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7 Best Tried and True Japanese Liquid Blushes in 2022 (Hair and Makeup Artist-Reviewed)

Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best liquid blushes. We then chose the 7 most popular products and tested them.


We focused on three things: 

  • How the finish looked 
  • Durability 
  • How it felt to use


We then compiled everything we learned into a buying guide about and list of the best Japanese liquid blushes available online.

Experts featured in this article

Rika Fujiwara
  • Last updated: 05-19-2022
Table of Contents

Compare the Best Japanese Liquid Blushes

Image
1
Addiction  Cheek Polish 1

Addiction

2
Three  Epic Mini Dash 1

Three

3
Suqqu  Shimmer Liquid Blush 1

Suqqu

4
Majolica Majorca Cream de Cheek 1

Majolica Majorca

5
Canmake Juicy Lady Liquid Cheek 1

Canmake

Name

Cheek Polish

Epic Mini Dash

Shimmer Liquid Blush

Cream de Cheek

Juicy Lady Liquid Cheek

Features

Easy to Use and Has a Pleasant, Natural Finish

Smoothes and Blends Into Skin, Leaving a Thin, Gloss

Has the Best Color That Applies Well Onto Skin

A Great Liquid Blush for Experts

Won't Fall Off Easily and Works for a Younger Look

Price$26.43$37.00$46.00$9.22$6.51
Japaneseコーセー アディクション チークポリッシュACRO THREE エピック ミニ ダッシュエキップ SUQQU シマー リクイド ブラッシュ資生堂 マジョリカ マジョルカ クリーム・デ・チーク井田ラボラトリーズ キャンメイク ジューシーレディリキッドチーク
Amount0.4 oz.0.2 oz.0.25 oz.0.2 oz.0.1 oz.
Color variation8 shades9 shades5 shades4 shades3 shades
Finish5.05.05.03.53.0
Durability5.04.04.55.05.0
How it felt to use3.84.83.43.14.0
Overall score4.84.74.53.93.8
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7 Best Japanese Liquid Blushes

We picked out 7 of the most popular products and tested them for the following: how the finish looked, how well it held up throughout the course of the day, and how we felt after using it.


Then, based on how they performed on our tests, we graded and ranked the top 7 Japanese liquid blushes available online.


※Japanese prices for some of the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.

1

Addiction Cheek Polish

#11 Autumn Afternoon

$26.43

Japaneseコーセー アディクション チークポリッシュ
Amount0.4 oz.
Color variation8 shades
Finish5.0
Durability5.0
How it felt to use3.8
Overall score4.8
2

Three Epic Mini Dash

01 NA: Star Child

$37.00

JapaneseACRO THREE エピック ミニ ダッシュ
Amount0.2 oz.
Color variation9 shades
Finish5.0
Durability4.0
How it felt to use4.8
Overall score4.7
3

Suqqu Shimmer Liquid Blush

01 Usumomokurumi

$46.00

Japaneseエキップ SUQQU シマー リクイド ブラッシュ
Amount0.25 oz.
Color variation5 shades
Finish5.0
Durability4.5
How it felt to use3.4
Overall score4.5
4

Majolica MajorcaCream de Cheek

PK312

$9.22

Japanese資生堂 マジョリカ マジョルカ クリーム・デ・チーク
Amount0.2 oz.
Color variation4 shades
Finish3.5
Durability5.0
How it felt to use3.1
Overall score3.9
5

CanmakeJuicy Lady Liquid Cheek

01 Rose Pop

$6.51

Japanese井田ラボラトリーズ キャンメイク ジューシーレディリキッドチーク
Amount0.1 oz.
Color variation3 shades
Finish3.0
Durability5.0
How it felt to use4.0
Overall score3.8

Products That Didn't Make The Cut

Products That Didn't Make The Cut

Sweets Sweets Cushion Tint Cheek's cushion applicator makes it easy to spread the liquid blush on your face, but we found the texture to be quite watery. Maybe it's because of this that it had almost no durability.


The package is also slightly too large to be considered easily portable; the only saving graces of this product are its color quality and affordable price.

Products That Didn't Make The Cut

We were disappointed by how faint the color of Ayura Syrup Cheek was; it was hard to tell whether or not we were wearing it. If you apply too much, though, it can start to feel a little sticky. It also comes off quite easily with sweat and friction.

How We Tested the Liquid Blushes

We put each of the 7 liquid blushes through a series of three tests. One test measured its finish, while the other two gauged its durability and its ease of use. Each product was scored on a scale of 0.1 to 5.0 in each category and also given an overall score.

Test ① Finish

Test ① Finish

Hair and makeup artist Fujiwara applied each product to a model and gauged its texture, its color, and how natural it looked. 

Products Without Glitter and That Weren't Too Pink Were Good

Products Without Glitter and That Weren't Too Pink Were Good

In our tests, we found that products that had a juicy texture and didn't contain glitter or pearls received higher scores. They looked more natural on our skin, almost like we had just come out of a warm bath.


The top products were also blushes that were pink but not too pink. Too much of this hue can appear too young, so we think subtler pinks look more sophisticated.

Rika Fujiwara
Freelance Hair and Makeup Artist
Rika Fujiwara

A great liquid blush looks like your skin has been colored from the inside, like you just finished a hot bath. Their watery textures can also blend into some peoples' skin more easily than others, so check before you buy.


If your blush color is rather faint, I recommend using it as a base for cheek color!

Test ② Durability

Test ② Durability

Next, we checked to see how easily the blushes came off.

We applied each blush to synthetic skin, and then we dispensed a dropper of fake sweat (horse oil and water) onto each blush spot. Then, we dragged a tissue with a weight on it to see if it would rub off. 

Watery Consistency Blushes Fade Easily

Watery Consistency Blushes Fade Easily

We were surprised at how durable most of the blushes were; unless you're someone that sweats a lot, you probably won't need to touch up your blush with most of the products we tested. However, we discovered that blushes with a watery texture came off easily.

Maybe the reason why these watery blushes weren't durable is because they don't adhere to skin very well. Either way, we wouldn't recommend liquid blushes with this kind of texture for particularly active or hot days.

Test ③ How It Felt to Use

Test ③ How It Felt to Use

We asked five of our editing staff to rate how it felt to use each blush.

They tested to see how easily the liquid blended, how easy the applicator tip was to use, and how portable it was. Their individual scores for each product were then averaged into a final score.

Tip-Type Applicators Were Easy to Carry and Use

Tip-Type Applicators Were Easy to Carry and Use

Our highest-rated products were easy to carry around and had an applicator tip that allowed for easy adjustment. Tips like the one featured in the image (or a "tip type" applicator) above allowed us to apply as much or as little of the juicy-textured blush as we wanted to, which makes them great for beginners as well.


Applicators with a larger tip that you can pat on your face were actually more difficult for us to use since it's easy to apply too much product. They also tended to make the container larger, so it wasn't easy to carry around.

How to Choose a Liquid Blush - Buying Guide

Here are three big things to look out for when finding your next perfect liquid blush.

Choose a Blush That Blends Well and Makes You Look Warmed from the Inside

You should look for a blush that matches your skin tone and color well.

Check Whether the Color is Too Faint or Too Bright for You

Check Whether the Color is Too Faint or Too Bright for You

The best liquid blushes make your cheeks look less like you've applied blush and more like they've been warmed from within. Liquid blushes in particular have a reputation for having great color; and since you don't need a lot, they're also cost-efficient. However, you should avoid applying too much or you may end up looking brighter than you want to.


That doesn't mean you should rule out faint liquid blushes, though, as these are easily adjustable. These are convenient for beginners or those who prefer natural makeup. They also work great as a base for powder blush.


Test the vibrancy of different liquid blushes to find the perfect one for you.

Match Your Style and Vision With Your Liquid Blush Color

Match Your Style and Vision With Your Liquid Blush Color

Different blush colors are arguably more suitable for different skin tones. For instance, skin with a yellow undertone looks great with coral and orange blushes, while skin with a blue undertone looks better with pinks.


That doesn't mean you need to let conventional color theory rule your style, though. Here's the kind of impression you can give with each color group of liquid blushes:


  • Reds: for lack of a better term, sexy. This would be good to use on dates or when you're feeling yourself.
  • Pinks: for a cute look. You can use pinks to make yourself look more endearing or to make your face the center of attention.
  • Oranges: for a healthy look. These are probably the shades best suited for casual makeup.

Find a Blush That Stands Up to Friction and Sweat

Find a Blush That Stands Up to Friction and Sweat

When you apply a liquid blush, you want it to stay on all day. That means it should adhere to your skin well and not come off in the face of sweat and friction.


Liquid blushes with tint ingredients are usually good at this, since they're meant to last long. They're great for active days or days where you won't get much chance to touch up your makeup.

Find a Portable Blush That's Easy to Spread

Before you make your final liquid blush purchase, make sure it's one that you can both apply and carry easily.

Blushes With a Juicy Texture are Easier to Spread

Blushes With a Juicy Texture are Easier to Spread

In order to give your face that perfectly flushed effect, you'll want something you can apply and spread easily to create a natural glow. Liquid blushes with a juicy (rather than a watery) texture adhere and blend into your skin well to give you a healthy dose of color. If your blush is too thick, you risk applying too much to one spot and making it stand out.

Choose From a Brush, Tip, or Pump-type Bottle That Suits Your Lifestyle

Choose From a Brush, Tip, or Pump-type Bottle That Suits Your Lifestyle

Most liquid blushes come with either a brush-type or tip-type applicator. The former looks a bit like nail polish and the latter is reminiscent of a lip gloss applicator. Either type can make it easier to apply the blush, but you should check the applicator for yourself before purchasing.


There are also pump-type bottles. While it can be a bit difficult to control how much product you dispense, these tend to be more hygienic since nothing touches the inside product. Choose the type that best suits your needs and lifestyle.

Looking for More Japanese Cosmetics? We've Got You Covered

Looking for More Japanese Cosmetics? We've Got You Covered

Japan has so much to offer in terms of beauty products, and we've given you a rundown on which you should buy and which you should toss.

Author: Yukina Fujii/Translation: Shannon McNaught/Photos: Yuki Inagaki

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