The Edit: Do You Cream Blush?

beauty edit: cream blushers

Cream blush – as soon as you utter those two words together you inadvertently cause a divide within the beauty community. Aren’t they just foundation sliding pesks? Can you really get on with this formula when the traditional powder blush just does the job so darn well? I’ve gotta admit, I’ve always been adverse to anything that wasn’t a powder when it comes to my blush. Unwilling to tempt faint with a cream or water based product, who knew what horrors it would leave behind to my perfectly applied foundation I jest. At times the risk just felt too big until this Summer rolled around and I knew I had to dive in to the cream blush pool.

Pan – the traditional way to come across a blush, whether it be a cream or powder formula, is in a pan. The product is laid out ready for a brush, sponge or finger to be swirled in the pigment and applied directly to the cheeks. Here my favourite is the Stila’s Convertible Colour in Lilium as it gives a soft hue to the apples of the cheek without disturbing the makeup below.

Stick – this year I branched out into stick form. At first being lured in by the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face in the shade Coral Glow followed by a drugstore offering from Collection. I was intrigued to see how these would fair up in comparison. Applied directly from the bullet, with your finger or as I like to do, swirling the product directly on the brush, this gives the most natural flush to the cheeks. Lasting all day without disturbing the makeup below, I’ve become a stick cream blush convert!

Other – if you thought these were the only two blush types think again! I’ve still got gelee and water to talk about ;) Starting with gelee and the Josie Maran Coconut Gelee in the shade Poppy Paradise. Now I personally find this the hardest to work with due to pigmentation being less then visible, however if you want something light on the cheeks this is perfect. New on the scene comes the Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in the shade Water Lily. Pigmentation, incredible, colour, gorgeous, moves your foundation off your face? Oh yes! Such a shame as I was really ready to love this blush but so far I haven’t found a way to make it work without removing all the base underneath.

What is your favourite type of blush? Do you like cream bases or prefer the traditional powder formula?


  • Sue

    I love cream blushes! Stila CC in Gerbera is my absolute favourite but I also like the Aqua Glow Watercolor blush (I have the same shade :) ) and Benefit’s Majorette from that kind of cream-to-powder formula. And Clinique’s Chubby Cheeks also aren’t bad at all! <3

    Sue |

  • I just recently started using cream blushes but I love it! Why didn’t I start sooner?? :]

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  • I use both powder and cream blushes sometimes layering them for longevity. Some of my favorite cream blushes are Stila convertible in Peony, MUFE #225 and Chanel Glow Sheer Color Stick No20.

    • That’s a good idea – I’ve always wondered about layering a cream blush under a foundation too xx

  • I really want to get into cream blushes, but I always find the application process harder than powders so I tend not to reach for them as much! x

  • icklefickle

    I always used both depending on whether I was wearing liquid foundation or a mineral powder. However I recently read that the ingredients that make anything in a stick i.e. foundations, blushers, concealers have ingredients which are really bad for causing spots and now I’m pararnoid those same ingredients would be in a cream blush as its what is used to make the sticks more solid. Anyone care to input on this? I would love more info :-)

    • Oh wow I’ve never heard this before – would defo be interested to find out more and see if that is the case!xx

  • I have only just started using Cream Blushers and adore the Topshop ones!


  • Madison Victoria x

    I love the No7 stick blush it is so pretty, but can be hard to work with at times.

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  • I always stick to powder, I really wish I could get on with cream but I either end up applying to much or it’s patchy!

    Beth @ BethBlogsBeauty

    • I used to find that but I found trying different formulas meant I started to really fall for them!xx

  • I think creams are so much better than powders as they can look a little flat i love how creams can be blended out easily or built up

  • I normally avoid cream products due to my oily skin but when I do opt for it my favourite is the one from max factor, it is so pigmented and lasts for ages


  • I wish I could use cream blush, they’re always so patchy! x

    Gabbi | Bloglovin |

  • Fernanda Turri Braga

    I LOVE cream products! The Stila Watercolor was on my wishlist but now I am on the fence. Do you apply it with fingers, sponge or brush?

    New in Makeup

    • I’ve tried it with my fingers and a brush but sadly both cause the foundation to go patchy underneath xx

  • Ah, this makes me want to dig out my cream blushers again! The Sleek Californ.I.A palette contains three gorgeous shades. I’d also love to try the new Bourjois aqua blushers! Xx

  • I have never tried cream blush before! I will have to look in to getting one as I have quite dry skin so they would be perfect!

    Lauren x

  • Heck yeah I cream blush! I adore the Stila ones, ones from Sonia Kashuk and liquidy ones like the new Stila Watercolour.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • I’m really intrigued by the Stila Aqua Glow! I tend to go for stick form when I wear cream blusher :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • I’ve really liked the stick ones I’ve tried – prefer them to the normal cream blushers!xx

  • Cream blush is the only thing that doesn’t make my cheeks look funny!

  • Emily Knott

    I love cream blusher. It’s so pretty and natural. I highly rate Stila cream blushers and they work beautifully with both my fingers or stippling brush.

  • I have a few cream blushers, but none that I really love. Still looking for a few standouts. Will definitely look into a few that you mentioned!

  • I have a cream blush that i always go back to, i love it for a summer glow!

  • I only have one cream blush and even then it isn’t exclusively a blush as its the Nars Multiple so for lips too! I don’t often wear it over foundation as i find I always smudge and get it really cake but using it without foundation I love to do.

  • Karii Zenteno

    I love the josie maran one! and Stila’s watercolor blush looks super interesting! feeling like they suit me better I actually prefer cream blushes over powder, that being said most days I cant be bother with blush (the horror I know); the tiniest bit of bourjois bronzing primer is all I want hahaha :)

  • LipstickandLightening

    I really love a good blush! And I love powder, cream AND a tint. One of my favourites is Benetint :) x