January 22, 2020

Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush Blends Easily With a Hint of Tint But Is It Enough?

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4 stars out of 5

Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush ($9.99) is a new gel blush that launched in six permanent shades with the Milani Spring 2020 Collection. It seems like a lot of brands are grabbing onto the success of Glossier’s Cloud Paint this season! Along with Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush there’s also Maybelline Cheek Heat Gel-Cream Blush that launched with the Maybelline Spring 2020 Collection as well as Covergirl Clean Fresh Cream Blush that launched with Covergirl’s earlier Spring 2020 releases.

Maybe we’ll see more gel blushes and liquid blushes pop up as we head into Summer as well. We’ll see if this trend continues!

Gel blush is always a nice option for natural looks. It’s also typically really easy to apply and blend plus it wears well on drier skin as it doesn’t adhere to drier areas the way a powder would. The same holds true for those with larger, visible pores as the gel won’t accentuate those issues the way a powder would. Gels also tend to wear longer and stronger than a powder.

Let’s take a look at my review and swatches of Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush below.

Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush arrives in a small squeeze tube with a needle nose applicator that holds 0.37 oz of product for $9.99 per shade. I only purchased one shade which was Cheeky Coral. Sadly, there’s nothing coral about it! It’s actually more orange than coral. This was a bit disappointing but none the less, I still liked the formula.

This is a water-based blush that does contain silicones but it has a creamier texture. The silicone concerned me as I thought that would make the texture of the blush slippery or primer-like but it’s actually quite creamy and feels hydrating. I had no issues blending. It blends very easily on my cheeks which are drier at the moment. I got a nice smooth hint of tint that looked very natural. The color does build up easily as well should you like to apply a bit more. Milani says the finish is satin but I didn’t really get that. It feels lightly hydrating initially and just sets to a weightless second skin-like finish. It’s not dewy, nor sticky and has no fragrance. The wear time was great as I can apply it in the morning and go through my entire day and the color doesn’t fade.

The one issue I did have with it was the fact it was sheer but that could be the color I selected. Perhaps other shades are more pigmented. Cheeky Coral as I said above wasn’t coral but more orange and the color was quite sheer no matter how many layers I applied. I’m awful with blush as some of you know because I’m way heavy handed but I do so like my blush to pop. In the second photo below, on the left side, I blended out the shade but as you can see it leaves very little color behind. This doesn’t quite give me the pop I’m looking for. This might be a better pick for me on days I just wanna do a little concealer, blush, and go!

Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush is a nice natural blush that blends easily and wears long! This is a great pick for anyone that likes a hint of tint!

Where to buy

Milani Ulta

Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush is a new cream blush that’s available in six permanent shades that launched for Spring 2020. The blush is 0.37 oz and priced at $9.99 a shade. This is a light, creamy texture that applies and blends very easily with a smooth, even finish that wore 9 plus hours on my face without fading. I thought the formula and application was wonderful but I did remove one star from my review because the color I selected ran sheerer. I’m not sure if this applies to all the shades in the collection or just this one but I do like more pop from my blush and this provided very little. The color was very natural and barely there with a weightless feel that wasn’t sticky or tacky. Pigment was lacking and that made me sad!


    • Applies and blends easily.

Weightless, breathable.

  • Smooth, even finish.
  • No Fragrance.
  • Natural finish.
  • Not sticky nor dewy.



  • Seems to run sheerer no matter how much is applied (could be a pro or a con depending on your blush wants/needs).


Milani Cheek Kiss Liquid is a great pick for anyone that wants light, natural color.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Ashley

    I’m glad they are sheer and lightly pigmented. That’s why I love cream blush. Cream products tend to look natural and skin like and I’ve been rather disappointed with a lot of modern drugstore cream blushes. I feel trapped with high-end and I just can’t afford it. I know I’m in the minority here but it is nice to have products that work for my skintone. So many cream products are so dark now a days. I think brands got obsessed with making them work with brushes and looking good on mid tone youtubers they sorta forgot we exist. I’m not even the palest person I know but I can not even consider using most of the blushes on the market. Since their baked blushes are so pigmented I think it’s nice these are more my speed. I think if you have intense blushes in another formula that work for darker skintones but not lighter it only makes sense to make a sheer light formula. That shade looks a little dark to me so I’m hopeful the pink is more natural. I’ll be getting one in the fall now that I know they maybe my speed so thank you for the review. I understand other people will be disappointed in these but honestly I really wanna be able to wear blush and most blushes marketed as sheer are too dark for me much less those paler than me. Hopefully shades like wine glow and berry smooch look decent on med-dark skintones so we can all be happy. Sorry for the essay lol

    • Isabella Muse

      I think it def depends on what you like in a blush. Natural is good but I def like more pop! 🙂 You are right! It does seem brands are obsessed with louder, brighter, bolder shades lately! They also have a really nice tan shade that might work nicely for you if you want a bit of a glow without the need for bronzer 🙂 My pleasure! I’m glad you enjoyed the review 🙂 and thank you for commenting! It’s not an essay 🙂 I love reading such great comments <3!

  • Mariele

    This is a great amount of blush on you, but I admit, I’m not a fan of the orange color! I kind of want to pick one up now… I was afraid they’d be overly saturated.