When it comes to the best liquid blushes, I have a lot of opinions. Let me set the scene for you: a beauty writer (me), standing in front of her makeup organizer, staring at an open drawer with 76 types of blusher staring at her. I have almost 100 blushes in different forms, including: 25 powder blushes, 4 blusher palettes, 36 liquid blushes and 11 cream blushes, all in various colors and gradients. That’s when I realized maybe I had a slight obsession with blush, and also that I really needed to update my makeup organizer. With that scene in place, let’s focus on why you’re here: of all the blushes that have been tested and explored by myself and other beauty editors, which ones are truly the best?
What is the difference between a liquid blush and a cream blush?
For 2022, liquid blush and cream blush are in high demand to keep up with the boom in natural beauty and makeup that highlights glowing, dewy skin. My take: Liquid blush is superior to cream blush for those of us who want a more pigmented, buildable look that won’t interfere with your dewy base.
Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
If it were possible to get an Oscar for creating blush, Selena Gomez and her development team would win it. A quick search on literally any social media site will turn up thousands of reviews praising this blush, and for good reason. The formula packs a punch and blends subtly without losing pigment, working wonders for all skin tones and tones.
Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush
Milani has been a staple in beauty routines since the brand’s inception in 2001. They’re always on the cutting edge while creating affordable products that stand on their own. Don’t believe me, try it for yourself – take a few shades, in fact, you’ll thank me later.
Youthforia BYO Blush
Magic. That’s what this blush is. Apply a small amount to cheeks and watch as the green liquid adheres to skin’s pH to transform into a custom-flattering pink hue. If you’re struggling to create a look, subtle rosy cheeks via this custom blush are always a good choice.
Saie Dew Blush Liquid Blush
It’s the luxury car of liquid blushes. From the variety of colors to the large doe-foot applicator, Saie has truly outdone themselves with this pigment and formulation. A little goes a long way – apply some blush directly to the cheekbones and use your finger to gently dab it along your cheekbones.
Freck Beauty Cheekslime Blush + Plant Collagen Lipstick
As a general rule, test whatever product you’re about to try on your hand to test the pigment, especially if you’re on the final stage of your makeup. I say this because Freck Beauty Cheekslime is that girl when it comes to saturated pigments. One drop of this gel-like formula and you’re ready for both cheeks, lightly blend the shade and watch it thin to even patch-free coverage.
Danessa Myricks Beauty Vision Flush Blush, eye shadow and lipstick
The Swiss army knife of make-up brands: Danessa Myricks Beauty. Every product in this cosmetic line is known for its versatile use and it doesn’t stop with this trio of blush, eyeshadow and lipstick. Go ahead, match your lips, eyes and cheeks with this all-in-one product – you know you want it.
Natasha Denona Puff Paint Liquid Blush
Available in three shades, this liquid serum formula is ideal for those looking for a natural finish that enhances natural beauty while pairing with skin’s undertones. Or maybe you want your cheeks to be the star of the show? Don’t worry, the formula is buildable without unevenness.
Em Cosmetics Pink Nectar Color Drops Serum Blush
Michelle Phan’s cosmetics brand Em Cosmetics offers innovative packaging that makes beauty more convenient. Example: the brand’s serum blush is applied with a dropper. The concentrated formula is another example of a small product for maximum performance. Purple blush might look creepy, but if you have yellow undertones or darker skin tones, this shade is for you.
Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Glow Drops
The best of both worlds: the skincare base we love and expect from Drunk Elephant, combined with the subtle addition of pigment. The result: luminous drops you’ll want to cover your whole body with. I’m not saying that I to have did that, but if I did, their Slaai Makeup Melt Butter Cleanser does the job of removing it well.
Armani Beauty Neo Nude A-Line Liquid Blush
If you’re looking for a really lightweight formula that doesn’t scare you away from looking like a clown, this water-based formula from Armani Beauty is here for you. Sheer colors enhance the skin’s natural base and work best on clean skin. The ultimate “no makeup” blush.
Benefit Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Stain & Stain
This lip and cheek stain is one of the OG liquid blusher formulas, in my opinion. I remember getting this cheek tint in an Ipsy subscription in the late 2010s – yes, I’m aging slightly here – and it’s been a staple ever since. The sheer shade is great for natural rinsed looks, and a good pair for a lip/cheek matching moment.
The Cream Shop Very Cheek Cushion Blush
Korean beauty products still have such user-friendly formulas and packaging. I’m also really obsessed with blush cushions. Enter this one from The Crème Shop: The useful packaging makes it easy to apply on the go without worrying about interfering with base makeup.
MAKEUP MILK Bionic Liquid Blush
Milk Makeup is known for its skincare-focused beauty products that infuse skin-loving ingredients into cosmetics. These shimmering bionic blushes contain Snow Mushroom, Reishi Mushroom and Hyaluronic Acid to plump and hydrate skin while providing buildable tint.
ILIA Color Haze Multi-Purpose Pigment
A common theme with liquid blushes is the beauty of not needing to use a lot to give you the flushed look of your dreams. Avoid layering this product with excessive powder, as this blush really shines when it’s most rosy.
Brighter cloud paint
Gorgeous, gorgeous girl loves and wears Glossier’s cloud paint. When you’re about to step out but don’t want to look flat, add definition with a quick blush moment. Sheer enough for light applications, but buildable coverage for more intense looks.
Flower Beauty Blush Bomb Color Drops
A gel formulation means bold pigmentation, so if you’re looking for something subtle, aim for the lighter shades of this blush. Drew Barrymore’s Flower Beauty line of cosmetics is designed for people to have fun and play with, so don’t stop using this blush for the cheeks, apply it to the lips too.
Kaja Cheeky Stamp Blendable Blush
First of all, how cute is this heart-shaped blush stamp? Extremely is the answer. Benefits of this fine liquid formula include the user-friendly convenience of being able to work color into the face without it instantly drying. Also, if you want to embrace your inner child, keep the stamp in its shape for a Euphoria-look approved.