F is for Flush: 5 Cream Blushes Worth Crushing On (Okay, 6)

by Janine on 11 February 2011 · 20 comments

Your best beauty bet for Valentine’s Day? Nope, not lipstick or gloss. It’s blush. The kind you get when, say, Clive-O comes over. It makes your skin glow and your eyes sparkle, like you’ve just… or are about to. And one of the best ways to get that when Clive-O’s not available (I keep him pretty busy) is cream blush.

I know, it’s another photo of Ms Meester, but look at those cheeks! A little concealer, scads of black mascara, a slick of strawberry gloss, and you, too, can look this romance ready.

See? Also on Michelle Williams (I know, again!) — gorgey, as beautygeek Liza would say. (Tips here on making your skin look as insanely glowy as Michelle’s.) And flushed cheeks on Vera Farmiga, below? Just beautiful with a polished berry lip.

Anyway, easier to blend than a stain, cream colour is particularly appealing for dry skin (it gives cheeks a lovely radiant, got-it-from-Mother-Nature finish), but can work quite well on oilier skin like mine (dust with transluscent powder then layer powder blush on top if you’re worried about staying power). And if you’ve been reading beautygeeks for a while, you know I now often use a blush brush to apply cream blush, for even easier blending.

Five of my current favourites — if you count by brands:

YSL Creme de Blush ($52) in Temptation Fuchsia and Rouge Passion, a cream-to-powder formula, completely unsticky. This one I apply with my fingers because the pot’s just wee. At Holt Renfrew; select Bay stores; Murale.
Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On Cheek Tint in Crush ($29), super sheer and silky, not sticky. More of a tint than a cream, as the name indicates. Enriched with vitamins A, C and E. At select Shoppers Drug Marts; Sephora.
Mary Kay Cream Blush ($18) in Cranberry, also a light, cream-to-powder formula, with antioxidants and vitamin C via white lily bulb and peach extracts. If you like a little shimmer in your blush, MK’s other shade, Sheer Bliss, has a pearlized finish.  At MaryKay.ca.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy in Bloom ($14), beautifully sheer, light, unsticky, with skin-loving oils jojoba and safflower, plus vitamin E. At Shoppers Drug Mart.
Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm in Blushed ($37), an excellent all-natural stick balm of mineral pigments (including a titch of mica) and organic coconut, olive fruit, jojoba, safflower and sunflower oils, plus shea butter and more. More solid than a cream, but Staff insisted I include it; it’s one of her favourites too. Vera Farmiga is wearing it in the above photo. At greenbeauty.ca

I have many more cream-esque blush loves — Clive-O likes rosy cheeks. You?

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Tracy 11 February 2011 at 11:38 am

Becca Cream blushes-love them, but so hard to find. :(
But eBeauty has them now so I am happy.


Janine 11 February 2011 at 6:14 pm

Just checked Becca out online — lovely shades. What makes them your faves?


Tracy 14 February 2011 at 10:33 am

They stay put all day, are oh so pigmented so you need very little .
I really want to try one of those YSL blushes now! I heart blush-a lot!


Liza Herz 16 February 2011 at 11:29 pm

I love Becca too, Tracy. I had the cream blush in hyacinth – you’re right – really great quality.

Total Beauty Geek moment: Naomi Watts uses a Becca blush in the most recent Woody Allen film, ‘You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.’

Neat, right? Naomi Watts is Australian, Becca is Australian. I was so pleased with my observational skills, that I had to share this immediately with my poor husband who was just trying to watch the movie. Yup, he’s a saint.


Diana 11 February 2011 at 12:10 pm

Great post!
Best way to ‘inner beauty’ glow? Cream blush under luminescent tinted moisturizer! :)


Janine 11 February 2011 at 6:15 pm

Thanks, D! And ooh, I must try that myself on dull-face days!


Anya 11 February 2011 at 12:30 pm

I love cream blushes and they way the slide on. The problem is that I can never keep them on my face even with a primer.


Janine 11 February 2011 at 6:17 pm

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s HD blush, Anya? It bills itself as a cream but behaves more like a stain, only with more blending time. Beautiful, and in so many shades.


Anya 14 February 2011 at 2:18 pm

No, haven’t tried any Make Up For Ever products. Really need to look into it!


Julia Goolia 11 February 2011 at 10:39 pm

Love this post.
I’m a cream blush girl for life, represent! What What.
The only one I’ve yet to try is the Mary Kay cream blush.
You got me hooked on the Mary Kay cheek glaze in pomegranate last April, but alas it was limited edition.

I would also add Fusion Beauty Sculpt Diva cream blush. Pricey, but so good.


Janine 12 February 2011 at 3:06 am

Thanks, JG! Am still hoping demand for the Mary Kay cheek glaze results in its becoming core. #fingerscrossed.

Am a fan of the Fusion Beauty Sculpt Diva too!


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