Sep 12, 2023

The 8 best cream blushes to try this season

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Discover the ultimate cream blushes that achieve our stamp of approval, including cream-to-powder options, blusher sticks and gel cream formulas.

Cream blusher is a makeup product that everyone should have, due to its multifunctional purpose (it can be used on lips and eyes as well as cheeks) and its pure ability to make your skin look like its healthiest, glowiest, prettiest self.

They’re super easy to apply too.

Whether you use your fingers, a brush or a makeup sponge, cream blushers will effortlessly melt and diffuse into the skin, and are easy to reapply throughout the day if needed.

Read on to discover the best dewy blushers that will have you smiling from ear to ear.

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The clue’s in the name; this is one glowy blush.

Perfect for dabbing on lips and cheeks (and eyes), this multi-tasking makeup hero contains Vitamin E for its hydration properties, mica for its smoothing effect and beeswax for its soft, nourishing nature.

Pop this on to achieve a flawless, lit-from-within glow.

Hands up if you want a glow like Rihanna’s?

Coming in 10 flattering shades to suit all skin tones, this range features everything from peachy pinks to corals, lilacs (yep, they are wearable!), nudes and more.

They provide an instant pop of colour which can be built up to achieve your desired look, with a dewy finish. We’re in love.

Selena Gomez’s makeup brand is ever-popular with Gen-Z and millennials alike, and it’s not hard to see why, with Instagrammable packaging and brilliant formulas, catering to a wide range of skin tones and concerns.

Step forth the Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush, which is packed full of pigment but comes in a small and lightweight compact, perfect for popping in your handbag for busy days.

But a word of warning; this creamy blush sells out super fast — so if you don’t manage to snap it up in time, try the equally as good Soft Pinch Liquid Blush instead.

Everything Rosie Huntington-Whiteley touches turns to gold for her makeup line Rose Inc, and this creamy blush is no different.

This Junior Editor loves to use it for a sun-kissed look across the bridge of the nose and along the cheekbones.

And it’s beloved by beauty editors too for its impressive staying power and its sustainable efforts — the packaging is reusable; simply pop out your empty pan and replace it with a new shade.

It’s a steep price point but this chic cream blush stick, from professional makeup artist Gucci Westman’s line, features a clever cream-to-powder formula that glides on like a dream and won’t move or melt in adverse weather conditions (or when you’re a little sheeny from running for the train).

It also contains hyaluronic acid, ayurvedic oils and Vitis Vita grape extract, which works to stimulate collagen and provide a bouncy, plump effect.


Looking for the best cream blush for dry skin?

This gel cream formula contains collagen for its ability to retain water, and blurring, smoothing powder pigments to provide a flawless, diffused effect, making it perfect for dry skin types.

It couldn't be easier to apply either — simply dab it onto your cheeks to see it effortlessly melt into your skin.

If you prefer a matte finish, this offering from NARS should be on your radar.

It provides a flush of colour with its creamy, mousse-like texture that makes skin look natural and healthy — like you’ve just come back refreshed from a long overdue holiday.

It’s a great option if you’re looking for the best cream blush for mature skin too, using a Colour Diffusion Complex that blurs and smooths, for a second-skin finish.

Your dual blush and brush has entered the chat.

Featuring a brush at one end and a blush at the other, this is everything you need for applying blush on-the-go — it even comes with a handy tin and in-built mirror.

Not that you’d really need the mirror! The thick shape of the blusher makes it easy to swipe on in one and blend for a pretty colour that stays put all day.

We’ve hand-selected the crème de la crème of cream blushes, but the best offerings in our opinion go to:

The Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush for its range of 10 shades and array of both conventional and less conventional colours.

We also like the Rose Inc Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Colour for its chic yet refillable packaging and luxe formulas.

Prices updated on 02/08/2023. We are not responsible for any changes to the prices mentioned above.

Having worked at Marie Claire and trade beauty magazine, Scratch, Emma Hobday is a beauty and fashion expert who aims to help readers choose perfect products. When not engrossed in glossy magazines, Emma loves walking her dog and attending West End shows.