In recent years, the make up industry has absolutely blown up. It seems there are more products on the market than ever before, designed to tackle even the smallest and most specific beauty need. You'd think that by offering more choices, we'd end up purchasing better beauty products.
But here's the thing.
In a super saturated market, it can be incredibly difficult to find which products are best for us. If you're looking to purchase a new blush, choosing just one from the sea of seemingly identical products can seem an impossible task. But wearing blush can make all the difference to your makeup look. In fact, one 2008 study showed a link between a flushed cheek and an increase in sex appeal! Now, who could say no to that?
You might be wondering:
It's worth noting that choosing the best blush for you is far more complicated than finding the perfect color. You also need to consider the formulation, in relation both to your personal skin type and your makeup style. For example, the best cream blush and the best powder blush are quite different.
To make it easier for you, we've researched many different options to bring you a categorized guide of the top products.
The application of this blush is incredibly smooth and fuss-free. A natural but flattering flush can be achieved in seconds. The colors help add definition and glow to the face for an uber flattering finish.
Some comment that this blush doesn't have the lasting power they'd like, and it may need reapplication throughout the day. The other main drawback is the price, which is a little higher than some would like to spend.
Soft, finely milled, pressed powder blush.
It's a little on the pricey side, but you do get what you pay for.
The blush is exceedingly smooth and silky, for an easy and dependably natural looking application.
The blush is of very high quality, from the product formula to the stunning packaging.
The soft, translucent formula of this product makes it absolutely foolproof to apply. It gives a beautifully hydrated, glowing, and healthy-looking finish. The color range is fairly small, but well selected, with each shade being extremely flattering.
Some find the creamy formula to not last as long as they'd like - although it's very easy to top up this product on the go. Some also are concerned that the hydrating, dewy formula can cause issues on breakout-prone skin.
Slightly sheer cream blush with a dewy finish.
Fairly expensive, but offers good value for money thanks to the amount of product and its versatility.
This product is exceptionally easy to apply to both lips and cheeks, and can be done with fingers.
This blush is of beautiful quality. The product formula is smooth and creamy, with the perfect amount of sheer pgimentation. The color-coded compacts are super cute, too.
The product currently comes in six different shades, with something to suit every skin tone - although there is always room for expansion.
People love how long lasting this blush is. Once applied, it stays put all day, and looks extremely natural on the skin. It's very pigmented but also easily blendable, meaning a little goes a very long way.
Some find the application process of a liquid blush to be a little bit too fiddly. It can be a little bit messy, and there is a bit of a learning curve as you get used to this innovative formula.
Liquid blush in a bottle with a small brush applicator.
While this product is a bit pricey, a little goes a long way. It can also be used on the lips, making it a two-in-one.
Applying this blush can be a little bit trickier and require some practice. It takes more time and precision than a conventional powder blush - but then, it lasts far longer.
This product offers a smooth and natural finish. The formula is pigmented, so a little goes a long way, and perfectly belnds into the skin for a stunning finish.
There are a range of different shades within the Benefit cheek stain, although this specific product only comes in one: watermelon red.
People love the formula of these clay based blushes. They're designed to blend flawlessly into the skin and truly last all day. The shade range is also exceptional, with options ranging from matte to shimmery, allowing everyone to find the best option for their skin.
Some find the formula of these blushes to be a little bit dry, and the pigmentation too sheer. While this can make it take longer to build up your blush color, it also makes it much easier to achieve a natural, soft finish.
Amazonian clay based powder blush.
These blushes are a little on the pricey side, although are high quality and very long lasting.
Application of these shades can take a little longer, but they're nicely buildable and can be used for a range of blush looks.
These blushes are a joy to look at, from the embossed pressed pan down to the color-matching compacts.
This blush comes in twleve permanent shades, and the collection is often expanded with limited edition extras.
This blush comes in six, super flattering and well-selected shades. It has a high-quality formula, but comes in at a drugstore price. The product is highly pigmented, and the fact it lasts all day is pretty incredible.
The packaging of this blush is a little more flimy and not super appealing, which is to be expected at this lower price point. Some also think the shade range could be extended further.
Velvety, powder blush.
These blushes are incredibly good value for money, especially when you take into consideration the quality of the formula.
This product is very smooth and feels amost creamy, blending out beautifully for a seamless finish.
These blushes are pretty outstanding in terms of quality, particularly for their price.
This blush comes in six shades, with some matte and some with shimmer. They would be suitable across a range of skin tones.
This blush combines both color and illumination to give cheeks the most natural, glowing finish. The shades are both pigmented and blendable, while the highlighter never looks too stark or glittery. The different shades within the blush pan allow for different styles of application, making it very versatile.
While there is an extra highlighter section, it can be difficult to find a small enough brush to target different applications. This blush works best with all the shades blended together. It also only comes in two colors, which can seem a little restrictive.
Pressed powder blush in two shades, with an extra illuminating shade alongside.
This blush is slightly on the expensive side, though it does offer a lot of product for your money.
People love how smoothly and effortlessly this blush applies, praising how easily it blends in particular.
This blush is finely milled and highly pigmented. The packaging, though a little clunky, comes with a light up mirror, which is a nice touch.
There are only two colors available in this blush, although they are carefully selected to suit the majority of skintones.
Getting eight blushes for the price of one can mean more variety, plus better value for money. The formula of these buttery, cream blushes belies their low price point. The shades are easy to apply and blend out, but can also be built up for a more intense finish.
Although this palette comes with eight shades, they're all on the paler side, making it potentially unsuitable for those with darker skintones. The packaging of this palette is also a little bit flimsy, which is to be expected when you consider the incredibly low price.
Eight pans of smooth, dewy cream blush.
This palette is very affordable, and even better value when you consider you're getting eight different blushes for the price.
These blushes are praised for being smooth and creamy, perfectly combining blendability with pigmentation.
These blushes are of very high quality, especially when you take into consideration their low price.
Although there are eight shades available, there is only one palette option, which caters more so to fair or medium skin tones.