Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Birchbox Review - The Balm InStain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Swiss Dot

I was excited to try this when I spotted it in my Birchbox. I've heard quite a bit about The Balm's products on Youtube recently. This was my first test of their products and blush is an amazing place to start for me. I have more blushes and mascaras in my collection than any other product so therefore this was right up my ally.

I wasn't terribly over-impressed with the sample size. Having said that, blush does last for a while and when you only need to use it sparingly as the colour is quite pigmented like this one, I suppose I can see the reasoning behind it being small. Speaking of pigmentation, I wasn't overly convinced that this colour would flatter my pale skin tone. Whilst I thought it actually looked alright once applied, my mum commented that I looked really pale and washed out looking - oh dear!

I've tried to swatch the colour for you but it's well known that I can't get it to show up in face swatches so I hope this will suffice.

It did blend nicely and although it definitely wasn't the perfect shade for me, I actually thought it was alright on. I liked that it was matte which I felt made it look a little bit more natural and echoed the i've-had-my-cheeks-pinched look.

But in general I'm not actually terribly impressed with this blush. It's meant to be a staining long wear blush but I've never had a cheek product completely disappear by the end of the day like this one does. I literally couldn't believe my eyes. None of that bright coral shade was left on my face even after I'd sprayed it with a makeup setting spray. Confused to say the least!

Over all this product hasn't really blown me away. I like the cute packaging but I'd rather buy Soap and Glory for that. I know that their products for the most part work for me. This blush is pretty expensive. You can get a Mac blush for around £5 cheaper. I'm a loyal Mac blush user and I'm afraid that if you can't stand up against the Well Dressed and Legendary of this world, you won't make it far in my makeup bag.

Let me know how you got on with this blush if you tried it and if there are any other products from the brand which you feel are definitely worth checking out!

The Balm InStain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Swiss Dot - £21.50 from Birchbox


  1. I was surprised by the swatch! I didnt expect it to be a coral toned orangey bronze, i thought it looked like a brick rouge. The colour is still quite pretty but the price doesnt do it for me :/ seems like an okay product if youre willing to splurge ^_^

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    1. I know what you mean. When I first checked it out I didn't think that it would be a orangey toned colour either. Definitely not one for girls with translucent skin like me! haha xxo

  2. I hate it when products are disappointing like this! It's surprising seeing as how much other people have been raving about the balm recently too! It's a bit of a joke that it's that bad and more expensive than mac! haha! I suppose it's a good thing that you only got a small size now haha! I absolutely love the VIVO blush in peaches and cream, it's suuuch a beautiful colour, definitely my favourite! :)
    Eleanor x

    1. I don't think anything should be more expensive than Mac if it's not better. Otherwise what's the point I think. Definitely going to check out that vivo blush. Sound awesome :) xxo

  3. I like the packaging though, nice review ^^

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    Zara (Bows and Pearls)

    1. Yeah! It definitely has super cute packaging. I arguably like Soap and Glory's packaging more though!
      Thanks for the follow. I shall definitely check out your blog :) xxo


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