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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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