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Best Brush for Cream Blush

What's the best Brush for Cream Blush that you've tried?

I love MAC’s 159, which is a duo-fiber brush. It works well for applying color as well as for blending out the edges.

— Christine

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My trusty, and dirt cheap, e.l.f. Small Stipple brush! I bought it specifically for the ColourPop Cheek Shock blushes I bought a few years ago, and it works very nicely with the very bright shades I got, like Pie, for instance.

I agree! The Elf Small Stipple is amazing. I actually use Liquid Lipsticks as a cream/liquid blush for pigment and longevity and this is the only one that saturates and diffuses. 🙂

Most of the time, I prefer my fingers over any brush for cream blushes. On the rare occasions I do use one (mostly with ColourPop’s blushes), it’s the e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush.

None, IMO. I think the reason people think cream blush is hard to apply is because they use brushes. Fingers are best–it warms the product and makes it easier to spread and get a very natural look. I use cream blush almost exclusively now and have not found a brush that works anywhere near as well as fingers.

Fingers, Zoeva cream cheek, a Japonesque, stipple, or RT duo fibre. Might get a Zoeva small stipple, bec the ones I have are large. That brush could be useful for CP highlighter, too. Often tap on with fingers for placement, then blend with one of those synthetics. Natural fibre does not cut it at all. Speaking of Zoeva, they added PayPal to their pmt choices. IDK if the shipping rate has changed. Missed the holiday sale, bec my card would not go through the new portal. Hopefully, PayPal fixes that glitch.

I almost always use my fingers but if I can’t get it to blend as nicely as I would like I usually use the Real Techniques stipple brush. I almost always use my foundation brush with whatever remaining product on it, to blend out the edges for a seamless transition.

Definitely Real Techniques Stippling brush for me. Always blends everything out perfectly and is easy to get the right amount.

With cream blushes that are not too intensely pigmented, the Real Techniques Face Expert works well to deposit the color and diffuse. If it needs more blending I go for the Stippling Brush, also by RT.
For more pigmented cream blushes that require a lighter hand, I use a fluffy slanted kabuki from It Cosmetics that I got in a set a couple years ago. It works beautifully for a natural finish with brighter colors. It was LE but it looks a lot like their Heavenly Luxe Blush Brush #4, except in a kabuki format.

I honestly don’t remember the last time I used a brush for cream blush. I usually go in with my fingers and to blur the edges out I just use whatever brush/sponge I used for foundation.

I usually prefer my fingers for cream blush, but I did buy a couple brushes to try it out with. I have the Real Techniques stippling brush and stigma one.

Ecotools Skin Perfecting Brush!!!
It’s angled, dense, and slightly duo-fibered.
Stiff enough to blend the driest cream blushes, but soft enough to diffuse and stipple.
Not my favorite for a foundation, but it does very well with cream blush and contour/highlight.

I tried a variety of thing to help with application of creme blush but the only two things that I find work are either my fingers or the ELF Small Stipple brush.

i use the wayne goss brush 1. it’s billed as a foundation brush but imho, it doesnt perform well for that. it sucks up too much product and foundation looks patchy no matter how well i blend or stipple.

it, however, found a new life as a cream brush! its small diameter fits easily into most cream pots and the duo fibre stipples and swirls the colour well. i also use it to blend undereye concealer (if not used for blush).

I use my fingers though, if need to blend further, use Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage Face brush. I know the larger WG 1 brush works with creams but I haven’t gotten the nerve to break it in.

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