Monday, October 21, 2013

Product Review: theBalm INSTAIN Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush in Pinstripe and Swiss Dot (and Swatches).

Hi lovelies!

Happy Monday (not)! On the plus side, we survived it and it's only four short sleeps to the next weekend!

I have two pretty blushers from theBalm to show you today, in Pinstripe and Swiss Dot*. The INSTAIN blushers are innovative, long-wearing powders with staining properties. Swiss Dot* was sent to me for consideration, and I liked it so much that I went out and purchased Pinstripe!

theBalm INSTAIN blushes in Pinstripe (left) and Swiss Dot (right).
Keep reading after the jump!

The INSTAIN blushers are housed in cardboard cases with magnetic closures, which are then housed in a cardboard sleeve. The packaging is really adorable, reminiscent of the old fashion magazines from the sixties. Swiss Dot* is a peach coloured blush while Pinstripe is more plum in colour. My only gripe with the packaging is the fact that you have to be very careful with it, as the blush can slip out of the sleeve very easily. The cardboard case might also not be as durable as a plastic case, which is something to keep in mind if you like to keep blushers loose in your handbag.

The blushers are extremely pigmented and blend beautifully. Application is very easy, I like to just gently touch my blusher brush to the surface and then swirl it on the apples of my cheeks. Both these shades are perfect for my darker skintone, but there are also four other shades in the range to cater to all skin tones, including Lace (bright pink), Houndstooth (mauve), Toile (strawberry) and Argyle (pale pink).

theBalm INSTAIN blushers in Pinstripe (left) and Swiss Dot (right).
theBalm INSTAIN blush in Pinstripe.
theBalm INSTAIN blush in Pinstripe.
theBalm INSTAIN blush in Swiss Dot.
theBalm INSTAIN blush in Swiss Dot.

The photos below show two light swatches of Pinstripe and Swiss Dot in different lighting. I'm sure you'll agree that they are extremely pigmented!

theBalm INSTAIN blushers in Pinstripe (left) and Swiss Dot (right) in daylight.
theBalm INSTAIN blushers in Pinstripe (left) and Swiss Dot (right) in direct sunlight.

I'm not someone who struggles with blush disappearing on me, but I'd say I get about 6-8 hours of wear out of these. It's actually not the longest-wearing powder blush I own, but I do love the way the INSTAIN blushers look on my skin.

If you're wondering about the 'staining' properties, it's a little hard to call. The swatches above did leave a bit of a stain on my skin when I was finished photographing them, but I find removal very easy when they are on my cheeks. I usually remove my makeup with my beloved Shu Uemura cleansing oil, and it comes off without leaving any residue behind!

The INSTAIN blushers retail for $26.95 and are available from David Jones or from Adore Beauty. You can also choose to purchase these from the official theBalm website in the US, where they retail at $22 USD.

Do you fancy the look of these blushers, lovelies?

Much love,
MM.
x


Note: Swiss Dot was sent to me for consideration, while I purchased Pinstripe. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

32 comments:

  1. Dang these are so pretty but I have a feeling they would be too pigmented for me to work with, being such a pale bitch! I will have to swatch when I'm at DJ's next!

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    1. A light touch should work well for you, Mish, even if you are very fair in skintone! There are also paler shades available so definitely go in and swatch away. :)

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  2. Wow these are gorgeous. The colours are absolutely stunning. I think the Balm does some really great products. They have great names too:)

    I am on the hunt for a Bare Minerals blush but I am too lazy to get the colour chosen at Mecca. Will try and get it done this week because I've hit the pan on my NARS blush and I want to replace it with something similar but I want a mineral version. X

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    1. I agree, Ingrid! They are always adorable!

      I can't wait to see what you pick up so please upload a photo! xx

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  3. Think I am going to pick up Pinstripe, a very pretty shade indeed :)

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    1. It certainly is, and I'm not at all surprised that the blusher post caught your eye! :D

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  4. They are beautiful!! My fave of the two has to be Swiss Dot, cause I'm a sucker for peach.
    These blushers are the best I've ever used :)

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    1. They really are beautiful, Gemma! :) But then, all their products are, and the packaging is gorgeous!

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  5. I love The Balm Products!! These are next on my wishlist!!

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    1. I can't wait to hear what you think, Reshma! xx

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  6. These are gorgeous. I have never tried any of The Balm products before but I am quickly getting a shopping list written with reviews like this! Those colours would look beautiful on your gorgeous skin but I think I may have to go for one of the lighter ones. Thanks for another great review xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Kate! I think Argyle and Houndstooth just might have your name on them! ;)

      xx

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  7. The colours are soo lovely, Swiss Dot will be perfect for a summery glow :) the packaging is super cute too!

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    1. I agree! They had some retro glam to your day. :)

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  8. they look soo good! might have to check them out once I've finished my spending ban!

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    1. They certainly do and you certainly must! :)

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  9. They look very very cute! I love the packaging and both shades are stunning :) I'm trying to behave :P You enabler, you! :D xx

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    1. Pfft, as if you needed help in the 'enabler' department. :P
      So...next Friday? :)

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  10. Oh, they are very pretty! Thanks for the wonderful review! :)

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  11. Such pretty shades, I really like Swiss Dot as its a traditional look coral blush and both are so pigmented! I love the design of the blushes' packaging, they just add to the products attractiveness!

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    1. Very true, S, I think Pinstripe is definitely a bit more unique!

      The packaging is gorgeous, just not sure if its very durable. :)

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  12. I love the packaging - it's a little elegant and retro.
    The pigmentation looks great - I definitely favour the look of Swiss Dot more - such a cute peachy shade!

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  13. Swiss Dot looks so pretty. Not that I need another peachy coral blush, but ...I want it !!

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  14. Absolutely love The Balm products... I really need to get my hands on both of these! xx

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  15. The balmmmmm Pinstripe will look amaze on you!

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  16. Wow how gorgeous are these! I love theBalm; I want to try more of their products! Especially love the look of Pinstripe.. x

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    1. I think Pinstripe would look gorgeous on you, Mandy! xx

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