Did you know that humans are the only animal capable of blushing? It’s true! Even back in 1872, Charles Darwin said that “blushing is the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions.”
While scientists are still uncertain of the exact reason why humans blush, it’s clear that there’s something inexplicably appealing about a healthy, post-workout glow. For centuries, people have experimented with various concoctions to achieve rosy cheeks. Those in ancient societies used berries, minerals, crushed beetles (also known as “carmine”—and totally not vegan or cruelty-free), and more.
Fortunately, nowadays there are tons of blushes out there in shades that compliment any complexion. But, buyer beware: not all blushes are created equal.
We know that animal testing is ineffective and cruel, but some makeup companies continue to pay for cruel animal experiments in order to sell in regions where it’s still required by law.
And remember that nasty ingredient called “carmine” that we mentioned earlier? Well, that’s still a thing, and it’s lurking in tons of cosmetics—especially blushes.
Don’t worry though; we’ve made it easy for you to get your glow on without hurting animals or putting dead bugs on your skin.
Here are 7 of our all-time fave blushes:
If you’ve been following Kinder Beauty for a minute, you may have noticed that we’re 100% obsessed with 100% Pure. That’s because this brand is committed to creating the purest and healthiest products, and their fruit-pigmented makeup is downright amazing. The blush gives cheeks a healthy, natural flush of color, while the antioxidant-rich formula with anti-aging rosehip oil and nourishing cocoa butter softens skin. 100% Pure products have appeared in several boxes since Kinder Beauty launched. Currently, the company’s creamy long-last liners in Royal or Dark Cacao are featured in our August Daisy Collection and Tulip Collection boxes.
INIKA Organic offers some seriously next-level blush products. You can’t go wrong with their certified organic lip and cheek cream, mineral blusher puff pot, or loose mineral blush; but we had to give a special shout-out to their baked mineral blush duo for its versatility. The silky formula is baked without chemical pressing agents, resulting in a super-rich color payoff. INIKA Organics’ Long Lash Vegan Mascara was recently included in our July Rose Collection box.
Don’t get this blush serum confused with nail polish! The unique glass bottle has a built-in applicator so you can apply one dot for a subtle color, or multiple for a bold, rosy hue. Simply tap the hydrating, yet lightweight serum into skin for the perfect flush. it’s infused with meadowfoam oil and hyaluronic acid, and as with all of the products we recommend, it’s 100-percent vegan. Our subscribers loved Clove + Hallow Hydratint Blush Serum when we featured it in our Spring On-the-Go Box last year.
Folly Fire is a new cosmetics company that specializes in vibrant makeup made with safe, clean, and cruelty-free ingredients. Their Serial Blusher comes in three versatile shades that deliver a natural-looking cheek color for many skin tones. The blush is made with argan, poppyseed, and sunflower oils. It’s buildable and lasts up to ten hours. Don’t forget to add a fur-free Folly Fire blush brush to your cart, too! We at Kinder can't get enough of the entire Folly Fire brand; their lipstick was recently featured in the Kinder Beauty July 2020 beauty subscription box.
With a name like “LipLove,” you may be wondering how this product got into the “blush” category. This innovative, one-of-a-kind product is a must-have for anyone’s makeup bag. LipLove isn’t a gloss, nor a lipstick—it’s a versatile makeup that’s designed to be worn on the lips, eyelids, cheeks, or anywhere you want a gorgeous glow of color that lasts all day. And we can't stop talking about it. The signature gloss style LipLove is sure to give you a guaranteed glow. One of LipLove’s bestselling shades, mahogany, is featured in this one of this month’s Kinder Beauty boxes—The Daisy Collection.
While we’re on a multipurpose cosmetics kick, we have to also mention EcoLips Lip and Cheek Tint. This product does it all. Use it on your lips, cheeks, and eyes for a perfect, monochromatic look. EcoLips products are all certified organic and non-GMO. The Lip and Cheek Tint is made using organic jojoba, coconut oil, and organic, fair-trade cocoa butter to moisturize and protect while leaving behind a fresh hibiscus scent. Simply use your fingers to apply. You can find this multi-tasking product in this month’s Kinder Beauty Tulip Collection box.
Lime Crime's Softwear Blush, which transitions from a cream to a soft powder when swiped onto cheeks, is one of our favorites! Chalky, blotchy cream blushes are a thing of the past. This highly-pigmented product comes in 12 different soft matte shades, and the colorful compact with a mirror is a fabulous bonus. Get your hands on one (or all 12) of these blushes while they’re on sale for half-price!
These are just some of the many cruelty-free and vegan beauty products out there. Want to try out more? Upgrade your self-care routine with Kinder Beauty! Sign up today, and get the best in cruelty-free beauty delivered right to your door.
Please note: A product appearing in our blog is not necessarily an official Kinder Beauty endorsement. While every product we feature in an article is cruelty-free and vegan, these products do not necessarily meet all of our strict brand standards for curation in a Kinder Beauty box.
Kim Johnson is a writer and social media strategist with 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working for animal protection organizations.