EDIT: I received this free with a recent purchase of Bahama Mama. I gave it another shot, despite having had lackluster results the first time around. I was right - I got an unpigmented batch then. This one I've got now is lovely. It's still very shimmery - almost too glowy for day (and I love, love glow) - but the color is what makes it divine.
I wanted to love this; it's just absolutely beautiful in the pan. It's almost like Cargo Rome (a shimmering coral) married Nars Orgasm (a shimmery peachy pink). But when I applied it on my NC25 skin, I pulled a lot more pink than I did peach, and it was nowhere near the pan shade - it was very light, very frosty, and looked more like a highlighter than anything else. Atop some other blush it's pretty, but on its own, it just doesn't work for me. Judging by the high reviews, I may have received a defective or less-than-pigmented batch. Still, it's a promising line, and I don't doubt I'll be trying out more TheBalm products very soon! Another pros for the product: biodegradable, adorable packaging. $26 CDN.
This is a great product. I've read that it is comparable to NARS Orgasm, though I find Orgasm to be a little more pink than peachy. Upon swatching it I discovered that it's not as dry as blushes I've used in the past. The powder is very silky and doesn't make a huge mess in the case after you use it. It has the slightest amount of shimmer to give you a nice glow without making you look like a disco ball. The color is probably better for lighter to medium toned skin, but would work well as a highlighter on dark toned skin.
This product can also be used as an eyeshadow. It would probably work best as a basic lid color along with a slightly darker shade for dimension.
Overall, a great multi-use product! Definitely a worthwhile investment! continued >>
This is a wonderful highlighter.......particularly in the spring and summer months. Sometimes it seems like there is too much shimmer which is why i gave it 4 lippies. Overall it is a wonderful product just not when you're not in the mood for sparkle. The packaging is also very vintage and cute...overall I recommend.
you prob wouldn't get this blush if you just look at the color in the pan, it looks shimmery and is like a combination of peach, pink & gold ....but once it's on, it's looks very natural & no glittery effects so I have no problem wearing it to work, during the day. Definitely a keeper for me
This is my perfect peach...even better than all of my beloved NARS blushes. In fact, I can't think of a color that is really like this one in NARS (or MAC). It is a peach with a slight hint of coral and shimmer which is subtle. I recommend swatching it at Sephora because it's gorgeous.
I am very pleased with this blush. I probably have 10+ blushes, including MAC and NARS, and if I could only keep one blush, it would be this one. It gives a flush of color and a glow all at once. Good color payoff and cute packaging. On days when I'm in a rush,I apply foundation, this blush and some lipgloss and I look fresh and awake.
I might be in love with TheBalm products. I'm not sure if I'd recommend carrying this blush around since it's in carton paper packaging, but it is very thin and compact. I like it much better than Benefit's boxy style. The color is also really pigmented. I had tried Laura Mercier's blush earlier and gotten use to the weak pigments that I started loading Hot Mama on accidentally. Woops. I'm an NC25 and with a light hand, it shows up a nicely peachy pink. Perhaps I'd like a bit less shimmers but at least it's not over-the-top.
this, and The Balm Stainiac, are my favorite blushes at the moment. This is a peachy-coral (I see it compared to NARS Orgasm but Orgasm has more pink I think) with golden shimmer - NO glitter. just gives a natural glow :) - the shimmer isn't that visible on, it just makes it more glowy. It wears nicely - I haven't noticed I need to reapply. The color looks great on fair warm skintones (like me) but I can imagine it will look lovely on darker skintones, and probably cool skintones as well. Overall, I really like The Balm products - cute packaging, cute names, quality products, right price :).
LOVE this product. My little bro (yes, he's awesome) bought me the kit that's been discontinued :( It contains all three- Hot, Sexy, and Bahama Mama. I use all three regularly- but had to buy a full-size of Hot Mama. This color is great because it has a very versitile pink glow with gold shimmer. It works really well on my fair skin. I would reccomend to anyone; use it daily myself :)
EDIT: While I really like this product, I do have visible pores, so I only use it in the summer when I like more shimmer. Also, I've been falling for NYX blushes, which are way more affordable and the colors are awesome.
This is such a great blush! It's a great peachy/pink coral color...similar to NARS Orgasm. It has a great shimmer, and can also double as a nice eyeshadow. I'm very fair with a lot of yellow undertones so I find this blush compliments my skin perfectly! As for the packaging, I personally don't mind the cardboard packaging, I find it does hold up better when you drop it :)