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Best Blushes for Every Price Range

I pick reader and editor favorites from cheap to steep


I rate the best blushes on the market today from cheap to steep and in every form: liquid, powder and even stick. Every blush listed here has passed with high marks the exacting standards of the best makeup artists, beauty editors and bloggers in the business.

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Splurge: NARS Powder Blush in Orgasm

This blush makes my No. 1 because it really is the beauty editor favorite. Everyone I know and have read about seems to have this blush in their makeup drawer. An Allure Magazine 2010 Readers' Choice Award Winner, this blush is popular because of its perfect shading, which, according to Allure is "somewhere between pink and peach." It's not only a bestseller, but it's won the readers' choice contest for years.

Other popular Nars shades include the coral Torrid (compare prices online) and Super Orgasm (compare prices online)
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Save: Cover Girl Cheekers Blush

This blush is hands down the best drugstore buy for its price and its quality. Try "natural rose," a perfect pink that looks good on light skin (one swipe of the brush is all you'll need) and on dark skin (apply a few layers of color). This is a powder blush, which is perfect for youthful skin that's oily. If you have dry skin, opt for a moisturizing blush instead.

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Save on Mineral Blush: e.l.f.'s Starter Kit, $20

You can't find a better makeup deal than e.l.f. Not only do you get mineral concealer, you get foundation, blush, an all-over brush and a blush brush, all in a canvas tote. Price: Just $20 for all of it.

There are several shades. Pick the one that best fits the color of your skin:

Splurge: Purple Lab Cheek Implants

This creme blush goes on like silk and adds just the perfect amount of color. A little dab with your fingers will do you and the compact comes with a mirror so you can apply anywhere. A good blush will make you look dewy, as if you just ran 3 miles. That perfect flush is what you'll get with these blushes. This is perfect for all skin types and is a great pick for dry skin because it won't cake up on skin like powder blushes, plus creme blushes last much longer than powder blushes which seem to blow away with the first sign of wind. Pick from two colors: Backstage Pass, which is peach or Six Inch Heels, a perfect pink.

Splurge: Tarte Cheek Stain

This gel stick formula is super easy to use and beauty editors have been raving about it for years. It gives a dewy hint of color without streaking or dripping. It's sheer so you can wear it under your regular blush or alone (it gives that "just left the gym flush" I love so much). Choose from a wide variety of shades. Tickled Peach works for most skin color if you must choose one without testing them out.

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Splurge: BeneFit's Dandelion

One of the most-reviewed (and popular) blushes on Makeupalley, BeneFit's super popular Dandelion blush works great on all skin tones. Provides a pink, "just walked in out of the cold" glow on pale women and is a gorgeous all-over highlighter for darker skinned women.

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Save: Milani Minerals Luminous Blush

A talc-free, non-irritating mineral-based powder blush, Milani's blush is another huge favorite on Makeupalley.com. Users love it for its perfect application and long-lasting power. Available in 4 shades.

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Splurge: Stila Cosmetics Convertible Color in Petunia

This convertible blush means you can use it as a blush and a lipstain. This is an InStyle magazine and beauty editor favorite.

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Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

Another "convertible" blush, Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge is a cult favorite and the only blush I use on a regular basis. It's a creme, not a powder, so it's perfect for dry, maturing skin, but works well on combination skin, too. Simply apply with a finger by dotting color along the cheekbone. Blend in. Also works beautifully as a lipstick.
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Splurge: M.A.C. Sheertone Blush

M.A.C. says Pink Swoon is their most popular blush color and it's no wonder: the color works on my skin tones and has just the right amount of pigment so it doesn't go on either too harshly or too lightly. M.A.C.'s powder blushes are excellent overall.

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NARS "The Multiple"

You know that all-over bronzed look that some models have? As if they were in St. Tropez and got this amazing sheen and they don't even have to wear makeup? That's the way you could look with NARS' "The Multiple." Sweep this color on the forehead, nose, cheek and lips and you have the perfect amount of color. It's like bronzer, blush and lipstick in one and Teen Vogue editor Amy Astley swears by it. She's one of those women who I watch because when she says something is good, I trust her.

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