theBalm Instain Long Wearing Powder Stain Blush in Argyle

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Recently the awesome folks at theBalm sent a package my way and the first product I actually had to try was the Instain Long Wearing Powder Stain Blush. I had actually never tried any products from theBalm but had always heard such good things about the brand and let me tell you, Argyle did not disappoint.

 Right off the bat, I really liked the packaging. Though I prefer my blushes in hard cases because I'm unfortunately clumsy, you can't deny how cute the faux mini magazine cover case is.

Argyle is described on the website as "petal pink" which I find quite accurate. Depending on your lighting, it can look a little different. In bright daylight, it looks bubblegum pink (slightly blue) indoors it looks warmer to me. The finish is matte.
 On the left, I swatched it heavily while on right I blended it out. As you can see, the amount you wear also changes how it looks, it really picks up the warmth from my skin once sheered out.

I opted to wear it as a light, sheer wash. An ultra natural, barely discernible touch of color to my cheeks since my face is prone to redness.

Now I haven't even discussed the best part about this blush. The formula is incredible, unlike any other blush I've ever had the pleasure of touching. It's a powder... but the most finely milled powder I've ever swiped across my fingers. If you closed your eyes, you would swear that it's a cream. It blends well and the pigmentation is commendable, as is the longevity. I find that the "stain" part of the name refers to just how well it wears, you won't be scrubbing with makeup remover in an attempt to remove clown stained cheeks at the end of the night. I wear it over primer and foundation and it does not permeate my makeup to actually color my skin.

 theBalm Instain Blushes are $22 each. They can be purchased online at theBalm website. Now that I've tried one, I would love to get my hands on more - especially Houndstooth and Pinstripe.

Have you tried theBalm's Instain Blushes? Or any other favorite products from this brand?

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