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 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. 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 10 best drugstore cream blushes.
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.
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.’s cheek color is super lightweight and velvety smooth. You’ll want to scoop it up in all four colors.
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.
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.
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.
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 tips.
When applied with a light hand, Pixi's gel formula offers soft and subtle color. The three shades offered create an ultra-natural, universally flattering look.
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. According to one Ulta review, the shade "Peach Bums looks like Nars's Orgasm lipgloss."
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.
Next up, check out our favorite matte lip glosses.