I'm (cream) blushing!

I'm not much of a lay-out-in-the-sun kinda girl these days-- well, not like I used to be. I wear at least SPF 30 whenever I'm in the sun but I tend to get a little color anyhow. I'm a blush fan year-round but slightly tan summer skin looks youthful and vibrant with a bit of a dewy color. Enter: cream blushes!

I've tried a bunch of cream blushes including Tarte Cheek Stain and NYX Rouge Cream Blushes which have gotten a lot of buzz in recent years, but neither really suits my skin type (too greasy). I like a formula that's a bit drier (though not as dry as a powder blush) because I feel like they have better staying power and don't melt off as easily in the summer heat. I have 5 cream blushes to share that really hit the spot for me. The products that I've chose have more of a cream to powder feel to them and range from drugstore to high-end. And here they are!

Concentrated swatches to show color, same order as in pic above.

1. Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever: This formula is sheer and easy to blend. The product has a shimmery/micro-glittery finish and the shade is a cool bright pink.

2. Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush in Coral Reef: This formula is slightly more sheer that the Maybelline blush and has a cream finish. Since this product is pretty sheer, it can easily be blended away so I recommend that you do multiple light layers and blend only enough to diffuse the edges. The shade is an orange-y coral which is a fave for me on tan summer skin.

3. ELF Studio HD Blush in Encore: This formula is thick and highly pigmented. You only need the smallest amount. I warm it up to thin it out the product a bit by blending it out on the back of my hand first, and then apply with a small stippling brush to sheer it out on my cheeks. Otherwise I risk clown face (no!!!). The shade is a deep, neutral fuchsia.

4. Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Flustered: This product can be used anywhere on the face and really reminds me of Nars Multiple in functionality and texture. It is sheer but is more pigmented that the Maybelline and is buildable. It has a shimmery, glittery finish and the shade is somewhere between hot pink and red. You can get a nice youthful, rosy look with this product.

5. Tarte Airblush Maracuja Bouncy Blush in Shimmering Poppy: This product reminds me of the Maybelline Dream Bounch Blushes due to the texture of the product in the compact, but that's where the similarities end. The finish is shimmery but not overly glittery. I can best describe the shade as a deep burnt peachy pink. The formula is very sheer but starts to look to shiny if you build it up too much so it's best for a natural makeup day.

I feel like these products work well for my normal/combo skin in the summer time. Bright blush shades are my go-to in the summer and show up well on tan summer skin. I like to create a healthy glow with pops of color on the cheeks. This allows me to keep the rest of my makeup minimal which I'm a fan of in the warmer months. What are your fave cream blushes?



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