Review : theBalm Instain Blush

by - 5:14 PM

YAY FOR SUMMER! As the humidity and the heat raises up much, everybody will sweat badly! Especially for those with combi-oily and oily skin, congratulations girls because we will have one whole season with greasy face because of the sebum…plus the sweat. Right. All the ordinary makeups are going to melt, so prepare ones that are strong enough to get through this season with you. I have some names and brands already, what, do you think I should make a different post containing all-for-summer makeup? But today I will be coming with the strong blushes from theBalm! They were featured in my May Haul, and they also got the most requests of review. Keep reading then!

theBalm Instain Blushes are the latest blushes by theBalm. It was launched back there on April, 1st 2013 and lucky us all, theBalm was having a 50% sale for ALL ITEMS ON THE WEBSITE INCLUDING THIS NEW RANGE OF BLUSH. Okay, capslock off. To the description of the blush, taken from the site:

Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush
theBalm’s long-wearing, STAINING powder blush is a fashion must have! With six shades, perfect for all seasons and skin tones, it will give your cheeks color that won’t quit.

Who Can Resist Cute Things?
It takes this kind of front cover of a magazine’s layout, with some gorgeous classy women which are different from one shade to another. And just like the typical of theBalm’s products, Instain blushes don’t have the box packaging but it’s only a type of slide-out thick paper sleeves like so.

Instain blushes are still made of a sturdy cardboard packaging which is always been theBalm’s signature. It has magnetic shut on the lid which I simply love because it shuts securely but flips open yet not too hard! Big mirror is attached on the lid inside too. Bad thing, Instain only has 5.5 gram while the Boy series blush from theBalm has approximately 8 gram and more.

Beautiful Pigmented Babies!
So in total, Instain has 6 shades in the range, varying between the matte and shimmery finish although the matte ones are more. I believe the shades available have good ration between cooler ones and warmer ones.

Texture-wise, this powder blush is finely milled. It feels so soft and smooth, not very creamy yet it is not stiff your brush can easily pick up the pigments. Fall-out may occur if you’re using a harsh brush or stipple a stippling brush on it like I do, even though it’s not a bad crumble. Stippling brush for powder blush, are you nuts Carls? No I’m not, I will tell you why later.

on the side of the blush. oh, surely looks like magazine!

Instain blushes are super pigmented. Super, I said. You will need to apply this light-handedly. My recommendation is not to wear a dense blush brush, swirling it on the top of Instain and apply that on the cheeks unless you have some drama plays later on. You won’t do that. For the staying and staining power, it lasts pretty much for around 6 hours and up. However the lighter color is disappearing faster, like only 5 hours before it starts fading up than the darker colors. I can’t stay much about the staining power—when it’s fading up, it’s just faded up that way. I can see no stain, but indeed the staying power is better than any ordinary theBalm blushes.

subliminal message? LOL!

(L-R) Toile - Argyle
Moving on to the shade description, as you can see I only own these two shades out of six from this range. The one on the left side is Argyle, described as a “petal pink” and it’s Toile, a “strawberry” on the right side.

Argyle is a warm toned medium pink with matte finish. It’s not very warm, but it’s not that cool also. It’s absolutely warmer and darker compared to Down Boy blush from the same manufacturer. 

Toile is a warm, strawberry red with some redder dots on the pan. It has matte finish, and it’s a color I think every skin tone can pull out beautifully. This shade is more universal and indeed a flattering color once applied. For the staying power, indeed Toile has better staying power than Argyle does for it’s being a darker color.

Instain 101: Use Stippling Brush Instead!
Applying it directly with blush brush is a little bit tricky for me, so here’s my no-brainer-how-I-apply-it :

1.      Take out your stippling brush. But DO NOT STIPPLE THE SURFACE OF THE BLUSH. Your brush will hurt the soft blush if you do so.
2.      Roll the stippling brush on the blush to the side. Tap the excess of the powder.
3.      Gently sweep the stippling brush on where you want to apply the blush. Apple of the cheek, just straight, or whatsoever it is you like.
4.      QUICKLY, (note this, this is the most important thing of all) take out your clean blush brush, the fluffy one if possible, and quickly blend everything out.
Why am I stressing on the word “quickly” is that the blush will sit on where you applied it—even with that gentle swipe, yes it will—if you leave it just a little bit long. You gotta blend it fast, to prevent its stain looking like an undone makeup work! And voila, my pictures are gonna tell you all, if this method of mine working beautifully or not
Toile for the Fresh Cherry Baby......

...Argyle for the Dolly Me!

Someone with Patience…Indeed Not Me.
Unfortunately, this product is not for those who often be in rush. Nope. You have read all the steps I explained above, and you gotta believe me you won’t try to do the steps while you’re in rush. It won’t work! The application sure needs patience, time, and ahem love, so this pretty blush might be bothersome. Some shades of Instain range seem so fool-proof, but no you cannot wear them in those no-brainer days …like my most days! Sadly I cannot often wear these pretty blushes because of its application. Oh, crap!

theBalm Instain Blush is retailing for $22 on their website, I believe it will soon be available on the nearest store with varying price around IDR 280,000 something. I think it’s worth the price still, regarding the great quality it has and I want to grab more colors from this range…for my full calmed down days. Told you.


Last Words?
theBalm Instain Blush is highly pigmented also long-wearing as well, but due to the points it may takes a light hand on the application and quick blending. The finish and shades are varying from matte to shimmer, from warmer to cooler shades. Retailing $22 for 5.5 gram, it’s not a bad idea however I would suggest this range for those who have quite a time to do the application and this blush might be not suitable for travelling it’s kinda hard to apply!

Did You Know?
my Illamasqua haul from Make Up Brush finally arrived today. An early birthday present can’t be wrong, right? 1 day to go, girls!

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  1. Replies
    1. so do I! iyaaaa cakep lid, apalagi yg toile :D

  2. SO TEMPTING!! *tutup mata* *kepit kartu atm*
    alamak sale pulak

    pose nya imut sekali lin :3

    1. indeed rennnn *tarik kartu ATM*
      beli ajaaa mumpung masih sale..kalo ga sale nyesel kamuuuu!!!
      makasii :3 xixi

  3. FOTD pake Argyle cantikk bangeett..suka sama eyebrownya beb..:*

    1. thankyouuu ci, iyo itu br pertama kalinya bisa bikin eyebrow huahaha! akirnya bisa jg...

  4. aduhhh the balmnya racuun bangeet, ditambah yg make imuuutt bangeet lagi complete dah <3

    1. cakeeeeep bgt say, aduuh blush nya yg cakep daku mah tidakk *kabur* :p

  5. Olin beracun .____.
    punya tarte amazonian blush gak lin? sama itu bagusan mana?

    1. aku tarte ga tertarik sii steph, baru2 aja ini kepincut :p kayanya sih tarte tu lebih natural ya? dia sink into skin gitu, natural. kalo instain ini dia lebih ke "sit on skin and it won't move" kaya gitu..xixi asal blendnya oke sih instain ini cakep. the key is, blending!

      *olin menggigit*

  6. olinn, canttikkk,
    blush nya TOP,

  7. Oh really cute blushes!

  8. The packaging looks soo cute ^3^ It's really great that it has staying power!

    I always have the problem of my blushes rubbing off within an hour or so... I really like the Tsubasa pink cheek look ^-^ This product sounds like something I should probably try!

    Thank you for the review!!~


  9. beli the balm online dimana sih? hehe :)
    anw your face reminds me of Sohee from Wonder Girls :|

  10. fix ini racun bangeeeet >,<
    love the look you created, dear
    cantik sekalih :3

  11. Packaging is so cute - but i'm not too patient either! ^^;

    Also, mind checking out my fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog?

  12. those shade were really pretty and you look so lovely ^_~

  13. What lip stain/ lipstick are you wearing withToile?

  14. thanks rei! <3 yes the staying power is also what i'm always after when looking out for any of my makeup. you might want to try lace as well, it's not as bright as Tsubasa's pink cheek, but argyle is pretty much good to as long as you go light-handed on the application. hope that helps!

  15. racuuuun kannnn...racun racun ayuk beli judithhh ini tsakep bener deh!!!

  16. LOL! now they're just sitting there, maybe crying as well? seeing me to always go with my Illamasqua blushers or the Boys series from theBalm... checked and followed! <3

  17. thank you janet, you should try them too! I suggest Toile for you ;)

  18. actually it's not only one shade, i mixed some colors up! the mix consisted of NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick and Peripera Peri's Water Tint in 03. topped it off with any clear gloss!

  19. Thanks! :D I mix colours a lot too :D