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 2023. 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
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.
Best cream blushes in Malaysia
Canmake Cream Cheek Blusher
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 cream blush from Canmake. This formula melts and blends into your skin and ensures that your complexion stays looking dewy-fresh for hours on end.
We would say this is perfect for beginners to try their hand at using cream blushers due to the price point of the product and how amazing it feels on the skin. Still, if you’re not new to makeup, you might just fall in love with these blushers for how dreamy they are anyway.
Canmake Cream Cheek Blusher retails for RM39.90 at Shopee.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush
This peachy tint is gorgeous on all skin tones, so if you’re looking to swap out the classic powder blush for something creamier and dewier, this might be the one for you. The sheer colour blends out easily to create a luminous afterglow, and it won’t cake or crease too.
It’s even called ‘mistake-proof’ as no matter how much you apply this gorgeous blush, it’ll totally look amazing still. You might not believe it, but it’s water resistant too, so your cheeks will stay beautiful all day long.
Rare Beauty Stay Vulnerable Melting Blush retails for RM105 at Sephora.
Glossier Cloud Paint
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 RM135 at Shopee.
Tower 28 BeachPlease Tinted Balm
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 RM87.85 at Revolve.
Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Color Blush & Bronze
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 RM158 at Sephora.
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 RM158.13 at Revolve.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush
This is an ultra-lightweight cream blush that simply melts into your skin for a flush of natural-looking colour with a seamless finish. It is buildable and blendable formula that allows you to go from a sheer wash to a more intense flush within a few swipes.
We love the attached brush as it makes application way too convenient to just blend and buff on the go. It is by far the perfect choice for makeup enthusiasts at all skill levels.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush retails for RM150 at Sephora.
Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Blush
This cream blush does have an attached mirror for an easy application but its range of colours is quite limited as there are only three shades at the moment.
You’ll love how it minimises the look of your pores and fine lines too, giving you a fresh and youthful glow. It also applies like silk while hydrating the skin with slip grip technology which is powered by marine plants, coconut, and sodium hyaluronate.
Tarte Sea Breezy Cream Blush retails for RM135 at Sephora.
Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Cream
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 £24 (~RM127) at Cult Beauty.
Kosas Color & Light Palette
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 RM149.34 at Revolve.
Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick
We could go on and on about how convenient blush sticks are and how much we love them, but we’ll save you the trouble. This product glides on like a dream and keeps your skin silky smooth thanks to its formula of antioxidants and emollients.
It has a unique triangular tip too that really hugs the contours of the cheek for that extra added precision so you can draw to your heart’s content.
Hourglass Vanish Blush Stick retails for RM225 on Sephora.
Amuse Soft Cream Cheek Blush
If you’re new to cream blushers, it doesn’t get much easier than Amuse’s Soft Cream Cheek Blush which has a unique star-shaped applicator. This blusher features a pearl powder that will give you a seamless nude glow upon application.
You won’t even need any brush and mirror with this beauty, just this cream cheek and your fingers. The colour will melt into a velvety finish and your skin.
Amuse Soft Cream Cheek Blush retails for RM88 at Sephora.
Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Freestyle Cream Blush
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 RM125 at Sephora.
Patrick Ta Major Headlines Double-Take Cream + Powder Blush Duo
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 £30 (~RM159) at Cult Beauty.
Stila Convertible Color Two-in-One Lipstick and Blush
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 RM122 at Sephora.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Tint
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 RM188 at Sephora.
Wardah Colorfit Cream Blush
Even if you’re unfamiliar with makeup, you would still likely have heard of the Wardah brand. This beautiful cream blush from Wardah is rich with vitamin E to give you nourished skin.
Lightweight and creamy, it is easy to apply above both powder and liquid foundations to give you absolutely glowing cheeks that will last up to eight hours.
Wardah Colorfit Cream Blush retails for RM17.50 at Shopee.
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