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On Our Radar 20 October 2021

Why Cream Blush is Better

Easily applied, rosiness guaranteed and a healthy glow to boot, here you’ll find the reasons to finally make the switch to cream and fluid blushes.

Not just for the make-up artists, we’re here to proclaim that cream-based blushes are the superior formulation in comparison to pressed or loose. Did you know if you’re using a cream or fluid base, you should stick with this formulation for your blusher and bronzer too? A little tidbit we learnt from none other than Go-To Skin-maven and former Cosmo Beauty Editor, Zoe Foster-Blake. To help you nail your cream and liquid blush applications, we've rounded up our favourites below. Happy blushing!

Words By Brittany Lyons

Cream Pot

If you’re a newbie to the cream-based blusher game, then this type of formulation in a pot is probably the easiest switch if you’re a pressed powder gal.

Like your ride-or-die compact of pressed blusher, this little pot of gold will hold the secret to the rosiest of cheeks.

The main difference between the formulation of a cream base is the whipped and wet consistency.

The pigment and stabilisers within the blush are blended into a very smooth paste which makes for a glossier, and more dewy finish.

For application, we recommend first testing any of the below cream blushers with a finger first to the hand to test the buildability and pigment.

We love dabbing a finger directly onto the mid and high points of the cheek for that sun-kissed look, or better yet an angled brush for a flawless finish.

Remember, unlike a powder blush, you’ll need to work the cream in a little more, so be wary of moving your base around too much!


You’re a go-getter and a time-poor beauty junkie who never misses an opportunity for rosy cheeks.

You love your cream blush in a super easy and effective applicator, the chubby stick of course!

Almost certainly coined by cosmeceutical and cosmetic giant Clinique, the chubby pencil-like apparatus was created to allow the user to apply makeup easily, on the go, and let it live happily in their handbag.

The beauty of these devices is true that reapplication is one of the easiest ways to do so if you’re out and about.

Akin to that, most of the below blusher products from Napoleon Perdis, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Westman Atelier can be used not only on the cheek area but also on the lip, eyelid and nose for a complete sun-kissed look.

For application, simply draw or dot the product directly from the stick onto the areas of the face you wish to be kissed with a glowy rosiness.

You can always blend with a blush brush or your fingers.


For those who are looking to achieve the most natural, sheer rosy flush, the liquid or fluid spectrum of the blush world may just be for you.

Described as a watercolour like consistency, these glossy products add a healthy amount of pigment to the face.

A weightless formula that almost melts directly into the skin leaving a light stain which is truly perfect for those looking to achieve the ‘no-makeup, makeup look’.

One of the most amazing features of these formulations is the super hydrating nature and ingredients used.

Akin to the nourishing properties of skincare, you can find moisturising tamanu and monoi oils within the ingredients list of these cosmetic products.

Not only adding a healthy flush but feeling the skin with important nourishments too, just another vehicle to bring the GLOW.

While the finish on these liquid blushers can be quite sheer, brands like Giorgio Armani and NARS ensure that the pigment can be buildable.

To apply, simply dot a few beads of the product directly onto the skin with the applicator and blend in gently with your fingers or fluffy angled brush.

Lip & Cheek

For those of you who like more from their products, then do we have a treat for you!

The below cohort of blush products offers not only one but a few purposes.

The lip, cheek, and anything else you really want tint, is the do it all product bringing flashes of pink and coral to the face.

These blush formulations, created in a cream or mousse consistency, all promise to grip different areas of the face.

Perfect for those wanting a monochromatic makeup look with touches of the same hue to different parts of the face, this product works wonders.

Likewise, this category of goodies is perfect to achieve the ‘e-girl makeup’ trend of applying blush to the entire mid-section of the face, to emulate a cosplay or anime look.

A word of caution though, if you’re opting for a tint or stain, a little goes a long way!

We recommend building up to the coverage you desire slowly, this way you won’t risk moving around the base you just worked so hard to achieve!