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Top 10 Blushes

The Internet Swears By These Blushes—No Swatching Necessary

It may not be as alluring as red lipstick or as foundational as, well, foundation, but blush is that underrated product capable of pulling a makeup look together like no other. Even on its own, blush is to the face what heels are to the legs: it enhances what is already there and does so with seemingly little effort. We wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t own blush because it isn’t always the first thing people think of when applying a makeup look, be it day or night. Nowadays, bronzer and highlighter get more attention for their luminous, contouring abilities, whereas the impact of blush is more understated yet equally effective.

Part of this depends on applying your blush correctly - from the apples of the cheeks toward the temples - and in a shade that compliments your skin tone and other products. The type of blush matters too, whether it’s a cream, powder, or multi use stick. You generally want to go with the formula that is easiest for you to apply, though other factors, like your skin’s tolerance and end goal matter too. That’s why we’ve pulled together this one-of-a-kind list that includes the best blushes across a variety of textures and price points.

How We Found The Best Blushes

Per usual, we compiled this list with the help of our proprietary algorithm tool. It identifies products by analyzing the kind of data you read while shopping, like beauty editor reviews, expert recommendations and social media buzz. The secret weapon to your flawless summer makeup awaits below.

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June 7, 2022

Words:Rank & Style

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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Top 10 Lists serve as unbiased shopping guides to the most trusted product recommendations on the internet. Products are scored and ranked using an algorithm backed by data consumers find most valuable when making a purchase. We are reader-supported and may earn a commission when you shop through our links.

The Rankings


Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush

Our Score

4.5

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Maybelline’s Fit Me Blush has already reached cult status because despite being a powder, it’s incredibly lightweight and easy to blend. It’s also fragrance-free and tested by dermatologists to ensure safety for all skin types, including those prone to allergies.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: It’s available in eight tones, ranging from beige to orange to berry.
 

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Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm Blush

Our Score

4.55

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This oil-free gel blush is a standout for newbies, as the crayon-like applicator and jumbo tip make it easy to manipulate as you apply. The promise of a healthy-looking glow is real too, because the formula is enriched with the multitasking hydrator, squalane.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: This is a buildable color that works best when blended in with your fingers.

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Milani Baked Blush

Our Score

4.6

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: If you want your blush to shimmer and shine like a bronzer, you’ll appreciate the pigment payoff of Milani’s luminous blush. The superfine pigments within the vegan formula deliver a slightly glittery finish that you can easily increase with by building coverage.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Apply it with a fluffy brush to ensure the most even distribution.

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Glossier Cloud Paint

Our Score

4.65

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Cloud Paint is as chill as it gets: a gel-cream formula that provides just enough sheer color to trick people into thinking you woke up like that. It’s also fragrance-free and derm-tested, so you can worry less about a weird reaction.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: There are also pigments in the formula that give the cheeks a soft-focus finish, decreasing the appearance of uneven texture.

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Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion

Our Score

4.7

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: This pressed powder is a longwear option you can customize for multiple levels of coverage. Its microfine pigments give the blush a lightweight feel that remains even if you apply multiple layers.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Pair with the brand’s translucent powder if you want to dilute the sheer finish even more or tone down coverage.
 

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Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

Our Score

4.7

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Cream blush combines the luminosity of a gel blush with the lightweight feel of a powder blush. Fenty Beauty’s version is also water-resistant, sweat-resistant, and vegan.

WHAT REVIEWERS SAY: “I purchased every shade and have zero regrets! I use these almost daily, and they are all amazing. Don’t be afraid of the bright colors, because they do not look like that once diffused on your cheeks. The size is also fine—a little goes a long way, so they will definitely last a while.”

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Our Score

4.7

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: Hourglass’s hybrid blush is a unique invention that combines deeply pigmented colors with the metallic tones of its Ambient Lighting Powder to create a finish that adds as much dimension as it does radiance. Multiple, one-of-a-kind color combos result, like for instance, “a soft pink blush fused with lilac for a natural flush.”

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The proprietary technology also creates a soft focus that disguises wrinkles and other signs of aging.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush

Our Score

4.85

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: The problem with a lot of blendable cream blushes is that they can also create excess oil on the skin. Such is not the case with Tarte’s longwear blush, as clay helps control oil without drying out the skin.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: Though it controls oil, this blush also nourishes the skin thanks to vitamin E.
 

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Rare Beauty By Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

Our Score

4.9

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: It’s very easy to make a mess with liquid blush, unless you’re using Rare Beauty’s doe-foot applicator, which reviewers say does an amazing job of picking up product and delivering even swipes onto the skin. This also comes in multiple shades, as well as dewy and matte finishes.

SOMETHING ELSE TO KNOW: The formula is vegan and contains less than 1% of synthetic fragrances.
 

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Nars Blush

Our Score

5

WHY IT MADE THE LIST: No other blush has been name-dropped by multiple celebs, mentioned in songs, and recommended by experts more than this undeniable, award-winning classic. Every shade, including the cult-favorite “Orgasm,” has a pink undertone that gives it a singular, natural-looking finish, while its ultra-fine powder pigments make smooth application feel effortless.

WHAT REVIEWERS SAY: “I mean, what can you say that hasn’t already been said? Orgasm has been my go-to blush for years. The perfect peachy pink, it’s not cheap but lasts forever. I’ve had mine for years. I know you’re supposed to replace makeup after so long, but let’s be serious—I’m using it until it’s gone lol. It looks so pretty and natural and gives me that perfect glow without being overpowering. I'll always always recommend it.”
 

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