Combined with a touch of BB cream or your favourite foundation, cream blushers create a subtle look perfect for day wear or as a base for a big night out. They’re also easy to apply, are great for dry skin, and look just as good on your lips as they do on your cheeks.
The best cream blusher is Pot Rouge by popular makeup brand Bobbi Brown. Having won the Best Cream Blusher and Best Beauty Hero awards at the 2016 Best Beauty by Stylist Awards, it’s been proven by beauty experts that it is one of the best you can buy. Other luxury brands to consider are MAC and Sisley, but for tighter budgets, high street brands such as Revlon also have a fantastic product range.
It’s sometimes a good idea to pop into a store and sample the shade before you buy, especially if you’re considering a different colour to your usual. And it’s actually recommended that you don’t use a makeup brush to apply cream blusher, so that’s one expense you don’t need to cover. Beauty bloggers and pro's alike actually recommend using your finger to apply cream blusher, clean hands only, of course!
Other than that, your chosen colour is totally down to the look that you want to achieve, so take a read of our guide below and click through to discover the range of shades available.
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1. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge
An award winning cream blusher for cheeks and lips
Type: Pot | Size: 3.7g | Colours: 10+ shades
With the title of ‘Best Beauty Hero’ under its belt, we’re pretty sure that you can rely on this cream blusher to save the day, especially when your skin is looking sallow and dry. Whether it’s giving you that ‘just pinched’ look or adding a hint of colour to your lips, use the Pot Rouge for a subtle day look or as a base for your night out. With heaps of praise on the user front, as well as recognition from beauty experts, there’s no mistaking that this cream blusher is the best.
2. Sisley Phyto-Blush Twist Blusher
With an applicator stick, rather than a pot, this cream blusher is perfect for applying on the go
Type: Stick | Size: 5.5g | Colours: Petal, Fuchsia, Papaya, Glow
Described as being coloured like a cream blush but as soft as powder upon application, this is a luxury makeup product with a luxury price tag to match. Sisley is famed for its plant-based cosmetics and, as such, their products are regarded as being very friendly to the skin. Their cream blush has been enriched with camellia oil and shea butter, which are known for being good for dry skin, while Sisley promise a long-lasting finish for day long wear.
3. Benefit Majorette Booster Blusher
Boost your cheeks from pale and sallow to bright and peachy with this Benefit number
Type: Pot | Size: 7g | Colours: Peach
Cream blushers are great for blending into a healthy glow, with this number from Benefit being the perfect candidate. While other shades are ideal for adding a boost of colour to your cheeks, the peachy Benefit Majorette Booster is all about enhancing your natural colour for a vibrant daytime look. You can apply this cream blusher to your lips, and thanks to its peach and pomegranate fragrance, it'll taste rather lovely, too.
4. NARS The Multiple
While it doesn’t come cheap, you can use this cream blush on eyes, cheeks and lips, making it a makeup bag essential
Type: Stick | Size: 14g | Colours: Orgasm, Portofino, Copacabana, South Beach and Maui
You’ll be making multiple trips to Portofino and South Beach with this cream blush from NARS. We’re not talking in the literal sense, just the constant re-use of your favourite shade. And when it’s ideal for eyes, cheeks and lips, we’re pretty sure you’ll be using it alll the time! It’s award-winning, and it's not hard to see why – it's endlessly versatile, and features a unique shimmer for an extra special finish, making it perfect for a subtle daytime lift or a base for your night out face.
5. MAC Cream Colour Base
Apply directly to your skin or layer it over foundation, the choice is yours
Type: Pot | Size: 3.2g | Colours: Hush, Portofino, Improper copper, Pearl and Shell
Whether you’re applying it directly onto your skin for a healthy, makeup-free glow or looking to apply a healthy layer of it over your favourite foundation, this cream blusher can be used exactly as you require. Choose to apply it using your fingers, a brush or a sponge depending on whether you’re going for day casual or night glam. While the cost is perfectly mid range, bear in mind that the pot is the smallest on our list.
6. Revlon Instafix Stick Blush
The best cream blusher for those on a budget
Type: Stick | Size: 6.8g | Colours: Nude kiss, Berry kiss, Candy kiss, Rose Gold kiss
When all the shades feature the same word, you know the brand are trying to tell you something. The Revlon Instafix has been formulated to provide your cheeks with a kiss of colour for a natural makeup look. Thanks to the stick applicator, it’s easy to apply. It’s also perfectly blendable and Revlon call it mistake proof, too, so for us, it’s certainly a winner.
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