Those that love a rosy glow on the cheeks know that blush can often vanish before your eyes as the day goes on. Enter the INSTAIN Blushes by theBalm, which claims their "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." Pictured above are four of the six colors (Swiss Dot, Argyle, Toile and Lace). In terms of formulation, these insanely pigmented blushes have a soft silky texture, lasting all day without any touchups, in addition to being vegan and 100% cruelty-free. For a more subtle everyday look, I recommend lightly dusting some blush onto your brush, then dabbing the bulk of the color onto the back of your hand before applying to cheeks, as the color can easily build to quite a dramatic hue. The amazing packaging consists of a small sturdy cardboard compact that resembles a vintage magazine and has a magnetic closure, keeping the product secure (I have clumsily dropped these a several times and they have remained completely in-tact). In addition, the inside fold includes a mirror (as do all of theBalm's compact products), which is very handy for on-the-go application. At $22, the price is on the higher end, but I think they will last me for quite a while, since a little goes a long way.
Stage right: Me wearing the Argyle shade, with still a subtle wash of color at the end of a long day.