Cheat Sheet: When to Use Cream Blush vs. Powder Blush

Nothing says natural beauty like a pair of pretty, flushed cheeks—and our Color Pinch Cream Blusher and Color Sweep Blush Duo, a powder formula, both help you achieve the look. But when it comes to the battle of the blushes, there’s no winner between them. Depending on the look you desire, Cream Blusher and Color Sweep offer completely different results. Read on for a cheat sheet to see when you should use cream versus powder, according to our Head of Creative Design, Christy Coleman.


THE LOOK: Youthful, outdoorsy, and fresh, with a dewy glow

PERFECT FOR: All skin types, especially drier skin, thanks to our Color Pinch Cream Blusher’s hydrating properties

HOW TO APPLY: Apply on bare, clean skin, freshly moisturized skin, or over our Dew Skin or Tint Skin. It’s best for those who feel more at ease applying makeup with their fingers.

CHRISTY’S TIP: “Our Cream Blusher multitasks as a lip color. It’s portable and great to take with you on the go.”

THE LOOK: Sophisticated and finished, with a contoured cheek

PERFECT FOR: All skin types, especially oily skin

HOW TO APPLY: Apply on top of foundation and powder using a brush.

CHRISTY’S TIP: “Our Color Sweep Blush Duo is buildable, so you can control the intensity of the shade by applying one sheer coat or continuing to apply more. You can take a powder blush from a natural glow to a more extreme color.”