Cream Blush Showdown: : Laura Mercier vs Tarte

cream blushes for summer

Cream products are definitely trending as of late and I am very excited about them. Especially for Summer, I find everyone including myself like that fresher more dewy look to the skin, an effect that is more achievable with cream products. I was intrigued by this newer launch by Laura Mercier, claiming to be the blush version of her famed and beloved tinted moisturizer. I decided to put it up against the cult classic Tarte blush. I haven’t tried any of their cream blush formulas but their powder blushes are some of my favorites.

Tarte cheek stain Flush

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Claims: What it is: A weightless cream blush that delivers buildable, natural cheek color with the skincare power of a moisturizer. Highlighted Ingredients: - Raspberry Seed: Conditions the skin. - Prickly Pear: Hydrates the skin.

I can definitely attest to the weightlessness of this product. It is super lightweight and natural looking but definitely buildable. This product starts off very sheer and almost looks wet on the skin, but don’t be fooled as it is still very pigmented. You can also build it up for a deeper color.
This particular shade in Flush is a cross between a berry and a red so it very unique and unlike anything else I have in my collection. I think this could also be a great two in one product to use on your lips as well. I believe this color is a limited edition product, so if you’re interested, I’d get it soon.

Blush makeup look with tarte flush cheek stain
Laura Mercier cream blush
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Blush

Claims: A vegan, water-based stick with a buildable, cream-gel formula that glides on and blends seamlessly, delivering a natural flush of color. Highlighted Ingredients: - Goji: Supports collagen production and helps retain skin’s moisture. - Acai: Is an antioxidant packed with vitamins A, B, C, and E to restore moisture. - Acerola: Is rich in antioxidants to tighten the look of skin.

While this product has had some mixed reviews, I am definitely a fan. I love this color and think that it is great for summer and can go with a wide range of looks being that it is neutral but still a nice peachy pink pop of color. Unlike many cream blushes, this dries down very matte so I think it has a nice lasting power over a lot of cream blushes as well. I will say that the name of this product can be deceiving as I was initially not exactly sure how a blush can also be a tinted moisturizer. In fact, I don’t find this blush moisturizing at all. However when you read into it, I believe the correlation is that it gives you skincare benefits as a moisturizer would, so I won’t dock any points there. The shade I use is in South-Bound.

Summer Makeup with Laura Mercier Cream Blush

Final Verdict

This was honestly a very hard call, as I enjoy both these blushes and find a place for them both in my makeup routine depending on the look I am going for. I guess if I had to pick, I would probably choose the Laura Mercier, since I also found that the more matte finish blurs over my pores more and doesn’t emphasize my textured skin as much. Also, the color is a lot more wearable for every day. However, the Tarte blush is still wonderful and I love using it for my fresh summer makeup looks. 

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