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Since The Balms has become available in Hungary too, some of us bloggers have been offered to try a few products of the brand. I was very happy to say yes, since I already owned some The Balm products and I loved them. I told them to send me mostly nail polish – duh – but finally I didn’t get any. However I got quite a few various product, including a palette that I already had.
I was testing them for a few weeks, and here are my final thoughts.
NUDE ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette
The palette has 12 shades, mostly nudes and natural shades. The shimmers are obviously better than the mattes, but there are only one or two shades that has a lesser quality. I swatched them on my arm with one fingerstroke and withour a primer.
The only shade I don’t really use from the first row is Sassy, it’s just too white for me. Stubborn and Selfish are very beautiful shades and they have a very good quality too, they are pigmented and creamy. Sophisticated is a nice medium brown, and Serious is a decent black, but Sexy is a bit chalky.
And as it turns out I don’t use the first shade of the second row either, Snobby is just too yellow for my taste. But I really like Stand-offish and Seductive, and Sultry and Sleek have a quite good quality too. Silly is a miss though, it’s chalky and not pigmented enough and the glitters tend to make a big mess.
So it’s not THE palette for me, but I use it frequently and I would definitely use it more if it had a skintoned matt shade too. There are only 3 shades that I almost never touch, the other ones work just fine for my taste. The palette is made of cardboard, so it will get dirty and used easily. The design of the brand is a bit too much for me, but I know that people usually really like it and I don’t care about these stuff actually, not in nail polish, nor in make up, so it’s fine by me. Oh, and it has a nice mirror in it too. ($36)
Bahama Mama Bronzer
The iconic bronzer of The Balm seemed to be way too dark at first glance, but later I realised that I can manage it. If I apply it carefully, than I actually look like someone who’s not using SPF50 all the time. But I do have to be careful, because every time I’m in a hurry and I think that I can just throw it on my face, I turn into a oompa-loompa. However with some patience, it looks very gorgeous. The swatch on the left side is a finger-stroke, and I blended the other one so that you can really see the colour.
It’s also made of paper and it has a mirror too. ($20)
Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter
Speaking of iconic products: the Mary-Lou Manizer has been the highlighter that everyone was raving about a couple of years ago. I always wanted to buy it, but I didn’t want to spend so much on it. The highlighter is supposed to look like honey, but on my extremely yellow skin, it almost has a cold wibe to it. It’s very finely milled, doesn’t look chalky at all and doesn’t exaggerate the pores. It’s very shiny, not your natural skin glow, and still it looks completely ok even on bare skin.
I really like it, I use it every time I need some serious glow. And it has a ton of product in it, it will last forever. The compact is made of plastic and has a decent mirror. ($24)
Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipstick – Committed
Committed has become my absolute favourite and my least favourite liquid lipstick ever. I love it, because though everything makes my lips super dry, this one does not and it’s so comfortable to wear! Application is easy, looks amazing and lasts amazingly long. The only thing I’d like to complain about is the scent: it smells like something sweet and minty the same time and that makes me sick. :/
So while I’m applying it – because I do use it a LOT – I try not to breath through my nose, until it dries, because luckily once it sets, it stops smelling, yay. :) ($17)
Mad Lash Mascara
I’ve been using the exact same mascara for years now – the Flormar Precious Curl with its insanely big wand that give me perfect lashes every time -, I never really buy any other mascaras. So you can imagine how hesitantly I started to use the The Balm Mad Lash. It has a slightly curved wand with rubber bristles in three lines. It grabs the eyelashes easily and makes them suuuper long and separated. It’s easy to use, and it doesn’t smudge or flake through the day. Like, never.
The only complaint I have that it doesn’t make the lashes look more full, but still I use it several times every week, because it lifts the lashes beautifully. Oh, and it’s p e r f e c t i o n for the lower lashline. *_* ($18)
So this would be my opinion about these The Balm products. I actually like all of them, I wouldn’t give them up easily. Earlier I never really though about spending on this brand (except the eyeshadow palettes), but now I became more brave and curious, I really need to buy a blush and at least one nail polish. Oh and the Nude Beach palette, because I have the Nude Dude too, and that one is reaaaly good. :)