Are you ready for a cream blush review? I mean it’s spring so how can we NOT chat about cream blush right? And today I have a bit of a cheeky review for you. Not just because this review is for the Milani Cheek Kiss cream blush, but because I almost decluttered this and then decided to pull it out at the last minute. My initial reason for decluttering this? The shade isn’t all that exciting, but because I loved the formula, I decided to hang on to it for now and then I even selected it for my current Shop My Stash. Yes, I can sometimes be that fickle! Let’s get to the review.
Review: Milani Cheek Kiss Cream Blush 110 Nude Kiss
The Milani cream blush is one that I like but it can be a tricky product to find depending on where you are located. In recent years the brand has been popping up mainly at online retailers in Europe (think Beauty Bay & Boozyshop) but they usually sell Milani products at a premium. So if you hear US content creators saying how amazingly affordable Milani is, think again: in Europe you are about to pay at least 1/3 of the price more. I bought mine through Beauty Bay originally, but I can find this product ranging from €11.95 to 13.95 from different European retailers. So shop wisely if you are looking for this one and wait for a sale.
What does this cream blush have to offer?
So yes, I am ashamed to admit that I ALMOST decluttered this beauty of a product. The main reason was the shade. I bought a rosy/ mauve toned nude blush shade as I bought this before I set off and truly started trying cream blushes. There are many more shades in the line and the reason why I decided to keep this is the outstanding formula. This isn’t just a cream blush, it feels like a balm and reminds me a lot of the Tower 28 Beach Please cream blush (which I own in the shade Happy Hour and have yet to review).
What does this product do?
How about being very pretty? This is a cream blush formula that is the gold standard when it comes to cream blush formulas if you were to ask me. This is creamy, soft, but also very easy to blend. What I have found however, is that I like my cream blushes to be a little bit more intense in the shade: more vibrant and bolder. Since most cream blushes sheer out quite drastically, it just ends up blending too much into the skin if you go with a very nude shade like this. On my fair skin this certainly still shows up, but it is a very natural effect.
How does this product swatch?
Because you shouldn’t judge a cream blush by a full on swatch (no product really), I figured I could show you the side by side where I have first applied the product full on (left) and then blended it into the skin on the back of my hand (right). As you can see this gives off a very pretty, easy look that blends seamlessly into the skin. It has a bit of a dewy finish but when you blend it in it truly looks like skin. This is a product that is just foolproof every time. I am always afraid of cream blush taking up lots more time than a powder blush will, but this takes literal seconds to apply.
How does this blush apply to the cheeks?
For good measure I have included a pictures of what this looks like once applied. What I love about this is that is so easy to layer on more product if you want the look to be more intense. In the pan I feel this looks quite brown but once on the cheeks I feel this translates as a pretty rosy/ mauve tone nude blush shade. That is my perfect blush shade so I know this product and me, we’ll have lots of fun. For cream blush I like to go in with my fingers: I take a dap on my middle finger, transfer it to my other finger by rubbing them together and then dab it into my cheeks. That way I just know I won’t get too much product on my fingers.
My final thoughts
The Milani Cheek Kiss cream blush is one that I am so glad I decided to hang to for the time being. There is no telling how long it will last since it is a cream of course, but I know I’ll be able to get some good use out of this. I think this will especially be pretty in the fall time, when my skin tends to get drier and cream blushes truly have their moment to shine. At close to €15 though I do find this quite expensive and for just a few euros more you can buy a Tower 28 blush if you want to try the thing this is trying to dupe.
Would I recommend the Milani Cheek Kiss cream blush?
Yes I most certainly do! There are lots of shades available and the formula is amazing, so I think no matter your tastes and you want to try a cream blush that is high quality that this will tickle that itch. However, it isn’t super affordable either so for just a little bit more you could invest in the Tower 28 which has my preference over this but that’s mainly because I like the shade a whole lot more.