A full face of makeup often looks incomplete without blush. Here are some fantastic recommendations for the best cream blush for over 50. I have personally worn and tested all of these for several weeks.
Like a kid in a candy shop, I get lost in time when playing in my cream blush collection. They can be addictive. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!
Of course, I had worn powder blush since my teenage years. Wearing cream blush is a bit different. But once I got used to using it, I loved it even more.
Applying blush can help you to achieve that glowy look and create a more youthful appearance. I like having some kind of color or tint on your cheeks will also prevent you from looking washed out or haggard.
I love the glow from within that cream blush gives me better than the sparkly powder blushes.
Cream blushes are a great option for making your complexion look healthier and smoother. It’s especially great for women over 50 like me since we’re dealing with fine lines and drier skin.
Types of Blushes
There are a variety of different types of blushes that you can use depending on your skin type and texture preference.
Powder blushes are classic. It’s what our mothers and their mothers used to add a pop of color to their faces. They’re made up of pigment pressed together and usually come in a compact. Powder blush works well with most types of foundation and it’s recommended for oily skin for its mattifying effect.
A popular powder blush is called baked blush. It is more compressed, or “baked” into a compact. Usually this type of blush is marbled in color.
You may be familair with the Laura Geller brand, a cosmetics company specializing in women over 50 in addition to baked makeup.
She offers a variety of beautiful baked powder blushes. Her baked powder blush, called Baked Blush-n-Brighten Marbleized Blush is iconic.
Cream blushes are my absolute favorite. The consistency is the perfect middle between powder and liquid blush. It’s very versatile and can work for oily, dry, combination, and normal skin types. They’re also more pigmented and more long-lasting because they tend to melt into the skin.
Liquid blush is also commonly known as cheek tint. It’s also actually a subtype of cream blush, but less viscous and more watery.
You’ll often see them packaged in tubes or pumps. I like a good liquid blush because it is easy to blend and build up for a more natural, no-makeup look. The downside is it is a little more messy because I tend to put the product on the back of my hand, then dot it on my cheeks with my finger or a brush.
Don’t get me wrong, it is still a solid, A+ choice for one of the best cream blush options for Women Over 50.
Best Cream Blushes, 6 of my personal favs
I have a couple of go-to blushes from both drugstore and higher-end brands that I enjoy using. Here are some of my personal favorites:
- Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush Palette
- Honest Beauty Blush
- Flower Gel Crush Lip & Cheek Blush
- MERIT Flush Balm
- Flower Beauty Blush Bomb
- wet n wild Stick Blush
This palette has three lovely colors that I use individually. The colors in this specific palette are warm-toned and give you that sun-kissed glow. The coral peachy color on the left is the warmest of the three.
I just love the formula and consistency of this blush. They’re velvety and creamy which makes it so easy to blend into your skin. It’s a no brainer for one of the best cream blush for over 50 women because of our tendency to have dry skin.
Considering Milani is a drugstore brand, I’m quite impressed with how long-lasting this blush is. It usually lasts me the entire day with maybe one touch up. This is definitely one of my favorites.
These come in a traditional pan for each color or shade. The Plum Berry blush looks very dark in the pan, but once it’s on your skin, it’s very subtle.
To achieve that natural and subtle look, I tap some of the excess product on the back of my hand before applying it on my cheeks.
Honest Beauty is vegan, cruelty-free, and they use a clean formula. They use a bunch of natural ingredients in their blush like fruit extracts.
The Flower Beauty Blush is a stick blush that I really love. It’s a pretty popular product. I have this in the color Strawberry Crush which is a gorgeous pink blush.
They do have a fragrance and smell fruity, so it can be kind of like kids’ makeup. It’s a pleasant scent, though, and I don’t really mind it since it’s such a good product.
Compared to some of the other blushes I own, they’re slightly less pigmented which is what you can expect with most stick blushes.
It’s long-wearing and can last several hours, but it probably won’t last you the whole day. The stick form is designed to make touch ups easier, though I still prefer to use a brush or my fingers.
MERIT Flush Balm
This is my high-end blush and the brand is known for minimalist style makeup that’s super easy, fast, and clean to apply.
Their Flush Balm has no fragrance at all. It’s less opaque and leaves a sheer, radiant finish. The product feels great on the skin, and it’s so easy to blend. I use this extremely often, especially when I’m in a rush.
I own another blush from Flower Beauty, and this one is called the Blush Bomb. It comes in a small tube similar to a tube of lip gloss.
While I do love liquid blushes, I have to admit they’re more challenging than cream blushes. I like to squeeze out a small amount on the back of my hand and use my finger to dab on it. After a few dabs, I then dab it onto my cheeks. The blush doesn’t have a super runny consistency, so it’s still manageable.
I find that using fingers for liquid blush is so much better and gives me much more control with the application.
This is pretty sheer, so it would last around three-fourths of the day and reapplication is necessary.
Wet n wild is one of the most dependable and economic drugstore makeup brands. I like their blush a lot and it’s good value for your money.
My only complaint is that it does not smell good, and this is my problem with most of their products. When you open the tube, you get this overwhelming whiff of unnatural chemicals. If you can get past that, this is a fine option if you’re on a budget.
Now that you know all about my current favorites for cream blush, go down the rabbit hole with me for cream eyeshadow too! See my comprehensive cream eyeshadow guide.