5 Favorite Drugstore Blushes: Worth the Hype?

Hello beauties!

In the beginning, as a makeup newbie, lost and confused, I hit up Pinterest for products I should try. It was a great source for some of my now favorites, but sometimes I felt products got unreasonably hyped up.

Well, fear not. Today we are going to sift through the 5 most hyped up drugstore blush products on Pinterest to find out if they’re really worth it. Plus, I also included a BONUS blush steal . (It’s Friday, I was feeling celebratory!)

Disclosure: I don’t get paid to do any of these reviews. These products are bought with my sad grad school funds and opinions are my own!


NYX Powder Blushes

1. NYX Powder Blushes, $5

I’m starting with these NYX Powder Blushes because they’ve been with me since the beginning. I think these are great for $5, most of them are very pigmented and easy to blend, which is great for those of us with a heavy hand.

Pinterest often refers to Pinched and Summer Peach as the best shades, (to read what I think about Pinched, check out this post). However, I really like some of the darker ones like Mauve.

NYX Blush Swatches

Conclusion: Worth the Hype

*Looking at this collection, I think I might need more variety of colors. Ulta trip in my future!

2. e.l.f. Studio Powder Blush, $3

elf blushes

At any given moment you can find a Pinterest graphic hailing these as dupes for MAC and NARS Blushes.

Sadly, I have yet to be impressed with these blushes. The price is fantastic, but they are chalky and have very little pigment, despite being swatched over primer. (Fuschia Fusion is fairly pigmented, but it’s so glittery, it’s not something even I could wear very often. And I love glitter.)

This product is so cheap, it’s easy to take a risk and get some, if you’d like to try it yourself. Let me know if you find any better shades or have better luck!

*The top swatch comes from their Blush/Bronzer duo-St. Lucia, I threw it in to see how it would compare to the single blush compacts.

*The top swatch comes from their Blush/Bronzer duo-St. Lucia, I threw it in to see how it would compare to the single blush compacts.

Conclusion: Over Hyped

3. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blusher Powder, $3

wetnwild blusher

These wet n’ wild Color Icon Blushers don’t seem to show up on Pinterest as often as the others, but that’s a shame because they are awesome.

They are very pigmented, smooth, and easy to blend. It’s everything you could want for $3. I personally use the Pearlescent Pink, Heather Silk is a bit too dark for me.

I love the sheen in Pearlescent Pink, it's the perfect amount of shine.

I love the sheen in Pearlescent Pink, it’s the perfect amount of shine.

Conclusion: Needs more Hype! These are great!

4. Milani Baked Blush, $8.

milani baked blush

I only have one of the Milani Baked Blush, because of the $8 price tag, as well as I wasn’t ready to commit to more if the blush wasn’t good. I’ve been burnt by Pinterest hype before, OK.

But I bought the blush in it’s most hyped up color, Luminoso, and was pleasantly surprised. I was skeptical at first of this shade because it looks pretty orange, but I like the subtle flush it adds to my cheeks. It’s pigmented and blendable, and I would say a good alternative to Laura Gellar’s Baked Blushes, which cost $28. Also you get 0.12oz of product, so that $8 is going to go a long way.

Milani swatch, and Maybelline swatch, read on for more about that guy!

Milani swatch, and Maybelline swatch, read on for more about that guy!

Conclusion: Worth it, but it will cost a little.

5. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush, $8.

I bounced my finger in the blush already, sorry.

I bounced my finger in the blush already, sorry.

Despite having a ridiculous name (or maybe because of), the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush is oft hailed on Pinterest as a fantastic blush. I picked out Hot Tamale as my color after hearing other bloggers call it their Holy Grail Blush.

Well, Hot Tamale itself may not be the best shade for me, (a little too dark), but I’m really impressed with this blush. Maybelline describes it as a gel formula, and it really is bouncy to the touch. (I had wayyyy too much fun with this). It goes on lightweight and dries to a powder finish, and it lasted almost all day on me. (Quite a feat with my oily, evil skin.)

The swatch above shows you how pigmented it can come out when you build it, but the initial coloring is pretty sheer. Perfect for getting your desired color.

Conclusion: Worth the hype

Of all these products, I would buy the Wet n Wild, NYX, and Maybelline again. They were my favorites.

And now a Bonus Blush Steal!

theBalm: How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip and Cheek Cream Palette, $32-$16.

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples, Lip and Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples, Lip and Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples?

Caramel’s face has always looked kinda photoshopped. I try not to look at him, too scary.

This palette from theBalm is $32. However, theBalm is often on Hautelook for 50% off, and they offer Flash Sales from time to time. If you keep an eye on them, I’ve heard there’s a good chance there’s going to be another sale before the end of the year.

I was able to get this for $16 during a flash sale on their website in April, and I love the creamy colors. They are really blendable, but I do have to set them with a bit of powder to really last all day. Overall, not a bad deal to get such a wide range of colors for $16.

thebalm how 'bout them apple swatches


Keep an eye open!

Questions of the Day
-What Pinterest products have you found that are worth the hype?
-Would you be interested if I did a cream/liquid drugstore blush post? (Say yes so I have a reason to justify buying some, kthnx.)
-Which theBalm Apples guy is your favorite? I both love and fear Caramel.

Have a great weekend, guys! Stay tuned next week for eye shadow tutorials, best drugstore face products, Happy Hour, and more!



6 thoughts on “5 Favorite Drugstore Blushes: Worth the Hype?

  1. Yes!! Please do a drugstore cream blush post I have been wanting to buy some but drugstore products can be so hit or miss sometimes that im scared to waste any money! !

    • OK, you twisted my arm! 😉 I’ve got the next week of posts planned out, but I’ll aim for a cream blush post soon! I’ll just head to Ulta and start doing research, lol.

    • Yay! I’m glad my makeup hoarding could help! There’s just so many drugstore products out there, it can be hard to tell what’s actually good and what’s not. Happy makeup shopping!

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