Powder or Cream Blush: That is the Question

Powder or Cream Blush:  That is the question.


Power or Cream. Picking the right formula for your skin  let alone the right color can be intimidating. While both are great options, I recommend finding which feels most natural to you and is the easiest to apply. Below I share the colors I’m wearing regularly, great colors for every skin tone and when I choose cream over powder!

I like a good power blush and typically wear a shade of NARS. From Gaiety and Deep Throat to Sex Appeal and the cult favorite Orgasm, the blush delivers beautiful pigmentation, blends easily and comes in amazing colors that provide different looks on my fair skin.

The price tag is a tad high. At $30, some may be turned off but if you’re looking for just one go-to shade to keep in your makeup bag, Orgasm is a great buy. This color flatters almost every skin tone and provides a beautiful peach-pinkish color with just a touch of golden shimmer. Another flattering product I love is Hervana by benefit. Retails for $28. The palette features four shades which blend perfectly to go with several eye looks and multiple skin tones. I’ve found that I can use this one with cool and warm eye palettes! Both products are available at Sephora. Want a great drugstore find? Try Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush in Pink Rose. Under $10.

While powder blushes are regularly found in my makeup kit, I opt for cream blush when it rains or on warmer summer days. Multiple brands make cream options but I love the Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Sticks in No 21 (pinkish) and 22 (more coral/apricot).

These sticks are SO easy to throw in a handbag for touch ups and can be applied with my fingers. The color blends easily, doesn’t cake or streak in sweltering heat and provides a nice flush of color and radiance to my skin. It even holds up well when I hit the water. Side Note: these are more hydrating and won’t tend to soak up oils like powers do. If you have super oily skin, a power option is probably better for you.

For quick application and more intense color, I just dab my cheeks directly with the cream stick and blend with my fingers. For subtle color or when I can apply in front of a vanity, I swipe my foundation brush across the top of the stick and then blend to my cheeks until I reach the desired color. Side note: On humid or rainy days, I also spritz on a bit of de-slick Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. The spray controls my natural oils and really sets the makeup.

I’ve also tried the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in a light pink shade. A great drugstore option if you’re wanting to give cream blush a try but don’t want to pay a higher price!

What brands and colors are your favs? Share your comments or email me your “cheeky” looks at thevelvetbull@gmail.com.

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