It loves me, it loves me not. Which is it with these cream blushes?


Applying my makeup is usually my calm “me” time. It’s not a job, it’s a pleasure. I’m not artistic but I love what I can create on that small piece of real estate. No one who sees me will necessarily think that I look different day after day but I see it and think that. It’s a part of me that I enjoy.

One category of cosmetics that makes me a very happy camper is cream blush. I’m obsessed with them and should have taken a photograph of my large collection. I like cream blushes in all shapes, forms and textures. Some are outstanding, some are good, some are mediocre, while a few just don’t do it for me.

Today I’m sharing these three cream blushes that I bought this summer so you can decide if they’d be something you’d want too.

Cream blushes

I have some wonderful cool color blushes that I use all the time but it’s been harder for me to find a warm shade that works on my pale complexion that make me truly happy. Three cool blushes that I should be writing about are Charlotte Tilbury Beach Lip & Cheek Stick in Las Salinas ($45), Cleure Playful Color Stick ($28), and ColourPop Blush Stix in Cool It or any of the them actually ($8). But the perfect peach or pinky peach has been elusive for me. My favorite one is by Kjaer Weiss in Blossoming but it turned on me after about 2 years and became unusable.

So here I am buying and trying many other brands in the hope of finding one I love as much as the Kjaer Weiss. Let’s take a look at what I bought this summer.

KAJA CHEEKY STAMP BLENDABLE BLUSH in COY ($24). You’ll instantly know why I bought this if you follow me.

Kaja Cheeky Stamp blush in Coy

Yes it has a heart stamp. I was totally swayed by the heart stamp. I don’t know what I expected since I wasn’t going to walk around with a heart on my cheeks but I needed it for the cute factor. This was my big oops. The color was described as dusty rose but I knew instantly it was a warm rose. It is difficult to stamp as the color turns out unevenly and even if I use my fingers, a beauty sponge or an oval brush it just doesn’t blend well. Plus I don’t find the color flattering at all. According to Sephora “”A cushion blush formula, with a heart-shaped applicator, that blends out to a sheer-to-buildable flush of color”. According to me, I wish I’d returned it.

Kaja Cheeky Stamp in Coy

KOSAS COLOR & LIGHT CREME CREAM BLUSH AND HIGHLIGHTER in VELVET MELON ($34) is a double duty product. One side is the creme blush with the other being a creme highlighter.

KOSAS Color & Light Creme Cream Blush & Highlighter Duo

Velvet Melon is described as a soft juicy peach so I was excited to try this. It’s really nice BUT it’s very soft. It barely shows up on me. There’s so much to love about this: vegan, cruelty-free, gluten free. A unique texture that’s very creamy and leaves a dewy finish. Wonderful ingredients too. But I have to really work at it to get the color to show up. Considering I wear the lightest foundation shade I wonder who it would work well for. I use my fingers to apply since my brush or sponge just smear it around. It’s fine for a no-makeup day when I’m just wearing a sunscreen, mascara and the blush side but it’s not great for me.

Kosas Creme Blush and Highlighter Duo in Velvet Melon

BAREMINERALS BOUNCE & BLUR in CORAL CLOUD ($29) is the newest product line from BareMinerals. I was fascinated with the description “bareMinerals BOUNCE & BLUR Blush is a fingertip-friendly bouncy powder blush in shades that build and blend effortlessly for a beautifully blurred, naturally healthy-looking flush. This weightless cream-powder blush blends like a dream-no brush needed. The good-for-skin formula blurs the look of pores and imperfections, for a diffused look with no harsh lines, caking or uneven color. Each shade is inspired by the gorgeous tones of the sunrise and sunset.”

BareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush in Coral Cloud

At last I have a product I’ll barely complain about. Yes I’ll complain a little but not a lot. Good news is that this is a very pretty “fresh peach” but not so great is that it’s more coral than peach. Good news is that it contains Vitamin B which is known to help minimize the appearance of pores. More good news is that it doesn’t dig into my pores so it looks smooth on me. Good news is that it’s a cream blush but bad news is that it’s no different than any cream blush in a pot that I’ve tried before. I thought it was going to have a different texture because of the name but it’s basically a cream blush.

BareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush in Coral Cloud
BareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush in Coral Cloud

I’d like to see the three other shades this is available in but I think I’d be better off buying some peachy Blush Stix from ColourPop for $8 each.

Are you a cream blush fan? Have you tried any of these? I know I’m not done buying but for now I’ll give myself a break!  —  Marcia

disclosure: all are self purchased, some affiliate links are noted.


  1. NeverSayDieBeauty | 23rd Aug 19

    Marcia, thanks for taking one for the team by buying that adorable heart stamp Kaja blush! You know that I looked at it at Sephora and made myself walk away. I can’t believe the color is so unattractive! I adore cream blush. My favorites are from Youngblood, a little sample from Kjaer Weiss and the Colourpop original creams.

  2. Lola Seicento | 23rd Aug 19

    I have that KOSAS duo and love it! I am so bummed out to hear that your Kjaer Weiss went bad! I will pull out my lipstick from them and get back to using it so that doesn’t;t happen to me too!

  3. Kathryne | 23rd Aug 19

    I don’t wear blush a lot but I’ve been intrigued w/ that one from Kosas

  4. Miranda Mendelson | Slashed Beauty | 23rd Aug 19

    I looove cream blush, it looks so bouncy on the cheeks. My favorite one is a new one from NYX

  5. Cindi | 23rd Aug 19

    I still have and use that How ‘Bout Them Apples from The Balm. It’s several years old, and I don'[t reach for a lot because I rotate my make up so it all gets some use, but yes, it’s a decent palette and every shade is wearable on my fair skin. I tried a Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush but didn’t like it at all. It didn’t have any pigment and I couldn’t get it to show up and I am fair skinned. I used to love Avon’s blush sticks back in the late 70’s. That was probably my first blush ever, if you don’t count that fake Tinkerbell makeup they used to make for little girls.

  6. Cindy Ingalls | 23rd Aug 19

    I got rid of all my cream blushes and you’ve made me want them back! What is your fav brand for cream blushes!

  7. My Nail Polish Obsession | 24th Aug 19

    The heart stamp blush is adorable and it almost got me while in Sephora the other day. I like cream blush, so easy to use. I actually use NUDESTIX – you should try it!

  8. Jen Walker | 25th Aug 19

    I’ve only gotten into cream blushes over the past year or so, and I really like using them! The hunt for the perfect shade you have in mind can certainly be trying. I’m disappointed with how Kaja performed for you. I think the colour would work well on me, but if the blend is that bad, that’s a no go for me.

  9. 25 Sweetpeas | 27th Aug 19

    The heart shape is too cute! I’ve never used a cream blush, I don’t think it would work with my skin, buts still good to know about them!

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