Ever since I purchased my first inexpensive compact of store powder blush, drug I’ve incorporated it in my makeup routine. But after recently buying a tube of cream blush and giving it a whirl, I was hooked.

My ColourPop stick blush slid onto my face effortlessly and seemed to give my cheeks a brighter pop of color than powder blush. It also moisturized my skin and went on smoothly before drying into a perfect shade that looked great with the rest of my makeup.

I asked Laura Richelle, a makeup artist at Miyagi Wax Studio in Indialantic, Florida, to tell me more about liquid and cream blushes and why they work a bit differently than their powder-based cousins.

“Liquid blush is another name for cream blush and they’re generally more pigmented, making them great for deeper skin tones,” Richelle told Shop TODAY. “They’re also more hydrating, so people with dry skin benefit from them as well.”

“To apply liquid blush, use a dampened sponge to blend and soften edges,” Richelle continued. “Use the remnants of your foundation brush or sponge to tamp down the intensity of the color if it’s bolder than desired.”

Interested in trying cream blush yourself? We’ve rounded up 14 of the best products out there, guaranteed to give your cheeks a rosy glow.

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