We Took Pics of What the World's Best Cream Blushes Look Like On

I was strictly on the powder-blush train for the longest time. It wasn't because I hated cream blushes; mostly, I stuck with the powder versions because I found them easier to apply. All you need was a good brush for a couple of swipes and you're all set. To me, cream blushes meant more blending, which left a lot more room for human error. And as someone who is pretty low-maintenance when it comes to makeup, I was hesitant.

But all of that changed in the past year as I started covering beauty. I had to try things that were outside of my comfort zone in order to write about these new and new-to-me products. All for the sake of good journalism, right? So I was introduced to a couple of cream blushes, and now I reach for them a lot more than my powder blush. They just give that dewy, glowy look that pretty much everyone is aspiring to these days.

And as for the application difficulty level, I would say I definitely thought it would be harder than it really is. Just a light touch really goes a long way and you can build up the color if you want. When I'm on the hunt for a cream blush, I keep an eye open for products offering major color payoff and longevity. As with all makeup products, finding one formulated with skincare benefits can make a difference in my finished makeup look and the overall health of my skin. 

So now that I'm totally obsessed with cream blushes, I asked some of my colleagues to share their favorite recs. Here's what they said.

Best Overall Cream Blush: Merit Flush Balm


(Image credit: @anna__laplaca, Pictured: Merit Beauty Flush Balm Cream Blush in Beverly Hills)


(Image credit: @court_higgs, Pictured: Nudestix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color in Poppy Girl)


(Image credit: @erin_jahns, Pictured: Glossier Cloud Paint in Storm)


(Image credit: @sarahayang, Pictured: Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip and Cheek in b.fearless)

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This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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Sarah is lifestyle writer and editor with over 10 years of experience covering health and wellness, interior design, food, beauty, and tech. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she attended New York University and lived in New York for 12 years before returning to L.A. in 2019.

In addition to her work on THE/THIRTY and Who What Wear, she held editor roles at Apartment Therapy, Real Simple, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and The Bump (sister site of The Knot).

She has a passion for health and wellness, but she especially loves writing about mental health. Her self-care routine consists of five things: a good workout, “me” time on the regular, an intriguing book/podcast/playlist to unwind after a long day, naps, and decorating her home.