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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 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 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.