LBQ’s Top Three: Non-Powder Blushers

Bronzers are out and blushers are in. As soon as the summer sandals get packed away the bronzer should be replaced in favour of something a little more pink. Adding a touch of rosiness to your makeup will help your complexion ooze health and provide a subtle Autumn glow, as well as radiating youth. Rosy cheeks will forever be associated with little girls, but if you use the right products you can chop five years off your perceived age. Although I’m a fan of traditional powder blushers, I believe that creams and cheek stains provide a much more subtle and natural result that’s easier to wear; there’s no caking and no wrinkle-enhancing, just fabulous pink cheeks to help you glow into Spring. Here are my top three personal faves…

top three liquid cream blush

1. Benefit Posietint (£24.50) 
I can remember the day I first picked one of these up in Boots, excited that I could finally try the iconic Benefit formula that was just too dark for me in the traditional Benetint format. Posietint is a great universal pink shade that brightens any complexion by adding a touch of ‘flush’ to the skin. Its gel-like formula is applied using a mini brush, allowing you to precisely dab the colour into cheeks. I love this all year round as it looks so natural, without weighing the skin down. It stays all day long as it effectively stains the skin too, making it super easy to use even for makeup beginners. 

2. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge (£19.00) 
Available in eight different shades, this super creamy blush can also be used on the lips for a delicate colour result. It’s not at all greasy and works well with other makeup, especially if you like to layer up and finish with a dusting of powder. I love how this can be built up and blended into the skin to create either a delicate glow or a super ‘just come in from a brisk Autumn walk’ look.

3. Illamasqua Cream Blush (£18.00)
A true delight to use from the second you open the pan, this cream blush is packed in tightly to provide a really strong pigment. To get the best results use a kabuki or blending brush, ensuring that you only dab a little onto the brush; the finished look will be so natural nobody will be able to tell it’s not your natural skintone. This works exceptionally well with matte foundations, as the textures melt into eachother for a flawless result.

Are you a fan of creamy blushers? Which one is your favourite?



  1. Emily Knott
    October 14, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    I have a Bobbi Brown pot rouge and it is fab – I would say that Max factors cream blush is a very close dupe formula wise!

  2. Stacey Jane
    October 14, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Love all these blushes! I really like the Chanel cream blusher, it's very dry and velvety and dries to a matte finish but they're so lovely to use! Stacey Expat Make-Up Addict

  3. Maquillage Magic
    October 14, 2013 / 8:56 pm

    I like the look of all of those blushes, completely adore cream blushers or cheek tints, L

  4. Bekie
    October 17, 2013 / 6:36 pm

    oooh i like the sound of the bobbi brown blusher, i tend to just use whats cheap and cheerful however christmas is coming so i can treat myself! 🙂 great article

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