When it comes to blush, NARS make hands-down the best one around. Whether you’re going for a soft glow, a natural flush, or a cute pop of pink, there’s a cruelty-free blush for it at every price tag.
Diffused Heat and Apricot create a highlighted peachy pink cheek. If you’re on the pale side, check out Deep Throat or Candid Coral for the same effect. The scary-looking matte red blushes, Exhibit A and aptly-named Red, work great for dark as well as light skin; I’m pretty pale and Exhibit A, when applied lightly, gives me a natural-looking flush. Yes, a very light hand is the key, or you’ll end up looking like a baboon’s bright red bottom — it’s that pigmented. If pink’s your thing, Gaiety is also super pigmented and a little goes a long way.
Verdict: I like to splurge on blush. Don’t get me wrong; NYX makes pretty good affordable blushes. But for me, nothing compares to the quality, pigmentation, and lasting power of high-end blush.
Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.