Build Your Basics: Blush

Let’s talk about blush. To me, blush is kind of like the icing on the cake. You could eat a cake without it, but it makes it so much better when you add it. Blush helps to brighten up your face, make you look awake, and add some color to your skin. Even on days that I do a super minimal makeup look, I like to add a little dusting of blush to the apples of my cheeks for just a little flush of color.

Here’s a breakdown of some of my favorite blushes that I’ve tried and used over the years:

Tried and True


Liquid Blush


Cream Blush






This Month’s Test Item

Merit Flush Balm Cream Blush

Product Info

  • Price Point: $28 for .31 oz
  • Shade Range: 8 Shades
  • Shade I Tried: Stockholm
  • Key Product Info:
    • Light coverage
    • Vegan and cruelty-free
    • Has Vitamin E to nourish and condition the skin

My Thoughts

I’m really liking this one! The color payoff is great. It glides over your skin for easy application and blends out pretty seamlessly with a blush brush. I’m a fan!

More Posts In This Series

build your basics: base makeup & foundations

build your basics: under eye products & concealers

build your basics: contour & bronzer

build your basics: powders

build your basics: eyeshadows

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