Cream Blush: Top Options That Won’t Settle Into Fine Lines

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The “rules” to makeup can be long-winded, but two things are for certain. One, when placed in the right location—on the apples of your cheeks, always avoiding the hollows of the face—blush can deliver a fresh “lift” to the face. Two, for a younger-looking appearance, non-powder, cream blush formulas are always your best to keep from settling into fine lines.

Looking for the ultimate natural-looking flush with zero caking in sight? These creamy blushes deliver.

In the realm of makeup dos and don’ts, two fundamental truths stand tall. Firstly, strategically applying blush to the apples of your cheeks, steering clear of facial hollows, can work wonders, delivering a noticeable lift. Secondly, for those chasing a youthful aesthetic, opt for cream blush formulas over powders to sidestep any settling into fine lines.

For those in pursuit of a natural flush without the dreaded cakey aftermath, turn your attention to cream blushes. Praised for their ability to provide a fresh, radiant glow while maintaining a seamless texture, these formulations have become a non-negotiable in the pursuit of a flawless complexion.

Navigating the beauty market for the ideal cream blush can be a challenge, but fear not—we’ve curated a selection of top-tier options. Scroll on for our top picks for creamy, radiance-boosting blushes that won’t settle into fine lines.

Best Cream Blush Options

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Kylie Cosmetics Lip and Cheek Glow Balm ($20)

Available in eight stunning shades, this multipurpose balm can be used on the lips, cheeks and lids for a monochromatic flush that won’t crease or budge.

BUY NOW – $20

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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick ($47)

Rose extracts and beeswax ensure this creamy stick blends right into the skin for a natural-looking flush you’ll keep coming back to.

BUY NOW – $47

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Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Pot Rouge ($36)

Now available in six new shades (nine in total), this best-selling, creamy blush—you can also dab it onto your lips for a chic, monochromatic moment—adds a natural-looking flush or sun-kissed pop of color to any skin tone in seconds.

BUY NOW – $36

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Danessa Myricks Beauty Yummy Skin Blurring Balm Powder ($25)

Featuring nearly perfect reviews on Sephora, this skin-perfecting blush does it all: controls oil production, blurs the appearance of pores and fine lines, and delivers the most natural looking flush to the skin that stays put all day. Even better, it’s super pigmented, so the pot will last you a while.

BUY NOW – $25

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Makeup by Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick ($30)

This celeb-approved option houses a creamy blush on one end and a built-in brush on the other, making it the ultimate all-in-one product.

BUY NOW – $30

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Mary Kay Gel Cream Blush ($4)

We’ve heard of a gel-cream moisturizer, but what about a bouncy, gel-cream blush? This limited-edition color employs a similar feather-light formula you’d imagine and is infused with hyaluronic acid to keep skin looking dewy and plump, not dry and cakey. Plus, at $4 the price cannot be beat.

BUY NOW – $4

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Keys Soulcare Sheer Flush Cheek Tint ($22)

User-friendly and buildable, this blends-right-in blush—it’s formulated with safflower and sunflower oils for a smooth, hydrating finish that won’t catch on dryness—can be layered for a bolder pop of color or dabbed in lightly for a your-skin-but-better flush.

BUY NOW – $22

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Beautycounter Cheeky Clean Cream Blush ($42)

Squalane and jojoba esters make each of these eight shades feel more like silky-smooth skin care than makeup. Glide them onto the apples of your cheeks and your lips for an impossibly chic monochromatic look. Even better? It’s refillable.

BUY NOW – $42

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Hourglass Cosmetics Vanish Blush Stick ($46)

This velvety, cream-to-powder blush—it’s available in six shades—glides onto the skin and blurs the look of pores for an airbrushed, second-skin effect.

BUY NOW – $46

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Kjaer Weis Cream Blush ($56)

Natural oils and extracts make this creamy, cult-classic blush—the brand just rolled out two brand-new hues including Blushing, pictured—a favorite among celebrities like Olivia Wilde, Claire Danes and Rosie Huntington Whiteley.

BUY NOW – $56

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Saie Dew Blush ($25)

Dot this botanical-infused formula onto the top of the cheekbones with the doe-foot applicator and blend with your fingertips to diffuse the supernatural hue—its unique gel-cream texture won’t settle into wrinkles. 

BUY NOW – $25

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Rare Beauty Soft Pinch Liquid Blush ($23)

Nestled somewhere between a liquid and a cream, this hybrid complexion-brightening blush is easy to blend and leaves behind a soft, powder finish that won’t crease or budge.

BUY NOW – $23

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Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick ($48)

Dot a bit of this creamy blush onto the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingers for a quick, natural-looking flush that melts into the skin.

BUY NOW – $48

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Clé de Peau Cream Blush ($60)

Lighter than air and super easy to blend thanks to hydrating argan oil, this whipped blush not only gives the most believable flush to skin with next to no shimmer, but blurs the look of pores too. 

BUY NOW – $60

Photo Credits: Clé de Peau
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Decorté Cream Blush ($35)

Translucent pearls keep this soft crème blush from dulling or falling flat; natural botanical extracts keep skin from drying out.

BUY NOW – $35

Photo Credits: Decorté
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NARS Multiple in Orgasm ($39)

A must for the traveler, this portable blush is creamier than the original powder—it can also be used on the cheeks, lids and lips—but delivers the same lit-from-within flush we love.

BUY NOW – $39

Photo Credits: NARS Cosmetics
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Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Blush and Illuminator ($38)

Available in three complexion-perfecting shades, skin-brightening vitamins C and E work overtime in this two-in-one illuminator that works both on the surface and beneath.

BUY NOW – $38

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Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($29)

Boasting an oil-free formula packed with clean, effective ingredients, this point-and-paint stick ensures glowy skin and zero breakouts. 

BUY NOW – $29

Photo Credits: Clinique
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MILK Makeup Lip + Cheek Cream Blush Stick ($24)

Hydrating mango butter and avocado oil ensure skin stays taut and hydrated in this two-in-one stick. 

BUY NOW – $24

Photo Credits: MILK Makeup

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