The 8 Best Cream Blushes of 2022

Best Overall: Makeup By Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick

What We Love: There is a brush included on the other end of the stick.

What We Don’t Love: This is a popular item with shades going in and out of stock often.

After sculpting and shaping the beauty looks of Kim Kardashian — makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, finally launched his own line in 2020, called Makeup by Mario. The collection is impressive with a range of eyeshadows, contour products, brow pencils, and more. But it’s the blush sticks that really stood out above the rest and received high marks to earn the best overall spot.

All cream blushes could be described as creamy (duh), but this one in particular had a smooth, buttery texture that blended effortlessly. Plus, all the application methods worked with this formula. “It came with a blending brush, which was super helpful to get the product onto your skin evenly, then buff it out across your cheeks. You can also easily blend with your fingertips or a damp makeup sponge,” one tester said. Just a small swipe goes a long way as the product is deceptively pigmented and comes in five shades that would suit a range of skin tones, like deep plum, bright raspberry pink, and pale mauve.

Shades: 6 | Finish: Dewy | Size: 0.37 ounces

Best Value: MILANI Cheek Kiss Cream Blush

What We Love: This is incredibly pigmented — a dab goes a long way.

What We Don’t Love: The cream has a slick, almost tacky feeling, when first applied.

We all remember the horrors of drugstore blushes with chalky finishes sold in only two shades. Now, the aisles of your favorite impulse spot are filled with lots of hidden gems, like this Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush. The bright colors in clear packaging look like little cellophane wrapped candies — a sweet treat for your cheeks.

Now, your first thought upon seeing a blush compact might be, But a stick is easier to apply. And while that certainly can be true, this pick is still worth trying: The balmy texture glides across cheekbones with very little pressure. It can still be applied with fingers by tapping it onto cheeks or with a damp beauty sponge to blend. It shines as a minimal makeup product: “It’s very light and dries down quickly without leaving any feeling on your skin once it’s set,” one tester said. They did caution that it initially had a wet, bordering on slimy texture, but that faded quickly.

Shade Range: 4 | Finish: Sheer, dewy | Size: 0.37 ounces

Best Splurge: Victoria Beckham Beauty Cheeky Posh Cream Blush Stick

What We Love: This blush applies like a cream but sets (and lasts) like a powder.

What We Don’t Love: The tube is fairly small for the price.

This fancy stick is on the pricier end, but what did you expect from the beauty brand creator, Posh herself? The unique tortoise shell tube would look oh-so-nice sitting on a vanity. But aside from appearance, the tip of the blusher is smaller than a typical cream blush, which allows for a targeted application as you decide where and how much to apply.

The consistency starts out velvety, then as you blend it has a powdery finish. It’s the best of both worlds: the dew of a cream, but the lasting power of a powder. It was also easy to layer on top of itself for more oomph without clinging or streaking. I love that it’s a buildable formula with a very natural flush on the first layer and more bang from the second.

Shades: 5 | Finish: Buildable, glowy | Size: 0.17 ounces

Best Stick: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Cream Blush

What We Love: Oily skin types may appreciate the more matte formula of this blush.

What We Don’t Love: The shades contain shimmer, which is not everyone’s jam.

Anastasia Beverly Hills is well-known as being the expert of brows, but if you haven’t tried their cream blush, it may be worth adding to your arsenal. There is a synthetic brush on the other end to buff out color after depositing onto cheeks. “It really melted into the skin and felt lightweight overall,” one tester noted. The chubby stick is available in five shades—light and deep peach, light and deep pink, and a rosy brown—all with a bit of sparkle. “The shimmer added a nice radiance to my cheeks, so the finish was very naturally glowy and beautiful.”

Shades: 5 | Finish: Radiant | Size: 0.28 ounces

Best Gel: Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel Cream Blush

What We Love: The gel texture looks fresh and dewy on your skin.

What We Don’t Love: This is a very sheer, watery texture that is best applied with your fingers. Brush enthusiasts may find it more difficult to work with.

Maybelline New York Cheek Heat Gel Cream Blush brings the heat with this launch. Well, not literally, but the water-based blush does give you that fireside flushed-effect. The product felt weightless on cheeks, one said, “This glides onto skin and is not sticky or heavy at all.”

While the lightweight texture was a point in the pro column, it is also very light in pigment. “It’s good for a dewy glow, but would be hard to do a brightly colored cheek. I needed to do a few swipes to really see the color and that means using up a lot of product, and opening yourself up to squeezing too much out of the tube.” However at less than $6 a pop, it’d be hard to beat this price point.

Shades: 6 | Finish: Dewy | Size: 0.27 ounces

Best Multipurpose: Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick

What We Love: This handy little stick can be swiped over lips and cheeks.

What We Don’t Love: The oils in this hydrating product may cause it to slip off oily cheeks.

The versatility of this clean blush made it a fierce competitor for a winners list. The formula contains mango butter, avocado oil, and apricot oil for a hydrating boost and gives a reflective quality to your cheeks. And if careful selection of ingredients is a priority for you, this pick is vegan, paraben-free, and considered “Clean at Sephora.” The thick stick is also dual-purpose as it can be swiped across lips and cheeks, and the shades were developed to look great on both areas. One tester was “in love with how this one feels.” “The texture is lightweight and so comfortable, and I actually think it’ll stick to the skin to last all day. It looks and feels really natural,” she said.

This product also has the second largest shade range with eight options to choose from, including a lush berry tone and an uber pale baby pink. The end result: “I feel glowy and fresh. Pigment is just right and doesn’t need a lot of building to make it look good. It’s very natural and good for any occasion,” one tester raved. This sounds like an easy add to cart.

Shades: 8 | Finish: Buildable, dewy | Size: 0.21 ounces

Best Natural Finish: Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush

What We Love: It’s easy to apply with your fingers for the most realistic, skin-like finish.

What We Don’t Love: If you’re looking for a pigmented blush, this is not the one for you. This cream is a sheer formula.

Selena Gomez launched her makeup line Rare Beauty in 2020, because she wanted a brand that felt authentic. “I just felt like the beauty space started to get really crowded with a lot of unrealistic messages. I had a moment where I was like, ‘I’m not a makeup guru or the most incredible makeup artist, but I want to get involved,'” she previously told InStyle. And while authenticity and celebrity beauty lines can be a hard pairing, the actress is making a go of it. One of the best products in the collection, in my opinion, are her blushes. The liquid blush received rave reviews, while the cream blush was a winner with customers.

I have to say that the hype is real. This feels incredibly creamy; your finger just glides across the top. Plus, for how dewy it looks, I was surprised that it didn’t feel overly heavy or sticky. Aptly named, this blush quite literally melts into your skin. Other than having a really pretty flush, it wasn’t obvious where I had applied this blush in the best way possible. It’d be my ideal low maintenance makeup choice and looked good on top of bare skin without any concealer or foundation.

Shades: 5 | Finish: Satin | Size: 0.17 ounces

Best Shade Range: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

What We Love: Although it starts off very sheer, the colors are buildable for more intensity.

What We Don’t Love: There is a very small amount of product in each compact.

Leave it to a pioneer of inclusivity, Queen RiRi, to launch a product with an expansive color collection. While most blushes will have a peach, pink, and berry tone, Fenty Beauty took that a whole leap further and included colors such as violet, tangerine, and a poppy red. The creams start off sheer — so don’t be afraid to choose one of the fashion tones — for a subtle take on bold color.

One tester appreciated the no nonsense, buildable formula, saying “It was pretty easy to work the product into my skin with my fingertips and blend it around my cheekbone. It’s definitely a buildable option that doesn’t look blotchy when layered.” The texture was also great; “It’s not sticky or heavy, which is a plus, and also didn’t go on spotty nor settle into pores,” confirmed the tester.

Shades: 10 | Finish: Sheer, dewy | Size: 0.1 ounces

What to Keep in Mind 

Finish 

Cream blushes by their very nature are a dewier product. That can be a godsend for dry skin types craving more moisture in their products, and a nightmare for oily types afraid of looking like a grease slick by noon. Consider if you want to layer your cream blush with other products (specifically powders to mattify) or if you just want a supple wet cheek glow, says Brittany Whitfield, an NYC-based makeup artist.

Pigmentation 

Cream blushes span the spectrum from opaque pigmentation to sheer washes of color. Decide if you want a barely-there tint that’s easy to dab on with your fingers or a product with the impact that may take more finesse to blend out. In general, cream blushes are often more forgiving than say a powder, since it sinks into the skin for a natural-appearing flush.

Color 

Choosing makeup shades can have a lot of factors that come into play: what does your outfit look like, the colors in the rest of your makeup, and your unique undertones. And while it’s an artform, so there are no wrong answers when it comes to your blush shade, there are guidelines that can help you find the most flattering tone.

I like to choose an undertone similar to the client’s natural lip shade,” Whitfield says. “It also depends on how clients like their skin. If they love bronzer, they’ll tend to gravitate to warmer colors on the face — but if they’re a contour girl they might feel more comfortable with cooler undertones.” When in doubt, the easiest way to pick a blush color is to match the shade of your natural flush. Think: the color your cheeks become after a long walk.

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Hilary Duff Is ‘Here for’ This Cherry Vanilla Lip-Plumping Gloss That’s Packed with Anti-Aging Benefits

From her Lizzie McGuire days to her recent nude photo shoot for Women’s Health, Hilary Duff has always served up inspiration. And to be frank, we’d try pretty much anything she stands by.

So it shouldn’t be a big surprise that we’re all for the Lawless Cherry Vanilla Lip Gloss she posted on one of her latest Instagram stories, in which her plump pout had a flawless cherry-red shine. Duff’s selfie showing off the gloss was captioned, “here for the cherry vanilla lip gloss” to show she’s a big fan.

Not only does the $25 product plump your lips and add a light red tint, but it also has anti-aging benefits from the hyaluronic acid and shea butter in its formula that provide hydration and a soothing sensation. Plus, over time, it can help alleviate irritation, increase lip volume by 40 percent, and decrease lines when used consistently, according to the brand. And you can never go wrong with an ultra-shiny finish to top off any makeup look.

Apply the product on its own for a glossy sheer tint, or add it on top of your favorite lipstick to give your lips a fuller and more vibrant look. To reap the anti-aging benefits, you can also wear it while you sleep.

Buy It! Lawless Forget The Filler Lip Plumper Line Smoothing Gloss in Cherry Vanilla, $25; sephora.com

Along with Duff, the popular lip product is a favorite of more than 66,000 Sephora shoppers. One five-star reviewer reported that their lips looked “twice as big” after experiencing the gloss’ “phenomenal plumping effect.” Another satisfied customer wrote that it “doesn’t burn or hurt like other lip plumpers” and they highlighted how much they enjoyed that it also adds pigment.

A plumping lip gloss with anti-aging benefits is enough to have us sold, and the fact that Duff and thousands of Sephora shoppers are fans too is just a huge bonus. The $25 purchase might be your new holy grail makeup item of the summer and beyond.

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The 11 Best Dupes For The Viral Dior Lip Glow Oil

First, TikTok became obsessed with the classic Clinique Black Honey lipstick leading to it selling out everywhere. Now people have their sights set on yet another classic product: The Dior Lip Glow Oil. It’s currently sold out mostly everywhere, but never fear: As a lip gloss connoisseur, I’m here to offer you an option that doesn’t require signing up for waiting lists. As gorgeous as the original Dior Lip Glow Oil is, $35 is a pretty hefty price tag for a high-shine lip moisturizer, so we’ve gathered up some alternatives that are just as gorgeous, shiny, more affordable, and most importantly, in stock.

Whether you’re obsessed with the tint, glossy effects, or built-in hydrating ingredients, there are a ton of products on the market that rival Dior’s version. Some, dare I say it, are better than the original. So if you want to see what the hype is all about, or score a great new product before the youths make it disappear again, here are 11 dupes for the Dior Lip Glow Oil that will tide you ever until a restock happens.

HAUS LABS PhD Hybrid Lip Oil

Created by powerhouse genius Lady Gaga, this lip oil will leave your lips feeling hydrated and looking glowy, but never sticky. Once the original application fades, you’re left with a subtle tint that lasts all day.

GISOU Honey Infused Lip Oil

Hyaluronic acid both hydrates and plumps dry lips while real honey in the formula attracts moisture to ensure that lips don’t dry out over time.

LYS BEAUTY Speak Love Glossy Lip Treatment Oil

A blend of sunflower, carrot, sweet almond, and macadamia nut oils are the powerhouses behind this deeply moisturizing clean lip treatment from a Black-owned brand.

KOSAS Wet Lip Oil Gloss

For intense amounts of shine, this lip gloss from Kosas will leave your lips looking juicy, luxurious, and straight out of an editorial ad.

CLARINS Lip Comfort Oil

Think of this oil as a mood ring for your lips. Five of the eight shades the tint comes in reacts to the pH of your skin and adjusts accordingly, creating a hue that’s all your own. Despite the rich tones in the bottle, the gloss doles out a sheer finish that looks effortlessly done.

TOWER28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly Gloss

While this may look like your standard-issue lip gloss, it’s more like a lip balm but with an extra dose of shine and color. This gloss comes in four stunning, neutral shades, and never feels sticky or heavy.

ELF Tinted Lip Oil

Infused with hydrating jojoba oil, vitamin E, and apricot oil, this tinted lip moisturizer will make your mouth look like is your lips but better. Plus, with a $6 price tag, you can grab all five shades guilt-free.

MERIT Shade Slick Vegan Tinted Lip Oil

Merit’s version of this trendy product is so easy, you can apply it without even looking in a mirror. The formula taps rosehip and jojoba oils, and shea butter, to give your lips a dose of hydration as it glistens.

MILANI Fruit Fetish Lip Oil

The delicious scents of Passionfruit Coconut, Strawberry Melon, Raspberry Peach, and Cherry Lime were inspired by the yummiest fruits in the produce section. All four shades are made with natural fruit extracts alongside hydrating vitamin E and jojoba oil. One swipe will leave you with shiny, glowing lips that taste as good as they smell.

ILIA Balmy Gloss Tinted Lip Oil

For the subtlest shine, this clean lip oil leaves just a hint of color, without feeling too made up or glossy. It’s the best product for a “Your lips but better” look.

RODIN Luxury Lip & Cheek Oil

For a double dose of shine, you can use this tinted oil on both your lips and your cheeks. The deep berry shade also doubles as a shinier dupe of the viral Clinique Black Honey lipstick.

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What Went Wrong At Glossier?

Not too long ago it was impossible to scroll through Instagram without coming across an aesthetically-pleasing post by beauty startup Glossier. The millennial-pink packaging, which housed beloved buys like Balm Dot Com and Solution took pride of place in #shelfies belonging to both viral influencers and well-respected skin experts. Endearing product names like Cloud Paint and Skywash earned the brand a cult following and Glossier’s catchy mantra — “skin first, makeup second” — was refreshing. Sticking a middle finger up to the outdated, unattainable glamour that the beauty industry seemed to push on us as consumers, it was makeup minimalism‘s time to shine and beauty lovers welcomed Glossier with open arms.

But after raising $80 million in funding last July, it was announced on 26th January 2022 that the brand had laid off 80 corporate staff members (a third of the company), with the technology team most affected. In an email to employees, CEO Emily Weiss wrote that Glossier had “made some mistakes.

As of July 2021, the company was valued at $1.8 billion. Shiny product launches like Generation G lipstick, the longed-for Solar Paint bronzer, and even pretty-pink merchandise appeared on every beauty blogger’s IG feed — but there’s no denying the excitement was somewhat marred. In spite of the brand’s seemingly-bulletproof popularity, an anti-Glossier movement has been bubbling away on social media. If you’re a beauty lover with a TikTok account, you might have come across a handful of Glossier takedown videos recently. “Let’s talk about Glossier’s fall from grace,” said TikToker @skylar.alyshia in a post. “At one point, they were everything. They were the start of the minimalist look.” Skylar continues: “Then they really started slipping off of everyone’s radar and they quickly became so [irrelevant]. They weren’t really releasing any new products and their shade range was honestly ridiculous.”

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TikTok Is Going Wild Over NYX’s New Thickening Brow Mascara — and It’s $11 on Amazon

When it comes to their brows, beauty TikTok does not play around. The second a TikToker finds a product that works, they’re taking to the app to share it with their followers and let everyone in on their secret. This time, it’s all about NYX’s Thick It Stick It Thickening Brow Mascara that’s $11 on Amazon. And can we blame them? Thickening brow mascara sounds like a genius new hack to me. 

Taking a note from the playbook of lengthening mascaras for eyelashes, the thickening brow mascara uses tinted plant-origin fibers to create thicker, fuller brows in just a few swipes. The vegan formula wears for up to 16 hours and is buildable, meaning that you can continuously thicken brows to your liking as you add more product. It also comes in eight shades including cool blonde, brunette, and black. 

Shop now: $11; amazon.com

By just searching in TikTok’s search bar ‘NYX thickening brow mascara‘ you’ll find hundreds of videos from content creators sharing their thoughts of the product. In a review of the product, which now has more than 249,000 views, TikToker @theadanbravo confirms the appearance of fibers in the formula, as he applies the mascara to just one of his brows. The brow with the brow mascara applied has a visible difference and appears thicker and fuller than the brow without it. “I’m actually really impressed right now,” the TikToker said, “What I’m loving is that you can apply more and it won’t flake at all.” 

If you’re looking to add volume to your brows, this NYX brow mascara does seem to do the trick. One TikToker, @soulfiremama, whose brows are on the thinner side, shared a two-part review of the product and did say, “there are fibers on this brush and they can get a little messy,” so “you do have to work quite quickly with this product.” Overall, they agreed “it gives the volume you’re looking for.” 

Another beauty content creator @seananthonyv shared a review of the brow mascara, and after they applied the product to their brow, said, “It’s definitely holding it up and it’s adding a lot of color and it’s adding a lot of volume.” about their fuller brows. The TikToker then pressed down on their brows and confirmed that the formula laminated the brows as well. 

Well, TikTok has spoken: If your brows could use some extra volume, you need NYX’s new Thick It Stick It Thickening Brow Mascara for $11 on Amazon. 

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This Viral Highlighter Is Under £30

If there is one thing I know about highlighter, it’s that the more natural it appears on the skin, the more it absolutely needs to be in my make-up bag. Like most women, I have a penchant for looking glowy – fresh, dewy and alive – and seek out formulas that will deliver that result, fast. Those very glow-inducing properties are the reason Charlotte Tilbury’s Beauty Light Wand recently went viral on TikTok and then swiftly sold out – much to the dismay of the 41,000 people left languishing on the waiting list. 

A highlighter that effortlessly delivers the kind of glow dreams are made of, it’s long been a staple in my beauty routine. After a quick swoosh on the tops of cheekbones (and some patting in with fingertips), it imparts a very fine shimmer (which reads as dewiness), and melts into skin, subtly catching the light for unbeatable lustre. In fact, this highlighter is so good that the equivalent of one unit of the Pinkgasm shade is sold every eight seconds in the UK.

A glimpse of the countless videos of TikTokers using the product – and, of course, recent photographs of Phoebe Dynevor looking next-level luminous while wearing it – are evidence enough that it’s a formula worth getting on board with. But the brilliance of the Beauty Light Wand is that it doesn’t just look good on camera, or in good lighting; this is a product that looks good IRL too. Dispensed through a cushiony-soft sponge applicator, it’s a gel-cream consistency that dries quickly but doesn’t cake or appear dry and dusty on the skin, as many formulas can. Instead – thanks to silica and an array of skin-loving ingredients – it lends a soft-focus highlight.

Buy at Charlotte Tilbury

“The formula is infused with my genius gel for a wet-look glow – never glittery or shimmery,” confirms Tilbury herself. “It plays with the light beautifully for instant red-carpet cheekbones. My quick trick is to apply along the entire cheekbone with the cushion applicator and blend with fingertips.” Simple and effective as can be, I also apply in this way, and it takes under 10 seconds.

The Pinkgasm shade is particularly beloved because it works exceptionally well on all skin tones, boosting warmth and delivering a rosy glow, whether you are deep or pale, and Tilbury attests that it is a tone that “suits everyone”. For extra oomph on medium to deep skins? “Dial up the rosy-pink hue by applying directly to the apple of cheeks, then blend with my Hollywood Complexion Brush – the densely-packed bristles help it glide on for a more intense, pearlescent pink glow,” she says. 

So, as the winter months stay with us, and that healthy, post-facial glow becomes increasingly hard to come by, look no further than this £29 wonder to truly transform your look – just get in there before it sells out again.

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