Cruelty-free Cream Blushes!

I’d been meaning to do this post all winter, but the time just kept slipping away from me.  I figured winter was a good time to think about cream blushes, as most of us face 😉 more dryness during that time and might be wanting to get a bit of that dewy glow back into our cheeks.

However, you know what Steinbeck said about best laid plans… and, it turns out, what with all I’ve been doing to try to get my skin into shape for summer, it’s been fairly dry anyway.  As such, I’ve had the opportunity to give my cream blushes more of a go and thought I’d share a few of my faves.

First up, a long time love.  Illamasqua’s Zygomatic.  Love the name, love the shade, basically, it’s a love-fest.  It’s definitely on the dewy side, which for me translates to a little goes a VERY long way.

Illamasqua Zygomatic

Speaking of seriously dewy, my next pick is Glam Natural’s Barely There.  I reach for this every time I want, literally, just a barely there bit of dimension.  You get a ton of product in this lovely bottle, and I am serious when I say a pin head’s worth will be plenty to cover both cheeks.

Glam Natural Barely There



Then we have Sonia Kashuk’s Blossom.  I reach for this one when I want a bit more of a pinky flush and/or a bit of a dryer cream formula.

Sonia Kashuk Creme Blush in Blossom

Last, but not least, my 2 newest acquisitions, Cate McNabb’s Summer Lovin’ and Tuscany.  This, in my opinion, is the driest of the formulas I have, and it’s actually marketed as a cheek and lip tint.  I’ve been obsessed with Summer Lovin’ lately for a gorgeous light pink glow, and I’ve actually been preferring Tuscany as a warm red lip stain.  I have a feeling when (i.e., if) I get any bit of tan this summer, I might start liking Summer Lovin’ better as a lip product and Tuscany for a cheek flush.

Cate McNabb Cheek & Lip Tint, Summer Lovin' Tuscany

Finally, I can’t very well discuss cream blushes without mentioning the winner of my cruelty-free fave brush for cream blush, my ELF Small Stipple Brush.

ELF Small Stipple Brush

That’s it for me.  What are your thoughts on cream blushes? 🙂

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.




8 replies to “Cruelty-free Cream Blushes!

    1. I hear ya! I dab my small stipple brush in and pick up the least little bit of product, then I softly bounce the brush along my cheek, but more to the side and up to the cheek bone than on the “apples”. I avoid the apples like the plague for just the reason you mention, and that’s not really where I tend to get flushed, like when I work out once a year… You can always go back and add more color if you want, but too much is even harder to take off than too much powder blush. Then, if you’re not happy with your edges, you can always pat over them with the brush/sponge you used for your foundation, just using the bit of base that’s left on it. Though, really, I do find that ELF brush to be fairly foolproof 🙂 Let me know how it goes!


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