No make-up bag is truly complete without a blusher.
It's one of those products you can just quickly swipe on and it will transform your look in a matter of seconds.
It can also make the difference between you going out looking tired and looking fresh and youthful.
There used to just be the trusty powder blusher but these days you can find one in a lot of different textures to suit your skin type and your needs.
The trend at the moment is jelly blushers, where the formula feels like a gel on the skin but with a high-pigment finish.
There's also upgraded powders that promise to give you a non-cakey finish.
Notebook's beauty writer Zoe tested out five new ones to see how they looked…
INC.redible For The First Time Bounce Blush, £8
‘This is incredibly pigmented, but still feels very light.
'The shade Be My First Kiss is a nice nude and the formula is very easy to blend.
'They recommend mixing on the back of your hand before applying to your cheeks (using fingers) so you control the amount.
'I did and it gave me a pretty, natural flush.’
e.l.f Jelly Pop Flush Blush, £6
‘I was sceptical as I’ve used a jelly before and it just got stuck under my nails.
This one transfers onto your finger with a very light touch so there was no mess, despite being quite runny.
'I liked the rosy shade Flush Blush but it had too much shimmer for me.
'It applied smoothly, though.’
bareMinerals Bounce & Blur Blush, £23
‘This has a “blurring mineral complex” which is meant to give skin a light, airbrushed effect.
'The powder feels very soft and almost creamy, which meant my skin still looked dewy after applying this.
'It did give me a slight blurring effect as I noticed some of my pores looked smaller.’
Clarins Joli Blush, £27
‘I loved the look of this but I couldn’t quite find the right shade match – Cheeky Purple was the closest.
'It comes with a little brush in the compact and the colour sits nicely on the skin without needing much building up.
It also lasted all day, which was ideal.’
Carter Beauty Cupid Blusher Palette, £7
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