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The Cream Blusher Edit: A Roundup of Our Editors’ Favourites

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We are big fans of blusher here at LTG.

We love how it can make you look healthy and alert even when you’ve overdone it on the boxsets and only had 6 hours sleep. And how one swipe of the right blusher shade can go from making you look like you haven’t seen the sun in two years to gorgeously holidayed (calling all lazy girl makeup lovers!).

However, while powder blushers are great for oilier skin types or those who like a powder-like finish, for a long time there weren’t a lot of blushers that offered the sort of subtle, dewy look that’s everywhere at the moment. Especially for those of us with dry skin who find powders flake or stick in all the wrong places.

Luckily though all that’s changed over the past few years and now pretty much every makeup brand (and some skincare ones too) has got on board the cream blush train.

Perfect for anyone who likes their look on the no makeup-makeup side- as well as those with dry or sensitive skin- cream products typically come in an emollient (moisturising) base, giving them both a natural, healthy sheen at the same time as nourishing skin.

Their creamy formulas may not make them *quite* as long-lasting as powder equivalents, but since they’re slightly more waterproof they do stand up well for active types or in warmer climes.

So if you’re thinking of taking the leap from powder to cream blusher (or just want to add to your existing collection), we’ve rounded up some of our all-time favourites for a natural-looking glow – whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive, acne-prone, or combination.


Best affordable cream blusher

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Laura Kemp – Senior Beauty Editor

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Blush Stick

“I’ve got combination skin, so it’s often difficult to find a cream or powder blush that doesn’t stick or flake off in all the wrong places. But the more I use cream blushes, the better I have found them for my skin.

“I don’t wear much foundation, only really when I feel like making a *bit* more effort or for an event, so I mainly do my skincare, apply SPF, and then some concealer and blush. The Makeup Revolution Fast Base Blush Stick for cheeks and lips has been great on my skin and the price is just amazing! 

“I really like a stick that is a multitasker and can be used on lips, eyes, and cheeks, and this one does just that. Its creamy formula adds a really nice wash of colour and instantly adds some glow, and it’s really easy to blend. I love using the mauve shade on my lips and cheeks, and then dabbing a bit on my eyelids to bring it all together.

“It’s very pigmented and glides on really easily (I do prefer using this in the warmer months when my skin is oilier, I’ve got to say) making it really easy to use on the go, too.”

Great for: Your bank balance, ease of use

Not-so-great-for: Those who are sensitive to fragrance

Makeup Revolution’s Fast Base Blush Stick is £6.00 on the Makeup Revolution UK website/$8.00 on the Makeup Revolution US website



What other people had to say

Makeup lovers are really raving about this cream blusher! One customer on the Makeup Revolution website said “Gorgeous blush and so pigmented. You only need a small amount and I find it easier to blend with a damp beauty sponge than a brush.

“I hope makeup revolution expand on the range. I would love to see more shades like a burnt orange, deep purple and a brick red.”

While another commented on Makeup Revolution’s Instagram saying “I already have 1 of them and they are SO GOOD. great pigment, easy to blend and it looks so perfect. I think I’m going to buy some new shades.”


Best cream blush for sensitive skin

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Sally Underwood – Editor-in-Chief

Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator

“At the luxury end of the cream blush scale, Wander Beauty’s dual-ended product is perfect for anyone who likes their beauty quick and fuss-free- but can’t skip the highlighter.

“Containing squalane to moisturise, this two-in-one product’s versatility makes it great for travel (which makes sense since that’s Wander Beauty’s brand philosophy), while its sleek, golden design makes it perfect for luxe lovers too.

Great for: Travel since this could theoretically be used for everything from lip colours to blusher, highlighter, and even eyeshadow

Not so great for: The wallet, as this is pretty pricey.  Also for those who don’t like silicones in their products as it contains dimethicone

Wander Beauty’s On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator is £22.80 on Look Fantastic UK/$38.00 on the Wander Beauty US website


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What other people had to say

Consumers on the Wander Beauty website are loving this product, with one saying “This combo is perfect for travel. Easy to apply and looks very natural.”

Another wrote “I bought this in petal and it’s the perfect color – I was on the fence about whether pink would suit me but it brightens my face and blends perfectly.

“Love the highlighter too. Set with powder for all day wear.”


Best cream blush for dry skin and rosacea

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Tori Crowther – Contributing Beauty Editor

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

“I’m often asked about blush as it relates to rosacea — why on earth would I add more pink to my face that’s already resembling a plump tomato? The short answer is control.

“Concealing and re-adding a flush of colour where you actually want it vs where it decides to appear is one of the best ways to feel like you’re in control of your redness. There is one rule though: use a blush that’s easy to manipulate and won’t cause further irritation.

“The more you have to blend out the blush, the worse you’re going to make the redness. Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Blush is the most rosacea-friendly blush I’ve found. Its unique, lightweight texture makes it blend like a dream with only the lightest touch needed.

“This small tube lasts such a long time because the formulas are so pigmented and there are lots of shades to choose from. My favourite is Cherub because aside from being a cute name, it works brilliantly for my light skintone.”

Great for: sensitive skin, dry skin, rosacea

Not so great for: Those who prefer a thicker formula or a product in a pot rather than a bottle

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush is £18.45 on the Daniel Sandler website/$25.00 on the Daniel Sandler US website



What other people had to say

One customer on the Daniel Sandler website said how much they love playing with the different shades, while another said it “Gives a very natural healthy glow like you’ve just got back from a weeks holiday! A real healthy no make up make up [sic]!!”

Another said that this is an “Amazing buildable blush. Colour looks very bright when you put it on the back of your hand but creates a natural warm finish. I want them all!”


Best cream blush for oily, acne-prone skin

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Philippa Pearne – Beauty Editor

Jones Road Miracle Balm

“Hands down, the best cream blusher is Jones Road Miracle Balm.

“For a start, it’s in a huge pot so you’re not going to run out in a hurry (which helps when you’re spending £36 on it) and the texture is glossy and smooth.

“You can build up the pigment really easily for a statement pop of colour or, if you’re someone who likes their blusher nice and subtle, then one little dab of this will do the trick. I love how it leaves a really glowy sheen thanks to its balm formula and there are lots of colours to choose from too.

“My favourite shade is Miami Beach.”

Great for: Using for a long time, those who like a balm formula

Not so great for: Might be slightly too balmy or thick for those with super oily skin

Jones Road Miracle Balm is £36.00 on the UK Liberty website/$38.00 on the Jones Road US website


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What other people had to say

Users commenting on the Jones Road Instagram page say some great things about this blush, one person said “Sunkissed is awesome. At first glance you might think its too dark for fair skin. It’s really not. I use it with great results! Excellent product.”

Another commented on how great this is for older skin, as well as the size of the pot “Grown to love, good on my 67yr face. Please make in smaller more affordable size. Think it will outlive me, its so big.”


Some tips for applying

Since cream blusher generally has a different texture to powder blush, there are a couple of different tips that can really help to ramp up the glow. Take a look at the videos above, and here are our top tips for applying cream blush:

  • Application is more versatile than you’d think: While many people normally use their fingers to apply cream blusher, those more used to using beauty tools will be pleased to know that a normal blusher brush can work just as well, helping to diffuse the product subtly across the cheek (just be aware that cleaning your brushes afterwards is definitely a little more work with cream products). Equally, a damp beauty sponge can really help to lock in moisture and even make an already dewy formula seriously glowy.

  • For even more glow, you can turn a slightly more matte product into something more wet look my mixing your chosen cream blush with a (very) small amount of facial oil on the back of your hand, you can also mix your blush with a liquid highlighter for *extra* glow.

  • And finally, if you’re applying cream blusher with a powder foundation, use your blusher first before dusting over it with your foundation layer- this will help both to set your products and will also help to avoid removing any layers you don’t want to.


The takeaway

Ideal for those who like a natural glow, don’t like wearing too much makeup, or sportier types who need something quick to apply which will stay in place, cream blushers are pretty much a staple in our makeup bags.

Available from budget buys to luxury prices, there’s also a cream blush to suit pretty much everyone- from dry skin to oily and glow addicts to matte lovers.



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Sally Underwood is a journalist, *serious* beauty fan, and Editor-in-Chief of Live That Glow. Formerly Editorial Director of one of Europe's largest newspaper groups, Sally has been a beauty obsessive since her teen years spent dragging her long-suffering (but immaculately-groomed) friends around every beauty counter in London. She now leads Live That Glow's editorial operations.

Expertise: Skincare, Body care
Education: University College London

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