The Summer Blush Dossier


There used to be a time when I'd have been terrified of any blush deemed coral or peach. Light pink was my comfort zone, and that was where I stuck to for many years. Since my mid-20s, though, I've branched out, from berries and much deeper blushes in the fall to punchy oranges in the spring and summer. I pawed through my makeup collection and pulled out the best of the best when it comes to summer-appropriate blushes. These puppies will brighten your face and bring a healthy, warm light to your complexion. 

The most iconic blush of the bunch is without a doubt NARS' Orgasm. I'm fairly certain it's the number-one best-selling blush for good reason; if you look on Sephora's website at the pictures in the reviews, you'll see people of all skin colors sporting this shade. It's a truly universally flattering shade, and even though there's shimmer in the blush, it's very subtle.

On the more budget-friendly side is Milani's Coral Cove blush. The whole range is gorgeous with its rose-sculpted packaging, and this blush is seriously pigmented. I'd like to know if anyone has ever been able to reach pan on this drugstore blush because you need just the tiniest bit to warm up your cheekbones.


The blush that gets the most vanity time and basically lives in my everyday makeup drawer is Chanel's Malice. It's brightening and slightly shimmery, so it gives my cheeks a very healthy glow. It's the perfect balance of pink and orange hues, and it's quite possibly my favorite blush of all time. 

The most affordable blush of my summer must-haves is from H&M, Brown Sugar. Its name doesn't do it justice to just how summery it is. It's quite a nude peach blush, easily the most subtle in terms of color payoff. However, this would be a great blush for someone who's looking to step outside of the traditional pink comfort zone without spending a chunk of your paycheck.

My final pick in my summer blush dossier is Hourglass' Dim Infusion. The blush pigment is mixed with the cult-favorite Hourglass lighting powder, so it provides a beautiful lit-from-within glow. It's pretty hard to go overboard with this particular shade because the formula blends so well. 

Which blush would you go for? Are there any summery blushes I should have included? Let me know!