I Tested 8 Cream Blushes to See Which Ones Look Best and Last Longest on Oily Skin

I'm full-on embracing my skin type — and that means trying out products I usually stay away from
Publish date:
July 19, 2016
YSL, becca, Flower, sonia kashuk, cream blush, blush, e.l.f., laura geller, A'pieu

Not gonna lie — this whole nontouring/strobing/highlighting obsession is making me feel a lot better about having shiny skin. I can skip dewy foundations and luminous primers, because my oily face magically transforms all my matte finish base makeup into dewy finish makeup on its own — just give it a few hours.

Last year, I was starting to accept my oily skin. I gave up trying to retouch every few minutes with powder on hot, humid days, and I put away my mattifying primers. But this summer, thanks to trends and all (whatever it takes, right?) I'm full-on embracing my skin type — and that means trying out products I usually stay away from, namely cream products.

Though I am not yet ready to welcome cream foundation into my life with open arms (my base has to last or I become cranky), I am open to using cream blushes. I am aware that cream blushes and oily skin are known to be enemies because of the former's tendency to disappear on the other in a few hours, but I still think cream blushes look freaking amazing on shiny skin. The shininess of the cream product layered on top of an already shiny face looks really natural and fresh to me.

To widen my cream blush options this summer, I've been testing out some products, and these are the eight that don't disappear completely at the end of the day. I didn't top them with any powder because I wanted to make sure they could last well on their own.

The Pretty Good

These blushes faded a bit, which is normal, but when you look in the mirror at the end of the day, you can still see that you put on blush in the morning.

Laura Geller Color Fix Blush Stick in Coral

Although the brand calls this shade "coral" and further describes it as a rosy peach, on my neutral-to-cool medium-beige skin, it reads as more of a well-pigmented subdued, luminous hot pink with a satin finish.

This blush feels moisturizing and lightweight on my cheeks. However, because of its emollient formula, this is another one of those cream blushes you really need to pat on, as opposed to rubbing on, to avoid moving around your foundation.

A'Pieu Finger Blusher in CR01

Due to its peachy pink with gold shimmer color profile, I immediately get NARS Deep Throat vibes from this blush, except that this is the sheerer, peachier, cream version.

Consistency-wise, it wasn't too thick or too thin, and it dried down quickly with a powder finish. If you want to build this up into a deeper shade, I recommend patting it on as opposed to rubbing it on, since doing the latter might cause the color to sheer out (this also happens to be the lightest shade of the bunch).

Flower Beauty Win Some Rouge Some Crème Blush in Pure Petunia

Pure Petunia is a warm bubblegum pink that feels moisturizing on my skin but sets with a powder finish. Of all the blushes I tried, this was the brightest and most pigmented.

I didn't think I would use the brush that it comes with, but it really is a helpful addition since it's so handy for blending, and it'll prevent you from staining your fingers.

Sonia Kashuk Crème Blush in Rosey

This is a bright, warm-toned, medium pink that is emollient and melty. It easily glides over the skin, but it doesn't really set, so it'll give your cheeks a dewy flush.

It will manage to survive most of the day — just don't rub your cheeks.

e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Blush in Rose Royalty

I've always expected cream blushes to be melty, but Rose Royalty, a nude rose, decently-pigmented shade that sets with a powder finish, feels firm in the container.

You definitely have to warm it up for a few seconds with your finger before applying it to your skin.

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Pink Hedoniste

Pink Hedoniste is a subtle, medium, warm pink dries that dries to a matte, powder finish. As a mousse, it feels very light to apply, and though it is not super pigmented, its pigmentation is buildable.

The Best

By the end of the day, with these products, there was no question I was still wearing blush! (And I didn't over-apply.)

Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Lychee/Opal

This is one of the coolest-looking and coolest-feeling blushes I've ever encountered. Lychee/Opal is a pretty, bright, warm, medium-pink flush with a golden sheen and a radiant finish. In the pot, it looks like a rare gemstone, and texture-wise, it was both spongey (when you press on it) and airy (when you rub it on your cheeks).

At $27 a pop, this is a justifiable splurge in my book, since it lasted the best out of all the cream blushes I tried.

Becca Beach Tint in Guava

Guava is a coral pink with sheer but buildable pigmentation and a satin finish. It's a simple shade that would go well with dramatic or natural makeup looks since it looks subtle. It comes in the form of a thin, watery, liquid cream, so it dries down fast. Because of its consistency, I didn't expect it last long, but it did.

  • What's your favorite cream blush?
  • How do you get your makeup to last all day?