Crease-free and fade-proof formulas right this way.

By Erin Lukas
Jun 09, 2021 @ 5:17 pm
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Cream Blushes That Will Make You Give Up Powder for Good
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Just like how pineapple on pizza, ketchup on eggs, and banana and peanut butter are all controversial food combinations, cream verses powder blush is one of the most debated topics when it comes to makeup products.

If you're looking for a soft, fresh, and lit-from-within glow, opting for a cream blush is your best bet. And if you're a powder girl, just hear me out: a creamy formula glides effortlessly onto skin without leaving any harsh lines, and can be sheered out with your fingertips, or blended with a sponge or a brush if you prefer.

Just like my preference for all of the above food combos, my preference for cream blush has always been an unpopular one. But thanks to a number of brands dropping formulas that don't melt off or fade away, people are catching onto cream blushes, and now, they're having a moment.

"A lot of people love a powder blush and won't be into a cream one," celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic recently told InStyle while sharing the details on his Soft Sculpt collection, which includes a cream blush stick. "The common complaint of blush in the process of developing the collection was that everyone said it just disappears. The main focus for me was to create one that works with the rest of the collection and has the technology to last longer on the skin."

To save you from dealing with creased or faded cream blush, I've compiled the best new formulas I coun't on for a soft, dewy wash of color on my cheeks.

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Saie Dew Blush Liquid Cheek Blush

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Even if you're new to cream blush, you'll quickly master Saie's easy-to-use formula that offers a dewy (not shimmery!) finish. Tap a dot high on your cheekbones and use your fingertips to sheer it out. Oh, and a little bit goes a long way - this cream is super pigmented.

To shop: $22; sephora.com

Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Stain

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Not only does this blush leave a gorgeous natural-looking color on your cheeks, it also doubles as a lip stain. The hyaluronic acid and vitamin E-infused blush glides on wet for effortless application and dries down to a long-lasting, satin finish.

To shop: $34; sephora.com

Makeup By Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick

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Most cream blushes slide off your face? Makeup By Mario's stick is formulated to have a radiant, moisturizing finish that isn't oily. TL;DR: This is one cream blush that will look fresh all day long. The dual-ended stick has a built-in brush for easy blending.

To shop: $28; sephora.com

Merit

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Makeup minimalists and newbies alike will dig Merit's balmy blush. Glide it on and blend it out with your fingers or a brush. While the formula offers impressive color in a single swipe, it's buildable if you're looking for a bolder look.

To shop: $28; sephora.com

Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick

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This travel-friendly stick blurs pores and keeps skin hydrated, thanks to a blend of emollients and antioxidants. Bonus: the triangular tip allows for precise application.

To shop: $46; sephora.com

Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush

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Not only is Rare Beauty's blush infused with a mix of non-greasy, nourishing oils for smooth application, it's also water resistant so it doesn't slide down your face.

To shop: $21; sephora.com

Bite Beauty Daycation Whipped Cream Blush

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Fake PTO with this whipped cream blush, which leaves skin with a sheer wash of color and post-vacation glow. Bonus: the fade-proof formula can also be swiped on the eyelids for a simple monochromatic makeup look.

To shop: $32; sephora.com