Blushes Under $15 | 2019 Editor's Favorites

With over 200 blushes reviewed in 2019, it takes some ruthlessness to whittle down a list (thank goodness I can at least split between under and over $15). With the addition of ColourPop’s Blush Stix this year, there was a nice influx in cream blushes available, and it was just icing on the cake that they were priced at $8 each.  While Dior’s Hologlam was one of my top product favorites from 2018, Sydney Grace’s Paris Skies occupies that space in 2019.

If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2019, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.)

Temptalia’s Favorite Blushes Under $15 | 2019

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01. Hen Party Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Hen Party is a medium, slightly muted coral with warm undertones and a luminous, dewy finish. It had more opaque coverage applied directly...

Hen Party is a medium, slightly muted coral with warm undertones and a luminous, dewy finish. It had more opaque coverage applied directly...

02.

02. More is More Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Colour Pop More is More Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warmer undertones and much warmer, golden shimmer...

Colour Pop More is More Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warmer undertones and much warmer, golden shimmer...

03.

03. Mic Drop Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A+

Colour Pop Mic Drop Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, vivid pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had...

Colour Pop Mic Drop Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a bright, vivid pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones and a natural finish. It had...

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04.

04. Melon Flower Beauty

Flower Beauty

PPermanent. $9.99/0.3 oz.

A

Flower Beauty Melon Blush Bomb ($9.99 for 0.3 oz.) is a medium-dark, true coral with warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It appeared slightly...

Flower Beauty Melon Blush Bomb ($9.99 for 0.3 oz.) is a medium-dark, true coral with warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It appeared slightly...

05.

05. Under Pressure Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Colour Pop Under Pressure Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a brighter, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had...

Colour Pop Under Pressure Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a brighter, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It had...

06.

06. Paris Skies Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Paris Skies Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with cooler undertones and warmer, pale golden shimmer...

Sydney Grace Paris Skies Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a soft, medium mauve with cooler undertones and warmer, pale golden shimmer...

07.

07. 25/8 Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Colour Pop 25/8 Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a soft, muted mid-tone pink-coral with warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had buildable...

Colour Pop 25/8 Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a soft, muted mid-tone pink-coral with warmer undertones and a natural sheen. It had buildable...

08.

08. Sidewayz Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Colour Pop Sidewayz Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium coral with warm undertones, but leans pinker, and warmer, coppery-gold pearl. ...

Colour Pop Sidewayz Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a medium coral with warm undertones, but leans pinker, and warmer, coppery-gold pearl. ...

09.

09. Aviary Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Aviary is a brighter, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It appeared warmer when applied at medium or heavier...

Aviary is a brighter, medium-dark pink with warm undertones and a natural sheen. It appeared warmer when applied at medium or heavier...

10.

10. Summer Love Sydney Grace

Sydney Grace

PPermanent. $9.00/0.25 oz.

A

Sydney Grace Summer Love Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer...

Sydney Grace Summer Love Pressed Blush ($9.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark orange-coral with warm undertones and fine, golden shimmer...

11.

11. Cool It Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Colour Pop Cool It Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had more opaque coverage...

Colour Pop Cool It Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with warm undertones and a dewy sheen. It had more opaque coverage...

12.

12. Totes Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $8.00/0.33 oz.

A

Colour Pop Totes Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich coral with warm undertones and a barely-there pearl paired with a dewy finish. The...

Colour Pop Totes Blush Stix ($8.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a rich coral with warm undertones and a barely-there pearl paired with a dewy finish. The...

13.

13. I Need Space Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $10.00/0.13 oz.

B+

Colour Pop I Need Space Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good...

Colour Pop I Need Space Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, rosy mauve with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had good...

14.

14. My Sun and Stars Colour Pop

Colour Pop

PPermanent. $10.00/0.13 oz.

B+

Colour Pop My Sun and Stars Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones to its...

Colour Pop My Sun and Stars Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with subtle, warm undertones to its...

15.

15. Fresh n Peachy Colour Pop

Colour Pop

LELimited Edition. $10.00/0.13 oz.

B

Colour Pop Fresh n Peachy Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a brighter, medium coral with stronger, warmer orange undertones and a...

Colour Pop Fresh n Peachy Pressed Powder Blush ($7.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a brighter, medium coral with stronger, warmer orange undertones and a...

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Your Year in Review: Blush Edition

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  • What blushes did you use the most this year?
  • Did you finish any blushes this year?
  • Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020?
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I love these questions Christine! I remember last year that there was a dearth of blushes in the under $15 category, so it’s good to realise that the situation has changed this year.

What blushes did you use the most this year?
I used the EA Sweet Peach blush and the Covergirl Clean Glow Blush, which is a trio of shades ranging from lighter to darker. Isabella Muse gave it the thumbs up in 2013….I bought it on a whim, as it was on sale at half price. It turns out that this is fabulous and lasts all day.

Did you finish any blushes this year?
No – I have hit pan on my beloved EA Sweet Peach, so that is my HE blush that I use occasionally now.

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020?
No – I tend to only use one or two blushes at a time, so I’m good for blushes at the moment. The Covergirl blush had been sitting in my ‘spares’ bag for a little while before I started using it. Usually DS blushes are pretty average, so to find it work so well was quite a surprise.

What blushes did you use the most this year? Naars Fetishised, Adrenaline and Blissful, Tarte Parrrrty, Essence Satin Love, UD Rapture, MAC Oh My, Passion and Burnt Pepper, and Melt Nevermore Blushlight.

Did you finish any blushes this year? Nope, not a chance!

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020? Not really. At least not intentionally.

What blushes did you use the most this year? Clinique Cheek Pops. My favorite shades are Heather, Rosy, Berry, and Peach.

Did you finish any blushes this year? Nope.

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020? No, I already have way too many!

What blushes did you use the most this year? I don’t know if I am strange but I only use one blush at a time, I would get too distracted if I had more than one open at a time. I am also a little embarrassed to say but my blush is an Avon dark rose powder that the label has long ago fell off of, it has lasted a loooog time, almost at the end now though.

Did you finish any blushes this year? Nope

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020? I have a few in my cabinet so I won’t need to purchase for a while.

I generally use one at a time too. My go to blush at the moment is a Covergirl one….I find it really hard to get the right blush shade for me, so this one was a good surprise.

What blushes did you use the most this year? Burt’s Bees Shy Pink, Benefit Dallas, Natasha Denona Bloom palette, Nars Orgasm

Did you finish any blushes this year? Nope, but, I did declutter a few.

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020? Not sure

What blushes did you use the most this year? TheBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush, Physician’s Formula Butter Blush in Plum Rose, LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush in Ultra Violet, Urban Decay Afterglow in Bittersweet, Tarte Exposed, MAC Pink Cult, and My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush in MDMA (Disclaimer: MPZ’s owner is a pharmacist, and named the blushes out of compounds used in her field, and she does not condone recreational drug use). The NARS Hot Tryst and Exposed Palettes also go heavy use this year.

Did you finish any blushes this year? Nope. I can’t remember the last time I finished a blush…

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020? Yes, I still want to try the Cover FX duos.

What blushes did you use the most this year? My cream blushes, for sure. All of them.

Did you finish any blushes this year? I didn’t but my Glossier Cloud Paint in Beam is getting close!

Do you expect to expand your blush collection in 2020? Not really. I have a good selection that I love and flatters my skin tone. Though the Patrick Ta Blush in She’s Seductive has been tempting me. And it’s a color that I don’t have.

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