Budget-Friendly Blushes | 2014 Editor's Favorites

It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see so many of Makeup Geek’s blushes on this list, because from the first one I tried to the last, they were stellar. They really nailed the formula; it’s not just good for the money, but it’s a fantastic powder blush, period. The texture was soft without being powdery or chalky. While many categories at the drugstore are comparable to high-end products, blushes and highlighters are an area that I find tends to miss, so I’m thrilled to see Makeup Geek enter the space and do budget blush justice (and then some). I really hope to see more shades next year!  I’ll be studying your favorite finds this year for products to make note to review in 2015!

What were your favorite budget-friendly cheek products this year?


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Olivia B. Avatar

Great list! I NEED to try Makeup Geek! I have NYX Dusty Rose. Such a pretty color but I do wish it was more pigmented. I don’t feel like it does much, but it’s good to have a couple of lighter blushes, I guess. Now on the other hand, Milani Bella Rosa! OMG!! When I first bought it I was overwhelmed by how pigmented it is. But now I know how to use it (very light-handedly) <– is that even a word? Anyway, I use it almost every day now! I have found myself using my Milani blushes over my used-to-be-favorite NARS blushes.

Katy Avatar

I absolutely love Milani blushes! I have a few of them but my favorite is Dolce Pink. I even wore that on my wedding day 🙂

I have to try MUG blushes though, I always hear great things!

Caro Avatar

I’ve jumped on the lipstick-as-blush bandwagon hard-core. My current absolute favorite is Wet N Wild Megalast lipcolor in Bare It All. The color is too light for my lips, but it’s a really perfect not-pink-but-not-orange blush that makes me look sculpted! The Megalast lipsticks are only $1.99–but have a nice, creamy and matte consistency that I’m finding works perfectly for blush, especially if I warm it up a bit first.

Emm Avatar

NYX bourgeois pig is a fun bright pink I love. I normally dislike CG but their blush in natural twinkle is amazing. Pinky mauve with a little sparkle.


Sleek’s Rose gold, I think its called. Its a muted rose color with gold shimmer highlights. Its blend able,and easy to build on. A little goes a long way. I do want to try colorpop’s blushes if they’re not too intense. I don’t buy a lot of blushes, but I think that’s about to change….:-)

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