There’s nothing like cream blushes to give you a healthy, radiant glow. Just tapping it onto your cheeks can wake up a sleepy face just as well as a pop of lip colour. They impart a radiant sheen to the skin that makes it look like you’ve been chilling by the pool or just got a really good facial. Who doesn’t want that?

Cream blushes generally contain lightweight oils to moisturise and blend seamlessly for that second-skin finish. Plus, they won’t disturb dry spots and they’re more forgiving when it comes to textured areas. The only problem? There are plenty of not-so-great cream blush options out there that slide, transfer, or simply disappear from your face by midday.

To save you from a cream blush fail, we’ve rounded up 17 best cream blushes in Malaysia you should get in 2021. They’re long-lasting and give your skin the most natural-looking flush, regardless of your skin type and tone.

How to apply cream blushes

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While some cream blushes come in stick form and others in pots, it’s the same deal: Simply apply straight from the bullet, pan, or pot and blend out with your (clean) fingers. If you’re wearing a full beat and you want a precise application, use a makeup sponge or stippling brush and tap it onto your cheeks. Just remember not to swipe the product on. Otherwise, you’ll risk dragging your base makeup all over the place.

Here’s a Daily Vanity tip: If you’ve gone overboard with your blush, use a foundation brush or sponge to diffuse the colour. Compared to powder blushes, it’s way easier to tone down a cream blush, which is another reason why we love them.

Maybelline Master Flush Stick

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You don’t need to spend a ton of money to get your hands on a cream blush that has great colour payoff. Proof: this blush stick from Maybelline. The Master Flush Stick uses a pH reactive colourant, which creates a unique, natural-looking flush on your skin. It has a soft sponge applicator on the other end to help you blend out the product easily too.

Maybelline Master Flush Stick retails for RM42.90 at Guardian and Hermo

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm

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NARS’ Orgasm isn’t just one of the most iconic blush shades around, it also looks great on everyone. The peachy, gold-flecked tint is gorgeous on all skin tones, but if you’re looking to swap out the classic powder blush for something creamier and dewier, try The Multiple stick.

The sheer colour blends out easily to create a luminous afterglow, and it’s enriched with vitamin E and acai oil for an antioxidant boost too.

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm (mini) retails for RM45 at RYS Malaysia.

Glossier Cloud Paint

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There’s a reason this lightweight cream blush is one of Glossier’s top-rated products. It’s ridiculously easy to apply using just your fingers, and you only need a tiny dot to brighten up your entire face.

The formula comes in six different shades that were inspired by New York City sunsets, so you try out various colours to find your perfect match or mix them together with a painter’s approach. Here’s a tip: if you want to tone down the brighter shades, mix in a small amount of ‘Dusk’. The brownish nude hue acts as a neutraliser to make it more wearable. One of the best cream blushes out there? You bet.

Glossier Cloud Paint retails from RM106.11 to RM117.90 at Favful.

Tower 28 BeachPlease Tinted Balm

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Tower 28’s BeachPlease Tinted Balm (excuse us while we chuckle at its sassy name) is inspired by the colours of the Santa Monica Sunset, and it delivers buildable colour in a luminous, second-skin finish. This silicone-free balm is made with nourishing plant-based ingredients like green tea and aloe vera extracts for a skincare boost.

Celebrity makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes is a fan of the shade ‘Magic Hour’, a sun-kissed rosy nude that’s beautiful for everyday wear. To up the saturation, try ‘Happy Hour’, a bright coral pink, or ‘Golden Hour’, a vibrant orange. What we like to do is create a blush base with ‘Magic Hour’ and pop a bit of ‘Happy Hour’ right on the apples of the cheeks.

Tower 28 BeachPlease Tinted Balm retails for RM85.36 at Revolve.

Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze

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Create the perfect ‘no makeup’ makeup look with Nudestix’s Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze. This soft, matte balm can be used to draw directly onto your cheeks, eyes, and lips for instant, effortless radiance.

It has a block of colour on one end and a soft, densely-packed brush on the other, so you can use it to blend out the blush, even when you’re on the move. ‘Naughty N’ Spice’ and ‘Sunkissed’ are two of the most popular shades in the range, and it’s easy to see why. They’ll both give you a healthy, realistic flush that’s versatile and neutral for everyday wear.

Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze retails for RM145 at Sephora.

Ilia Multi-Stick

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Ilia believes that skin should look like skin, which is why they’ve created the Multi-Stick to give you a natural, radiant flush. Combining vitamin E with shea butter, the creamy formula moisturises and heals your skin.

It’s a holy grail product for plenty of reviewers because it does all, and saves time too. Dot it on your cheeks and blend it out, or swipe it on your lips for a soft, diffused “my lips but better” colour. You can even pat this on your eyes to create a bit of depth.

Ilia Multi-Stick retails for RM144.76 at Revolve.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush

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Kjaer Weis’s Cream Blush is a sight to behold, even before you slide open the compact. The weighty silver case is practically a piece of sculpture. Thanks to nourishing ingredients like jojoba seed oil and beeswax, the cream blush inside glides like a dream on lips, cheeks, and lids.

Each shade instantly lifts your complexion and leaves a dewy finish for that post-run glow. Sweep it on for a hint of colour or use a brush or makeup sponge to build it up for a more intense effect. Founder and makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis loves the shade ‘Blossoming’, which is a gorgeous cool-toned rose. You can also take your pick from pretty pinks, peaches, and corals.

And here’s the kicker: all of the brand’s compacts are refillable, so you don’t have to throw out or hoard every precious silver compact. Simply pop out the empty pan and replace it with a new one. It’ll save you a pretty penny in the long run too.

Kjaer Weis Cream Blush retails for RM219.91 (with compact) and RM150.18 (refill) at Cult Beauty.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint

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While Tata Harper’s Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint doesn’t come cheap, it combines two products in one, which makes it better value for money. The range of colours is designed to create a sheer, natural effect on your cheeks and lips.

Its formula blends moisturising oils, minerals, and an amino acid complex to soften and plump up your skin. ‘Very Popular’ is a popular warm rose hue that’s perfect for brightening, and it looks incredibly flattering on medium to olive complexions.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint retails for RM153.53 at Net-a-Porter.

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream

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Mimic a natural flush like you’ve just pinched your cheeks with Rituel de Fille’s Inner Glow Cream. Creamy and easy to blend, these blushes practically melt on your skin, diffusing seamlessly for a flush that lasts.

Each shade is created using only essential, natural ingredients, so you won’t find any unnecessary fillers or synthetics here. Every pigment, plant oil, and wax serves to nourish and enhance your complexion with buildable washes of colour. We’re partial to the shade ‘Frenzy’, a lustrous berry hue that looks intense from the pan, but is actually incredibly wearable once you sheer it out.

Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream retails for RM128.65 at Cult Beauty.

Kosas Color & Light Palette

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Featuring a blush and highlighter in one, Kosas’ Color & Light Palette houses two buttery formulas that blend like a dream. Rosehip seed oil brightens and clarifies your complexion, while apricot kernel and jojoba seed oils soothe and balance the skin. This skin-conditioning duo will leave the prettiest whisper of colour and glow on your cheeks.

Each blush and highlighter duo is now available in two levels of intensity for colour that complements every look and skin tone. The high-intensity versions have double the pigment for extra payoff. And as usual, each palette comes with an equally gorgeous highlighter that picks up on the undertone of the matching blush.

Kosas Color & Light Palette retails for RM144.76 at Revolve.

Salt New York Lip + Cheek Crème Tint Pro

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Perfect for folks who want to look like they “woke up like this”, Salt New York Lip + Cheek Crème Tint Pro comes in six flattering shades that are hydrating but not glossy. Founder Katelyn Galloway (better known as Kiki G. to her YouTube audience) created two shades each for light, medium, and deep hues, including a warm and cool-toned option for every pair.

For easy reference, here’s a quick look at how the shades are categorised:

  • Rose (cool light)
  • Peach (warm light)
  • Raspberry (cool medium)
  • Coral (warm medium)
  • Blackberry (cool deep)
  • Wine (warm deep)

Unlike the other blush options on our list, Salt New York lets you build your own mini palette or standard-sized palette with your preferred shades. Simply pick your Crème Tint Pro shades and pop the pans into the magnetic palette.

Katelyn has also designed a zero-waste system to deliver the refill pans in envelopes that are both recyclable and made from post-consumer recycled paper. We stan an eco-conscious brand with beautiful shades and formulas.

Salt New York Lip + Cheek Crème Tint Pro retails for RM68.26 at Salt New York. Enjoy 30% your order when you purchase a bundle

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush

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We can’t get over these sleek, luxurious blushes by Westman Atelier. Each twist-up tube houses a cream blush that’s made with plant-based oils and proteins that’ll bless dry skin with nourishment. Grape extract soothes sensitive skin while collagen and hyaluronic acid amp up the hydration.

It leaves your cheeks looking dewy and plump, never speckled in glitter or streaky. Plus, we love that it doubles up as a sheer lip and lid tint. If you’re feeling deterred by the exorbitant price, know that a little goes a long way and a tube will last you ages.

Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush retails for RM240.84 at Net-a-Porter.

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush

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When Rihanna launched her summer-ready Cheeks Out Collection, we all saw how flawless and buttery-smooth the Freestyle Cream Blushes looked on her. A lightweight cream blush, each shade melts into the skin for an effortless wash of colour. This blush may be new in the market but many reviewers are already calling it one of the best cream blushes they’ve tried.

It’s also resistant to sweat and water, which makes it ideal in our perpetual summer. Just like most Fenty Beauty products, the blush is a multitasker, so you can dab it on your eyelids or lips for a monochromatic, done-in-a-minute look.

Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush retails for RM96 at Sephora.

Patrick Ta Major Headlines Double-Take Cream + Powder Blush Duo

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Housed in a sleek, slimline compact, Patrick Ta’s Double-Take Cream + Powder Blush Duo unites two complementary shades of cream and powder blush to give your skin a radiant glow. The cream formula blends in seamlessly for a dewy tint, while the powder practically melts onto your skin without a chalky finish.

Take your pick from four different duos. We’re eyeing ‘Oh She’s Different’, a rosy red that’ll warm up your complexion and pair well with a wine lippie.

Patrick Ta Major Headlines Double-Take Cream + Powder Blush Duo retails for RM160.81 at Cult Beauty.

Stila Convertible Color Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush

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The Stila Convertible Color Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush is a classic for a reason. It brightens a pallid complexion instantly with its range of sheer, creamy colours. It feels weightless on the skin, and you only need a smidge for a lit-from-within glow. Just tap it onto your cheeks or press it onto your lips for a quick makeup fix. This is definitely one of the best cream blushes you’d be able to find in the market.

Stila Convertible Color Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush retails for RM110 at Sephora.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint

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Made with organic ingredients like coconut, jojoba, and argan oils, RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek Tint is the perfect option for green beauty lovers. The plant-derived ingredients will nourish your skin while boosting its hydration levels and shield it from environmental aggressors.

Ideal for dry and sensitive skin types, the formula glides on and blends effortlessly for a pop of colour. No wonder Aussie model Miranda Kerr loves this blush so much.

RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint retails for RM170 at Sephora.

Bodyography Blush Cream

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Bodyography is known for its captivating glitter pigments, but they do a range of blushes that are equally impressive. Light and creamy to the touch, Bodyography’s Blush Cream uses coconut oil and vitamin E to help you get that soft, natural-looking glow.

The pigmented shades allow you to build on it, so you can start off with a sheer wash and work your way up to achieve a vivid, runway-inspired look.

Bodyography Blush Cream retails for RM89 at Zalora.

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