Top 7: Cream Blushes For Spring

I really love blushes, especially cream like ones  as they are amazing for Spring! I firmly believe that a good blush can create a miracle when it comes to brightening up your complexion and making you look youthful.

So, although it was hard to do it, I’ve chosen some of my favourite blushes that I reach for very often from the different price range. I hope you will find this helpful!

Luxurious Blushes (price range $30-$45)

Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush,  $45

This is the most expensive blush out of my selection  and it is a water-based formula that gives cheeks a lasting and subtle lit-from-within glow. But you can also built up the colour for a more dramatic look, the blush  stays on very well and doesn’t dry out the skin. I absolutely love this blush as it gives a very natural, light and glowy flush to your cheeks. This blush is said to be oil-, fragrance-, and phthalate- free and to improve skin’s hydration. Yes, $45 is a lot, but it is one of the best blushes I’ve ever tried and when I just got I completely forgot about all my other blushes and I still use it very often.

Buy it at: Sephora Amazon

Ellis Faas Blush in  S301, $32

This is probably the most unique blush design I’ve ever seen and everyone asks me about my Ellis Faas products as they look so different from everything else. This blush is said to be made of essential oils, rose water and vitamins C and E.  The blush blends into the skin really well and gives the natural finish. This particular colour gives a beautiful peachy shade which is long-lasting and beautiful. Just make sure that you read  the instructions carefully or you may have your product get clogged.

Buy it at: Ellis Faas

Medium Priced Blushes (price range $20-25)

BECCA Beach Tint in Grapefruit , $25

These can be used both on lips and cheeks but I am not a huge fan of using these on the lips however they are brilliant on your cheeks. First of all you should know that each  shade is deliciously scented in its synonymous name and, as I have several, I can confirm that.  These are really small (7ml) especially when you think that you pay $25 but you seriously need  a tiny amount of the product. I would recommend this blush for those who are afraid to get overboard because they give a subtle and kind of sheer shade which looks natural even on a fair skin. The

se are said to be water-resistant but I can’t confirm or deny this as I’ve never worn them to the beach.

Buy it at: BECCA. Amazon

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in Rude, $24

Now this is a famous blusher and it is certainly a favourite of a lot of people! It is a flattering warm coral pink which  has a great pigmentation and goes on smoothly on the skin. It is perfect for spring/summer season as it immediately perks up your complexion. I guess you can see by yourself how much I love my blusher as there is a huge dip in it already.

Buy it at: Sephora Amazon

Daniel Sandler Watercolour in Flush, £14.50 = $23.6

I know that most people who read this website are from the US but I just had to include this blusher as it is a favourite of mine. It has an amazing water based formula so you have to shake it well before using (I recommend getting the Daniel Sandler Waterbrush to use with it). I have several shades of the Watercolour but Flush is my absolute favourite as it gives the most amazing flattering pink shade. Makes you look so fresh and pretty, beautiful for spring!

Buy it at: Beautique, they ship Internationally.

Affordable  Blushes (price range $5-10)


Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in 07 Peach Satin, $5.94

I actually got interested in this blush because of Marlena’s recommendation and I have to say that now I like it myself. It has a lovely light texture which is a pleasure to use and which blends nicely into the skin. The shade that I have gives a natural peachy colour to  the cheeks.

Buy it at: Amazon

Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in 18 Soft Cardinal, $9.77

If you want a great quality blush but can’t afford to pay a lot, you should check this one out. It is very pigmented and although it is really small you actually need the tiniest amount of it. I like how it looks like on the skin and the effect it gives . I know quite a few Make-Up Artists who have these in their professional kits as you can get a lot of shades for a reasonable price.

Buy it at: Ebay


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I have tried a lot of blushes from very expensive to drug store ones. But in the end I think Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush and Max factor are definitely the ones that wins it for me when I comes to cream blushes. But I will definitely try out the others you have recommended.
Thanks for the article.
Much Love

I have buy recently the makeupforever creamy blush n benefit I liked benefit more its long lasting n you can apply lips to complete the look thank lovely makeupGeek

Hi Marlena, thanks for your detail review, however, I am not sure which is which on your swatches.
Would you pls recommend one to me? I have very oily skin, oil appears after two hours after making up. I used Bobbi Brown cream blush (the one in stick form), but was extremely oily.

Thanks Marina! Just today I was thinking about buying a new blush, but had no idea how to go about it. Then I came here and saw this! Perfect timing, and very helpful! :D

Nice. Do you recommend any of these in particular for someone as myself with medium/tan skin? Most of them appear to be very pale, lighter colors.

I had the same concern! Blush is my live without item but I am always apprehensive about the colors looking too fake.

Thx for this list. I love when I see new brands/products as I can never seem to stop trying. Interesting list and I’m ready to try several.

I love using bronzers for blush in the winter. Now that the world is looking sunnier (and warming up!), I’m all for bright pink tones whether it’s my blush, gloss, or a purse! ;-)

Katie for Ouidad

Thanks for this!! I always lean towards powder blushes and I dont usually give the cream ones a go but I think I might try them out! x

How do you feel about the Nars multiple in ‘orgasm’? I really love the powder form of this blush, but I love the glow a cream blush gives. Is it worth the money?

I’m glad this was done because I don’t use blush very often and these are formulas I would love to try. I remember when the mousse line by Maybeline I have a few of their eye shadows which weren’t as powerful or bold as I thought but if the blush is this way its for the better because no one wants clown cheeks!

i hear a lot of good things about max factor blushes but their not sold in the u.s. anymore :( what about MAC cream blushes?? are those any good? also i heard that dream matte mousse is thick & clogs your pores..anyone know if thats true?

For MEDIUM-DARK SIN-TONED PEOPLE, I suggest the following blush products:

1. Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics ( or
I apply 3 stripes across each cheek, in an upward motion. Then I immediately blend with a wedge sponge, smudging it on the apples of my cheeks, and sweeping outwards, towards the outer corners of my eyes. To get a general idea of where the apples of my cheeks are, I grin like mad and then I see them pop out. This blush has great staying power, and a nice, rose scent. An added tip, do not try to force the bottle to close tightly. You might break it (seen this happen). As long as the lid is secure, you’re good to go.

2. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush in Blushing Bride (
I apply this using a blush brush. A little goes a long way. There’s a bit of a sparkle, so use sparingly, but this brush definitely lasts. I used this on one client (dark skin tone) and she was out in the heat, sweating and retouching her powder the whole day until well into the evening. The blush stayed on until 3AM, when we finally went home. I applied it on her face at about 8AM the day before. I also used this on an actual bride (medium-dark skin tone), and again, it lasted on her face until the wee hours of the morning. I love that this product is natural too. Don’t be afraid of the color, just remember that you have to start with just a bit of product, and build it up to the shade of your choice.

Cheers to Marlena and her awesome site. I just stumbled on this today and I’ve just subscribed via email. =)

Another brand of cream blush I love are the NYC Blushable Creme Sticks. They are similar to NARS Multiple sticks, a tad smaller, but far FAR cheaper. Only $3.99 each. They are very light in texture – so light I don’t even feel them on my skin – are extremely easy to blend, look very natural and sheer, or you can pile more on for a more intense look, and stay on all day without faing at all. I have been in love with hese since I first tried them. Plaza Pink is actually quite peachy-pink in tone rather than just pink and is very similar to NARS Deep Throat, for a fraction of the price, and also very similar to MAC Mineralize blush in Dainty. Really gorgeous. I also have this product in Big Apple Blush, which is more on the pink side, and looks beautiful on. Gives just a slight sheen of pink. Gorgeous. There are also 2 or 3 other colors in deeper, earthy tones which look equally as gorgeous that would be suitable for people with more tan or olive-color complexions. I use them not only on my cheeks, but also my lips. Just top them with some gloss and your lips look fabulous :-) And from what I saw on another website, they are also coming out with creme bronzing sticks in the same line for the summer. Very similar to Laguna and other NARS products, I believe. I think there will be 2 or 3 bronzer shades. They actually may already be out. I haven’t checked my local store in a few weeks. Grab them while you can for only $3.99, because these little gems really go a long way and will last for quite some time! I’ve seen them in both in Canada and the US in many different drug stores, and even Walmart.

Anyways, these are by far the most affordable, light, gorgeously pigmented cream blushes I have personally tried, which perform absolutely spectacularly. Even when I compare the quality and colors of these blushes to my MAC and NARS cream blushes, I prefer these NYC Blushable Creme Sticks by far.