Makeup

The best cream blushers for a natural flush

Anna Hunter 16 May 2022

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The best cream blushers for a natural flush

Cream blusher is one of those products that makes your face look lively, instantly. A quick pick-me-up, the right colour and formula can take years off, not to mention cunningly disguise fatigue and get you ready to leave the house in mere moments (smudge on, blend, go!) Obviously you want the finish to be more cherubic than clown-like, so we road-tested a selection of cream and liquid blushers to find out which ones came up roses. Trust us, these are the best...

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BEST FOR BEGINNERS: Beauty Pie Supercheek Cream Blush

Price: £9.90 (available shades: 6)

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The Verdict: Haven’t heard of Beauty Pie yet? You can thank us later. The brand keeps its prices low by cutting out industry mark-ups, making its money through the reasonably-priced subscription you need to get your hands on the products at cost. Oh, and said products are really good. Case in point: these little pots of fool-proof matte cheek colour. Super-blendable thanks to a unique mix of synthetic waxes and a “silicone elastomer gel,” they’re fool-proof enough for those only just starting to experiment with cream after a lifetime of powder loyalty.

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BEST FOR BLENDABILITY: Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Price: £19 (available shades: 11)

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The Verdict: We’ve already been pretty vocal about our love for this Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush , which makes up part of the 25-product-strong beauty line from actress and singer Selena Gomez. And it turns out we’re not alone. So, why have beauty editors and TikTokers fallen so hard for it? It’s more cream than a liquid, with a blend of oils that help it blend into the skin without any dripping or chalkiness. You only need two dots for a full cheek flush as the colour payoff is incredible, and it stays put all day (make sure you’ve got a good oil-based cleanser on stand by for when you want to take it off!)

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BEST FOR ON THE GO: Trinny London Flush Blush

Price: £20 (available shades: 6)

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The Verdict: This stackable makeup range has made quite a name for itself for being convenient and results driven. With nearly every product housed in a stackable pot, and an online matching tool that tells you which shades suit you best and allows you to buy an entire look. This cream blush is all you need for a dewy natural flush, and can be layered for intensity. It blends into the skin effortlessly without disturbing your base (our pet peeve!)

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BEST FOR GLOW: Iconic London Sheer Blush

Price: £21 (available shades: 6)

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The Verdict: It’s no surprise that the brand made famous for its glow-giving illuminators, then managed to create a liquid blush with unrivalled sheer dewiness. The “water-rich” gel is effortless to blend in with fingertips, or if you prefer, gently buffed in with a stippling brush. The end result is best described as a gorgeous veil of colour that can be made to pop for the evening with an added layer or two.

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BEST BUDGET: E.l.F Putty Blush

Price: £6 (available shades: 6)

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The Verdict: Creamy to apply but with a semi-matte, velvety finish - this flattering pop of colour is an absolute steal (and a favourite of GTG’s Victoria Woodhall. Infused with argan oil and vitamin E for a welcome hydration boost on drier skin types, it gives you the kind of flush that looks like you’ve been for a walk on a fresh day – no clown cheeks to be seen.

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BEST FOR A NATURAL FLUSH: Glossier Cloud Paint

Price: £15 (available shades: 8)

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The Verdict: If you’re a Glossier stan and own every single product already, then we don’t need to preach to the choir. But if you’re only just considering your first Glossier purchase, this easy-to-use cheek colour is a great place to start (it’s a top-rated product on the Glossier site). A little goes a long way with this sheer, gel-cream formula: two or three dots blended along the cheekbone will give you a subtle, healthy-looking flush. The shade range is varied but wearable – we would happily pop them all on (seperately, of course).

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BEST FOR DRY SKIN: Rose INC Blush Divine Radiant Lip & Cheek Colour

Price: £23 (available shades: 6)

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The Verdict: Rosie made an eco-promise when developing her skincare and makeup range, which is vegan, cruelty-free, refillable where possible, and housed in eco packaging. The products are also really good, and this multitasking blush is our fave for creating the supermodel’s signature flushed-cheek look. Nourishing oils of squalane, vitamin E, and ceramides ensure maximum malleability, with no drying out on the skin and a flattering “blurred” finish. The pan can be refilled when you’re done, so you’re helping to save the planet as well as your hard-earned wages (refills cost only £14).

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BEST STICK: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush

Price: £30 (available shades: 5)

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The Verdict: There’s something about a twist-up-stick that feels so handbag friendly. The bonus with this ABH one is it comes with a blending brush on the other end, which also happens to be removable for easy cleaning. To apply, we dot our cheeks directly with the blush bullet, then gently buff with the brush. You may find it easier to apply with your fingertips first so that the warmth of your skin melts the cream slightly. Either way, the end result is a dreamy flush of stay-all-day colour. Read reviews for the other best stick blushers  we rate.