theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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

theBalm Argyle Instain Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “petal pink.” It’s a bubblegum pink–a light-medium, blue-based pink–with a matte finish. NYX English Rose is more shimmery, darker. MAC Stay Pretty is warmer. MAC I’m the One is brighter. Chanel Pink Explosion is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink is a bit darker. See comparison swatches.

It had rich, true-to-pan color payoff. It packs quite a punch, so I’d recommend using a light hand to build up the color to your desired intensity. The texture is soft, finely-milled but not powdery. It blends well if you use a light touch, but I noticed that it has a tendency to stick where it’s placed once it is buffed into the skin to a degree. Argyle lasted well without fading or becoming patchy for a solid ten hours, so it is indeed long-wearing. It removed easily, though, with makeup remover, whereas a traditional stain would still leave something behind, so I wouldn’t describe this as a cheek stain, but it was an exceptionally long-wearing powder blush.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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So glad you reviewed this! I absolutely love thebalm but was waiting for your opinion/swatches on these before I picked any up. Such an all around great brand!

Do you think maybe applying with a stippling brush and then using a clean brush to blend would help to ensure that you won’t accidentally get “clown cheeks”?

I absolutely adore these blushes. I bought 3 of them when they had their 50% off sale awhile back right after these launched. If they ever have a sale like that again I’ll get at least one more of them. Beautiful shades!

I’ve been collecting blushes lately and love using them. I recently got theBalm’s Frat Boy and Down Boy blushes as well as Mary-Lou Manizer from their Hautelook sale. All-around great brand! This will be on my wishlist down the road. It’ll take a while for me to hit the pan on the other two I just bought.

The silly thing that annoys me with this product is where we can read: “Wear it well” and then translated to french “Vous va bien” in the inside on the package.

The actual correct translation would have been “Portez le bien”… It’s just a bit annoying that companies try to look fancier by writing french things on their product and don’t do it correctly… :S

I actually saw that and came here to see if anyone would say something about it :p
Yeah, that’s weird. And silly. I guess “Portez” doesn’t flow as well.

this looks soooooo beautiful! i’m going to need this, pink blushes look so healthy,in my opinion, and since this is a stain annnnnd has an A rating, *MUST HAVE*

If you can, would you be able to please review the other Instain blushes? The Instain colours are gorgeous and the packaging is so cute! It is so hard to decide!!

If you can, would you be able to review the other Instain blushes? The colours are great and I love the packaging, but it makes it really hard to choose!!!

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