This blog post was written in direct response to recent comments left here on the blog in a previous post. Some of you requested that I talk about my favorite drugstore cream blushes, so here I am!
Given that I have very oily skin, cream blushes can be tricky. Today I'll go over my favorites (that even work with my oily skin) that you can find either right at your local drugstore or, in a few cases, online.
With the exception of the Number 1 spot (which is my holy grail cream blush), these blushes are in no particular order since I love them all equally, for various reasons. So let's go!
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#5: Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks (retail: $2.99 each, 0.21 oz.)
This is the only product on this list that I actually received from the brand for review (everything else on this list was purchased with personal funds). I reviewed these way back in 2012 (click here for my original review) and they're still a favorite to this day. I have repurchased several shades since my original review and I love these little chubby twist-up sticks for several reasons. First, they come in tons of colors (and different finishes). Second, they're creamy and so easy to blend. Third, they're quite pigmented, but the pigment is easy to control. Fourth, they smell like vintage face cream (floral and creamy). Fifth, they have great staying power, even on my oily skin (they contain kaolin clay, which my oily skin LOVES). And lastly, they're dirt cheap.
#4: Flower Beauty Win Some Rouge Some Creme Blush (retail: $8.98, 0.14 oz.)
Back in 2013 when Flower Beauty (by Drew Barrymore) first launched, I purchased and reviewed several products from Walmart. This blush was one of them (click here for my original review) and I still can't stop raving about it. The packaging has since changed to this (although the original packaging is still available on the Walmart website HERE, while the new packaging is available HERE) but the formula is the same. What I love most about this blush is the texture. These have a dreamy, light formula that makes them so easy to apply using just your fingers. They also blend like a dream, and the pigmentation is great and easy to control. These don't last quite as long on my oily skin as other cream blushes mentioned here, but I love them just the same (I just make sure that I use a primer and oil-control setting powder with them, otherwise they fade after about 4 hours on my oily skin). But the color, texture, and ease of use are a fair trade-off for the average staying power, in my opinion.
#3: L'Oreal Visible Lift Blur Blush (retail: $12.99; 0.06 oz.)
I reviewed this blush back in 2014 when it first debuted, and have repurchased since then (click here for my original review). As I mentioned in my original review, these appear to be dupes for the (now-discontinued) Armani Blushing Fabric Second Skin Blushes, but I'm still not sure just how close they are to those since I never did get my hands on the Armani blushes. Anyway, I love this blush for a number of reasons and I'm sad that no one ever really talks about these anymore. The first two ingredients in this blush are the same two ingredients that you find in many popular high-end face primers (cyclopentasiloxane and dimethicone crosspolymer). And I feel like that contributes to the silcone-based-primer feel of these blushes, and also the extra boost in staying power. These feel like a face primer during application, yet packed with color. They glide across the skin with ease, and they really do help to blur out large pores and imperfections. I love the colors, the pigmentation, the easy application, and the fact that these have great staying power for me when I wear them on top of my foundation and setting powder (and they don't disrupt my setting powder).
#2: Flower Beauty Kiss Me Twice Lip and Cheek Chubby (retail: $10.48, 0.21 oz.)
Yep, another Flower Beauty product has made the cut. I reviewed this chubby stick back in 2014 (click here for my original review) and continued to use it for the rest of that year, and all the way through 2015. And I will definitely repurchase. I did not like this as a lip product, but I LOVED it on my cheeks. Why? Because the pigmentation is absolutely amazing, and so is the staying power. I can easily get 10 hours of wear in cooler weather (a bit less in super warm weather but that's typical for my oily skin). The only (and I do mean only) drawback is that, if you wear powder foundation or long-wear liquid foundation, it can be a challenge to apply and blend this blush because it's on the drier side. But other than that? It's amazing. I have no issues with application or blending if I'm wearing a regular liquid foundation, BB/CC cream, etc.
#1: Rimmel Stay Blushed! Liquid Cheek Tint (retail: $3, 0.47 oz.)
My holy grail cream blush for all of the reasons I stated in my original review back in 2014 (click here to read it). But it is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that I think Rimmel has discontinued this blush line. But that's not the only bad thing about this blush. It has NEVER been easily available. Some have said it's a Walmart-exclusive, but I know that some of you have also spotted it at Kmart (I have as well). There is one shade still in stock on the Walmart website (see link above) and I'm telling you, if you find these on clearance at Walmart, Kmart, the dollar stores or other discount stores, you seriously might want to give them a try. I love every single thing about this blush. It's excellent for beginners because you literally cannot overdo it (so easy to control pigmentation and build for more intensity). Also, the colors are so wearable and so easy to blend due to the mousse-like consistency. Plus, these last forever on my oily skin. I'm gutted that these appear to be discontinued and I'm buying them up whenever I spot them these days. PLEASE Rimmel, bring these back in another form but don't discontinue them completely. I'm begging you.
So that's it! My top five drugstore cream blushes of all time. That's not to say that there aren't other cream blushes I love, but these REALLY do it for me. As always, I would love to know what you think about these products if you've tried them, and I would also love to hear what YOUR top five drugstore cream blushes are (if you don't have five, tell us about one or two)!
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