When you actually need a really good blush from the drugstore, it can be harder to find than you’d imagine. There are a plethora of lipstick and foundation options for all skin tones and types to choose from, but a really good blush that’s worth the purchase? We’ll that’s a bit more of a challenge. Here’s what looks great on all skin tones and types and makes us go back for repeat purchases:
If you want a really pigmented blush look for: Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose, Romantic Rosee and Coral Cove. Milani is one of the best drugstore blush lines you can buy. These are ultra silky-soft powder blushes that easily blends onto your cheeks. Each color looks great on almost every sing skin tone (Romantic Rose can get a little ashy on very dark skin tones so use with a light hand). They are just as gorgeous on your cheeks as they are in the compact and all of the color work as highlights. Milani Baked Powder Blush is another option from this brand that we like as well. The packaging is not as pretty but the color pay off is rich and you can contour and highlight with these blushes. Rose D’Oro 02, Bellissimo Bronze and Bella Rosa are must haves.
If you have normal or dry skin and or love a good cream blush, Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush which some would say is the best drugstore bream blush. Flushed and Coral Reef are two of the prettiest colors from this line of really beautiful and pigmented cream blushes. This blush line was created by Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman for the Spring 2012 collection. The color glides on smooth and and gives you a healthy dewy glow. Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick is another cream blush great dry dry or normal skin. It’s formulated with shea butter and also give you a dewy finish. The applicator makes this blush easy to apply. Make Mauve, Plums Up, and Pink Fever are three of the best colors from this line.
If you need an array of pink and coral blushes try: Revlon Powder Blush in Oh! Baby Pink, Haute Pink, Naughty Nude and Wine Not. This line is so great because it’s buildable and works well on very light to very dark skin tones without going ashy. It’s also just a really great line when you want something pink or peachy that works. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush is another option for a varity of pinks. These go on sheer but are lightly buidlable as well.
If you on a tight budget but still want really pigmented color pay look for: Wet N Wild Coloricon Blusher in Heater Silk, Berry Shimmer and Pearlescent Pink. These blushes last all day and their pigments match the quality of department store blushes. e.l.f. Studio Blush has packing reminiscent of Nars but with a much cheaper price tag. Pink Passion Blushing Rose, Mellow Mauve, Candid Coral, Peachy Keen (can get a little ashy on very dark tones), Giddy Gold are all beautiful colors that look great on almost all skin tones.
If you need an array of brightly colored blushes try: NYX Blush in Ethereal, Bordeaux, Flamingo and Apricot. The color pay off is light but these blushes are buildable. You may need a touch-up during the day, especially if you have oily skin, but the hues are really pretty and last about 6 hours.
If you want a mineral blush or have sensitive skin you might like: L’Oreal True Match Naturale Gentle Mineral Blush in Bare Honey and Soft Rose. The formula is a gentle formula that’s safe for sensitive skin and won’t clog pores. The colors in this line are very subtle and natural. Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Blush has SPF 30 and wears for 16 hours but is still very gentle. It’s formulated with plant extracts and antioxidants like chamomile, ginseng and green tea.
If you need a blush that looks amazing on darker skin try: Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in Warm Berry and Toasted Almond (which is so much the business) for rich colors that play well on darker skin tones that look really good in blush colors with red, orange and brown bases.
This list is not all inclusive because it would be much, much longer, but we’ve highlighted the best brands that make some of the best drugstore blush available right now. Shop around between these brands to find something that you feel works best for you.