5 pretty cream blushes that’ll make it look like you just napped on the beach

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There’s nothing like that fresh-off-the-beach glow. A little vitamin D can do you good, but if you’re looking to recreate that flushed, sun-kissed look this summer, you don’t need to get a sunburn.

Thankfully, plenty of cream blushes can make you look like you napped on the beach. While powder blushes are great, there’s a soft, melty quality to cream blushes that makes them perfect for the summertime. Plus, since you can apply them with your fingers, you can skip packing that extra brush. (Pro tip: Pop a little blush onto the bridge of your nose for that natural, sunlit quality.)

Below, shop five top-rated cream blushes — all from woman-founded brands — worth trying out this season. The shades range from cool pink to poppy coral, but they can all give you that rosy flush that says, “Yes, I did just get back from vacation! Thanks for noticing.”

1. NUDESTIX Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color, $34
In Shade Poppy Girl

Credit: Sephora

Described as a vivid, glowing coral.

Promising review: “I have two of these (poppy girl and cherry blossom) and absolutely love both. I primarily use these as a blush, but you can definitely wear these on your lips as well. I apply this directly on the cheeks from the stick and then blend with a beauty blender. These blend out really easily and look so dewy and pretty on the cheeks.”

2. MERIT Flush Balm, $28
In Shade Cheeky

Credit: MERIT

Described as a cool pink.

Promising review: “It’s such an easy-to-wear, everyday kinda blush. It has such a nice slip to it. It glides effortlessly on the skin and feels like nothing at all. I’m so so obsessed with this blush. It’s pigmented just enough to give that beautiful flush of color to your cheeks.”

3. Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm, $20
In Shade Power Hour

Credit: Tower 28

Described as a sun-kissed terracotta.

Promising review: “I’m a blush lover, particularly cream blushes. These give you a gorgeous glow and have the perfect blendable and buildable pigment that doesn’t look too harsh on my (very pale) skin but can be layered to look more intense. The most impressive part is that at the end of a 10-hour day with no touch-ups, it’s still visible on my face.”

4. Glossier Cloud Paint, $18
In Shade Beam

Credit: Glossier

Described as a soft peach.

Promising review: “I wish this came in a mini size because a little bit goes a LONG way — they’re so pigmented! I use this for my everyday makeup on lips, cheeks and eyes for a breezy-chic, monochromatic look. It never fails to make my dry skin look incredible.”

5. Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez — Stay Vulnerable Melting Cream Blush, $21
In Shade Nearly Rose

Credit: Sephora

Described as a true pink.

Promising review: “It’s not oily or streaky. It blends beautifully over my foundation, and it just gives this natural, beautiful, blushed look! It’s buildable and lasts all day. I recently switched to cream products, and I wish I would have done it sooner.”

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