A good cream blush is fundamental to achieving a youthful flush and a coveted, lit-from-within glow.
Containing lightweight oils, cream blushes are different than their powdery counterparts as they are not only hydrating, but also nourishing and very blendable.
If you don’t know where to start with cream blushes, don’t worry, as we’ve got a list of great blushes that keeps us going back for more.
How to apply cream blushes
Cream blushes are very easy to apply as you can simply pick some product up and blend it out with your fingers. You could use a beauty sponge or brush for more precision, but it’s not necessary.
It’s difficult to mess up, as cream blushes are usually sheer but very buildable. If you’ve applied too much, simply use a sponge or brush to diffuse the colour.
To add that warm “just fallen in love” flush to your face, apply the blush to higher on your cheeks. A good way to do so is to smile and apply it on your cheeks before diffusing the edges.
Best cream blushes to try
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush
We’re into this cream blush as it is dual-ended with a brush on one side. Plus, it is ultra-lightweight with a buildable formula.
This cream blush is mineral-oil free, oil-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free, phthalates-free, and fragrance-free. It also comes in five naturally flattering shades for all skin tones.
It retails for S$48.
2. Benefit Cosmetics Gogotint Cheek & Lip Tint
This brightly tinted cheek and lip tint comes with a precise lip applicator that glides the product right onto your skin and lips.
It dries to a natural finish and is oil-free, paraben-free, and sulphate free. Expect a sweet, vibrant flush that lasts for hours without the need for touch-ups.
It retails for S$31.
3. Bite Beauty Daycation Whipped Blush
One of the most long-wearing cream blushes around, this dries for a radiant finish and is infused with papaya extract. Since you can wear this on your eyelids, it is safe enough for the sensitive areas of your face.
We are also happy to see that this blush is cruelty-free and vegan, which is always a good thing in our book.
It retails for S$50.
4. Canmake Cream Cheek
This gel-like blush is silky-soft on your fingers but dries instantly when you apply it to your cheeks. With its long-lasting formula, it promises to last for hours on end.
It contains masses of emollient agents that protect your skin from drying out while improving the blush’s adhesion. Plus, you can use it on top of both powder foundation and liquid foundation.
It retails for S$14.90.
5. Chantecaille Cheek Gelee Hydrating Gel Cream Blush
This ultra-lightweight blush combines the freshness of a gel with the lasting power of a stain. Even better, it doubles up as eyeshadow.
Paraben-free, fragrance-free, and phthalate-free, it provides hydration to your cheeks as it is formulated with a high concentration of water.
It retails for S$105.
6. Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush
Non-greasy and lightweight, this cream blush instantly melts into the skin for a natural-looking sheer flush. It’s easily buildable too, so you don’t have to worry about it being too sheer.
With ten different colours to choose from, you are sure to find one to flatter your skin tone. Plus, you can use this on your lips too.
It retails for S$33.
7. Glossier Cloud Paint
This seamless, buildable gel-cream blush blends seamlessly and leaves the cheeks looking dewy. You can layer it on easily for a natural, flushed-from-within glow.
There are special blurring pigments that give a soft-focus effect that doesn’t accentuate texture or pores.
It retails for S$28.50.
8. Gogotales Cream Mousse Blush
This highly affordable cream blush came onto our radar due to its shimmery shades. While not every shade comes with shimmer, we can’t help but love the extra shine to our cheeks.
The colours are soft and natural, so you can have sun-kissed cheeks. It is blendable and long-lasting too.
It retails for S$9.
9. Holika Holika Nudrop Lumi Cheek
Illuminate your cheeks with this blendable and creamy blush that is sure to give your face a radiant, dewy glow – think ‘my cheeks but better’.
This blush adheres closely to your skin with a soft texture. Just dab a little onto your cheeks using your hand or sponge to create natural gradation.
It retails for S$23.50.
10. I'm Meme Pep!Balm
Inspired by paint, this cream blush can be used for both the lips and cheeks for a natural, refreshing finish. Its soft texture dries even and is non-sticky.
This multitasking product soothes the skin and lips upon first application as it is enriched by nourishing shea butter.
It retails for S$10.21.
11. Inc.redible For the First Time Whipped Bounce Blush
Like a mousse, this 100% vegan cream blush melts seamlessly into your skin for a lit-from-within, flawless flush.
Unfortunately, there are only three different shades: a dusky cool pink, a hot rose, and a burnt apricot. Therefore, you might not be able to find a colour to your liking.
It retails for S$15.
12. Laneige Cheek Glow
This cushion-type blusher makes adjusting the amount easy even for beginners, so if you’re new to makeup, this might be a good choice for you.
You can expect the same youthful flush to stay on throughout the day as it delivers a glowing radiance to the cheeks without darkening over time.
It retails for S$46.90.
13. Luna Melting Cheek Stick
Formulated with rosehip seed oil, apricot kernel oil, and argan oil, this lightweight cream blush has a matte powdery finish without looking cakey.
You can add an instant, healthy flush to your cheeks with only a single stroke. You can use this stick on your lips too for a chic, monochromatic look.
14. Perfect Diary Satin Touch Cream Blush Duo
You may have noticed that this cream blush comes with two different colours in one, allowing you to mix and match as you please.
This long-lasting, moisturising, and ultra-pigmented silky and creamy blush comes in four different colour combinations which will flatter most Asian skin tones.
It retails for S$19.90.
15. Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze
A dual-ended product, you’ve got the balm blush on one side and a brush on the other. Plus, it comes with a makeup tin that has a cosmetic mirror.
These hypo-allergenic, water-resistant formulas dry matte and can also be used for bronzing and contouring.
It retails for S$50.
16. Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
A little of this liquid blush goes a long way. It is a fragrance-free, paraben-free, and sulphate-free formula that is weightless and long-lasting.
Designed to soothe and calm your skin at the same time, it is powered by a botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, and white water lily. There are two available finishes: matte and dewy.
It retails for S$33.
17. Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush
This cream blush has a liquid-like consistency and melts into a second skin for a natural-looking flush.
What’s great is that it is water-resistant due to a combination of non-greasy weightless oils and spherical powders. It claims to blend to a smooth, satin finish that won’t cake, crease, or clog pores.
It retails for S$34.
18. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint
Available in seven pretty youthful colours, this is a natural, hydrating tint for both the lips and the cheeks, so you don’t have to waste time deciding what lip colour to choose for the day.
Alcohol-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and sulphate-free, this cream blush brings together buriti oil plus shea and cocoa butters.
It retails for S$62.
19. Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Blush
For a “just pinched” colour on your cheeks, tap on this cream blush with your fingertips and blend it out on the apples. This blush has a silky buildable texture that blends well without harsh lines.
Powered with marine plants, coconut, and sodium hyaluronate, this product also helps to smooth and hydrate skin and minimise the look of pores and fine lines.
It retails for S$48.
20. Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Blush
Infused with natural ingredients such as kombucha filtrate and marula oil, this face and lip tint will leave your skin and lips feeling moisturised without compromising on colour.
You can add a glowing, dewy finish to your lips and cheekbones with this long-lasting buildable sheer colour. We also love how it’s vegan and cruelty-free too – definitely one of our favourite cream blushes.
It retails for S$37.
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