[REVIEW] theBalm Instain Blush in Toile

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Hello everyone!! When theBalm went on sale on Hautelook, I knew I had to grab one of the new, raved-about Instain blushes for myself. After waiting for about a month for it to arrive, it finally did today, and I was excited to tear it open! I ordered it in Toile, which is a strawberry-pink shade. I’ll write about my thoughts and reviews about the product here!  tumblr_me96wysoSZ1qdlkyg



Name: 
theBalm Instain Blush in Toile
Brand: theBalm
Color: Toile
Price: $22
Description: “theBalm’s long-wearing, STAINING powder blush is a fashion must have! With six shades, perfect for all seasons and skin tones, it will give your cheeks color that won’t quit.”

Luckily, since theBalm was on sale, I was able to snag it for a total of $15 ($11 since it was 50%, but there was a $3 shipping charge that I split with my friend).

Packaging: The packaging for this product is super cute. It comes in a little, sturdy cardboard sleeve which the real holder slides out of. The product itself is held in a ecofriendly, cardboard / paper mix that is very sleek and fits into the palm of your hand! It’s a lot tinier than it looks, believe me. It also comes with an adorable little mirror that will be pretty useful.

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Application: With one swipe, I can easily get it onto the apples of my cheeks or onto the back of my hand. A regular brush is more than enough although you can easily swipe with your finger as well. It also blends very easily. You don’t need to jab in your brush, just lightly brushing over it will pick up lots of pigment. tumblr_me96x7sJMZ1qdlkyg Don’t brush too hard or put on too much or else it will look like you’re a lobster!

Product: The product is also very pigmented! It shows up very well onto the skin and although it looks frighteningly neon and bright in the box, it comes off as a satin, sheer strawberry-pink color. It also has a few orange/coral undertones that looks great on my skin! The shimmer isn’t overwhelming, though, and there aren’t any sparkles visible. It is just a very lightly shimmery, sheer, strawberry pink. The “staining” part is true to the name as well, and lasts a bit longer than my other blushes. It gives my cheeks a very natural looking blush that is the perfect color for spring. tumblr_me96wv4pMh1qdlkyg

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PROS: Image

  • Pigmented, applies easily
  • Beautiful strawberry color with warm undertones
  • Nice satin finish that isn’t too shimmery
  • Gives a nice, natural blushing look
  • Super cute packaging!!
  • Lasts quite a bit longer than my other blushes

CONS: Image

  • Rather expensive at $22
  • Probably could get a similar color for a cheaper price

CONCLUSION:★★★★☆ 4/5 STARS

theBalm never disappoints with its excellent quality products! This blush is perfect for spring and gives you a natural, strawberry blush. It is quite pigmented and applies and blends easily, and has a nice satin finish. However, it’s rather pricey at $22 a pop, so I will probably not be purchasing another one unless it’s on sale!  ImageI cannot wait to wear it around campus.

[REVIEW] TonyMoly Backstage Gel Eyeliner in Black

ImageAfter waiting 2 weeks, my anticipated TonyMoly Gel Eyeliner finally came from Korea… with samples too! After thorough researching and rave reviews, I decided to get my first Korean gel eyeliner and I’m happy to say that it is worth the wait and the price. This is great basic eyeliner! Image

I ordered this eyeliner from Cosmetic-Loves‘s store on eBay. Right now they have a promotion right now with free shipping worldwide and a $2 coupon code “cosmeticlove”! Awesome!! Image It came with a skinfood sample and 2 caviar eye wrinkle samples. You bet that I’ll be shopping from their store more often.

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Name: 
TonyMoly Backstage Gel Eyeliner in Black
Brand: TonyMoly (Korean)
Price: $10~$14
Description: “Super-smooth gel eyeliner gives you a fine or blended line: apply thickly and let set, or smudge quickly for a smoky, shadowy look. Dries to a waterproof finish!”

Luckily, cosmetic-love listed mine as an auction on eBay so I was able to snag it for only $6. There are lots of sales on Korean products online too! Now let’s get started with the review!

Packaging: The packaging for this product was really neat and space efficient. Image They had a tiny expandable brush that fit nicely into the cap of the gel. It’s designed such that the gel will take a long, long time to become dry. It’s kind of in an odd shape though because of the brush so it might be a pain to lug it around, but the brush that’s included is also of really decent quality (it isn’t foam!) and is packed in very elegantly. I am a fan of this adorable packaging.

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Product: A gorgeous, deep, matte black! The color is very thick and richly pigmented and goes on a very nice deep black. Also, this thing won’t budge. I’ll let you know that I’ve tried many different eyeliners already (MUFE Aqua Liquid Liner, Urban Decay 24/7, drugstore) and at least some of them would panda-eye me or flake off due to my slightly oily and slightly hooded lids. This is one of the few ones that don’t budge after it’s dried. Image It stays in the general same shape and only smudges slightly. I love it! But make sure you set it with eyeshadow or powder to make sure it won’t slip and slide as much.

It’s rather difficult to remove, even with my Maybelline makeup remover. It’s waterproof so water won’t make it budge either. You will have to rub makeup remover or wash your face to get it off, but this staying power is phenomenal and the pigmentation is great!

Application: The product glides on very easily, very smooth and thick, and usually only needs one coat for a rich black line to show up. The brush tip is very soft and it is somewhat flat so it’s not that difficult to get a thin line with it. Plus, you can extend the brush if you like your brushes longer. The brush only tugs a very tiny bit if you pull, but generally it is a very easy application of the product onto your eyes with the brush. I like it!

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PROS: Image

  • Pigmented, rich black matte color
  • Includes an eye liner brush
  • Space efficient packaging
  • Affordable price
  • Doesn’t smudge a lot or flake, dries easily
  • Decent application with included brush

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  • Difficult to remove because it simply won’t budge
  • Not travel friendly due to awkward shape
  • Long shipping time if you buy from Korea (I guess that could be a con?… not really)

CONCLUSION:★★★★★ 5/5 STARS

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Get this eyeliner! It can be pretty affordable and I think even Urban Outfitters sells this in store too at $14. Although I’m new at gel eyeliner I had a great experience with this TonyMoly eyeliner. I’ll be trying out other Korean makeup too. The pigmentation is awesome, the packaging is great, and the staying power is awesome. I can’t wait to buy this in other colors as well. Overall, I am very happy with this product and it’s probably one of the best purchases I’ve made in a while. Image

Forgive my face. I’m wearing: Missha Perfect Cover #21, Pixi Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched, Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Blush in Pearlescent Pink and TonyMoly Gel Eyeliner in Black