Blush is making a comeback. It has taken a backseat since the contouring, highlighting, and strobing craze, but it's back this summer. On the days when we wake up looking less-than-rested, these are the four things we always reach for (after water): bronzer, highlighter, shimmery eyeshadow, and of course, blush. In fact, the latter might be the most important, since we all know how a pop of color on the cheeks can immediately brighten even the most tired-looking faces.
Behold, the newest & most-wanted blushers to swirl on this season.
#1. NARS Limited Edition-Orgasm Blush
It is surely one of the most iconic makeup products of our time: the NARS Orgasm blush. It is known as the peachy-pink shade that has managed to be universally flattering, creating that desired natural flush that fits all skin tones. It gives cheeks a sheer, perfect pinky-peach flush and subtly highlights with accents of golden shimmer. The perennially pleasing, universally flattering shade is repeatedly a makeup artist and beauty editor favorite.
SGD $65, available at Sephora.sg
#2. Lancôme Cushion Blush Subtil
Calling it right now: Blusher cushions are the next big beauty blockbuster. Cushion Blush Subtil gives your cheeks vibrant, color-infused illumination with effortless application. Infused with highly concentrated color pigments, it only takes a small amount to tint, refresh, and brighten your cheeks instantly. Its innovative cushion sponge allows for buildable, customized intensity—just tap the sponge lightly for a sheer cheek tint or tap firmly to deliver more fluid for a bolder look. Similar to a cushion foundation, the blush is packed with skin care actives that give your skin a boost of intense hydration, providing a cooling sensation while brightening the appearance of skin. Who knew the French folks over at Lancome could take on a K-Beauty fad and transform it into something so extraordinary.
USD $39, available in 4 shades, at Sephora.com
Hardy & Co. Blush Flush is stem-cell infused blusher liquid that gives you that perfect, more youthful appearance and lit-from-within glow. Infused with acai stem cell extracts to rejuvenate skin while restoring a coveted blush and enhancing a natural-looking radiance to skin, this lightweight fluid melts into skin for a natural glow with a subtle hint of color. This is what I call, makeup with benefits! Such a win-win. The special glass rollerball applicator also gives you precise control to create an ethereal flushed look effortlessly.
USD $40, available at Sloaneshop.com
#4. Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Dew Baby-Pink Liquid Blush
Show off your flush with this baby-pink blush. Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Liquid Blush leaves cheeks with a healthy-looking glow that creates a natural candelight glow. The sheer, baby-pink hue instantly brightens up the complexion, giving cheeks a natural-looking, delicate gleam. The long-lasting & high-performing formula is blendable, buildable, and perfect for any skintone. This lighter-than-air, creamy texture melts in seamlessly leaving you a visibly dewy, baby-pink, youthful-looking glow. Just apply with your fingertips and blend onto cheeks to heighten your makeup look.
SGD $49, available at Sephora.sg
#5. HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush
Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush. I mean isn't this just so pretty!
SGD $59, available in 7 shades on Sephora.sg
Three perfect swatches of ultra flattering blush allow you to either swirl the colors together and apply or use more of one shade for a custom flush or highlight. This blush was developed with easy application and a no-fail color palette to take the guesswork out of creating a sweet, romantic flush. With a baked color formula— the same technology that allows it to truly work on all skintones—the blush can be applied as a beautiful buildable finish.
USD $30, available at Toofaced.com
#7. NYX Ombre Blush
Another new kid on the block. This must-have formula features two silky colors blended into one perfectly coordinated shade combo. Delivering a gorgeous, buildable ombré effect and a flush of multi-dimensional color - it allows you to either blend the colors together and apply, or use more of one than the other to create a custom blush that’s all your own. The sleek, portable compact makes it easy to add a blush of glamorous color on the go, not to mention, it's only 10 US dollars.
$USD 10, available at nyxcosmetics.com
#8. Colourpop Blush
ColourPop has been all the rage in the social media scene lately because of its very affordable cosmetics. This blush is a beautiful mid tone peachy pink in a matte finish. There’s a very faint shimmer in the finish when swatched or looked at closely, but on the skin, it’s more of a natural matte finish–not flat but not shimmery. It had good, opaque coverage when applied with a fingertip and more buildable, medium coverage when applied with a duo-fiber brush. The texture was velvety and smooth with a thin, lightweight feel on the skin that was easily blended.
USD $8, available at Colourpop.com
Cofounders Divya Gugnani and supermodel Lindsay Ellingson launched the brand out of a shared passion for travel plus a less-is-more philosophy. Bring natural-looking color to the lips and cheeks with the dual-ended, On-the-Glow Blush and Illuminator. Its cream-to-powder formula glides on effortlessly and blends seamlessly onto skin while adding gorgeous color and luminous sheen to every complexion. The hydrating blush brings natural color to lips and cheeks, while the soft focus highlighter leaves a natural glow.
USD $42, available at Sephora.com
#10. Moonshot Cream Paint
This multi-use lip and cheek paint has a moisturizing, transforming texture with a powdery finish. Take a small amount with the tip that comes with the product, and apply to the desired areas in dots and gently spread. I particularly like the shade in strawberry gelato 103 for that soft korean blush hue.
SGD $36, available at Sephora.sg