Ah blush…it is one of those products I don’t typically purchase a lot of.  In fact, for years the NARS blush in Orgasm was the only blush in my makeup collection. It was the first high end makeup product I ever purchased and I think I’m on my sixth or seventh one.  Now, it often surprises me how many color choices there are and how my preferences for color and formulation change with the seasons depending on whether my skin has a healthy glow or is as pale as the freshly fallen snow.  Yet, my preference regardless of season is always for a natural healthy glow.  Bella and I recently decluttered my blush collection, which means that several of my blushes have migrated down the hallway to her dressing table, including one from Wet N Wild that was truly purple called Purple Haze.  While fun, it wasn’t getting much wear time with me, as I tend to stick with peachy pinks and rose toned shades.  So as you can imagine, this theme is evident in my top five favorite blushes as well.  

The top five have something else in common too, staying power.  Since I’m not one to touch up throughout the day, except for when I have an evening engagement, I tend to gravitate toward formulas that are long wearing.  So if that is something that interests you as well, give one of these a try.  

Cargo Swimmables in Los Cabos:  I had never even heard of this brand before finding Kate at The Small Things Blog, but obviously Cargo blushes make up a large portion of my collection having recently added two new travel sized ones to the drawer thanks to Kohl’s and Birchbox.  The formulation on the Swimmables Blushes in particular are my absolute favorite, but there are only three colors in the range.  They hold up through summer heat and outdoor activities since they are water resistant and this tangerine orange color is the perfect complement to a bronzed summer look.  

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Blushing Bride
:  This blush also has spectacular staying power and the matte plume rose tone of this blush is so natural with my skin tone.  It is certainly the one I reach for most often, but especially in the winter months when skin needs a little bit more  of a healthy flush.  However, if my skin is feeling parched, I will opt for Tarte’s cream blush formula instead.  

Tarte  Cheek Stain in Exposed:  This is my go to when my skin is dry or when I want a dewy finish to my makeup look.  Exposed has more of a brown tone to it than blushing bride, but this formula is equally as beautiful.  It blends great with a flat top brush or your fingers and can be built up depending on just how flushed you want to be.  It lasts a really long time on the skin.  I’ve been known to layer blushing bride over exposed for special events when longevity is key.    

NARS Blush in Orgasm
:  This little gem has a cult following for a reason.  It is the perfect mix of peach and pink with just enough sheen.  I tend to save this one for evening wear these days, but for years it was the only blush in my collection because it goes with just about any makeup look whether warm toned or cool toned.  

Color Pop Blush in New Lowes
: This formula is a hybrid between a cream and a powder.  Thus, I find it also goes on better with the flat top brush like the Tarte Cheek Stain.  I usually use this one by Sonia Kashuk.  This rich berry shade is wonderful for fall and also works well to add just enough color to the apples of your cheeks when going for a bronzed look in summer.    Unfortunately I believe it was a collaboration with celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg and appears to no longer be available on the Color Pop website.  Cheerio is the closest shade currently available and at $8.00, this is the most affordable in my top five.  

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