Are you Team Cream or Team Powder? Blush, that is.
I’m Team Powder, but more out of habit than anything else. Every time I use a cream blush, I can’t help but wonder why I don’t more often. I love the natural flush it gives my cheeks. But, come the next day, powder blushes drive me back to them.
Even so, I wouldn’t say that powder blushes are better than cream ones. It just depends on your skin type and what look you are trying to achieve. Powder blushes can absorb excess oil, making them an excellent choice for ladies with combination and oily skin. They also tend to give a more matte, polished finish to the skin.
Cream blushes, instead, are moisturising. More suitable for dry and mature skin, cream blushes provide a dewy flush, like you’ve just… well, blushed. They give skin a more youthful appearance and look more natural on.
Sheerer than powder blushes, cream ones are easier to build up. You have more control on how intense you want the colour to be, and you never have to worry about clown cheeks. That’s always a risk with highly pigmented powder blushes. That’s even more true if you have fair skin. I love being a pale princess, but that can make blush application challenging.
The trick, with very pigmented powder blushes, is to use a light hand and a stippling brush. This type of brush picks up less product, giving you more control over application. If you need to, you can always add more, but I find that’s rarely necessary.
With sheer or medium pigmented blushes, a big fluffy brush works best. It makes application quicker and just as precise. In both cases, though, you can take your time in blending out harsh edges and blotchy patches.
That’s not always the case with cream blushes. Often, they set quickly, and once they do, they are pretty hard to remove. To avoid streaked and marbled cheeks (ugh!), you’re forced to hurriedly blend them in. You can do so with your fingers but, if you don’t want to stain them, a stippling brush does the job very well too.
My main gripe with cream blushes, though, is their short staying power. Most cream blushes last only 6 or 7 hours on my dry cheeks. That’s not bad, but with powders, I can just forget I have them on at all. Most of the colour is usually still there when I take my makeup off late at night.
But, for a really longlasting glow and pop of colour, use them together. Apply first a cream blush as a base, and then a powder blush in a similar colour on top of it. This way, you can just forget about touch ups. The colour won’t budge. I usually do this when the weather start getting warm, so I don’t have to worry about the heat melting my face.
My favourite powder blushes? I love anything from Benefit and Nars. Nars has a wide selection of blushes in different finishes. Some are sheer, other highly pigmented, so anyone will be able to find something they love. Benefit blushes tend to be on the sheer side, which is great news for pale princesses.
Darker damsels would, instead, appreciate Sleek Makeup Blushes more. Best applied with a light hand, they are highly pigmented and pack a punch. I also have a thing for Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes. The range includes both matte and shimmery shades, all of which have good colour payoff and an easy-to-blend texture. The only con is that they are almost impossible to find outside the US. Boo!
What about cream blushes? My favourites are from Illamasqua. They have good colour payoff and a creamy texture that makes application a breeze. If you’re on a budget, try NYX Rouge Cream Blushes. They are sheer, but buildable, and give cheeks a glowy and healthy flush.
What are your favourite blushes?