17 Cream Blushes That Deserve a Spot in Your Makeup Bag
It's no secret that minimal makeup is having a moment right now, and the star of the show is blush — cream blush, to be exact. The soft, hydrating product has become a quick favorite for a handful of reasons. It's super easy to apply (with many coming in portable stick packaging); natural looking, giving you a sun-kissed glow; and, more times than not, packed with good-for-you skin-care ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera to hydrate your skin while you wear it.
Whether you're packing for a quick weekend trip, running late for a video call, or just want a no-makeup, makeup look that accentuates your natural beauty, cream blush is the perfect addition to your routine. All you need is a swipe of pigment to wake up your face, show off your cheekbones, and complete your glam. Proving just how useful they are for on-the-go applications, some also come with a dual-ended built-in brush and sit in the palm of your hand. Some of them are even versatile enough to use on your eyes and lips, too.
Whether you want a natural, peachy color, something more vibrant and statement-making, or a shimmery highlighter-blush combo that will give you a lit-from-within glow, there's a formula out there just waiting to complete your everyday routine. Keep reading to shop the best cream blushes on the market.
Best Cream-to-Powder Blush
If there's any blush that screams innovation, it's this one. Packed with the brand's incredible upsalite technology, this formula feels like a balm when you apply it, but it dries down to a powdery, matte finish. Using this blush will take you on a journey of fascination with the gorgeous color range.
Best Matte Cream Blush
Inspired by Charlotte Tilbury's iconic Light Wands, the Matte Blush Wand gives you an ultra-saturated wash of color with a soft, stain finish. It comes in four shades, and the squeeze tube and sponge applicator make it easy to apply on the go and in a hurry. Our editors love it so much, it even won a coveted POPSUGAR Beauty Award. Read a full Matte Beauty Blush Wand review here.
Best Lightweight Cream Blush
From celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic's line, the Soft Pop Plumping Blush Veil is a lightweight cushiony cream loaded with hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin. It gives you a soft veil of color with a radiant finish thanks to pearlescent pigments. It comes in six shades.
Read our full Makeup by Mario Soft Pop Plumping Blush Veil review.
Best Jumbo Cream Blush
Pixi On-the-Glow Blush ($18)
The Pixi On-the-Glow Blush is the key to a flushed, sun-kissed complexion. The creamy formula contains ginseng, aloe vera, and a mix of fruit extracts, making it hydrating and easy to glide onto the skin. What's even better is you can use it on your cheeks and lips for a monochromatic beauty look. It comes in three colors.
Best Blendable Cream Blush
Rare Beauty's blush formulas really put the brand on the map. Though people loved the initial launch of the liquid blush, this melting cream blush compact offers the same amazing pigment saturation while being easier to blend. It's super user-friendly and can be applied with a brush or your fingers. It comes in five shades.
Best Hydrating Cream Blush
Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek ($24)
The Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek is a multiuse stick for the cheeks and lips that gives you buildable, soft color. It's loaded with great skin-care ingredients like mango butter, avocado oil, and apricot oil, making it creamy and hydrating. It comes in 11 shades with a mix of matte and shimmer finishes.
Best Cream Blush Under $5
The E.l.f. Monochromatic Multi Stick is a cream-to-powder formula that gives your skin a soft touch of color but is buildable, making it possible to get rich saturation. It's nongreasy and nonsticky and can be used on the entire face. It comes in seven shades.
Best pH-Changing Cream Blush
What's really cool about the Tarte Maracuja Juicy Cream Blush is that the formula reacts to your skin's natural pH, shifting the color to become your perfect match. But that's not all: it contains hyaluronic acid and maracuja oil to make it hydrating and creamy, and vitamin C to help brighten skin. It comes in four shades.
Best Shimmery Cream Blush
Nars' The Multiple Cream Blush Lip and Eye Stick will make your skin glow with its shimmery formula. It contains vitamin E and açai oil for antioxidants and moisture. It comes in five shades, including the cult-favorite Orgasm, a sheer peachy pink with a golden shimmer.
Best Balmy Cream Blush
Another great option for lips and cheeks, the Tower28 Beachplease Tinted Balm Blush is a hydrating balm with a radiant finish. It's packed with aloe vera extract to hydrate and soothe skin, green tea extract for antioxidants, and castor seed oil to hydrate. It comes in nine shades.
Best Drugstore Cream Blush
For a drugstore option under $10, try the Catrice Cheek Flirt Face Stick. It's a lightweight creamy stick that gives your skin natural-looking color that doesn't smear or transfer. It comes in three shades.
Best Glowy Cream Blush
Jane Iredale's Glow Time Blush Stick gives your complexion a dewy, lit-from-within glow with a creamy color payoff. It goes on smooth, blends like a dream, and is buildable, allowing you to customize how much pigment you get. It comes in four shades, two with a light shimmer.
Best Natural-Finish Cream Blush
The Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush is a classic for a reason. The pigment is major, and yet the formula feels light as air on the skin and looks so natural. It comes in 12 shades, guaranteeing a match for all skin tones.
Best Cream Blush For Travel
Sofia Richie's wedding day makeup used the Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color, so you know it's good. The stick features a cream blush on one end and a built-in brush on the other, making it convenient and easy to use. The formula is hydrating and long-wearing, and also suitable for the eyes, lips, and cheeks. It comes in three finishes — matte, satin, and radiant — and a total of 22 shades.
Best Cream Blush Compact
Stila Convertible Color ($25)
The Stila Convertible Color has a sheer-like consistency that gives you soft color that can easily be built up. It brings out the natural hue in both your cheeks and lips for a flattering, fresh look. It comes in four shades.
Best Mini Cream Blush
This face stick is impossibly easy to use. The multiuse product can be applied to your cheeks and lips as a balm, blush, and highlighter, giving you more bang for your buck. It's super compact, fitting in the tiniest of bags, and easy to touch-up anywhere. The coverage is light but buildable, and it comes in nine shades.