Whether you’re looking for an affordable drugstore powder blush, a beginner-friendly cream or liquid option or even the perfect luxurious high-end pick — we’ve got your cheeks covered!
Never underestimate the power of a good blush! We love a perfect soft flush of colour on the cheek, for that no-makeup natural look or even for a finished full face. Newer blushes come in more formulas than ever, from easy-to-blend cream products to dewy and matte liquids and classic finely-milled pressed powders (there are even some innovative gel and oils out there now!), and a wider range of shades that complement all undertones and deeper skin tones. Plus, most blushes are multi-use: easy to dab on the eyes, cheeks and lips! What more could you want? Ahead, we’ve rounded up our top 10 blush picks available to buy in Hong Kong right now, in various formulas and finishes and price points.
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Our Favourite Blushes
Rare Beauty, Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, $200
Weightless yet long-lasting, this liquid blush is one of the most pigmented on the market, blending out beautifully on the cheeks. Be careful, a little goes a long way! Available in 11 shades in matte or dewy finishes.
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NARS, Blush – Orgasm, $310
This signature microfine silky powder blush from NARS delivers a natural-looking flush of colour to the cheeks. We love cult-favourite shade Orgasm, but there are 18 ultra-sheer to bold shades here in matte, satin and shimmering finishes to shop.
We also like: NARS’ liquid blushes, natural-looking and easy to blend. Better for beginners and those looking for more of a sheen on the cheeks.
CANMAKE Tokyo, Cream Cheek, From $63
This editor’s go-to! Japanese drugstore brand CANMAKE’s “gel-type” cream cheek blush melts onto the skin, for a beautiful sheen of colour that you can layer for your preferred degree of intensity. It comes in browns, reds, pinks, corals, peaches and more — and will show up on deeper skin tones.
Sassy Tip: We’ve heard this is very comparable to the Fenty Beauty Cheeks Out Cream Blush! Pick it up in-store at any Sasa or Japanese mart like a @cosme store and Matsumoto Kiyoshi or online at HKTVmall and YesStyle.
Charlotte Tilbury, Matte Beauty Blush Wand, $320
Charlotte Tilbury’s new Matte Beauty Blush Wand is the satin-finish sister to the best-selling highlighter-blush Beauty Light Wand! This incredibly easy-to-use liquid blush features the same sponge applicator for that pop of colour and is available in four shades.
We also like: Charlotte Tilbury’s Cheek To Chic, a two-tone pearlescent powder blush.
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Dior, Backstage Rosy Glow, $365
An ultra-luxe pick! You may have spotted Dior’s rosy glowy powder blush on IG, especially its baby pink shade 001, which is perpetually out of stock. Instead, look to the equally-pretty coral 004.
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ColourPop, Pressed Powder Blushes, 12 USD (About $94)
Affordable, buildable, blendable and all packed up in a heart-shaped compact! These super silky and pigmented pressed powder blushes come in an array of perfect-for-cheek shades for every skin tone, including everything from richer magentas and hot pinks to cool-toned roses and warmer peaches.
We also like: ColourPop’s Super Shock Blushes, a crème-to-powder blush that features the brand’s unique bouncy texture.
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Hourglass, Ambient Lighting Blush, $380
Hourglass’ bestselling blush is a beautiful highlighter-blush hybrid, with the same effect as the Ambient Lighting Powders in for-cheek hues. Soft, with multidimensional colour, it comes in seven shades, with five available online at Sephora Hong Kong.
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A’PIEU, Juicy Pang Water Blusher, From $51
Affordable South Korean beauty brand A’PIEU has a hidden gem — this watery liquid blush! It has beautiful pigment, is easy to blend and delivers a natural, sheer, almost watercolour type of effect to the cheeks. Comes in 12 colours.
MAC, Glow Play Blush, $295
MAC’s new bouncy Glow Play Blush features an innovative cushiony formula that starts off like a balm before setting as a powder. Blendable and luminous, it’s available in 11 sheer-to-medium shades.
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Benefit Cosmetics, Box O’ Powder – Peachin, $270
Benefit added new shades to its cult-favourite pressed powder blushes last year, and the range didn’t disappoint! Corals and pinks, mauves and browns — these silky-soft blushes are available in 12 shades, in matte, satin-matte or shimmer finishes.
We also like: Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, the cult-favourite tint first created in the 1970s!
Editor’s Note: All listed prices were correct at the time of publication. “Our Favourite Blush: The Top 10 We Couldn’t Live Without” was most recently updated in February 2023 by Sakina Abidi.
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Main image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Rare Beauty, image 2 courtesy of NARS, image 3 courtesy of CANMAKE Tokyo, image 4 courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury, image 5 courtesy of Dior, image 6 courtesy of Zahava (@makeup2themaxx) via ColourPop’s Instagram, image 7 courtesy of Hourglass via Facebook, image 8 courtesy of A’PIEU via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of M·A·C Cosmetics Australia & NZ via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics.