February 8, 2017

Revlon Insta-Blush Review & Swatches

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Revlon Insta-Blush ($12.99) is a new sheer cream-to-powder blush stick that launched with the Revlon Spring 2017 Collection in four shade selections. Hi, I’m the Muse, I hate cream blush sticks.

Ok, so maybe that’s not true. I think blush sticks are pretty brilliant if you need to swipe and go. There’s nothing easier than applying your blush from a stick, blending out, and just heading out. It’s really easy, mistake-proof application and if you’re as heavy handed as I am when it comes to blush it’s a great way to get natural, sheerer color on your cheeks without going overboard. But my problem is cream blush sticks tend to fade so quickly on me. They have like zero staying power.

But I’m always game to try a new one.

Here’s my thoughts, review, and swatches on Revlon Insta-Blush!

This little blush comes housed in a 0.31 oz swivel up barrel. It’s portable, it’s easy to apply directly from the tube, and it’s pretty much mistake-proof but none of that has convinced me to like it.

Revlon Candy Kiss Insta-Blush

Revlon Candy Kiss Insta-Blush Swatches

I have drier skin, God, I sound like a broken record. But even if you have oily or combo skin this is going to drag across your skin during application. I hated the texture. It’s not creamy at all and instead of being a cream-to-powder formula it feels like it’s a powder formula from the get go and just drags across my cheeks in a very odd way which results in difficulty blending. Did I mention it not only drags and blends poorly but it is so sheer. You really have to build this up to see any color pay off. It’s funny because it looks amazing once I apply it. Smooth, even color that looks natural and healthy on my face. But I literally had to apply like 15 strokes of color and continue blending to see the color on my cheeks. The wear is horrible as well. After applying 15 layers of this stuff it wore for like 90 minutes at best before fading away.

And let’s not mention it’s $13 bucks for a single stick.

Sorry Revlon, this was bad!

I’d skip it.

Revlon Insta-Blush is available now at drugstores or at Ulta.com and Amazon.com.

Tried it?

Do share your thoughts!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Christina D.

    We truly must have been separated at birth for I too hate cream blushes…and I have drier skin. And I hate Revlon. They went from being OK for some drugstore things (like lippies) to mostly bad to avoid-at-all-costs awful. Kudos to you for being brave and venturing into those waters on behalf of your devoted readers.

    • Isabella Muse

      hey sis! Yeah, I don’t get it because everyone says that cream blush is best for drier skin…ah no. It’s not. LOL! πŸ˜€ I love that drugstore makeup has evolved with new packaging, really innovative products, etc…but the formula never improves with all the bells and whistles they put into these collections and releases. Maybe they need to concentrate on the formula and forget all the packaging and marketing upgrades.

  • Dinah

    Wow, you are spot on how I feel with your description of stick blushes. They don’t last on me either and make my cheeks break out. That color looks really pretty on you, though.

  • Lisa I

    I just about bought this in rose gold till I realized it was $15.99 at my cvs. Insanity! High price, poor quality.

  • kimkats

    Oh, thank the Gawds for your post – I am your skintwin and I too HATE cream blushes!! They last for .00627 minutes on me, plus I can never tell how much is too much b/c you have to kinda rub them in to blend them, which makes your cheeks red…. Sooooo……

    Thanks for the update – I keep trying cream blushes even though I know it’s a waste of time/money – but at least I know to skip these entirely! πŸ˜€

  • Ashley

    You look good in red. Never been a fan of blush sticks either, beauty advisors always make it look so easy when getting ur makeup done. My fav cream blush I’ve had put on, was chanels, similar color to this one. Beautiful color payoff, I’m old fashioned I like my blush in a compact.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks dear πŸ˜€ I have to admit I like Bobbi’s cream rouge but honestly, I prefer powders πŸ˜€

  • KatJ777

    Your reviews are great!! I agree with you 100%. I have purchased Revlon’s cream blush as well and it has zero staying power. Going high end to Vapour cosmetics Aura blush in Spark and I sweep a little Milani powder baked blush on top for max staying power πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      I like the Vapour Blush Sticks myself πŸ˜€ I do exactly what you do, apply the stick and sweep powder over πŸ˜€

  • Randi MacDonald

    I like the maybelline cream blushes. Those are awesome. Speaking of Revlon, I tried the new eyebrow pencil( spoolie on one end, slanted liner on the other). OMG I hate it. I had a b1g1 free coupon so I got 2 and now I’m regretting it. The best thing about it is the spoolie.

  • Brandy

    Meh… I have Revlon’s highlighter stick like this that I got in a kit with some eyeshadow and lip color. The highlighter stick did a better job at removing my foundation than highlighting. The eyeshadow had a ton of fallout and the lip gloss color was too dark. I’m just not impressed with Revlon except for their matte balm in Sultry.

  • kjh

    I was always oily, now more aging/dehydrated (insufficient water, but enough oil.) Even Nars Turkish Red (dark, cool, had to have it!) gets eaten by my skin. Not quite so much as before the big M, but… I think it’s a skin chemistry thing, pH or lipids, or something. Now, it slowly ingests bite multistick. My bigger disappearing act is Marc Jacobs Liners….the older ones. Gone in 3 blinks on the waterline. Too bad, great colors. Even getting cream blush on evenly is a pia. Only got 1 CP cheek, which is duped to death and I seldom try…

  • Donna

    Try using a damp beauty blender to rub over the top of the stick and then patting onto your cheeks. It’s all about the application technique. Hope this helps.
    Ps. Being a germophobe, I like to spritz the top of the blush tube with alcohol and wait for it to dry before I replace the cap.