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Published on May 6th, 2015 | by Neharika Sabharwal

BEAUTY WARS: Powder or crème blush?

One of the latest trends is a crush for blush, but which one is the right one for you? 

So what’s your look tonight? Flushed rosy cheeks, fresh faced dewy or porcelain doll matt?  All make-up novices out there, listen up, it’s just one product in your vanity box that can help you create each of these distinct looks. Any guesses? It’s blush. For most women out there blush is a staple, and why won’t it be? For healthy, natural color, nothing beats blush. It not only adds vivacity to your complexion, but also amplifies your facial structure or corrects any flaws.

Powder Blush

The powder version of blush is dry and has a light texture. Available both in a loose version and a solid pressed state, you apply it to the cheeks with a brush. Powder blush loyalists prefer its sheer color, which allows them to control the intensity by applying thin layers until they reach their desired appearance. It’s also works extremely well if you have oily skin because it helps to subdue unwanted shine. The downside to using powder blush it the problem of consistency. You need to know how much to use for the right look. Also there’s always the chance you may make a mess of your clothes while applying it.  Almost all leading cosmetic brands carry blush in a powder version. 

Cream Blush

Unlike powder, cream blush has a smooth consistency and easily spreads into the skin with your fingers or a soft makeup sponge.  A lot of women who have discovered cream blush and haven’t looked back since. A cream blush is easier to blend into the skin. You can apply it like regular blush while using your fingers as a cosmetic wedge. It manages to gives a slight sheen to the cheeks for a dewy look. Cream blushes are perfect for the summer because it is known to last longer through the heat without looking cakey. Also cream blush is rich with moisturising ingredients, so women with dry skin should definitely consider it. The great thing about cream blush: its versatility. You can use it on your cheeks, your brow bone, and the inside corner of your eyes as a highlighter. On all three areas, the light bounces off your skin and gives a subtle, glowing effect.

Blush Battle: Cream vs. Powder

So, cream or powder, which blush will work for you? Choosing between cream and powder blush depends on your skin.

  1. Applying powder blush onto dry skin can cause irritation and draw attention to any skin flakes. If your skin is oily, go with a powder blush formula. Combination skin can use both.
  2. Cream blush may not be suitable for oily skin because it may accentuate shine. Ideally dry skinned women should opt for cream blusher.
  3. Another thing to remember while choosing your blush is that it reacts differently when paired with other makeup products, such as foundation and concealer. Cream blush tends to work most effectively when it is applied directly onto either bare or lightly moisturised skin while powder blush being lighter, works better for those who wear full coverage makeup.



Natio Blusher: A versatile powder blush to highlight your complexion with a natural healthy glow. Universally flattering shades with earthy undertones so it looks like your glow is coming from within. CLICK HERE to view product.

City Color Cheek Stain: City Color Cosmetics Cheek Stain adds the perfect flush for a natural glow. Swipe your cheeks with 5 different hues. Long-lasting creamy texture for easy blending. CLICK HERE to view product.

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher: The baked texture transforms when applied to the skin into an ultra-fine pressed powder, which is easy to apply and blends impeccably. One stroke of the brush reveals the irresistible aroma of the rose scented powder. Its built-in mirror and brush is perfect for touch-ups on the go! CLICK HERE to view product.


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