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This Might Be The Dreamiest Blush Set, Ever

Cream blush is to my beauty routine what cropped tops are to my wardrobe: lovely in theory, problematic in real life. No matter how many Youtube tutorials I consult or fancy brushes I invest in, my past flirtations with cream blush have always ended with less-than flattering results: smudges, streaks, and the overall appearance of having just contracted a mysterious, splotch-inducing skin condition.

But the How ‘Bout Them Apples Lip and Cheek Palette from theBalm® has me seriously rethinking my pro-powder stance. It comes with six creamy hues in a range of versatile pink, red and coral tones. Unlike most cream-based blushes I’ve tried, the silky pigments go on super sheer and leave behind a natural-looking flush. Each shade offers buildable coverage, so I can easily adjust the intensity of my look without veering into Bozo the Clown territory.

The best part? I’m not the only experiencing a blush epiphany—some lucky Birchbox subscribers will be receiving a sample palette in their March Birchboxes!

To get the most out of this multitasker, I apply a small amount of the cream directly to the apples of my cheeks with my fingertips and dab a little on my lips. (Pro tip: It helps to have a big, cheesy smile on your face.) Then I look in the mirror, channel Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting and sassily ask, “How do you like them apples?!”

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