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 and 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 under $14. 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.
Check out the 10 best drugstore cream blushes.
L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush ($10)
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.
Boots No7 Blush Tint Stick ($8)
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.
E.l.f. HD Blush ($9)
E.l.f.’s cheek color is the only high definition–friendly product of the bunch and the only formula to come in an easy-to-use pump. The texture is super lightweight and velvety smooth—you’ll want to scoop it up in all three colors.
NYX Rouge Cream Blush ($6)
NYX cosmetics is known for its pigment payoff, and these cream blushes are no exception. As a nice beauty bonus, the long-lasting tints are packed with minerals to hydrate and condition the skin.
Maybelline Master Glaze by Face Studio Glisten Blush Stick ($7)
The incredibly smooth application and candy-colored shades make these shea butter–infused sticks an instant favorite. Grab a few or even just one and play up your cheeks, eyes, and lips.
>Revlon Cream Blush ($9)
>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.
>Flower Beauty Transforming Touch Powder to Creme Blush ($14)
>Use fingertips to swipe this loose-powder blush across cheeks. As the formula—which is loaded with skin-soothing essential oils—blends into skin, the texture transforms into a cream. The result is a soft, glowing hue.
>Sonia Kashuk Cream Blush ($10)
>When applied with a light hand, Sonia Kashuk’s velvety formula offers soft and subtle color. But for dramatic, high-impact looks, the formula can be built up with ease.
>Bliss Gotta Blush On You Cream Blush ($12)
>Blush isn’t the easiest of products to travel with, but Bliss’s stick applicator makes on-the-go touch-ups a breeze. Plus, the formula is infused with avocado and jojoba oils for smooth, hydrating coverage.
>Rimmel London Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint ($10)
>Rimmel London’s liquid blush quickly blends into a smooth, seamless finish. The long-lasting formula is incredibly lightweight, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Next up, check out our favorite matte lip glosses.