Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark pink-plum with a satin finish. For a plum, it’s quite pink and lighter than the typical plum blush. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink is pinker, brighter. Tom Ford Wicked is more shimmery, cooler-toned. theBalm Cabana Boy is more plum. MAC Pink Tea is cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is similar. MAC Gentle is more shimmery. Chanel Rose Initiale is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose is similar. See comparison swatches.

The texture was soft, finely-milled, and applied very smoothly and evenly. It was easy to blend out the product, and it didn’t stick as soon as it hit the skin, so you could diffuse and soften the edges. Houndstooth had true-to-pan color and can be applied as intensely as seen in the pan or applied with a lighter hand for softer color, but it is quite pigmented. If you are fairer or prefer a subtler look, apply less than you think you need and go from there. When I wore this shade, it lasted well for eight and a half hours, and after ten hours, it looked patchy in a few places but still held up well overall.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush

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22 thoughts on “theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. I haven’t yet bought one of these blushes but what is so weird is that when I look at them in-store, and even somewhat in the photos on your site, they all look pretty much the same colour! Since I’m still kicking myself for not getting MAC Subtle Breeze (and getting Early Morning instead), I may have absolutely NO choice but to get this blush!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachael Rachael

    This looks really nice, and the colour looks great on you! TheBalm do great blushes. One of my favourites is ‘Down Boy’, a bright barbie pink.

  3. wow it looks so good! I am definitely picking this up!

  4. Ana

    Love this entire look. This lip color is stunning on you – so chic and perfect for fall, Makes me want it so bad!

  5. Jackie

    The blush looks great, but what I really want to know is what is that gorgeous lip color you’re wearing?

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Clio Clio

    I wish I could see these in a store! Houndstooth looks so much softer in these pics than in the Balm’s promotional pictures. I thought it would be very purple, but even Cabana Boy was less plum than I thought it would be, and Christine says here that Houndstooth is even less plum than that. It looks gorgeous!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of maryam Maryam

    OMG OMG this blush is looking so healthy glowy on your skin christine u r looking heavenly beautiful my o my n thanx a ton for reviewing alll this u made it on my wishlist :) i don’t know where i wouod be without you love you christine you have helped me built my make up stash wonderfully n bcz of you i m in love with millani liquify’eye pencils love you <3

  8. Taryn

    I am wearing this right now! This is the only color I have right now but I do want to get more.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Clio Clio

    What are those little dots in the product? Is that a deliberate pattern or is the product itself doing wonky things? I noticed it in the pics for Toile, too, but not those for Argyle.

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Linda Linda C.

    Hi Christine, I almost bought some of these when the Balm had their sale last year. They had them marked down for the sale even though they weren’t in stock. Now I wish I had.

    On another note I love the lipstick you are wearing with it. What is that? I really love it on you.

  11. Hi! if this is similar to Bobbi Brown Pink Rose, this blush is cool toned, right?

  12. Oh wow, this blush is pretty. I feel like I have something similar to it already though.
    I have Cabana Boy, which is definitely more plum but I love it!

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mardi Mardi

    I have this and I just CANNOT get it to go on my pale skin lightly. I always get a big pink fluoro blob on each cheek.