Whether you like less makeup or are that full-glam type, your makeup just does not seem complete without that pop of color on your cheeks. Blushes are essential for all kinds of makeup looks, be they natural, simple, or dramatic. 

If you are not a blush fan, you are missing out on knowing its truly amazing transformative powers of it.

The right blush, the right application, and the right color of blush can make your skin look alive, healthy, and awake in a way that coffee will never be able to. 

If you are on a tight budget or just don’t want to spend a fortune on a makeup staple, you might want to read the whole article because there are some absolute gems coming up.

List of Top 10 Drugstore Blushes

So, for your blush dilemma, here are some of our picks from the drugstore that do their jobs equally as well as any high-end blush brand, are extremely affordable, and surely do not break the bank.

1. L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Blush

L'Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Blush: Rosy Outlook C5-6


L’Oréal’s true match blush surely wins when it comes to natural-looking and blendable shades. If oil-free and powder-based shades are right across your street, you may want to try this one.

The only downside is it does not adjust to your cheeks as nicely and the pigmentation is not the best. But, these downsides are more than compensated by the amazing range of shades available.

Yes, there are twelve shades to choose from. Pick up the one suited best for your skin color and thank us later.

2. Elf Blush Palette

e.l.f. Cosmetics Powder Blush Palette, Four Blush Shades for Beautiful, Long-Lasting Pigment, Light


If you are one of those mix-and-match types, you might just be looking at your Holy Grail blush palette that may solve all of your blush variation problems.

This blush palette consists of matte and shimmery shades, which is perfect for a variety of occasions. Apply just a single shade or mix multiple to form a whole new shade.

The elf blush palette is highly pigmented which is its advantage and downside at the same time as just a tiny bit of over-application may rain on your parade.

We do not need to remind you that it is extremely affordable and can be used on a daily basis.

3. CoverGirl Cheekers Blush

COVERGIRL Classic Color Blush, Iced Plum (510) (Packaging May Vary)


Looking for a natural-looking blush with a hint of shimmer, try this CoverGirl Cheekers blush. The tones are muted, natural, and subtle.

The blush pan is pretty small and dabbing with the brush once may not pick up as much product but the shade range is pretty huge.

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush is available in 18 assorted shades and is super cheap. So, buy as many shades as you want as you can never have too much makeup. If you are a fussy buyer or are someone who does not get confused with a lot of choices, go for it. 

4. NYX Cosmetics Powder Blush

NYX Professional Makeup Powder Blush, Dusty Rose, 0.14oz


NYX is famous for offering products that look like dupes of high-end makeup products. So, next in the line of affordable blushes is this NYX Powder blush which is highly pigmented and natural-looking.

Applying a little bit of this blush goes a long way and lasts the whole day, mimicking the effect provided by Nars and MAC. Lastly, the shade range is pretty impressive as well.

5. Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Blush:

Physicians Formula Highlighter Makeup Powder Mineral Glow Pearls, Bronze Pearl, Dermatologist Tested


Looking for packaging that puts a smile on your face, a blush that is just ‘it’, and a flush on your cheeks that is just perfect?

Try Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Blush which works just fine and looks unusually attractive.

The texture of it fits and blends right into the skin and the formula is the kind that protects that beautiful skin of yours from ultraviolet rays.

6. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends, Clean Translucent Oil-Control Powder, 0.30 OunceCHECK PRICE ON AMAZON

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Blends Sheer Highlighting Blush has a range of three peachy, pinkish, and nude shades, the formula of which is sheer and the pigmentation is just right.

It is long-lasting, builds itself nicely, and blends smoothly and seamlessly into the skin. Another plus point is, you can play around with the shades to make a shade/s of your own. 

7. Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel Blush

Pixi Beauty Sheer Cheek Gel - Flushed | Gel Blush For A Sheer Flush Of Colour | Oil-Free & Fragrance-Free Hydrating Liquid Blush | 0.45 Fl Oz


Moving on from the baked blushes onto something which has been on the table for quite a while now i.e. lip and cheek stains.

If you are into a more subtle and effortless look try this Pixi Gel Blush. The formula is long-lasting, looks super natural, and is free of scents and oils, which is not everyone’s cup of tea

8. Milani Rose Powder Blush

Milani Rose Powder Blush Tea Rose 8


Milani Rose Powder Blush, as the name suggests looks like a rose flower embossed onto a beautiful blush shade of pink.

Attractive packaging, long-lasting, super blend-ability and light-on-skin best define this blush pan. It is available in four different shades and the formula is buildable and pigmented.

9. Maybelline Fit Me Blush

Maybelline Fit Me Blush, Rose, 0.16 fl. oz


If we are talking about anything drugstore related, then we can’t get by without discussing Maybelline, the ultimate drugstore brand, the blush that is close to your natural skin tone and does the job of enhancing the natural color of your cheeks.

The formula is not hard on the skin and the shades available are 10, ranging from peachy corals to cherry reds. It lasts long, is not gritty, and blends perfectly.

10. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Blush

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Origin Blush with Vitamin E, Shy Pink - 0.19 Ounce


How Do You Apply Blush on Dark Skin?

To apply blush on dark skin, you have to use a lighter shade of blush. If you use a darker shade, it will look as if you have applied bronzer on your cheeks.

The key is to use a natural-looking blush that is not too warm or cool in tone. A warm shade of blush will make your face look darker and a cool shade will make it look paler.

The best way to apply blush on dark skin is by blending the color in circular motions with a brush or sponge.

You can also apply it directly from the pan using your fingers but make sure that you blend well before leaving for work or heading out for the party.

Is blush necessary for dark skin?

Blush is not a necessity for dark skin. However, it can help to give you a more natural look and make your complexion look healthy.

Is red blush good for dark skin?

Red blush is a great choice for dark skin, especially if you're going for a bold look.


All of the blushes mentioned above are great drugstore options for dark skin, but if I had to recommend just one, it would be L’Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Blush in Parade Amethyst.

This powder blush has a beautiful hue no matter which skin tone you have, blends easily, and lasts all day long without smudging or looking patchy.

Disclaimer: This article, other beauty and fashion tips on SheBegan are contributed by experienced fashion professionals, beauty & cosmetics experts. Read our full research and editorial process here. Also, our posts may contain affiliate links, read our full affiliate disclosure

Suhira heads the editorial department of SheBegan Magazine. She joined SheBegan Magazine as an author in 2017, and her writings also appeared on cosmopolitan, lifefalcon and other mags. Suhira loves to write on wellness-related topics, skin/hair/beauty tips, relationship advice topics, and bridal grooming niche. Later, in 2019, she became the head of our editorial board and also holds the position of Growth analyst. Having had sufficient experience with fitness and nutritional balance. Suhira has worked as a fitness trainer at local Gyms, we utilize her experience in our fitness and nutritional recommendations.

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