theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette ($32.00 for 0.70 oz.) contains six shades of cream products that are designed to be used on the lips and cheeks. The formula is described as having a “smooth finish that won’t streak or fade.” In the past, I haven’t been a huge fan of theBalm’s multi-tasking lip/cheek products as they can be drying on the lips (which is a problem that many lip/cheek products suffer from), so I was wary about this palette. After wearing and trying all the shades on lips and cheeks, it’s definitely an improved formula. I think they function and wear better–and more comfortably–as cheek products than lip ones, but they’re more tolerable on the lips. Some are more comfortable than others as lip colors, so you can check my shade-by-shade review below for more information on those. As blushes, these are true creams–they don’t set or dry down completely or feel like powders on the skin, so they have dewier finishes. They’re blendable and buildable, but they tended to wear for six to seven hours.

Cider is a light peach with a faint hint of pink and a luminous sheen. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and this particular shade didn’t really build–it started and stayed at the same intensity. It lasted for six and a half hours on me. As a lip color, it did accentuate imperfections on the lips somewhat, and it wore for two hours–very slippery on the lips–but was somewhat hydrating. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is a powder, so it has a different finish. MAC Something Special (P, $21.00) is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches. (If you’re looking for similar shades for how it appears on lips, here are some comparison swatches.)

Cobbler is a vibrant, orange-toned red with a luminous sheen. This shade had buildable color payoff that could be worn as a sheer, reddish tint or a bolder, brighter, candy-apple red. As a blush, it wore well for seven hours, and as a lip color, it managed three hours and was lightly hydrating. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P) is more orange and a powder. See comparison swatches. (If you’re looking for similar shades for how it appears on lips, here are some comparison swatches.)

Pie is a muted, pinky-red with a luminous sheen. It was buildable to semi-opaque coverage both on lips as well as cheeks. When I tested it as a blush, the color wore well for six hours, and as a lip color, it wore well for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is warmer, brighter. theBalm Toile (P, $22.00) is a powder. MAC Posey (P, $21.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches. (If you’re looking for similar shades for how it appears on lips, here are some comparison swatches.)

Crisp is a warm-toned coral with gold shimmer and a frosted finish. The color was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage both on cheeks as well as on lips. The golden sheen is less prominent when I wore it as a blush than when I did as a lip color. On the lips, it was drying, and the frost emphasizes any imperfections easily. On cheeks, pores were slightly emphasized. It wore well for six and a half hours on cheeks and four and a half hours on lips. Clinique Peach Pop (02) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter, powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) has no shimmer, brighter. NARS Soulshine (Together) (LE, $29.00) is a powder. MAC Fleet Fast (LE, $21.00) is a powder. See comparison swatches. (If you’re looking for similar shades for how it appears on lips, here are some comparison swatches.)

Candy is a cool-toned, bubblegum pink with a luminous sheen. It had good color payoff, and it was easy to apply and blend on the skin. On cheeks, it lasted for six hours, and on lips, it wore well for two and a half hours and was lightly hydrating during that time. Sleek MakeUP Macaroon (P) is very similar. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink (LE, $26.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. (If you’re looking for similar shades for how it appears on lips, here are some comparison swatches.)

Caramel is a muted, orange-brown with a luminous sheen and warm undertones. It had mostly opaque color payoff, and the color was buildable and blendable. The color lasted just over six and a half hours when I applied it to cheeks, and on lips, it managed to last for three hours and was neither drying nor hydrating. MAC Early Morning (LE, $25.00) is shimmery, powder. MAC Fiery Impact (LE, $25.00) is powder. MAC Optimistic Orange (LE, $21.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches. (If you’re looking for similar shades for how it appears on lips, here are some comparison swatches.)

theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Palette How 'Bout Them Apples?
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
84%
theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Cider
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
80%
theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Cobbler
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
89%
theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Pie
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
87%
theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Crisp
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
7
Application
4.5
Total
79%
theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Candy
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
87%
theBalm Lip & Cheek Cream Caramel
B
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
83%

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theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Lip & Cheek Cream Palette

theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cider Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Cobbler Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Pie Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Crisp Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Candy Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream

theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream
theBalm Caramel Lip & Cheek Cream

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