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These Hydrating Blush Balms Are a Must for One-and-Done Summer Makeup That Won’t Melt Off Your Face in This Heat


Your new blush staple.

The Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balms nearly broke the internet when they launched back in 2020, and thanks to TikTok, still consistently sell out with each and every restock, amassing 7k-person waitlists in their wake. The viral skin-care brand makes a ton of other editor go-tos, too, including its lightweight skin tint and milky mineral sunscreen, but our latest favorite is its award-winning Blush Balm Stick ($28), which is an absolute must for long-lasting, one-and-done summer makeup. The multipurpose lip and cheek stick delivers an effortless veil of sheer color in just a few swipes with a boost of hydration to boot—and it’s now available at Sephora. *Cue applause.*

summer fridays blush balm stick in dusty rose

Summer Fridays, Blush Balm Stick — $28.00

Key ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glycerin

Sheer but buildable, hydrating but not greasy, natural but not dewy or matte—the Summer Fridays Blush Balm Sticks are your new everyday makeup staple.

Shades: 4

Currently, the Blush Balm Sticks are available in four super-wearable shades: Heat Wave (a vibrant red), Warm Desert (a sun-kissed terracotta), Pink Skies (a true pink)—and the newest release, Dusty Rose, which has us swooning. The soft, muted mauve gives you a subtle rose tint with a touch of toastiness, making it warm enough for a “sunburnt” look without risking your skin’s health. And it looks just as good on your lips as it does your cheeks. For me, it’s a solid, my-lips-but-better shade.

author wearing the summer fridays blush balm stick in dusty rose
Photo: Author

The pigment is sheer and buildable to a point—if you’re used to a full glam, this isn’t it—so there’s zero risk of overdoing it. And that’s kind of what makes these blushes so perfect for beginners or no-makeup makeup wearers like myself. “[It] gives a soft natural pop of color which is subtle and just enough for those no-makeup, sunscreen-, blush-, and lip-balm-days,” writes one Sephora shopper. “[Dusty Rose] is gorgeous and the product texture is so smooth,” gushes another shopper in a 5-star review. “It’s easy to apply on the lips and/or cheeks. Perfect for a sun-kissed/rosy cheek look.”

Since it’s Summer Fridays, you’d be right to assume that the Blush Balm Sticks are packed with quality skin-care ingredients that work double-duty when it’s on. The creamy blushes contain hyaluronic acid (everyone’s favorite hydrating ingredient) and glycerin, the dermatologist-approved humectant that draws water into the skin to support a strong moisture barrier. Together they give the blushes a buttery (but not greasy) feel that glides on with ease and seamlessly blends into your skin with only a few taps. The effect couldn’t be more natural—not dewy or sticky but not matte, and it holds up well throughout the day, which is surprising for a blush formula as buttery as these. “This stick is sooo perfect!” says a happy shopper in a 5-star review. “It stays all day long and the color is super flattering!” Yes, even on days as hot where the sun feels like it’s going to melt your skin off, the balm won’t budge.

Tl;Dr: Next time you find yourself scrolling on Sephora, do yourself a solid and add one of the Blush Balm Sticks to your cart.