The World's Best Blush Has Been Hiding at the Drugstore

Updated 12/06/18
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Ellie Benuska

Call it a bold statement, but we're certain blush will never go out of style. It originated in ancient Egypt, after all, so if it's sustained thousands of years of various trend periods, we can't see it dissipating anytime soon.

The thing with blush is that it's incredibly transformative; in just a few swipes, your complexion is instantly livened. Your cheeks naturally flush, so when you're playing up your natural beauty, heightening the rosy hue of your cheeks is a given.

What's more, good blush doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, we at Byrdie HQ have found true hero blushes in the aisles of our neighborhood drugstores. So to find the absolute best formulas for a fraction of the cost of prestige brands, we connected with our friends at Rank & Style, who have aggregated the best-selling blushes according to real women. Keep scrolling for the results!


Maybelline Fit Me Blush
Maybelline Fit Me Blush $6

Tiny reflective shimmer pigments give off a healthy glow each time you brush on this highly pigmented, cashmere-soft blush. Available in 10 easy-to-blend, beautiful shades to suit all undertones.


Milani Rose Powder Blush
Milani Rose Powder Blush $9

A rose by any other name wouldn't blend as well as well as this buildable, finely-milled powder. It translates naturally on the skin and is pressed so beautifully into a rose shape that you may want to refrain from dipping your brush in (but we urge you to go for it). 


Burt's Bees Blush
Burt's Bees Blush $10

100% natural, this buildable blush fosters the power of honey, bamboo, and vitamin E to impart a healthy glow that transcends the surface of the skin. 


Physician's Formula Powder Palette Blush
Physician's Formula Powder Palette Blush $11

This tried and tested formula combines several like-shades that create an ideal flush when blended together. Dermatologist-tested silky Italian talc powder gives off a subtle shimmer for just the right amount of luminescence. 


e.l.f. Blush Palette
e.l.f. Blush Palette $5

It's unfathomable that this high-powered quad will only run you $5. Three highly-pigmented blush (and one contour) shades allow you to sculpt and define your features no matter your desired outcome, whether you want a light dusting of color or chiseled, editorial cheeks.


L'Oréal Visible Lift Blur Blush
L'Oréal Visible Lift Blur Blush $10

The only cream blush on this list, L'Oréal's iteration uses Opti-Blur Technology to diffuse light, creating a veil over uneven tone and imperfections, especially ideal for dry and mature skin. 


Nyx HD Blush $6

You only need to pick up a little bit of product to reap the benefits of this high-powered blush. It's got megawatt color and packs a big punch with even the faintest dusting of your brush. 


CoverGirl Cheekers
CoverGirl Cheekers $5

Another classic formula (in sleek, updating packaging), Cheekers' nine shade suit all tones in and lasts hours. Plus, it's compact enough to throw in your handbag for a quick middle-of-the-night touch-up (not that you'll need it). 


L'Oréal True Match Super Blendable Blush $8

Just like the line's foundation and concealer, the True Blend blush matches virtually every skin tone and undertone for the perfect pinched-cheek effect.


Milani Baked Blush $7

Here it is—the most popular blush on the internet. Don't let the low price tag fool you, though. The formula is luxuriously sunbaked on Italian terra-cotta tiles to create the perfect blend of shimmer and matte powders for a luminescent finish.

Visit Rank & Style for the full list of best-selling drugstore blushes.

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