Review: The Balm Instain Blush in Toile and Houndstooth
Here's a review on The Balm Instain Staining Powder Blush in Houndstooth and Toile
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A staining powder blush? Holy Mother of Makeup. The name may sound a bit too severe, but it's a divine product for those who have oily skin and who hate retouching! If you think your current powder blushes are just fine and they last well, you have never met The Balm's Instain Staining Powder Blush!
THE BALM INSTAIN POWDER BLUSH IN DETAIL
Instain combines the pigmentation of powder blushes and the lasting power of cheek stains. Comes in 6 fashionable shades that will last you from sun up to sun down.
I got two pretty colors, Houndstooth and Toile.
The Balm's powder blushes are very nice and pigmented, and they're as big as Nars' blushes, but at a more affordable price. Instain comes in a super cute magazine- themed packaging. I have yet to find someone who won't exclaim "How cute!" whenever I pull these blushes from my purse.
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Houndstooth- a Mauve color
Toile- a strawberry color
**Both blushes were swatched heavily
Houndstooth is a mauve shade with a hint of dusty Pink while Toile is a bright coral-orange shade. (Don't really understand why such colors are called Strawberry!) Both have a matte finish with an incredibly creamy powder texture that feels so nice and easy to blend and clings so well onto powder brushes even with just a tap. Coverage is customizable as I find that you can go from light, to medium, to heavy with it depending on how much you put and your blending skills. I like using either my Suesh Powder Blush Brush or Mary Kay Cheek Brush with it.
THE BALM INSTAIN POWDER BLUSH IN ACTION
Toile is a great go- to shade if you want something that's not too light unlike coral shades, and not too bold unlike orange shades. It's a healthy mix of both!
Houndstooth is my favorite between the two because I don't have this shade yet in my makeup kit, and it's a good fall color for the cheeks.
How's the staying power? Incredible. They last and stay vibrant all day on my oily skin without retouching. I wore this to the gym, the ultimate wear time test, and it didn't fade for a wee bit on my super sweaty face! Instain doesn't really leave you with a color stain on your cheeks when it comes off completely-it just describes the way this product adheres and lasts on your skin.
The Balm really has great face products and Instain is one of my most recommended products. I like its color selection as it has covered pretty much everything from pinks, to corals, and to plums, quality is very comparable to M.A.C's matte blushes, (but color's not too severe) affordable given its performance, size, and packaging, and it's the only powder blush that didn't fade on me. Best for moderately to extremely oily skin, combination skin types, and even dry skin because it has a comfortable, soft, and semi- creamy feel. (Yay! Finally, dry- skinned gals can wear powder blush! :D)
THE BALM INSTAIN POWDER BLUSH RATING
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