TheBalm Sexy Mama


100 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$


mica, boron nitride, polyethylene (and) PTFE, zea mays (Corn) starch, silica, isoeicosane, zinc stearate, styrene/DVB copolymer, polyisobutene, dimethylimidinone rice starch, iron oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, gossypium herbaceum (Cotton) powder, sodium dehydroacetate, dimethicone.

on 8/11/2015 11:52:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I really liked this! I actually bought this on a whim, partially because I needed a translucent powder and partially because I love the retro/vintage 50's looking packaging. I'm a sucker for it.
For me, being fair, it's hard to find powders that do offer translucency because some end up saying they are "translucent" but end up having a pink or yellow tinge to them. I actually came across some in the past that even claimed they were translucent and were DARKER than my skin tone on my face!
This didn't do that for me! I was amazed and so happy! It sucked up oils throughout the day and set my concealer in place and overall did its job. I appreciate that.
Thanks theBalm, I appreciate your product and I will definitely look into buying more products from you.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/11/2015 10:36:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I tried giving this product many chances but it always looked terribly cakey. It made every foundation and BB cream I used look awful, fake, and like I had baking flour in my pores. I had to throw it away after it caused me much embarrassment.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 8/8/2015 4:11:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

So far I'm loving this. I'm a make up artist and I thought I'd give this a try for some weddings I had booked. I have to say I'm very impressed. My main gripe about 'translucent' powder is that they are NOT translucent and end up making my brides look ghost faced and cakey (and yes, I've tried the big names at Sephora and drugstore). I'm very impressed that this does disappear (the darkest model I had was a medium-dark olive complexion), it did not settle into fine lines around the eyes, it absorbed oil (it was a humid day) and there was no heavy packaging to weigh my kit down. I will repurchase this.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Finally, a face powder I'm not meh about! I like this! A lot, even!

Just a heads up though: this is a product category that I don't have much experience with as far as trying lots of different brands. It's not like I went and tried eleventy billion face powders only to finally settle upon THIS ONE! Nope. That's not how things went down.

That's mainly because I've been disappointed by other face powders in the past (I think I tried two or three, which is really not very many). Just never liked the way they looked on my skin. Usually they looked too cakey, too chalky or were somehow aging. They all got discarded into the "meh pile" in short order and I decided that face powders just didn't work for me. DISMISSED! Out of hand! Because! REASONS!

Just in case it isn't clear, the plural "they" I'm throwing around is technically accurate, but literally means more than one. Two for sure, three at best. Just being honest. Compared to folks who've tried far more face powders, my opinion is sort of garbage and I fully admit that.

Moving along...

I never would have bothered trying this except I have a TheBalm shop a block from me and that's where I go for my regular eyebrow waxing.

When things are slow, they like to have fun by trying different products on me after the waxing is over. Sometimes they show me how to properly apply products I've purchased from them in the past (Bahama Mama in particular I find tricky ó they always make it look good on me but I tend to make it look like I smeared dirt on my face when I attempt to apply it myself ó sadly, it's like graduating to big girl pants and then not being able to button the fly), and sometimes they show me something new.

On my last visit, I happened to be trying out a new sunscreen for the first time that turned out to be...rather dewy. The SA decided to mitigate that by applying Sexy Mama. It was truly a "hey, lemme fix that for you!" kind of deal as she understood that powder isn't usually my thing.

But you know what? It turns out that Sexy Mama is!

On my skin (which is mostly normal/prone to dehydration, but can get a little dewy on a warm day, or when wearing greasy SPF!), it's just right. Not chalky, not cakey, not lifeless and not aging on my 38-going-on-39 year old skin. It's just lightly mattifying, doesn't settle weirdly, and just somehow softens things up just so. Basically, it makes my skin look better in a subtle way, which other powders I tried failed at. It's like porridge that's just the right temperature. Not too hot, not too cold.

I really wasn't expecting to like it so much, but I did and purchased. Highly recommended.

FYI. I think this is a product that probably works well with a broad range of skin types (as long as you're not looking for a truly matte finish, but one that still has life in it) but I'm not sure if it works well with a broad range of skin tones. It's translucent, but not technically transparent, and in the pan, it's a creamy, neutral, light beige.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 6/22/2015 8:44:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I am now reaching the end of my first Sexy Mama powder and I have to say this products rocks! I use it as a mattifying powder on my T zone (combination skin) and it keeps my face shine free for the better part of the day. No flash back effect, it looks pale beige in the pan but it doesn't alter the shade of my base products underneath. It is very finely milled and applies flawlessly without any blending effort. It is unscented and easy to carry around. Like most TheBalm compact products, a minor downside is the fact that the cardboard packaging can become quite dirty, but I usually wipe it clean with a small alcohol swab and it does the trick.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 5/31/2015 7:47:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

After reading tons of positive reviews about Sexy Mama, I decided to buy it. In fact, I bought it twice - the first time it turned out to be A FAKE ONE. It didn't have the QR code and the stamp with its number on the back, and I couldn't return it. So, ladies, make sure you shop from a trusted place! Sorry about the off-topic.
Now to the original one - it does what it's supposed to do, but it's not great at it. It's like that student who is very diligent, has good grades and always does his homework, but he's just not an excellent one. Sexy Mama will certainly mattify your skin without making it dull, it won't alter the colour of your foundation, and on top of your blush, it will make it last longer. However, it has to be reapplied every few hours (which is perfectly fine, if it wasn't for all the reviews about how long lasting it is). I have combination skin with dry cheeks and just a little bit oily T-zone, and I've been using it throughout the spring. I don't mind reapplying it every 3-4 hours, but when summer heat comes, that will probably have to be even more often. And if you have oily skin, prepare to do it probably every couple of hours.
Last but not least, Sexy Mama is not suitable for camera makeup, as it contains very small shiny particles that will not give the matt effect needed in the professional video shooting. Yet, it's perfectly usable for everyday makeup.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 4/30/2015 2:28:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I like this enough. It isn't too powdery or drying and the texture is pretty smooth. It is close to translucent but not quite. I like this because I feel like translucent powders give off a white case in comparison to ones with a bit of colour. Don't go too heavy or it will give a peach to orange cast on the face. This isn't very mattifying, which is usually ok for me but I don't find it has great oil control. I wanted something that would set my foundation and prevent my nose from getting ridiculously oily. As a setting powder it leaves your face very soft and removes any tackiness from your base but oil wise it isn't too special. I like the packaging as it's light and easy to transport and while I like retro imagery the woman in her undies just looks weird on a powder. Also it isn't an important detail and I normally couldn't be fussed about product names but I don't understand why a name like sexy mama was given to a setting powder. That is something I want my lipstick shade to be called. I won't repurchase because I'll resume the hunt for something better.

on 4/18/2015 7:26:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Black

Back when I was new at this makeup thing, theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder was both much raved about, affordable, and easily available to me. So I got one. Until I discovered pressed powders from NARS and MAC Cosmetics, Sexy Mama was my go-to setting and oil-control powder. It was fine, I dealt with its weaknesses when I encountered themóbut it simply buckles under comparison.

The first couple of weeks of using it, I was enamored. It held the shinies at bayóit kept my T-zone matte, and it set my concealing wonderfully. And then summer crept in, and everything would feel heavy and slide-y; but my base would do so more noticeably under this powder. It looks like it's actively separating my foundation from my skin. It didn't along so well with Double Wear; it makes my Laura Mercier Silk CrŤme cake. I noticed that that impressive anti-shine quality that made me so mad for it in the first weeks really only lasted for over an houróless, if Iím moving. Which means that by the time I got to work, the commute had made sure all traces of Sexy Mama would have become a moisty, cakey mess. Eww.

That melting-cake effect can be easily fixed with a blotting powder, sureóbut I shouldnít have to do anything like this in an hour or less. And Iíve realized that itís not very translucent at all. Itís more of a very, very, very fair shade, and with hints of shimmer to it. It has no coverage whatsoever, so I havenít really worn this on my own, so all I know is how unimpressive its performance is, when paired with other bases. I think, though, that I started getting really pissed at this when I noticed that my T-zone gets shiny in no time at all, and that it actually lessened that effectiveness of Double Wear. That is: If I set Double Wear, even just powder my nose with this, the liquid foundation wonít last as long on me.

Itís very handy to have in oneís bag, sureówonít that be said of any other compact pressed powder?óbut this means I actually have to reach for it several times during the day. Which is not very good at all.

It's been about a year since I first bought it, and I'd stopped using it (um tolerating it?) some seven months ago. I reach for it when I'm only going out to do errands, and I don't want to cut into other products.

A note on the packaging: I have a pretty lukewarm relationship with packaging of theBalm products. I like the pin-up girls on this one, the bronzer, and the blushóbut the rest of the products, I pretty much hate. I personally think they run too close to tacky. This powderís in sturdy cardboard, with a handy little mirror, as well as a cardboard slip for added protection; I like that itís slim and can be neatly tucked away. I occasionally think that the pin-up should have been oriented differently, since when you open the compact, itís sidewaysóbut thatís the neurotic, irrelevant part of me.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

In all honesty, this powder was just all right. The packaging, of course, is beyond adorable, and that's what lead me to pick this up at first. Reading all the good reviews, I thought I'd give it a try. I thought the price was a little more expensive--especially for what I usually go for, which is more drugstore types of powder. But I thought I would see what all the hype was about, and go for a more high-end-ish type of powder.

I didn't notice any outstanding oxidation on my face, or the orangey cast I've seen mentioned in some other reviews, and I'm super pale, so it would be more noticeable on me. As for coverage, it was nice once put on, but I have combination skin, and it didn't do that great of a job keeping me oil-free. Even when I applied more, I still noticed some shiny spots.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad powder, and the packaging is absolutely adorable, but it's not the best, especially for more oily skin. I wouldn't repurchase, mainly for the price, and because I prefer a very matte finish.

on 12/1/2014 5:19:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I don't usually use powder on my skin because because I thought heavy coverage would be bad for my dry, sensitive and clogging-prone skin, which is why I used to just put on some BB cream and head out for the day. Now I realize it's just my irrational fear from buying bad products, because a fantastic powder like this does exist!

When my skin started clearing up and I transitioned into liquid foundation to achieve a flawless look, I bought a Maybelline 2-way cake to set the foundation which was a big regret for me. I have not touched it since I got Sexy Mama. Admittedly I bought Sexy Mama on a whim because the packaging looked so cute and it was on sale, but lo and behold! It keeps my face matte and perfect and lasts for more than 6 hours without making me look caky or flaky. A good powder is absolutely essential, just a good liquid foundation is not enough for that airbrushed finish.

I took one lippie off because I remember the powder being very smooth finely milled when I swatched it in the store but the surface of the compact has somehow turned rough on me and cardboard packaging always seems a little cheap even though it is compact and travel-friendly. Thankfully the powder still functions perfectly after months of daily use and I will definitely repurchase!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Recommended for Normal Skin

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