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Best Blushes (2019) | Editor’s Top Picks


Welcome to my guide to the Best Blushes — 2019 Edition!  Each year, right around the holiday season, I go through and update my top picks across various formulas, and the first updated guide I have for you is all about blush.

Each product recommended below has been tested and reviewed by me (and we’ve made looking up reviews and swatches for individual shades easy with drop downs!), so they’re high-performing and well worth considering if you’re on the hunt for a new blush. Below, you’ll find the most up-to-date list of best cream and powder blushes that are currently available for purchase.

Here are the characteristics I’m looking for in a great blush: it’s all about formulas that are easy to work with; they need to be blendable and give me the ability to dial down or up the pigmentation based on the need at the time. They should sit well on bare skin as well as over foundation and have good wear throughout the day.

The way I approach my guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and four top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our list of the Best of Holiday 2019 Palettes & Gifts, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

More product guides: Best Highlighters, Best Eyeshadow Palettes, Best Eyeshadows, Best Lipsticks, Best Lipglosses.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush

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The Air Blush formula remains one of my absolute, all-time favorites. It’s the satin finish that makes it standout in a sea of top-tier blush formulas–the finish is skin-like without being flat or dull.

They’re versatile because they go light to dark and effectively yield a lighter and deeper take on the color within each compact. Flesh & Fantasy remains my most used shade from the line as it’s a very “my skin but better” hue that adds subtle color and definition without me having to worry about it matching my eyes/lips.

Top Rated Shades

Colour Pop Blush Stix

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One of the best launches in 2019 was ColourPop’s Blush Stix, which features a dewy, luminous finish that lasts all day long in an assortment of shades. The formula offers buildable coverage that can be applied with fingertips or a brush, over bare skin or on top of base products, and it’s just nearly effortless to work with.

Top Rated Shades

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Make Up For Ever Artist Face Color - Blush

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If you love matte and satin finish blushes but don’t like powdery or drier formulas, this is a formula you’ll enjoy. There are three distinctive finishes–matte, shimmer and pearl–but matte here means more “natural matte” where the powder almost “melts” onto the skin for a skin-like effect (but no overt shimmer!).

Top Rated Shades

Cover FX Monochromatic Blush Duo

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Cover FX developed an unexpected winner with their Monochromatic Blush Duos! They released to much fanfare and many shades were out of stock for quite awhile (hence the unexpected descriptor!), and I can attest that they are worth the hype. Each duo features a natural matte blush and luminous blush in coordinating hues. The formula has a smoother, dense feel but never feels powdery. The pigmentation ranged from semi-opaque to opaque and could be built up as desired.

Top Rated Shades

Flower Beauty Blush Bomb

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The Blush Bombs have a gel-like consistency–more liquid-like but with more substance, a little less watery in feel–that plays better with base products than more water-like liquid/cream blushes. This type of gel texture seems to smooth over base products without lifting them up in my experience. They have buildable coverage with eight to nine-hour wear.

Top Rated Shades

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

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There is, perhaps, a trend to some of my top picks for blushes: formulas that are forgiving, easy to work with, and have less-shimmery finishes (just wait on that, though!). Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are perfect for anyone who prefer softer coverage that can be built up but is hard to overdo paired with a satin to lightly luminous finish.

Top Rated Shades

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MAC Extra Dimension Blush

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MAC’s Extra Dimension Blushes are fantastic for anyone who loves shimmery blush that is noticeable, glowy, and blendable without worrying about the shimmer emphasizing the natural skin.  They’re pigmented with a soft, smooth texture that’s firmer in the pan but not difficult to use, and they have no dustiness or powderiness in the pan.

Top Rated Shades

Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

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Clinique’s Cheek Pop Blushes are some of the earliest iterations of the more baked-powder-gel tribrid formulas that are now more and more common to see.  This kind texture is the type that almost blends itself as soon as you start applying and working it onto the skin. The finish became more luminous as I blended the powder onto the skin, but it was never shiny or overly shimmery, so it always looked smooth on my skin and did not emphasize pores or my skin’s texture.

Top Rated Shades

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush

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Chanel Joues Contraste Blush is a classic with a variety of shades and finishes, though most are more matte to natural with very being moderately shimmery or metallic.  They’re a softer, silkier texture that has a touch of dustiness compared to several other picks here, but they’re blendable, easy to work with, and last well on my skin.

Top Rated Shades

Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek

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For ultra-long wearing cream-to-powder blush, ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks reign supreme. There are lots of shades and finishes with the more matte shades having an almost watercolor effect on skin, while the more shimmery shades give a dewy sheen that isn’t actually tacky or wet to the touch.

Top Rated Shades

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Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush

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For those with higher gifting budgets, Surratt’s Artistique Blushes offer a supremely silky texture, buildable semi-opaque coverage, and a delightfully luminous finish that sits well on skin.  For a permanent, high-end range, there’s a nice diversity in shades from light to dark, cool to warm.

Top Rated Shades

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