glow to your complexion, plus it’s skincare-infused to nourish the skin. With its super buildable formula, the blush transforms from a lightweight gel into a liquid, making it effortless to build and blend. This blush leaves a natural-looking radiance on your cheeks or lips thanks to its coated pigments. It’s our go-to for sculpted and lifted looks worthy of a makeup artist.

9. Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm, £21

Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm
Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Rush Hour
Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm
Best Blush For Dewy Makeup | Shade Rush Hour

While buildable, Tower 28’s BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm is on the more vibrant end of the blush spectrum. But that’s what makes it perfect for monochromatic and clean, dewy makeup looks. This silicone- and fragrance-free formula is ideal for sensitive skin types but really anyone. Plus, its formulated with antioxidant-packed green tea and soothing and hydrating aloe vera extracts for an extra skincare boost.

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