These Five Cream Blushes Won't Ghost You
It’s so hard to write about blush without falling on, well, prissy cliches. A blushing bride, a post-coital glow, an embarrassed flush… especially dissonant considering that when it comes to wearing blush, I want something a little less delicate. My ideal blush is cream, for easy application and blending, and beet red like my skin’s been left to the elements. More burn than blush, you know? But so many good cream blushes inevitably fall victim to the 3PM dip out—I put on what feels like more than enough blush in the morning, and by the afternoon it’s nowhere to be found. Where does all the blush go? Hiding with the socks and hair ties, perhaps?
There are just as many cream blushes around as there is hearsay. I often tested two at a time, one on each cheek, just to get through them quicker. Among the lot, I noticed a few patterns: the waxier, more solid formulas tend to hold up best. Stick formulas seem to be a safe bet across the board, while ones poured into a pan can be hit or miss. The water-based gels are OK, and oil-based blushes, while the most beautiful, disappear the quickest. After testing for a month, here’s my final edit: the five cream blushes that lasted the longest on me, with the best shade options. If you’re no shrinking violet, there’s no reason for your blush of choice to be a disappearing rose—read on to find a new favorite.