I was really excited to try this palette out because of all the hype all over the internet. But once I got this palette, I found that a lot of the colors are more for nighttime wear. Sure you can use the matte colors for everyday, but I haven't been reaching for this lately. I find the in medium brown (similar to Buck from UD) to be too yellow toned for my taste. And the darker brown to be too dark, almost a coca/ dark brown black color. I do love that it has a variety of colors from matte everyday wear to those extremely dark and metallic glittery colors. I also like that theBalm threw in a highlighter and the frat boy blush! I have both in the full size but it is so convenient in this palette. I guess overall this is a great versatile palette and I find that I barely reach for it since it's not really for everyday. I guess I'm more of a matte eyeshadow kind of girl. Highly recommended to those who rock the smokey eye :D
I bought this palette during The Balm's 50% off sale and it was love at first sight.
*The picture online CANNOT give these eye shadows justice. The Stroke is a beautiful royal blue with light blue and silver glitter. Lead Zeppelin is a forest green with gold and light green glitter, putting Iron Maid-in on top of it gives makes unbelievable shine and glitz! Moderato (dark brownish-purple), Allegro (camel brown) and Presto (chocolate brown) are all matte and are excellent for using in your crease and blending out a smoky eye. Adagio (matte beige) is a perfect under eyebrow highlight color.
*The highlighter Disco-Disco aka the Mary-Louminizer is a gorgeous golden highlight that amazingly highlights the skin without looking too shimmery. After long wear, it doesn't even make my oily skin look more oily.
*The blush POP! POP! aka Frat Boy is super pigmented and blends well. I have a pretty fair black skin tone (think Alicia keys) and I have to be careful or I'll look like a clown but this color looks fabulous on darker skin women.
*At first I was unimpressed with Milly and Vanilly but they are a nice addition to the palette, Milly is actually a "my lips but better" color on me and its a very pretty natural looking blush. Vanilly is a subtle true red that fits my iffy skin tone.
As everyone else mentioned, this is a pretty great palette. I loved how they had a little of everything - neutrals, a few deep shades, mattes, and shimmers. I also loved how it included a blush, highlighter, and two lip colors (although to be honest I hate lip products that require a brush or for me to use my fingers). Another great aspect of the packaging is its super compact packaging. It's a really great all-rounder palette especially for beginners especially because all the shades are quite wearable. So why not five stars? To be honest I was a little underwhelmed with the texture of a few of the eyeshadows, namely Blink 1982, Third Eye Blinded, and the Stroke. The lip colors are ok, nothing to write home about but to be honest that's how most lip colors in palettes are. Other than that though the palette is lovely - especially the mattes which are buttery and pigmented without being powdery.
I love this palette! What suckered me in initially was all the music references (hehe, Alice Copper, I see what you did there). But you really have a nice versatile palette. You have a natural look in the middle column of eyeshadows (all matte) some nice highlighting options, and some nice dramatic colors. I absolutely love the highlighter solid gold and frat boy blush. I've yet to bother with the lip colors but they're pigmented. Theres even a few instructional choices given for indecisive people like me. The mirror is really handy as well. For the 40$ I paid I got my money's worth.
Love this palette! Shades are all buttery smooth, and it includes some really unique colors; I've particularly enjoyed the shade rem, as I don't think I have anything in my collection that is even remotely similar. I also love the blush (frat boy) and highlight (mary lou), that come with it. The lip shades are decent; pretty, but not anything special. I do love that the lip shades have a seprate cover to keep them eyeshadow free! Nice touch. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product, and it makes me want to try more from The Balm! I would gladly repurchase right away if lost
If you can get your hands on this, BUY IT! For me, this is the all-in-one palette I have been searching for and will be my new travel companion. You get color and neutrals as well as 4 metallic, 4 matte, and 4 sparkly-satin shades. in addition there are plenty deep, medium and highlight shades in every finish. The colors work beautifully with my primer, have great color payoff, lovely texture and blend beautifully. There is not a single shadow I don't like. The blush is slightly powdery compared to the full size but still has nice color payoff. The luminizer is great and I have no complaints there. I love that the lip colors are protected by a separate magnetic flap. They are nicely pigmented and universally flattering.
Don't let the cutesy packaging fool you. This is a great palette for makeup lovers of all ages. This will appeal to both the rocker and romantic. This is my first TheBalm palette and I'm IN LOVE.
I honestly can't rave about this palette enough. It's the first thing I ever bought from The Balm. I got it from Birchbox for just $25, which was so amazing, I had to try it. Every single shadow in this palette is perfect. There are 8 shimmery shades and 4 matte shades, all of them very wearable. These shadows are super creamy, almost buttery in consistency. The pigmentation is incredible. This palette also comes with circles of Frat Boy blush and Mary-Lou Manizer illumintaor. They're incredible products, too. I will definitely be going back for full sizes. The packaging is super cute, kind of like a little notebook, which folds over to protect a couple of lip glosses. The glosses are nice, but I really haven't used them. I prefer glosses in a tube for easy carrying.
You could do TONS of different looks with this palette, and it's very travel-friendly. Plus, all the names of the shadows are based on rock and roll themes. Just an extra touch of cuteness to make it my go-to palette. I adore this, and it's definitely sold me on The Balm. If you get a chance to pick it up, do it. You won't be disappointed.
I really love this palette - it's my first foray into The Balm and I'm very impressed with the selection of shadows (mix of shimmer and matte), the colours, pigmentation and texture of all. I think the magnetic closures and the fact that the powders are separated from the balms/cheek stains, really helps protect the products so there's no fall out into the lip products. The cute heart mirror is a nice touch, along with the clever musical pun names of all the different components. I got this as a Christmas present and I think it would make a lovely gift for any makeup lover.
This is an amazing palette! The eyshadows are richly pigmented and have smooth, blendable textures; the blush is gorgeous, as is the luminizer. The lip glosses are good, not great, but they aren't the reason I bought this in the first place, so I wasn't too concerned. This is a great palette to bring along while traveling as it has everything in one place and is slim and portable. I got this on deal through Birchbox for $25, but it's definitely worth the regular asking price of $39.95 for such quality products, and such a cool-looking package.
Love Balm Jovi! It's almost a one stop palette, containing products for eyes, lips and cheeks.
I love the mix of matte, shimmery and metallic eyeshadows. My favourites are Adagio, Allegro, Alice Copper, Moderato and Rem. Adagio is perfect for a soft highlight and browbone as well as blending. I love the hard-to-dupe yellow brown of Allegro. Rem is a beautiful lid colour.
As for the cheek products, fantastic quality and finely milled is definitely the story here. Mary Lou Manizer is a pretty sheen on the cheeks and I haven't managed to over apply so far. It's not disco ball like some other products (looking at you, PF Vegas Strip!) but luminizes and brightens. Frat Boy is a beautiful, easy to wear and easy to blend coral blush that seems to suit plenty of complexions.
I have to admit that the lip colours are a little useless - I wouldn't take this palette out with me and my lips tend to need quite a bit of touching up when I go out, but as cheek stains they are fine (and probably the red as a lip stain would last well).
Overall, a fantastic palette full of quality products that allows you to complete a whole look with only a few items!