Monday, January 20, 2014

TheBalm Instain - Strawberry Toile

To a blush obsessed beauty blogger, it doesn't get much better than being able to trial a new blush formulation in a stunning shade! As soon as TheBalm Instain in Toile* hit my desk I threw it on my cheeks, and loved how pigmented but blendable the strawberry coloured powder was. I applied it using my Real Techniques Stippling Brush (as I do with most pigmented blushes) and layered it a little bit and found it easily buildable, so it would definitely work for those who only like a sheer shot of colour on their apples, too. Here are the other products I used to complement the strawberry shade Toile!
TheBalm describes this as a strawberry colour, and try as I might I couldn't find a lip shade with the name strawberry in it. Days like these I wish I owned Revlon Strawberry Suede let me tell you now! I decided to choose my lip shade on colour alone and so the Covergirl lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Coral Twist* made the cut (these feel so nice on the lips, have you tried them yet?) The rest of the look was pretty simple, and I was impressed that I only used 7 products and about 7 minutes to finish this look!
 Anytime I use a beautiful bright blush it negates the need for a detailed eye look, so after applying TheBalm's Put A Lid On It eyelid primer* (which I had never even heard of before I received it!) I hastily scribbled the champagne shade of my Revlon Colorstay Smoky Shadow Stick in 201 Torch all over my lid, and then used the amazing deep brown shade as a liner on the outer third of my upper and lower lashline. The dark shade of this has actually snapped off (not happy Jan...) but I still use it as I love the shade that much - this speaks volumes I think!
 My inner corner highlight was mint (as usual!) with the essence Me & My Ice Cream 03 Always in my Mint marble shade. My plan is to use this wet sometime this week to see how vivid I can make it - things like this can be highlights of my day, seriously! Base needed to be simple for a hot Melbourne day so I used my favourite BB cream, the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream*. To top off the look I used my new Revlon Lash Potion mascara which I bought at half price last week and I'm enjoying it so far.
So there you have it - a strawberry blush-centric easy makeup look that anyone could do!

TheBalm Instain blushes retail for $26.95 AUD and you can buy them here!

What do you base your makeup looks on - the eyes, the lips or the cheeks?
Have you tried much from TheBalm?

Emma @ emmabovarybeauty

*Provided for consideration. Honesty, always.


  1. Your makeup look is gorgeous! Toile is one of my favourite blushes - it lasts so long too!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. Great review!

  3. I've never tried theBalm's blushes, but right now I'm finding myself drawn to all sorts of blush! I think I need something new to play with, hahaha.

  4. Toile looks like a gorgeous blush! Would love to see a tutorial on those smoky shadow sticks.

  5. So beautiful, that blush is a little scary looking though because it is so bright! I've never used mint as an inner corner highlight, I think that would be a lovely change :) x

  6. what a fab pink blush! so bright and pretty! love it! x

  7. I really like the look!
    I have the revlon colorstay sticks in 205 atmoic and 220 volcanic! They are sooo easy to use, you really have me tempted with the gorgeous 201 torch! its looks really nice on you, subtle but nice.

    Looking forward to searching for TheBalm blushes , strawberry colour is so gorgeous.

  8. Gorgeous! I have never actually tried anything from TheBalm.... but definitely changing my mind now!

  9. I've walked past these here and I'm sooo tempted by like three shades,a rosy one, a mauve and a nudey one!! I just have so many blushes now and I'm loving cabana boy right now! I need to hold off for a while and save up for a trip!

  10. Beautiful ! & how good is lash potion ? I love it :)

  11. Hi Emma, Just curious how long did the blush last for you on a hot/humid day? Love this fotd, Good choice with the brown liner- it really makes the cheeks and lip colours pop ^_^

  12. You are so beautiful :)
    The Balm has quickly become one of my top favorite makeup brands :)

  13. You look stunning! I'd see that blush and freak out. It looks so wearable on you.


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