These Blushes Are True Gems—And They're Hiding at the Drugstore

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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.

Keep scrolling for our picks of the best drugstore blushes.

Best Overall: Milani Baked Blush

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. This blush can do everything from adding a dash of color to contouring to highlighting. Available in 11 shades, it comes with a mirror and mini brush, making it ideal for on-the-go.

Check out our guide to the best blushes available for purchase online.

Best Budget: e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette

elf cosmetics powder blush palette

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For just a few bucks you’ll get not just one gorgeous blush, but four shades. The quad contains a mix of shimmery and matte hues that you can mix and match or wear individually to create a custom look. All of them boast rich pigmentation, making the mix ideal for sculpting, highlighting, contouring, and shading.

Best for Fair Skin: Physicians Formula Powder Palette Blush

Give your porcelain complexion the rosy glow it craves. Just a dab of shimmer is included in this combination of colors that blends seamlessly. The fine Italian talc formula makes for a smooth and flawless application. Plus, the hypoallergenic, dermatologist-, and clinically-tested formula is safe for even the most sensitive skin.

Best for Olive Skin: Nyx Professional Makeup High Definition Blush

nyx powder blush

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Living up to its name, a little of this HD blush goes a long way. Just a dab will pack a punch with its major color payoff. It has a touch of shimmer and a bit of bronzer to cover all the bases and deliver all the cheeky color you need in one product.

Best for Dark Skin: L'Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Blush

L'Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Blush
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Like the rest of True Match collection from L'Oréal Paris, the True Blend blush has a shade for every skin tone and undertone, making it possible for everyone to find their secret to a rosy flush. It seamlessly blends into your skin tone and texture for a natural look. Plus, the blendable formula won’t clog pores.

Best for Mature Skin: L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Blush

This anti-aging blush won’t just give you a pinched-cheeks look—it also turns back the clock with its Blur Technology that instantly blurs lines, wrinkles, and imperfections while smoothing skin. The cream formula goes on super smooth and leaves skin looking radiant.

Want to take a look at some more options? We rounded up the best cream blushes on the market.

Best Natural: Burt's Bees Blush

Burt's Bees Blush
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Infused with honey, bamboo, and vitamin E to nourish skin, the 100% natural, lightweight mineral makeup comes in three glowing shades that work with skin tones ranging from fair to dark. The blush blends like a dream and goes on evenly, giving cheeks a delicate sheen.

Best Stick: Revlon Insta-Blush Stick

Even the most makeup-challenged out there won’t have a problem with this foolproof stick. The rich cream to powder formula feels and looks luxurious. It goes on sheer and has buildable color, imparting a beautiful flush, and comes in four pretty shades.

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