TheBalm Blushes (Fratboy, Cabana Boy, Instain Toile)

I’ve recently come to terms with how I should have more powder blushes instead of always just reaching for my favorite blushes in my favorite formulation– mousse.

TheBalm is known for having high quality powder blushes that rival the likes of cult favorites, Nars, minus the hefty price tag. Their blushes are pigmented and finely milled, and come in ultra cute, vintage packaging. The cardboard boxes close magnetically and come with a handy mirror on the lid.┬áBy normal standards, TheBalm is on still on the expensive side. But for the superb quality and the length of time these products last even when used on the daily, I’d say the price is very much worth it.



Fratboy (Php925.00), from TheBalm’s Boy blush line, is a peach-pink color that gives a natural and healthy-looking flush to my neutral-warm skin tone. It’s not quite pink, not quite orange– just a very wearable cross between the two colors. A little goes a long way with this product because of its excellent pigmentation. Easy to blend out and build up. I’d say that this color is perfect for summer, but to be honest, I find myself reaching for this blush on most days.

This is also wearable on the lids, if you want a youthful look.

Cabana Boy


Cabana Boy (Php925.00) is a beautiful, rich plum. I love wearing this color on dark/damp days or when I’m going for a more mature look. This is even more pigmented than Fratboy so definitely apply with a light hand.

Instain Toile


Toile (Php975.00), from the Instain blush line, is a strawberry pink color that gives a youthful flush. It has a lot of red in it and can make you appear like you’re blushing when applied sparingly. Emphasis on the word ‘sparingly’ because this is very pigmented and a bit difficult to blend out because true to its name, it stains your cheeks.

Instead of loading up your brush with the product, a light swipe across the pan will do the trick. I find that it’s easier to start light then build up on the color until you get the color intensity you’re going for.

The Instain colors excite me! But I prefer the formulation of the Boy blush line because they’re easier to blend out despite the heavy pigmentation.


No Comments

Leave a Reply