theBalm Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder blush (phew, that's a mouthful!) comes in a cute cardboard flip top packaging with a handy mirror under the lid. I'm actually quite a fan of this type of packaging, as they are very light in weight if you like to carry your blush around with you for touch ups. Not that you'd need to touch up with this blush as it seriously is long lasting. Basically I apply it in the morning and by the time I get home from work my cheeks are still coloured. I can't vouch for how much longer it would last in the evening as by then I'm with my toddler son who loves giving sloppy kisses to his mama, while no doubt eating off my blush and makeup.
The colour I have is Argyle, which is a matte baby pink blush, softly milled and nicely pigmented. Don't be fooled by the "baby pink" name, this is a surprisingly easy to wear shade that suits quite a few skin tones. Even my own mum has tried this and she's a few shades darker than I am. As for the staining (this claims to stain the skin, hence the long-wearing effect) I didn't really notice it as it washed off easily with my normal cleanser. Or maybe it does stain a bit, which is why it still looks fresh on my face after 8hrs of wear... oh I don't know, too confusing! Either way, it's long lasting. :)
|Wearing theBalm blush in Argyle. On lips Shanghai Suzy lipstick in Miss Melissa*|
You can get theBalm from David Jones or from theBalm website (with international delivery). The Instain blushes are AUD$26.95 each.