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theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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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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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Product Availability

theBalm Houndstooth $22.00/0.09 OZ.
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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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!

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!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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.

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.

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