Best Blushes (2019) | Editor’s Top Picks

01/05

Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  
Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush  

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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Again, this round up is very useful for anyone in the market for a new blush. I like a lot of them, but feel that I would need to see and swatch in person to be able to tell whether or not it works for me.
Those that I am interested in are the Clinique’s Cheek Pops, the MUFE blushes and Cover FX duos.

I need to give the Marc Jacobs blushes a try; the only thing stopping me is that I have so many blushes and blush (unlike eyeshadow or liner) isn’t my big weakness. I do love MAC’s Extra Dimension blushes too – they have the loveliest finish.

I hope MAC will release some new (and permanent) singles to the Extra Dimension blush range – I was so happy they made them permanent!

I almost don’t know if I want them to release new shades or not. As I was typing my first reply, I was thinking the same thing – wouldn’t it be nice if MAC released a few new shades – but then I thought I’d probably want them and I really don’t need them…

I love trying new fórmulas but my all time favourite is still Illamasqua’s cream blush. I get asked what I’m wearing all the time.

It’s still quite unusual/unique for a US-centric brand (I know that slurry texture is more popular in Asia) – surprisingly!

Again, my favorites are well represented. I love the Cover FX duos, the Clinique Cheek Pops and Chanel Joues are among my favorite formula’s. Back in the day I really loved the Tarte formula but after trying other’s they are just way too powdery for me. “Exposed” is still a favorite shade along with the little gift “Parrrrty” or some such spelling, LOL! I just wouldn’t buy anymore.

is it my imagination or did you manage to get this list up earlier this year? in any case, thank you! i appreciate the best of lists arriving as the 20% sales are starting to happen and how comprehensive they are in regards to formula & price point. i’ve always thought you run a site with useful functions and great content but this year you’ve dialed that up 5 notches! a really amazing job, christine!

For the blush one, last year’s went up on October 21st so it’s slightly earlier! I usually time then based on sale cycles, so with Ulta having 20% off coupons (that include prestige), I wanted to make sure I didn’t wait too long!

This year, I’m also trying to keep it as more of a general guide, since I already focus on permanent formulas so it seems like it could be useful year-round vs. solely as a gift guide – but obviously, getting them updated around the holiday sales cycle is imperative!

Some of my favs made the list. I would have to add Honest Beauty cream blush. They are buildable, don’t accentuate texture and last 12-hrs on me. I have oily mature skin.

Wow, there are so many of these brands that I haven’t even tried yet. I just own so many blushes, and I went crazy on blush palettes last year, so I haven’t been trying a lot of new ones. I put the holiday Hourglass quad on my Christmas list, so I’ll be getting to try them soon. I tried Dior Diorskin Nude Luminizer formula for the first time this year, and I love the effortless formula and beautiful finish. Chanel Tweed Beige (140) Les Tissages de Chanel Blush Duo was my first Chanel Blush, and WOW! It takes nude blush to whole new level. Both brands are too pricey for me to buy unless I absolutely fall madly in love with something, but I’m very happy with them.

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