So a little over a month ago I was browsing through OzSale - which is an Australian flash sale site (similar to hautelook if you're from the U.S) that has always has quite interesting beauty & fashion brands and on there was The Balm! I've always wanted to get my hands on The Balm products, but they're just so damn expensive here in Australia (I will list the price comparison for each product). So I was ecstatic to see that OzSale were selling The Balm! OzSale can be a hit or miss with brands, but you do get the odd good quality brands on there, so definitely check it out if you're from Australia and haven't already!
There were so many The Balm products available on OzSale, but I only picked up a few that have been quite popular within the blogging/youtube community, therefore I knew were not going to be a disappointment. First off I bought two blushers (that can also be used for eyeshadow) Hot Mama & Cabana Boy and a bronzer Bahama Mama.
I absolutely love the packaging of all three products, I think it's very unique and eye-catching. I love both the blushers and bronzer are tropical holiday theme based - it definitely makes me feel like going on another vacation to Fiji! Haha. All three products are encased in a cardboard packaging - which is quite similar to the Stila 10 eyeshadow palettes (In The Light, In The Know etc) - except it is much more sturdy! The cardboard is much thicker and more durable and the magnet closure feels more secure and tight. All three products also come with a decent sized mirror that is a a little smaller in size to the corresponding blush/bronzer product. None of these come with a brush, which I actually quite like as I wouldn't have used the brush anyways, and it would have cause excess useless space in the packaging. Also, these blushers/bronzers are quite compact and great for travelling as they are quite small although they do hold quite a lot of product (a whoping 7g-8g).
Formulation wise - these are incredible! Both Hot Mama! and Cabana Boy can be used as eyeshadows or blushes. I have yet to try them as eyeshadows, but as blushes they are stunning. I think it's fantastic that products can be used more than one way - as it just makes it more valuable and versatile. I found that both the blushers and bronzers to be finely milled, making them extremely soft and creamy and definitely not chalky in any shape or form. They are also heavily pigmented, so you only need the slightly amount of product to achieve the perfect look for the cheeks. Honestly, I can't say enough about these - I seriously cannot fault them. I even found that they blend easily and lasted a good 6-8 hours on my cheeks. These are definitely amazing cheek products in which I find myself reaching for every time I put on my make-up!
Bahama Mama is definitely one of the most wearable bronzers I've tried. It doesn't have any shimmer or muddy orange undertone - I find it to be a warm neutral brown shade. Bahama Mama is not only excellent for bronzing, but would definitely be good for contouring or even filling in your brows if you are the right complexion.
Hot Mama! is a stunning peachy/coral pink shade that also has a little golden shimmer in it. For me, this is the perfect shade to wear during the spring/summer as it adds an amazing flush of colour to the cheeks. Also, the golden shimmer adds a lovely glowing effect to the cheeks as well.
Cabana Boy is a gorgeous warm dusky rose/plumy shade with tiny flecks of golden shimmer - although the shimmer is extremely subtle and can only be noticed in certain lights. When applied on the cheeks Cabana Boy gives a lovely warm rosy glow, which can be easily worn in the summer as it is rosy, but also in the winter due to the plumy undertones.
Now onto the eyeshadow palettes! Shady Lady Vol. 2 is the second palette out of 3 limited edition palettes released from theBalm. Much like the other products from theBalm, Shady Lady Vol. 2 is made out of heavy duty cardboard packaging - which makes it really sturdy but unfortunately clings onto all the eyeshadow fallout. Also has a large mirror on the back of the cover which is very convenient. This palette contains 9 decent sized eyeshadows that can create countless looks for the day and night.
Unfortunately, this palette doest contain any matte shades, which would mean you need to bring along individual matte shades if you were travelling. But on the bright side out of the 9 shadows in this palette, 5 can be doubled as eyeliners - caught in the act courtney, feisty felicia ,insane jane,bossy bobbi and makeout mary. Another good thing about this palette is that I found that most of the shadows were quite easy to blend and were able to 7-8 hours on me before any fading (I wore Too Faced Shadow Insurance underneath).
- Caught in the Act Courtney - sheer matte brown base with bronze flecks of gitter
- Feisty Felicia - sheer matte gray base with fuchsia flecks of glitter
- Insane Jane - a cool shimmery steely taupe
- Bossy Bobbi - a shimmery jewel toned blue
- Makeout Mary - a shimmery jewel toned green
- Just This Once Jamie - a shimmery sheer lilac
- Mischievous Marissa - a shimmery bronze/gold with a hint of peach
- Tempting Tara - a rich shimmery white
- Devilish Danielle - a sheer shimmery peach
And here are the swatches from the Shady Lady Vol. 2 palette:
(L-R) Caught in the Act Courtney, Feisty Felicia, Insane Jane, Bossy Bobbi & Makeout Mary
(L-R) Makeout Mary, Just This Once Jamie, Mischievous Marissa, Tempting Tara & Devilish Danielle
And lastly, one of theBalm's most popular products - Nude'Tude palette. With the same packaging as the other theBalm products, the Nude'Tude palette contains 12 neutral shadows to create any look for day or night. This palette contains a majority of shimmer shades, which is a little disappointing - but all the colours available are beautiful.
All 12 shadows have an extremely soft and creamy consistency and glide effortlessly onto the eyelids. Also, the pigmentation of these shadows were incredible. The only shadow that was a little chalky to apply was Sassy which is the white shadow in the palette - although in saying this it quite better formulation then other white eyeshadows I've tried from different brands. I found that all shadows were extremely east to blend, however they do blend a little sheer, so you have to keep packing on the shadow after you've blended it. Also, you'll find that although these shadows last a decent amount of time on the lids, you will be able to get longer wear out of them when wearing a primer.
- Sassy - a frosty white
- Stubborn - a frosty light pink/peach
- Selfish - a frosty grayish taupe
- Sophisticated - a dark brown with bronze shimmer
- Sexy - matte burgundy
- Serious - a black with matte finish
- Snobby - a shimmery yellow
- Stand-offish - a frosty/metallic light brown
- Sultry - a satiny warm medium brown
- Schitzo - a golden bronze
- Silly - a reddish brown with flecks of copper sparkles
- Sleek - a dark brown with matte finish
Overall, all of the theBalm products I have purchased have been of excellent quality and I'm definitely glad to have purchased these, especially at the amazing price I got them for. These are most certainly some of my new favourites!
Have you tried any theBalm products before?