February 7, 2014

the Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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the Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream Palette ($32) tops the charts as one of my favorite blush palettes of the Spring season. This arrives just in time for the warmer weather and brings together six fabulously multitasking blushes that can be used on cheeks as well as lips.

You NEED it.

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the Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Palette likely won’t be available during today’s 50% Off Sale! Sadness! But it is launching soon according to our friends at the Balm so keep your eyes peeled for the release.

Far be it for me to rave cream blush as I’m more a powder girl but lord knows they did a fabulous job with this palette. You’re probably more than familiar with the Cheek & Lip Cream formula because it has been featured in popular palettes like Balm Jovi, The Muppets, and the more recent Balm Voyage Palette.

But you should probably prepare yourself as they changed the formula slightly in my opinion….!

These six blushes are thinner and softer in texture and they have a more moist feel on lips versus the old formula that was more dense less emollient and a bit drying on lips. Needless to say this new formulation is a good thing!

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the Balm How Bout Them Apples Cheek & Lip Cream Palette swatches

Crisp, Candy, Caramel

the Balm How Bout Them Apples swatches

Cider, Cobbler, Pie

These have an softer emollient feel and apply, blend, and wear beautifully. Pigment is sheer to medium with plenty of options for building. Colors are vibrant, fresh, beautiful, and natural with a slightly dewy finish that wears for a solid six to seven hours without fading. On cheeks they look incredibly natural and flawless no matter how much you apply. On lips they are the most moisturizing of products but they feel comfortably lightweight and give a pretty flush of color! I wouldn’t say they stain when they wear away but they do wear for about three to four hours before fading.

I really like having a simple blush palettes like this around! I loved the Sonia Kashuk Kiss on the Cheek Lip and Cheek Palette and this is even better in my humblest! It’s a great and easy way to get beautiful color on cheeks quickly and easily!

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Crisp on Cheeks

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Cobbler on Lips

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Caramel on Lips

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Crisp on Lips

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Pie on Lips

As we head into Spring you’re going to want pretty lightweight blushes and the Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream Palette gifts you with six gorgeous ones!

Loves it!

Muse Approved.

It launches soon and will be available at thebalm.com.

Will you be purchasing it when it launches?


This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • nancy

    Funny that while I was looking at the swatches I was wondering if they were similar colors to the SK blush palette, then you mention it x) I think I’ll pass on this one, but it’s REALLY cute!

  • Sehra

    I had it in my cart… and then the website crashed on me πŸ™ Was so excited to grab it for 50% off!

    • Sehra

      By the way, don’t know if I’ve ever commented before… but I’ve stalked your blog for over a year now πŸ™‚

      • Isabella Muse

        well hello there πŸ™‚ nice to meet you Sehra and thanks for commenting today! πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      don’t worry sehra, the balm just said they’ll be honoring the sale for everyone via twitter πŸ™‚ keep trying doll!

  • Grace

    Hi Muse, just wondering how large this palette is.. is it the size of your hand or smaller/larger? Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      I guess about 6 inches in length and about 5 inches wide 0.7 oz total size of blushes…my hand can cover it laid flat down, fingers up.

  • Steffi

    Darling, what are the chances that you can post a pic of ingredients or let me know if beeswax is one? Cuz this set is darling but beeswax makes me break out (weird I know)!

    • Isabella Muse

      sorry steffi I don’t have the palette on hand to take a pic of at the moment I believe the main ingred is castor seed oil.

    • Molly

      Net Weight: 20g / .7 oz

  • Michelle H.

    I cannot wait to get my little hands on this palette! I love cream blushes!

  • BD

    thanks so much for the review… it’s on the website now and people could get it for 50% off.. only if the website could just stop crashing during check out. i’ll buy the palette just for the stud-muffins on it hahaha. thanks again for the review!

  • auroragyps

    This is really cute. How does the formula compare to Stila’s Convertible Colors? I use 2 from the Travel Palettes (Moscow & Aspen) as my cream blush all the time, but I’m looking for more options color & formula wise.

    • Isabella Muse

      a bit more emollient auro, less dense, color on the CC’s wears longer though in my experience with the two!

  • Molly

    I was able to get this 50% off! Woo hoooo! Thanks for the heas up, Muse!!! πŸ™‚

  • lyn

    Oh my, these look lovely! I’m such a sucker for theBalm too but I don’t usually wear cream blushes so I’ll probably give this a miss for now.

  • Majick

    Well, I’ll just say that the packaging made me a little hungry for some CRISP CIDER and a huge slice if PIE! 😈

  • Vitrie

    this is lovely. i’ m looking for a lip palette right now and this probably one of the things i’ ll keep on my radar. Thanks, Muse ! πŸ™‚

  • Maryann

    Love this! I just ordered it online! What brush did you use to apply? Thanks so much!

  • Faye

    Do any of them have a fragrance or taste? Or do they taste/smell like typical lipstick?

  • Faye

    I really want to know if the blushes/lipcreams have a scent/fragrance/taste to them. I’m pretty iffy when it comes to scents, so I would love to know if these have any scent at all, or if they carry your average lipstick scent.

  • Faye

    sorry, I thought my first question didn’t come through, so I asked again, but thank you for you reply!

  • Tanya

    This is so cute! I only buy blush like once a year anyway, so why not go all out? Plus, I can’t resist food themed beauty products. Thanks for the review, without it I may never have known it existed. πŸ™‚

  • Rebekah

    I just picked this up (after reading your review) and I am loving it! These are so gorgeous on! I especially love how cider looks on my VERY pale skin. Thanks so much Muse!

  • Linda

    Holy crap these last forever. I’m a powder blush only girl but I got a sample of this in my birchbox and I’m blown away by the wear time. From 7 am to 3 pm then it finally started to fade. Still some staining visible at 6 pm. Buying it!!