Birchbox’s program for bloggers, Birchbloggers (however did they come up with that name?! 😉 ), continues to impress me more than my monthly boxes did. I was lucky enough to win my third item for review, one that looked cute and adorable and I just wanted to have it, The Balm’s How ‘Bout Them Apples palette for cheeks and lips.
The Balm is one of those brands, like Benefit, that I find myself wanting simply because the packaging is so cute and kitschy, but not really buying from. I only own 2 other things by this brand, one is a nail polish and one is a their Staniac lip stain. So I was a bit excited to be able to try some more.
In hindsight, I feel bad for having taken this one away from another blogger, because I forgot that I really don’t like these kinds of cream things that you’re supposed to use with your fingers. I have several of the Stila Convertible Colors from my Stila-obsessed days (years and years and years ago), and while the colors are so pretty and they’ve lasted this long, dirt and debris gets stuck in the cream and it’s just a bit gross.
And I even applied one of the colors to my cheeks with a Real Techniques stippling brush, but for lips, I still wound up using my fingers. As well as for the swatches. My bad, though—I should have thought to use a lip brush!
Also, I’m not SUPER into cream blushes. I think it stems from having oily skin. Even though you can still wear cream blushes without problem, at least in the winter, and they do give such a natural looking flush.
Anyway, on to the colors!
Cider is a pretty light peach with a bit of a sheen, and a touch of pink. Pie is a vibrant pinky coral that reminds me of some of my lip colors. Candy is a much more pinky, pale coral. Cobbler is definitely a candy apple red, though not blue toned. Crisp is the only shimmery shade, and it’s a warm coral. And Caramel is a warm, darker, orange-brown that I wasn’t sure what to do with, but apparently they say you can use it for contouring.
Here are some photos of it in action, with Pie on my lips and Candy stippled on my cheeks.
The colors are very lovely and are perfect for summer. I do wish there was more pink/cool tones. And too bad that the hot, humid days of summer are when I feel least like smearing cream makeup anywhere on my skin!
Just in terms of practicality, this palette works great when applying your makeup at home, but if you are using it on your lips, it’s not really conducive to carrying with you. It’s also a bit conspicuous to pull out of your purse and use to reapply, despite the handy mirror. And considering it doesn’t last very long on the lips, you WILL be reapplying it.
Bottom line, if you adore cream blushes, this palette is for you. It doesn’t work so well as a lip palette. But you should really love cream blushes to consider spending $32 on it.
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