The Best Cream Blushes For Youthful, Dewy Cheeks


One should never underestimate the power of a good blush. And if you ask us, cream blushes don’t get as nearly as much praise as they deserve.

Cream blushes blend seamlessly to provide a sheer wash of colour with a hydrated, luminous finish that’s hard to beat. Even better, most achieve said radiance without an ounce of glitter or shimmer, so they won’t accentuate lines or pores.

How to apply cream blush

Whether they come in stick form or a pot, cream blushes can be applied with fingers or a brush; the choice is yours. However, if you are more of a brush person, we recommend a stippling brush for the best control and blend (we like the Models Prefer Stippling Brush, $19.99 at Priceline).

Start off slow and with very little product, until you become familiar with the depth of pigment. The good thing about cream blushes is they also layer really well, so you can always add more.

How to choose a cream blush

Just like powder blushes, cream blushes come in a wide range of shades. Use our guide to find the right blush colour for your skin tone or utilise makeup artist Nikki DeRoest’s tip to find a neutral blush that works for everyone. 

Also consider the finish of your cream blush; some will remain dewy on the skin (the same as when you apply it), while others dry down to a satin finish. 

The best cream blushes in Australia

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

Another great thing about cream blush? It can double as a lip colour. Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way, and the shade ‘Powder Pink’ is universally flattering.

$55 at

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm

The Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm is so easy to use, you could apply it with your eyes closed. The crayon slides across skin smoothly and blends like a breeze for a dewy, low-maintenance look. Our members love it too, giving it a 4.5 star rating from 16 reviews.

$46 at Myer

ulta3 Blush Sculpt Stick 

ulta3 blush stick

For a more affordable cream blush stick, the ulta3 one can’t be beat. For under $10, you can achieve a natural-looking flush with a touch of shimmer to up the dewiness factor. Delightful.

$9.95 at

jane iredale Glow Time™ Blush Stick

jane iredale cream blush

If you really love a wet-look cheek with plenty of sheen, the jane iredale Glow Time™ Blush Stick is a winner. It’s formulated with jojoba oil for a hydrated finish, with golden hints of shimmer that’ll really make your skin glow.

$72 at

Stila Convertible Colour

The Stila Covertible Colour is one of our editor’s all-time favourites. It’s incredibly creamy for an easy blend and has no hint of shimmer or glitter in it (so the hydrated finish looks oh so natural). Plus, a little goes a long way so the pan lasts for yonks. 

$37 at MECCA

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Blush Stick

If your skin is easily congested or irritated (making the idea of cream products daunting), this luxe buy is non-comedogenic and has been dermatologically tested.  Yep, even sensitive skin types will get along with this highly pigmented stick.

$56 at Myer

*This article has been updated since its original publication.

Do you like using cream blush? Have you tried any of the ones we recommend?

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  1. I love cream blushes and I have had some which were great then bang they go off the market. I am using a Revlon one at the moment and it has a highlighter attached to it also and loving it so much so please Revlon DO NOT TAKE IT OFF THE MARKET!!

  2. I have quite a few of the Chubby Stick’s and the Stila one which is quite creamy and gives your skin a nice colour. I do love a good cream blush and it can also be used on eyes and lips, which gives you more bang for your buck.

  3. Would love to try the Bobbi Brown or the Lancome. They both look gorgeous. When I want to use a little bit to create a dewy rosy look I use the Vaseline rosy tint lip balm for my cheeks. This is my go to.

  4. I’ve been dying to buy a cream blush because I’m so sick of the powders sitting strangely on my foundation – the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm has caught my eye!

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