Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

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

theBalm Toile Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “strawberry.” It’s a bright, bold coral-pink with a barely-there satin sheen. MAC Simmer is similar. NARS Amour is slightly more muted, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

It’s incredibly pigmented with true-to-pan color, but the coverage is more buildable than over-the-top. I would still recommend using a lighter hand when initially applying so that you can adjust the intensity more readily. The texture is soft, finely-milled, and it wasn’t powdery. As I applied Toile to the skin, it blended out easily initially, but it tends to stick in place once it is sheered out slightly. The blush wore nine and a half hours on me without fading, so it lived up to its long-wearing claim. I wouldn’t describe this so much as a product that stains, as it easily removes with regular makeup remover with no extra elbow grease required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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75 thoughts on “theBalm Toile Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Bee Bee

    I don’t think I would even *want* a powder blush that honestly stains…

  2. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    You look amazing Christine. That lipstick is perfect on you.
    Every Friday, when I see mellan, I try to write something, but my messages never go through. He is the star of Friday’s haul. Always look foward to see his pictures.

    • Thank you, Fabiola!

      On Friday’s post on 7/26, and then I have a couple of commments you left last week on 8/27 and 8/26! I checked Spam but did not turn up any comments with you as the author!

  3. I love how this color looks on you!

  4. I couldn’t help but adore your look! You look so pretty!

  5. Lovely shade.. I love it

  6. I like the pink cheeks, and usually it does not last long; does this one last long?

  7. Adhishree

    This is absolutely gorgeous! The shade is a perfect pink, and the price is excellent for such a good product :)

  8. Avatar of maryam Maryam

    you are such a sweet heart christine love you muahhhhhhhhhh <3 you are looking so fresh like doll in this your lipstick is also complementing with your blush love your look :) and the hand swatch is awesome thanx a lot for reviewing it and making my mind to finally get it love you christine <3 :)

  9. Hi Christine! I was just wondering if you wore any lip base or primer in this photo? I absolutely love your lip color and I went to see which one it is and it turns out I already had it, lol. It just looks different on me, and while I understand that that’s bound to happen, I was just wondering if you put it over anything else. Many thanks :)

  10. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie A

    I really, really like the look of this blush–its the exact pinky-coral I have been craving lately! And damn if that lipstick isn’t perfect with it–looks like they were made to go together!

  11. I love how radiant you look in the last photo, Christine! Your earrings also paired well with your make-up and top. Gorgeous! :)

  12. Avatar of meganlisa meganlisa

    What color lipstick are you wearing? So pretty on you! Both that and the blush. Love!

  13. Avatar of Candace candace

    Your makeup looks lovely here! Love the pinks

  14. zainab

    I think I’ll pick this up. For once I’m not turned off my theBalm’s packaging.

  15. I was reading this with no high expectations but when I scrolled down and saw it on you I went ‘wow’! I don’t know if it’s because I’m totally distracted by that gorgeous lipstick you are wearing, or maybe this is just a killer combo but you are looking natural and fresh Christine! :)

  16. The Balm has such beautiful products at a very reasonable price! This blush is so beautiful! I will surely have a look when I visit my local store. MaryLoumanizer is one of my favourite highlighters!

    Christine, you look so beautiful in this picture. I will try to steal your look. I never matched my blush with my lipstick before. I am curious too see if it will look so good on me too!

  17. Rita

    Nice blush, but what lipstick are you wearing in the pic?

  18. I want this blush so badly.

  19. Avatar of Wwendy Wwendalynne

    Not sure about the stain aspect of this product, but it looks really pretty on you, Christine..especially with the lip colour you are also wearing.. very fresh and lovely.

  20. Wow Christine! That looks fabulous on you and the lipstick……just perfect!

  21. This is so flattering and beautiful! I have to buy this one!!

  22. I was really rooting for this one to deliver and I am so happy that it does :-D It looks super pretty on you.

  23. Ah, I’ve been waiting for you to review more of these! This one is beautiful.. definitely on my wishlist!

  24. Avatar of Mariah Mariah

    That last pic is SO pretty! The blush with the lipstick and your earrings and top all look so fun and summery!! (Please don’t let summer end! I REALLY don’t want it to!) I just love the whole look!

  25. Avatar of Lindsey Lindsey

    That blush with that lipstick is gorgeous on you!

  26. This looks so pretty!! I have such a huge collection of blush though.

  27. Christine, you look so so so beautiful in that picture. The blush, the lipstick, the earrings, everything just looks so perfect on you!

  28. Rhi rhi

    Aww this look is so cute on you.

  29. i love this. I see they have more colours in this range. Could you do a review on “Houndstooth” it’s the mauve colour. I have my eyes on that one but would love to read your comments.

    Thanks for your reviews, i love your page and i visit every day :)

  30. This blush looks gorgeous on you, Christine!
    How does this shade compare to theBalm’s Frat Boy blush?

  31. Catherine

    Where can you buy these blushes?

  32. Mimi

    Gorgeous, gorgeous look! This one is perfect! May I ask, what eye pencil you have on under your eyes? I don’t look good in dark eye makeup but this pencil freshens, defines and adds a finished polish to the eyes without looking made up. Better than natural! You have skin to die for, wish I hadn’t ruined mine in the sun growing up, but it’s too late for regrets.

  33. Avatar of AngieButterfly AngieButterfly

    Omw, this is so pretty! It looks amazing with your entire look. I LOVE theBalm’s blushes. Definitely will add this to my collection sometime.

  34. That blush and that lipstick are the PERFECT combo on you for spring and early summer. Hot dang, girl! You look great.

  35. Avatar of Pami Pami

    Wow, I agree with everyone, your makeup colors with the earrings and top makes you look so fresh, summery and extra pretty! :)

    BTW, When I think of strawberry (as theBalm describes this color), coral does not come to mind because of the orange/peach mixed with pink. Strawberry is more like red mixed with pink.

  36. Racine Mclean

    I would love to know the name of the lipstick that you are wearing in this picture. Thanking you in advance.

  37. They don’t have these where I’m at U__U

  38. Avatar of Rachael Rachael

    This looks gorgeous. I have both Down Boy and Hot Mama by theBalm and they are both fantastic quality blushes. If there’s one thing theBalm does really well it’s blush.

  39. I’ve read a few good comments on this type of blush from theBalm.
    Actually, the ‘staining’ part of the name scared me into thinking it would either be too pigmented or that it would set too quickly.

    But I’m glad you reviewed it! Toile is such a gorgeous color. I love my corals too. Definitely adding this to my wishlist. ^^

    And you look so youthful & pretty in your photo, Christine!!! ^^

  40. So pretty! Since I own the dupes I should pass, but I love that color blush and lipstick!

  41. widy

    aisyah, it’s available on Sasa now for RM 65 (promo price). I have this shade from the balm 50% sale, that I haven’t use yet. contact me if you are interested

    • Adrianna

      I just got the blush from Sasa today and I *heart* the color. It was going for 50% off? Dang, should have read this post before I got the blush.

  42. Astrild

    Really gorgeous shade but I own some dupes so I repite myself I don’t need this one. But… the lipstick… OMG!!!.

  43. Sarah

    Such a beautiful color. I love theBalm blushes. I might have to pick this one up.

    Quick question: what’s your favorite brush to apply blush? Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah,

      It used to be MAC’s 116, but I’m really liking Hakuhodo J5543/Tom Ford Cheek Brush most right now. I also like Hakuhodo G5545 a lot but it gives a softer application.

  44. Love this shade!! I have a sample size of the shade Swiss Dot, which I like, but this color is amazing.

  45. Amalia

    On the review of theBalm Toile Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ( btw you look stunning) ,do you remember what is on your face? NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder ? Thank you for your time

  46. Yaz

    Christine, that makeup looks beautiful on you! Wow could you please tell me which lipstick you wore on this pic? Thanks xoxo