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Once upon a time, the only decent cream blushes on the market came with fancy packaging and an expensive price tag. But on a recent drugstore raid, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised by the number of affordable options. Needless to say, we stocked up, and we weren't disappointed. We're all fans of cream blush here at Byrdie HQ, but we hold them to the highest standards. They have to be (extremely) easy to blend, deposit just the right amount of color, and stay in place (read: not melt off by our lunch break).
All of the products ahead have passed our stringent test with flying colors. The best part? They all ring in at an affordable price. So if you haven’t already made the switch, consider this your invitation to pack up the powders and pick up the beauty editor-approved staple. The best part is you don't need anything to apply these. Cream blushes are easily blendable and the warmth of your finger will do the trick.
Check out the best drugstore cream blushes below.
Best Overall: L'Oréal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush
Thanks to its wearable shades, our love of this blush goes beyond the soft, almost bouncy texture. Its blendable color and soft satin finish make it a cream blush even powder devotees will love.
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Best Stick: No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush in Classic Rose
Blush sticks are the ultimate on-the-go beauty product; just swipe it on, blend it in, and go. These tint sticks deliver the sheer, dewy glow we all strive for this time of year.
Best Stick, Runner-Up: Wet n Wild MegaGlo Makeup Stick Blush
Blush isn’t the easiest of products to travel with, but Wet n Wild's stick applicator makes on-the-go touch-ups a breeze.
Best Multitasker: e.l.f Cosmetics Monochromatic Multi Stick
E.l.f. Cosmetics’ cheek color is super lightweight and velvety smooth. You’ll want to scoop it up in all four colors. We love it most because it can be used in more ways than one to tint the eyes, lips, and cheeks.
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Best Dewy Finish: Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush
For a dewy, natural-looking finish, look no further than Revlon’s Cream Blush. The formula is incredibly pigmented but blends into a subtle flushed hue.
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Best Sheer: Flower Kiss Me Twice Lip & Cheek Chubby
Use fingertips to swirl this blush then swipe it across cheeks. The dewy formula—which is loaded with skin-soothing essential oils—blends into skin for a natural flush and can also be used on the lips.
Best Highlighter: L'Oréal True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator
Sort of a blush-highlighter hybrid, this liquid from L'Oréal quickly blends into a smooth, seamless finish. The long-lasting formula is incredibly lightweight, leaving skin soft, smooth, and glowy.
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