The 13 Best Blushes That Will Stay ALL Day (From $8)
Blush is one of 2020’s biggest trends, so finding the right blusher has never been more important. However, there are SO many formulas, finishes, and brands, plus hundreds of different shades to choose between. To help you achieve beautifully warm, rosy cheeks, we’ve rounded up the 10 best blushes with a wide shade range, so regardless of your formula preference, skin tone or type, there’s a product here for you.
But before we get into the product deets, here’s a quick debrief:
Powder: Great if you love to set your foundation with powder and prefer a more matte skin finish.
Cream: Ideal if you love a no-makeup makeup look, as a cream will help you provide a dewy, wet finish.
Tint: Super pigmented and ideal for blending in with foundation, but they can be harder to blend out.
Okay, now that’s covered, here are the most long-lasting blushers we’ve ever tried…
1. The Most Pigmented Blush: Sleek Makeup Powder Blush, $8
If you’re looking for a highly pigmented, long-lasting blush, this is a great option, and it’s just $8! The collection includes four shades that work beautifully on a wide range of skin tones: the rich berry shade, Flushed, looks stunning on medium to deep skin tones, and the shade Life’s a Peach warms up fairer skin with a soft, rosy glow.
2. The Best Blush Stain: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain, $30
Formula: Liquid Stain
Did you know that Benetint was created for exotic dancers to tint their nipples with? How insane! Since its creation back in 1976, Benetint achieved cult status for its long-lasting staining powers. The universally flattering color can be applied to a range of skin tones from fair to deep. Although, if you have fair to medium skin, apply it with care as it’s easy to go overboard, we like to mix it with our foundation for a sheer tint.
3. The Best Blush for Oily Skin: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hr Blush, $29
Tarte is known for its long-lasting, heavy-duty formulas, and the Amazonian Clay 12-hr Blush is no exception. The intensely-pigmented blush will give your cheeks a healthy glow for up to 12 hours. The silky powder contains mineral pigments, so it’s easily buildable without resulting in that chalky build-up. It also helps mattify the skin throughout the day, making it ideal for anyone with oily skin.
4. The Best Blush For Dry Skin: e.l.f Jelly Pop Flush Blush, $6
This easily buildable blush has a unique jelly texture that melts into the skin so you can layer it for a natural flush or an intense pop. The hydrating formula is infused with watermelon as well as a rich blend of argon oil, vitamin E, and castor oil to give your skin a radiant glow. If you have dry skin, this is a no brainer!
5. The Most Iconic Blush: Nars Orgasm, $30
This iconic blush blends seamlessly into the skin, delivering glowing, long-lasting color with every application. The line has now been extended to 36 shades and includes a tangy orange that’s seriously trending to a vibrant red that works well on rich skin tones. The formula is so pigmented that a little goes a very long way, so this will undoubtedly last you a very long time… We don’t actually want to admit how long we’ve had our Orgasm blush!
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6. The Best Cream Blush: Glossier Cloud Paint, $18
If you’re as obsessed with multi-tasking products as we are, you’ll love Glossier’s Cloud Paint. The light, gel-cream formula doubles up as a blush and lip color, helping you achieve a stunning monochromatic makeup look. Plus, the six shades are optimized to work across a wide range of skin tones: we tried the berry shade, Haze, on fair and rich skin, and it looked beautiful on both. Just be careful when you apply it, as a little goes a long way, and as it’s extremely long-lasting, you don’t want to mess up!
7. The Most Extensive Shade Range: M.A.C Powder Blush, $25
This blush is an oldie but a goodie. The easily buildable powder glides onto the skin providing a flawless, natural-looking burst of color. There’s now a grand total of 46 shades ranging from candy floss pink to a deep plum, so there’s a flattering shade for all skin tones.
8. The Best Drugstore Blush: Milani Baked Blush, $8
Shades: 11 shades
When the youngest billionaire on the planet favors a drugstore blusher, you know it’s ahhhmazing. Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist Ariel Tejada uses it regularly to create Kylie’s flawless complexion. The powder blush has a luminous shimmer finish that glides across the skin giving a gorgeous dewy finish. Each blush also comes with a mini brush and mirror for easy application when you’re on the go.
9. The Most Innovative Blush: Dior Backstage Rosy Skin Blush, $37
This blush is revolutionary: It’s infused with color reviver technology and reacts to the skin’s moisture level upon application providing a customized rosy effect. The final finish is a brightening, healthy-looking glow that works for all skin tones.
10. The Most Luxurious Blush: Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush, $45
Finish: Soft focus
This designer blusher has a fine silky texture that applies like a dream. Sweep it along your cheekbones for a luxe rosy glow that lasts all day. The shade range is beautiful, with a fiery red shade that wears beautifully on deeper skin tones, and for fairer skin tones we’re obsessed with the shade Rose Initial that gives a sheer, blushed finish. We also love the mirror compact packaging, that’s perfect for quick and easy touch-ups.
11. The Best Value For Money: Morphe 8W Warm/Cool Master Blush Palette, $22
Finish: Soft focus
Shades: 2 palettes with 8 shades per palette
There are so many reasons why you need this blush palette in your life. Firstly, it’s great value for money with eight shades per palette it works out at under $3 per blush shade. Secondly, you can find the perfect match for your skin with a warm-toned or cool-toned option, so you can make sure your makeup harmony is always nex level. Finally, there’s both matte and shimmer formulas in the palette so you can switch it up depending on your look.
12. The Highlighting Blush: Sisley Paris L’Orchidee 3 Shade Highlighter Blush, $112
Finish: Soft focus
While this blush is a major splurge, if you feel like treating yourself this is the perfect excuse. The highlighting blush-hybrid is enriched with White Lily to hydrate and soften the skin while the powder, which is comprised of a trio of luminous shades, sculpts the face with a radiant, rosy glow. We’re obsessed with the coral shade, which looks super pretty on all skin tones and adds a stunning luminosity to the skin.
13. The New Blush on the Block: Patrick Ta Monochromatic Moment Velvet Blush, $32
Patrick Ta is one of the most in-demand makeup artists on the planet, and his coveted makeup line is just as popular. For his most recent collection, Monochromatic Moments, he created four sets of blushes, lip liners, and lip cremes that each had the same color family helping you to effortlessly achieve the monochromatic makeup trend. The buttery soft blush blends easily and literally melts into your skin, we’re low-key obsessed.
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