If we had to name our holy grail make-up products, cream blush would be high up on the list. A few dots on the cheeks and a quick blend, and you’re left with a gorgeous, glowy flush of colour – great for perking up tired, grey winter skin.
While we’re not quite ready to bin off our powdered blush completely, cream formulas are key to giving any make-up look a skin-like finish. They're also super easy to blend, making them great for beginners, and you even use them on your lips and eyes to bring your whole make-up look together.
Whether it’s a pink, peach or rosy hue you’re after, there’s a cream blusher out there for everyone. They're also perfect for creating this season's hottest make-up trend, the "cold girl look".
Ready to get your glow on? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite new cream blushers for every budget.
Best cream blushes to buy in 2023
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand, £30 here
Debuting at this year's Grammy Awards to give the likes of Lizzo, Doja Cat and Kacey Musgraves a healthy glow, these easy squeezy liquid blushes have a twist-up sponge applicator and give a soft-focus, blurring finish. Find them in four flattering shades.
VIEVE Sunset Blush Balm, £21 here
From make-up artist and influencer Jamie Genevieve's brand comes these creamy blushes, designed to give cheeks a touch of sun-kissed colour. A little goes a long way with these pigmented tints, and they contain a tiny hint of shimmer. The four shades are universally flattering on all skin tones.
Essence Baby Got Blush, £2.99 at Wilko stores
For the fastest way to a rosy flush, this bargain blush stick by Essence is ideal. Its handbag-friendly size means it's perfect for on-the-go touch-ups, too.
The Body Shop Freestyle Multi-Tasking Colour, £12 here
Part of The Body Shop's newly revamped make-up line, this multi-purpose cream encourages creativity and individuality, with a no-rule approach over how – and where – you apply it. These have been tested on 200 people with a range of skin tones and types to ensure that it performs well on everybody.
Max Factor Miracle Pure Cream Blush, £9.99 here
This one, like the whole Miracle Pure range, is packed full of skincare ingredients to care for skin as it colours, and gives a natural-looking radiance. TikTokers are also calling it a bargain dupe for a more pricey Charlotte Tilbury product.
Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush, £13.50 here
Perfect for patting onto the apples of the cheeks, these little pots are also infused with pomegranate, watermelon and rose extracts for a seamless finish that's kind to skin.
Lottie London Sweet Blush, £6.95 here
If you’re new to the cream blush hype, we’d suggest starting out with this easy-to-blend, lightweight formula by Lottie London. Not only is it buildable and non-drying, but it’s one of the more affordable options out there, with four shades to pick from.
Ciaté London Dewy Blush, £19 here
For a glass-like sheen, you can’t go wrong with Ciaté London’s Dewy Blush. Designed for all skin tones, this gel-balm formula brightens the complexion and delivers a natural flush of colour – with each shade boasting its own fruity scent, including watermelon and papaya.
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush, £21 here
Designed with all skin types and tones in mind, Rihanna’s Freestyle Cream Blush comes in a whopping ten different shades. Easy to apply and buildable, the formula may look vivid in the pan, but it gives a sheer, natural-looking finish that’s both sweat-proof and waterproof. Sold!
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