Review: The Balm Instain Blushes

I forgot to write about these 2 blushes. I bought them when I was still a full time working mother. It means these 2 blushes have been with me for more than a year. And you know what? I haven’t used them much at all. I bought them at Sasa and I think they were RM72 each. Quite pricey for cardboard packaging.


The Balm Instain Blushes



The 2 shades I picked are different variants of pink. One is a light cool pink (Spring / Argyle, described as petal pink) while another is a darker warmer pink with slight berry undertones (Fall / Toile, described as strawberry). I will not compare these blushes with my Dior or Burberry because of the price point, but I will compare these to the Clinique Cheek Pops. These Instain blushes are rather stiff and hard. They are quite pigmented so applying it using a light fluffy blush brush gives the best result. The brush does kick up some powder, so I always tap the brush first. I find that I have to spend an extra minute blending out the blush for a seamless finish. I also need to make sure I powder my face before applying these blushes or it would be quite difficult to blend out. I wonder if my expectations are to blame. The Clinique Cheek Pops are beautiful in every way and I have a desire to pick up the 4 new shades available here (in other countries, there are 6 new shades).


Instain Fall Spring swatch


I remember reading some quite positive reviews about these Instain blushes but they unfortunately don’t meet my high expectations for a blush. All blushes need to blend themselves, darnit! While the colours are very pretty, these Instain blushes could be more finely milled. That way, they could be one step closer to blending themselves. LOL 🙂


xoxo Lily



  • Hi Lily. I have argyle. And yes, they are not an easy-to-go blush. I need extra minutes to blend them unless it’ll look like I just got punched haha! However I love the color on my cheeks, natural sweet girly pink. And you know what, I bought it when they are having 50% sale. So mine was only around 15 USD! 😀

    • Lily

      15USD is a deal! But actually, now that I think about it, I shouldn’t have bought 2 at the same time. I should have bought 1, just to try. Now I don’t know what to do with these 2.

  • omg did i miss the new layout announcement? this is so pretty!

    • Lily

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it 🙂

  • Aw, that’s too bad. I agree, blush should practically apply itself. If it takes too much work to make a blush go on nicely I don’t even bother.

    • Lily

      You said it! And I wholeheartedly agree 🙂

  • Hmm I remember hearing great things about these, too. If your experience is less than stellar, I guess I won’t have to hunt them down this second! The shades are pretty tho!

    • Lily

      No need to hunt them down Sunny. I don’t imagine you’ll like it!

  • Liz

    I haven’t tried these although the colours were quite tempting. I just got tired of theBalm’s cardboard packaging and got rid of most of them! I do think now that their powders kick up a lot of dust.


    • Lily

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. All blushes should apply and blend themselves. It’s not too much to ask at all!

  • Yeah, blushes that don’t blend are just not worth it, since it’s not like we can use our tricks for subpar eye shadow to help. Bad blush is instantly recognizable and bad bad bad! LOL.

    • Lily

      Lol unblended patchy blush is a sin!

  • LOL, Lily ;D
    I know that even some of drugstore blushes blend themselves, so I guess at this price point it is unacceptable!
    Thank you for still reviewing on them. I myself find it challenging to review something I don’t that enthusiastic about.

    • Lily

      Thanks Lena. I sometimes like to take out products I don’t like and talk about them. The last time I did it with sarcasm, ppl seemed to think it was funny. Haha! This time, I toned it down a lot. I don’t hate these blushes, just wish they’d go on smoother 🙂

  • Jaa

    Do these stain? Why are they called Instain? ;D Love the shades you picked but if the quality isn’t there then maybe it’s better to just admire from afar! I would still pick up a set if they had one with all the colors in it, though!

    • Lily

      I don’t see how these would stain. I mean, the colors stay on for a long time but once I remove it, it’s gone. Now that I think about it, while the colors are pretty, I won’t buy these ever again. Unless it is reformulated to blend itself 😉

  • Lulle.Beaumiroir

    I bought Toile a while ago but I haven’t used it yet (I know, it’s silly…), I hope I will be able to get a natural look with it. I’m not that good at blending over-pigmented blush well!

    • Lily

      Oh I bought these last year and only started using them recently. They are pigmented, but just stiff and difficult to blend. I’d suggest using the fluffiest cheek brush you have 🙂

  • They’re very pretty, so it’s disappointing that they’re a little hard to work with. Maybe they’d be good as travel blushes since the packaging is so thin?

    • Lily

      I don’t know. I just don’t even have the urge to pick them up to use it. Too much work needed to make them work 🙁