Cream blush has been on the rise in the last few years. It’s become the go-to for anyone who likes a natural yet glowy makeup look, and for a good reason! A cream blush is easy to blend, with a smooth texture that melts into the skin to give an extremely natural flush. Not all cream blushes are made equal, however – the best cream blush for one person might not work for another.
Cream blushes can be sheer or pigmented, matte or shimmery, dewy or velvety. In this article, we’ve selected the very best cream blush formulations out on the market, profiling all kinds of different textures, applicators, and finishes. You will find a cream blush that you’ll love no matter your skin tone, skin type, or your experience level.
We then go on to explain the difference between powder and cream blush, and then go on to give the step by step on how to apply cream blush perfectly. At the end we have a few tips and tricks so you can really have fun playing around with your cream blush!
Cream Blush Makeup Guide: Contents
23 Best Cream Blush Sticks & Compacts to Buy
Both available in the easy-to-use stick formula and coming in a small jar, here we have selected the best cream blush variations you can get your hands on now.
1. Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze
One of the surest ways to make any makeup product a little more exciting is to release it in the stick form. Even ignoring the awesome applicator, which happens to be the perfect size and is conveniently fit with a really nice blending brush on the other end, this is still one of the best cream blush options around, especially for those who prefer a dewy look that is free from shimmer or sparkle.
This formula also works nicely on the eyes and lips, and while it’ll work for anyone we think it’s the ideal choice for those with mature skin, since it doesn’t have any shimmer that might highlight unevenness or wrinkles but it’s still creamy and hydrating. It comes in 7 different shades at Sephora.
2. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks
This ultra-moisturizing cream blush formula is hard to resist, especially if your skin leans a little towards dry. Made with oils and fatty acids, the formula has a very nourishing texture that works especially well over bare skin or oil-based foundations. It comes in a compact with a mirror, so it is best to apply with fingers or a stippling brush. It is available in 6 colors, all dewy but without glitter at Nordstrom.
3. Edward Bess Glossy Rouge Candid Rose
For the perfect glossy sheen this would be the best cream blush to choose. It is a wonderfully moisturizing blush made of avocado and coconut oil, perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin. This light pink shade is universally flattering, but will suit those with cool skin the most. Order a pot online from Net-a-Porter!
4. NARS Matte Multiple
NARS is known for gorgeous blush colors available in every texture you can imagine, with these cream blush sticks being particularly fetching thanks to their sheer, matte finish. They come in four shades that also work for lips and are universally flattering. The stick packaging is substantial and functional – the kind of item you’ll love to have in your travel makeup bag. Pick one up from Sephora!
5. Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek
Oils are the secret to the gorgeous texture of this cream blush, as well. These cheek and lip creams come in a chubby roll-up stick. They have a very saturated color that gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks and works particularly well for those with deeper skin tones, though they are easy to sheer out if worn under foundation rather than over it. Made with castor and avocado oil, they are best for those with dry skin. Find it at Sephora!
6. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick
We’ve recommended a lot of phenomenal glitter-less cream blushes, but honestly, a touch of shimmer is really nice to have, especially if you’re younger. These creamy sticks come in five colors that are quite sheer, so they are easy to apply especially when one has fair skin. They give a luminous sheen to the skin with just a hint of color. You can get them from Nordstrom.
7. Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush
With this product we have proof that cream blush doesn’t have to be super dewy. This unique cream to powder formula has a velvet texture that gives depth and dimension without being too oily or reflective. It is easy to blend, as expected from a cream blush, and the colors have a medium payoff that can be built up to opacity or sheered out for a more natural look. There are 5 shades available, one of which is a perfect contour shade. They are available online and instore at Nordstrom.
8. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek
Truly good natural makeup products are hard to find, with RMS Beauty being one of the very few exceptions. They’ve made one of the best cream blush products out there, which is especially surprising considering how clean the ingredients list is of synthetic ingredients. Natural oils and waxes are the secret to the gorgeous texture of this formula. The colors range from soft and sheer to deep and opaque, to please all! Pick up your favorite of the 9 shades available from Sephora!
9. Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Color
This is another compact-based cream blush for those who like to spruce up on the go. The cream to powder formula has a velvety finish that might work better for those with oily skin, and it is as sheer and light as can be. It is available in 6 colors at Nordstrom.
10. Kjaer Weis Cream Blush
This all-natural brand definitely has the best cream blush packaging, but what about the product? It gives the skin a soft wash of color that is breathtakingly beautiful. The formula is slightly matter than some of the other contenders on this list, and the shade range is respectable. You can order it from Net-a-Porter.
11. Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush
If you prefer a stick cream blush but would like as natural a formula as possible then this might be the best cream blush for you. There are 5 shades available here, and they are all surprisingly pigmented! All it takes is a small dab to get quite a bit of color payoff, and they also work beautifully on the lips. They are available through Dermstore.
12. Charlotte Tilbury Beach Lip & Cheek Stick
It can be really nice when your cream blush can also double as a highlighter. These cream blushes are loaded up with a bit of a golden glimmer. They blend easily into the skin and they go on sheerly so they’re great for those who are a little nervous about overdoing it. They are sold online via Sephora, in 4 shades.
13. Chantecaille Cheek Gelée Hydrating Gel-Cream Blush
And now for something completely different – a cream blush in a tube! The texture of this cream blush is more fluid than of many others, so it is especially lovely on ultra-dry skin. The finish is moist, and the color payoff is on the sheer side of things. It only comes in two shades – a blue-pink and a coral, both of which can be purchased at Nordstrom.
14. By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Stick
Before we start talking about the product, we gotta admit that the concept isn’t great – a stick that is half cream blush and half cream highlighter unfortunately does not take into account the way makeup is actually applied and blended. With that being said, this product is still one of the best stick cream blush options for those who like a bit of glow.
You can mix the two shades together to get a gold-tinged blush, or apply on an angle to get just a highlight or just a blush tone. The color goes on very lightly, so you can build it up slowly for more coverage, and it comes with a soft brush on the end of the applicator for blending. It is sold at Net-a-Porter in 5 color options.
15. Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator
This is one of the best cream blush and highlighter duos, as it was made with travelers in mind! One end of the stick is a roll-up blush while the other is a highlighter for a total glowy look. The blushes themselves are shimmer-free, while the highlighters are very pearlescent and beautiful.
The texture is a little more solid than some of the other options on this list and it sets quite quickly, so it’s great for those who don’t use a setting powder or have oilier skin – it does require quick blending, though. Buy your favorite of 4 shade combinations at Sephora!
16. Clé de Peau Beauté Cream Blush
Want to feel rosy, just in time for spring? This little pot will hold the best cream blush for you in that case. Sheer and soft with a delicate rose scent, this is gentle luxury. The texture is buttery smooth, since it is a silicone-based cream blush, but the finish is luminescent but sans glitter.
This is one of the easiest cream blushes to work with, so those newer to cream blush or to blushes in general can definitely consider it a good place to start. It is good for all skin types, so pick it up from Nordstrom, where it comes in three colors.
17. Ilia Multi-Stick
This is a multi-use cream blush, intended for the eyes, lips, and, of course, cheeks. This means that the colors are a little more saturated, so they’re great for those who don’t want to give up on the drama of a powder blush. It’s an all-natural formula made of natural oils, so it’ll stay looking moist for most of the day. It’s a great choice for anyone, but especially those with dry skin. It comes in 5 colors, which you can order online from Net-a-Porter.
18. Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick
There have been so many fabulous matte stick blushes on this list, so let’s talk about these high shimmer cream…