Arguably their most popular and sought after product, Youthforia’s BYO Blush is one-of-a-kind: it matches and forms a flush based on your skin’s pH, giving you color that’s impossible to replicate. So, how do you find an alternative to a blush that does that? Bring in the BYO Blush dupes now, please – QUILL has 8 that can easily replace the Youthforia fav!
Pixi’s On-the-Glow is a fantastic dupe for BYO Blush, thanks to an insane list of fruit extracts. Some you’ll find: blueberry to fight inflammation, apple as an anti-aging agent, and raspberry for its fill of vitamin C – great to help brighten and protect at the same time.
Both Youthforia’s option and its dupe feature aloe for its soothing properties. On-the-Glow matches the nourishing properties of BYO Blush’s various oils, choosing castor and sea buckthorn oil, the latter of which can help regulate excess oil, fight uneven skin texture, and help heal wounds.
An interesting difference: Youthforia chose willow bark extract to help exfoliate and unclog pores, cleansing the skin of dirt and debris; Pixi decided to use witch hazel to help purify and tone skin with its astringent properties.
Ultimately, this blush won’t match your pH, and that’s a bummer. But it’s also half the price, is good for your skin despite being makeup, and comes in three shades, so you can choose the one that’s most flattering – or mix two different options together for the same price!
BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush
This is a cream blush. I know, alarm bells, it must be highly-pigmented! But simmer down – Tower 28 wouldn’t do you dirty like that.
Instead, the tinted balm deposits a subtle hint of color on cheeks and lips without any caking or bursting hues. It’s less of a blush and more of a subtle swipe of color.
Ingredients-wise, green tea extract calms skin in this dupe, as well as aloe – which you’ll recognize in BYO Blush. Both also utilize oils for their nourishing properties – avocado and castor are special features in BeachPlease, though the dupe also has sunflower oil and jojoba esters.
BeachPlease utilizes waxes (including sunflower) and shea butter for its nourishing, creamy formula, which glides right on. Add in bonuses like rosemary extract for firming and vitamin E to both repair and protect skin, and you have a worthy dupe for Youthforia’s BYO Blush. While we can’t recommend sleeping in this one, we can recommend wearing it whenever you want.
Bionic Liquid Blush
We love Milk Makeup for its inclusivity, but we’re spotlighting their Bionic Blush for its damn good ingredients.
Over here at QUILL, we’re big fans of mushrooms (especially reishi). So we were, quite understandably, thrilled to see that Milk’s Bionic Blush includes nourishing snow and reishi mushrooms, combining their hydrating and firming properties with hyaluronic acid’s ability to lock in all of that moisture.
The BYO Blush dupe also has plant-derived collagen, which erases any hint of aging by improving saggy skin and upping elasticity. Jojoba oil is found in both for its hydrating properties, but Bionic Blush gets an assist from sodium hyaluronate, too. So, while you may not have five billion oils, you have solid ingredients that will give you that nourishing, softening, smoothing touch.
Bionic Blush comes in four shades, all of which are considered “natural finishes,” thanks to the ability to build up color. No neon at first application, just a slow burn (figuratively, of course).
Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush
For less than $10, you can get a dupe for Youthforia’s BYO Blush that is extremely impressive. Milani’s blush is a kiss to the cheek, rather than a slather along the side of your face. Appropriate that it’s called Cheek Kiss, then, hm?
In terms of ingredients, they don’t really seem like equals. But take a look closer at what their ingredients actually do, and you’ll see that they each achieve the same aims.
As we know, all nourishment and fixes to various ailments come in the form of oils in Youthforia’s option. Softening, smoothing, anti-aging, hydrating – it’s all there. Instead of using a slew of oils, Milani relies on ingredients like glycerin to hydrate, watermelon extract to brighten and even out skin tone, and vitamin E for restoring and protecting.
Still, the above don’t cover everything that BYO Blush’s ingredients do, so the heavy lifter rises to the surface: pomegranate extract. The ingredient helps with acne, reduces fine lines, promotes collagen production, prevents sun damage, and acts as a skin detoxifier, too. It basically cleans up your skin’s aisle 5 in one fell swoop.
And, we’ll emphasize it one more time: less. than. $10. Can you really score a better deal? (Love you, Target.)
Maybe I’m just lame, but The Beauty Crop has only recently begun popping up for me. And when searching for dupes for BYO Blush, their Juice Pot was a quick qualifier.
BYO Blush is all about acting as skincare, and we’re gonna be honest: Juice Pot has talc. While not necessarily bad for your skin, it’s not like you can sleep in it. Regardless, we’re including this blush for its other ingredients and rave reviews.
The highly-pigmented formula proudly lists vitamin E as an ingredient, thanks to its reparative and protective properties against UV. They also boast elderberry to help balance out excess oil, and bilberry to fight hyperpigmentation by brightening dark spots and the epidermis overall.
Bilberry is also a great anti-inflammatory, so if you have acne or irritated skin, you’re in the clear – even with the presence of talc here.
Hy-Power Eye, Cheek & Lip Pigment Paint
Consider Mother Monster in the running against Youthforia. Hy-Power works as a lip, cheek, and eye tint, so if you thought you needed three products? Yeah, no, you don’t anymore.
Hy-Power is ~powered~ by three key ingredients: plant squalane, which protects and softens skin; hyaluronic acid, for its moisture and hydration-lock abilities; and maracuja extract, which nourishes and calms skin.
There aren’t oils in Hy-Power, but the amount of hydration you get from the above three ingredients rivals every oil in BYO Blush. Plus, vitamin E protects and acts as a bridge between protecting and repairing your skin from damage from environmental stressors.
Look, not gonna lie when I say that this BYO Blush dupe stood out to me immediately because of the brand name, “I’m MeMe.” Do I know how to pronounce it? Is it probably not the way I think it’s pronounced? Yeah. Regardless: I’m in love.
In terms of fab ingredients, I’m MeMe includes the Vita D complex in their blush. “What is that?” I hear you ask.
Let me tell you: it’s a combo of vitamin D, almond, orange, and cranberry extracts, all of which help with evening out skin tone and hyperpigmentation, giving you an overall glow. Topped with orange peel oil to fight inflammation and acne, your skin will be clearer than ever!
For the nourishment that you don’t get in a swamp of oils, enjoy shea butter and eucalyptus oil – the latter of which has been suggested to encourage ceramide production and add moisture. Kaolin also comes into play to keep excess oil out.
Dew Blush Liquid Cheek Blush
And to round out the list, we have Saie, whose ingredients can rarely be beat. Coming in six shades, from light pink to deep berry, all skin tones can reap the benefits of Saie’s Dew Blush.
One thing I want to point out immediately: it’s fragrance-free. There aren’t any added essential oils or fragrances to make the blush pop the second you open the bottle. Saie relies on its solid ingredients instead, not smells, and QUILL appreciates a company that stands by its products’ compositions.
Speaking of ingredients, you’ll love to see brightening licorice root extract and mulberry, as well as glycerin for hydration. But it’s the unique ingredients that make this product the closer, the finale, the themme fatale of the list.
Basically, the Youthforia dupe uses elderberry to fight free-radical damage, while evening primrose soothes dry patches, and comfrey leaf extract fights aging and rejuvenates dull skin. The formula is also Clean according to Sephora’s standards, so no ick is to be found in the ingredients list.
What dupes for Youthforia’s BYO Blush do you love? Tell us in the comments!