Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 7/20/2018 5:54:00 AM

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I have used up my old one and repurchased Bahama Mama about a year ago. To use up the first one it took me 4-5 years, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of it!

I like this bronzer but I have to be in the mood for it if that makes sense. I don‘t use it all the time but I have periods where this is the only bronzer I wanna use. And at other times months go by without me touching it..

It‘s a matte cool toned bronzer that is relativey dark. I‘m about an NC20 and I can *just* get away with it. It’s not a super pigmented and powdery bronzer, but due to the colour I still have to be very careful. I like using it as a contour powder as well and it works wonderfully for that.
It’s however definitely not your „glowy, bronzed goddess“ bronzer - too matte, too cool toned and dark for that.

All in all still a great product, but not my favourite. I have repurchased it once but probably wouldn’t a second time.


Bronzers -TheBalm -Take Home the Bronze Anti-Orange Bronzer - Thomas

on 7/19/2018 11:45:00 AM

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I am MAC NW13 and freckled. This is mid-toned in color depth, but don't worry about overapplication. It gives lovely, believable color without a hint of tangerine fakery. I do not contour; color is applied to the hairline, cheekbones, chin, bridge of nose, along jaw and carried onto the neck, with the remainder on the brush dusted on ears -- where the sun would hit. TheBalm's products are beautifully, finely milled, and need only a light hand to display their worth. The company must make money by the constant acquisition of new devotees because their products last and last. Terrific value, colors, quality. Buy with confidence.

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 7/15/2018 9:37:00 PM

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I got a sample of this in my ipsy bag, probably a year and a half ago, and I still use it (I do not wear makeup daily). I use this bronzer often when I do wear makeup, but I would not say it's my favorite, I guess. I'm not sure why, I think it might be the texture/look of the powder.

The thing I like about it is that it's cool-toned, and I have pulled it off as both a contour and a bronzer. I have a natural contour that is very cool-toned, even though I have warm-neutral skin, so it is weird to me to use anything warm-toned near that area. A lot of bronzers I receive or buy are somehow always warm-toned compared to this one.

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Blush -TheBalm -Frat Boy

on 7/12/2018 7:50:00 PM

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This blush is a gorgeous, universally flattering pink with a touch of peach in it. It is beautiful on its own and on top of Bahama Mama bronzer. Its staying power shares the endurance of its sisters in theBalm collection. Quality and color payoff = value. A winner.

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

on 7/12/2018 9:20:00 AM

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I am MAC NW13, and freckled, which I love. I adore this bronzer/blush for the inclusion of red in its color, which makes it so natural on me. The red is undetectable in the pan, but you will see it when applied. In the pan, it looks like an ordinary bronzer, not light, not dark, but mid-tone, belying its unique nature. I sometimes use it as blush with Chocolate Soleil to warm the complexion, sometimes as bronzer and blush. I redden in the sun as do most redheads, so this is the most natural bronzer for me. I use a light touch (all that's necessary) for great color payoff and my use is nearly undetectable in the pan. I suppose it could be classified as pricey, but the value steps in with how little must be used for lovely effect. BalmDesert is unique, and will always be in my makeup wardrobe.

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Tinted Moisturizer -TheBalm -BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18

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I do like how this product has SPF. That's important to me since I'm very pale. But the lightest shade doesn't match my skin tone after it oxidizes. It just oxidizes too dark. I wish it didn't because when I first put it on it matches my skin tone. I also wouldn't call it a moisturizer. I have very dry skin and it doesn't moisturize my face. Just shows off my flakes. I have to put face cream on then put it on right after in order for it to not show my flakes. Sometimes the product itself flakes off depending if I didn't put it on right after the face cream. I also think it's too overpriced. I just think this product isn't ideal for fair skinned or very dry skin.


Blush -TheBalm -Frat Boy

on 7/8/2018 4:50:00 AM

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This is a great shade for my very fair skin and I'm sure it flatters many skin tones. I like that it's not shiny or shimmery too.
The only thing that bugs me is the name 'Frat Boy' and the packaging. I'm not American but whenever I think of 'Frat boys' I think of the negative stories I've heard. So being a typical irreverent Brit I've crossed out the F and the R and scribbled the letters T and W. Twat Boy. Yes I'm immature.

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Highlighters -TheBalm -Mary-Lou Manizer

on 7/5/2018 5:30:00 PM

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This is my HG face highlighter! The Mary-Lou is definitely for warm skin toned gals. If you are cool toned you will need to get the Cindy-Lou which is the sister highlighter. But back to this product, Mary-Lou...holy cannoli! Does it ever make a beautiful finish and my last step in my make-up. It is completely buildable and you can make it as subtle or as dramatic as you want and totally gives a beautiful affect to your face.

It would be helpful if you knew what the "triangle of light" is as you apply it to your face for the best result.

I have repurchased this as a back up.

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Blush -TheBalm -Cabanaboy

on 7/2/2018 5:13:00 AM

This is my favourite blush and such a gem! It's described as a dusty rose with plum undertones and a subtle shimmer. It looks rather dark in the pan, but it's not as dark on. The shimmer is very, very subtle and the blush itself is quite pigmented, but easy to blend. I'm NW 15 and this blush is very flattering for my skin tone. It looks very natural on and it lasts all day if I buff it in a little; I never have to reapply it. I reach for this blush a lot, because I love it so much.

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Palettes -TheBalm -Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette

on 6/24/2018 2:38:00 PM

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Purchased last summer, this my favourite of the the ‘Nude’ palette series. Colours are definitely warmer much vibrant than the other two Nude palettes. (this would be The Balms answer to UD -Naked Heat palette). Packaging: the usual “Balm” graphic sturdy cardboard packaging, large mirror runs parallel with palette which contains 12 small pans, included is a dbl ended mini eye brush (which I gave away). That being said the palette is perfect for travel if the pkg size is not an issue. In this palette the colours are all cleverly named with positive affirming qualities that start with ‘B’ after the palettes name ‘Beach’. Kudos to the marketing team lol. This palette contains an equal ratio of shimmery metallics to matte formulas mostly well pigmented buttery shadow formulas. Only one poorly pigmented shade and that is Brilliant, a matte light flesh tone. Brainiac is a gorgeous metallic shade (bright berry copper) which is probably what attracts ppl to this palette among other colours. Lovey bronze gold metallic colours as well Buff, Bulit and Breathtaking. Brave is a deep dark chocolate plum-brown matte infused with tiny sparkles of fuscia (which barely can be seen when applied), such a pretty colour seems to go on patchy, but can be worked with. Same goes for Brazen a dark brown matte shade- patchy but workable. As always I recommend primer for some of the matte shades especially, just for extra insurance. Very warm coppery feel to this palette, great for summer looks.
Overall I enjoy this palette the most given I’ve never purchased a palette until this as I prefer to customize my onw palette with shadows by MAC and UD.


Palettes -TheBalm -Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette

on 6/24/2018 2:38:00 PM

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Bought this last summer online with the other x2 Nude palettes in the series via The Balm. This palette is neutral leaning warm. Typical The Balm style packaging consists of sturdy cardboard casing with 1940’s pinup graphics with clever product names. Inside are 12 small shadow pans, an ample sized mirror and a mini dbl end brush which I have no use for. This palette is travel friendly. A 6:6 ratio of metallic to matte. Some matte shades have minute glitter particles as well. The eyeshadows names in this palette all start with the letter ‘F’ named after positive affirmative attributes-cute. Fearless and Flawless (matte formulas) seem to have poor pigmentation, although I do use them both as base shadows. I do tend to gravitate to the metallic shadows, my favs are the gold to coppery tones -Fabulous, Faithful, Firm, Fit and Flirty. These are buttery soft and apply nicely on the eyelid. Flirty (mauvey plum) doesn’t seem as pigmented as the others mentioned but is lovely as a sheer plum coat. I strongly recommend eye shadow primer with these palettes. Honourable mention Fierce- this is a deep dark green almost black matte colour with tiny particles of gold fleck,( which is barely detected once applied) goes on patchy but is easily corrected and blends beautifully with other shades adds such great depth to eye makeup looks. Overall I do enjoy this palette, great colours and formulations for the most part. For someone who never used set palettes before, I do fall victim in that I tend to use my go to colours and ignore the rest. This is why I prefer to have customized palettes...


Palettes -TheBalm -Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette

on 6/24/2018 2:38:00 PM

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Bought this and 2 other Nude palettes last summer during an online sale via The Balm. Love The Balm products for their pigmentation and longevity and blendibility. A neutral leaning cool palette, 6:6 ratio of metallic to matte formulas. Buttery soft and well pigmented. Typical The Balm packaging, sturdy cardboard with kitschy graphics, generous mirror and a mini dbl sided eye brush ( which I’ve nvr used). Great for travel if you like the shadow colours. There are 12 sm shadow pans which I have yet to hit the bottom on any of the 3 palettes I own. Each shadow name starts with an ‘S’ after some nice and some not so nice attributes. My fav shadows are the shimmery metallic shades Sassy, Snobby, Stubborn, Stand-offish, and Selfish. Gorgeous high sheen shadows, make for some awesome eyelid highlight looks. The matte colours can be patchy on application but not terribly as you’ll need to give a lil more work and I would recommend a shadow primer. Serious is the darkest colour in this group (deep charcoal black matte) can be quite patchy but needs lil work, adds great definition to some eye looks. Overall I like this palette, although I should disclose I tend to use the metallic shades more than the matte colours in this group.


Mascara -TheBalm -Mad Lash Black Mascara

on 6/3/2018 7:00:00 AM

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My HG mascara (Elizabeth Mott's It's so big) is no longer being sold in my country, and I've been dreading finding a new mascara. 9 out of 10 mascaras smudge horribly on me, which makes mascaras my least favourite makeup product to buy (read: throw away money at). I found a 2-pack of this mascara for a really good price (at feelunique), and since I like thebalm as a brand a lot I decided to take a chance.

Overall, I'm impressed. Does it smudge on me? A little, but only sometimes. I'm still trying to work out what other products, like concealer, to stay clear of to avoid smudging. The weather is also really hot right now, and sweating does make it more smudge prone. Probably not a perfect mascara for the gym. It's still a lot better than the vast majority of the mascaras I've tried. This mascara is not water resistant in the least, which some might not like, but I don't mind too much. It makes it pretty easy to wash off. I'm thinking about trying thebalm's waterproof mascara (scuba something, I think?) during the warmer months, but I don't know if it's known for being smudge free.

I naturally have very curled lashes, so I don't know how well it holds an "artificial" curl, but the wand seem very suited for lifting the lashes. I like to do the first coat with the "right" side of the wand (the inside, so that it's curved to fit the lashline), and then build volume with the opposite side in the second layer. It gives me really full and long lashes. The really deep black shade adds to the effect. The formula is quite wet, so I feel like it gets better after a little while when it's dried slightly.

The price is on par for thebalm being a mid-end brand. I basically got two mascaras for the price of one this time, but the mascara normally retails for about $22 here in Sweden (compared to $18 on their US website). If it never smudged, so I wouldn't have to check periodically how it's doing, it would get 5/5 lippies. I'm knocking one lippie off for that, but I still like this mascara more than I could've hoped for.

+ Cruelty free
+ Vegan
+ Gives full, dark lashes
+ Not clumpy
+ The wand works well for me
+ Cute packaging, as per usual with thebalm
+ Non-irritating to my relatively sensitive eyes

- Can smudge a little sometimes, especially when it's hot out
- Formula is initially a little bit wet
- Dissolves from very little moisture

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 5/15/2018 5:35:00 PM

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HG bronzer and contour! I can't believe it's taken me THIS LONG to finally get to it! It's more fitting for my C40/C6 (I mix them together via Fix+) skin than Laguna or Casino. This costs more than I usually pay for a contour powder, but it's worth it! It's the few shades that actually look normal on my skin and not straight-up gray. Please don't ever stop making this!!

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 5/15/2018 3:42:00 PM

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$20.00
Website Description:

Finally, a Caribbean getaway in a compact! This matte bronzer creates the look of beautifully tanned skin without any orange undertones for a fresh-off-the-beach glow. Bahama Mama also doubles as the perfect contour powder, neutral brow-filler and matte brown eyeshadow. Yes, this tropical beauty keeps busy!


This was a total fail for me. Gave it away. It is too cool toned and made my face look ashy, gray & dirty. Not orange at all, zero orange. But lots of ashy mud on me. This to me is definitely more of a contour not a bronzer. It went on splotchy with some foundations, doesn't play nice with some of them and ends up looking a muddy mess. It is matte, but not chalky looking and doesn't emphasize pores or texture. Packaging it typical cardboard. Cute but not all that sturdy. Maybe if the color worked better I would have liked this better, but on me it was awful. No way could I use it as a bronzer ever.


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