The Best Cream Blushes of 2021

For that healthy, just-worked-out flush.

Woman wearing blusher
(Image credit: Getty )

There's just something so alluring about cream blush. I haven't found another product that gives you the same sweaty, suggestive flush. While powder blushes are an undeniable staple, they take a bit of strategizing to figure out. Do you smile when applying to get it on the apples of your cheeks? Do you have to put on powder before, so that the blush goes on smoothly? Cream blushes, on the other hand, are the natural progression of your mom applying lipstick on her cheeks. Easy and effortless.

For years, I simply refused to wear blush at all. It wasn't until a sweet Sephora employee turned me onto these cream variations that I realized that not only did my skin look healthier, but also sculpted and cool. Part of the draw of cream blushes is the versatility. You don't need a brush to apply them, and most can be used as lip tints and cream eye shadows, too. For traveling, I consider cream blushes to be an essential, because not only do I not need to bring as many makeup products, but I'll never open my bag to see a shattered powder compact. These cream blushes are the best of the best, with so many shades and textures to choose from that you might as well get two…or three…or four….

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter 

SUBSCRIBE HERE