Cream Blush vs. Powder Blush

February 26, 2022

Cream Blush vs. Powder Blush

Blush: a fairy-like addition to any makeup look. While the classic rosy cheeks are what comes to mind, there are more options than you can imagine. Blush comes in numerous forms; glittery, gel, and even as a blush stick, but the most popular are cream and powdered ones.

Why do cream and powder blush reign supreme? Well, because the two have been around for the longest and have endless capabilities. So, which one should you use? 

There are some differences between the two blushes, and the decision is really up to you and your skin. Keep reading for a brief breakdown of the different blushes and what kinds of looks they can create.

Cream Blush 101

Cream blush is newer to the blush game. With a texture that resembles a mix of lipstick and eyeshadow, cream blush applies smoothly to the skin unlike powder blush. 

The best cream blushes feel comfy on the skin; not too sticky, dry, oily, or thick. 

When To Use A Cream Blush

Cream blush is great if your skin is feeling on the dryer side. A liquid texture and nourishing ingredients can moisturize your skin in need.

Use cream blush whenever you're going out for a full day of festivities. Because it’s not dry, a creamy blush stays on the skin and doesn’t flake off throughout the day.

How To Apply Cream Blush

Cream blush is easy to apply. Just press, pat, and tap to blend in a circular motion onto the apples of your cheeks, no makeup brush needed. Improvise and put a little on those luscious lips!

Cream blush’s liquid texture makes blending colors easy-peasy. If one shade is too light or dark for your skin tone or outfit try mixing a couple of different ones together.

Powder Blush 101

Powder blush often comes in a compact and is made of pressed powder. A powdery form is more traditional than cream blush and gives us glow-yeah vibes no matter what shade you use.

Powder blush is light and airy. The perfect addition to any dreamy makeup look.

When To Use Powder Blush

Powder blush can be used whenever you’d like, especially if you’re looking for a more subtle, flush color. Powder blush is best on your cheeks and nose rather than your lips because of its texture.

How To Apply Powder Blush

Powder blush is applied with a blush brush and dabbed on the areas where you’d like a colorful tint. You can use as much or as little powder as you’d like depending on what look you’re going for.

Typically, powder blush is placed on top of a foundation so that it stays on your skin and lasts a bit longer, but feel free to use it on bare skin for a more natural look.

Cream blush vs Powdered Blush infographic by florence by mills

Is One Blush Better Than the Other?

Cream and powder blushes have different perks because they’re designed differently. It’s really a matter of what you prefer and what kind of application works best for your skin type.


Of course, with all decision-making, sometimes you’re looking for the best of both worlds. At florence, we designed our blush to remove the tough choice. The florence blush has a creamy application with a powdery finish.

The Cheek Me Later Cream Blush is buttery upon application but ultimately dries down to a powder finish that doesn't slip or slide off the skin. The secret ingredient is kaolin clay, an oil-absorber that helps the color stay put all day.

If you’re used to applying a liquid blush with a powder blush on top, then Cheek Me Later can simplify your two-step process. Cheek Me Later is excellent for dry skin because of its creamy texture but also works on more oily skin because of oil-absorbing kaolin clay.

Blush can benefit your particular skin type and help you create trendy looks that you’ve been dying to explore for yourself.

Image of person smiling and wearing FBM cheek me later blush

Trends to Play With: 

Blush is an awesome cosmetic tool because it can be used just about anywhere, and for any look. Over the centuries and decades, we’ve seen tons of different looks inspired by blush, and they’re all super cute.

Sun-kissed Look

That glow that comes from just a hint of time spent in the sun can be a year-long look for you with a little bit of warm, Pretty P coral blush. When the sun’s rays brush against the fullest part of your cheeks and the bridge of your nose, it can perk up your entire look and add a natural flush to your face.

To add even more of a sun-kissed glow to your cheeks, Out of This Whirled Marble Bronzer can do just the trick. Use a soft powder brush to apply this bronzer to the parts of your face that naturally catch more sun, and voila, you’ll be serving sun-kissed smiles all day.

The sun-kissed look will remind you of picnics in the park and frisbee at the beach, lifting your mood even on the chilliest days.

Blush Contouring

Facial contouring took off in the last decade, serving looks of popping cheekbones and sharp jawlines that we all haven’t gotten enough of. Not only has the trend of contouring lasted, but it’s evolved.

Now, people use more than just concealers and foundations to contour; blushes, highlighters, and even eyeshadows have sneaked their way into the fiesta.

Darker blushes partnered with lighter shades, work perfectly for any contour look. Never limit yourself to traditional make up rules! 

Monochromatic Makeup Looks

Blush is the perfect addition to any makeup pouch if you’re trying to achieve a monochromatic makeup look. Find yourself some lip gloss, eyeshadow, and blush in matching tones for a new and trendy look.

We put together a monochromatic set to give you some inspo. For a blooming rosy look, try combining:

Bold can be simple. Give a different color a go for each day of the week, but remember, on Wednesdays, we wear pink.

Florence by Mills Cheek Me Later Cream Blush

Get Your Blush Game On

With so many cute looks to try, it’s easy to get your blush game on. Blush adds a fun and fluttery flush to your skin that upgrades any makeup look.

florence’s Cheek Me Later Cream Blush comes in seven different shades for each day of the week and has endless possibilities. Whether you’re serving monochromatic magnificence or stunning sun-kissed looks, the perfect blush makes all the difference.

Don’t know what shade works for you? Take our Beauty Shade Quiz to find your perfect match. 

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