The Best (& Prettiest) Drugstore Blushes

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Canadian drugstore beauty aisles hold blushes that rival their high-end counterparts in pigment, formula and staying power. Whether you love a matte finish, a touch of shimmer or a creamy texture, you will find that there’s more than one blusher for you. The FLEETSTREET editors sifted through countless products and tested each to bring you the top affordable blushes available in Canada. So, prepare to add a pop of colour to your makeup routine that won’t pop your budget (all are under $45!). Here are the best blushes in Canadian drugstores, from low to high, and why we think they’re making us blush.

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Best drugstore blush for a subtle glow: Essence Electric Glow Colour Changing Lip & Cheek Oil

This is a gimmick, and we’re here for it. This lip and cheek oil is clear in the tube – not green – and applies to skin as a subtle sheeny pink. It’s pretty and hydrating. If you want that no-makeup-but-great-skin look, then add to cart. And with a price like this you might just have to. It lasted for a half day on our dehydrated skin, and as a lip gloss (yeah, that’s what we’re calling lip oil) it stayed on for hours, too.

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Best drugstore blush with eco-friendly packaging: Quo Beauty Blush Wand

This blush comes in an eco-friendly packaging (Shoppers Drug Mart offers free recycling in collaboration with Terra Cycle) and provides a buildable, radiant blush with nourishing, skin-brightening ingredients. Not only will you get a radiant complexion with this lightweight, buildable blush, but you’re also making a decision that’s good for the planet. This blush also meets the Shoppers’ Thoughtful Choices criteria: no animal testing and made free from parabens, phthalates.

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Best drugstore blush with skin serum: Revlon Illuminance Gel Serum Blush

When brands added skincare powers to things like foundation, we were excited. But some of us use blush as our makeup armour. And this long-lasting blush contains proprietary mix of hydrating ingredients from fruit extracts as well as glycerine. Be warned though: Just a pin dab will do to start. The colour is intense and highly pigmented, so build from there.

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Best drugstore hydrating blush: NYX Professional Makeup, Wonder Blush, Cream Blush Duo

Hydrate the skin on your cheeks with this blush. It’s made with hyaluronic acid to keep skin moisturized. Sign us up. This blush collection offers five duo shades designed to contour and highlight effortlessly. Start with the darker shade for contouring the bottom of the cheeks, followed by the lighter on the cheekbones, blending towards the temples for a radiant glow. Go soft or full glam – the choice is yours.

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Best drugstore blush for long-lasting wear: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear Blush

This L’Oréal blush compact gives a velvety matte finish that we absolutely love. Whether you want a hint of natural colour or a bold standout look, you’re covered with a swipe of this. The airy powder texture is so fine, it applies like a dream and lets your skin breathe. It shouldn’t clogged pores. One of its major pluses: It’s waterproof, too.

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Best natural vegan drugstore blush: Burts Bees 100% Natural All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick

This blush has been a FLEETSTREET favourite years. It’s multi-purpose in that you can use it on your cheeks or your lips. It can save time in our get-ready routines and space in our makeup bags. It looks like a giant lipstick tube. When we use it like lipstick, It is very silky and smooth on the lips since it has the coconut oil centre. On the cheeks, it gives a subtle glow, which is buildable. Love it!

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Best drugstore blush and contour combo: Stila Blush & Bronze Hydro-Blur Cheek Duo

Finally a good meaning for “burning a candle at both ends.” This blush and bronzer combo matches perfectly (colour combos come in “grapefruit & caramel” as shown here, “apricot & golden,” “papaya & tan,” “guava & mocha,” “cranberry & mahogany” and “dragon fruit & cocoa“). Plus, the shape of the tube is perfect for accentuating high cheekbones. But for us, it’s the texture. A couple of dots will do, and you can blend it perfectly with the tips of your fingers or a brush. The colour is manageable for building.

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Best drugstore waterproof blush: Benefit Cosmetics Wanderful World Blush

With multiple shades and finishes to choose from, each blush from this blush line is blendable and buildable. And you could easily touch up your look, if need be with the compact’s built-in mirror. It’s very likely you won’t need to, though, thanks to the sweat-proof formula.