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on 12/4/2014 3:25:00 PM
More reviews by debs328
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I bought this as part of a promotion and didn't realise there were different shades. I have fairly pale skin, however I accidentally bought the Medium (which was the only shade available where I bought it). At first I thought it was way too dark and I would never use it, but now I use it all the time!When I'm at the beach or just wearing light makeup I wear it by itself, it doesn't give full coverage so you may not want to wear it for everyday use. Otherwise I mix it with my other foundation which is medium coverage and slightly too pale for me, apply with a Beauty Blender, and together it gives really good results.I'm about to run out and definitely going to buy more.
on 11/23/2014 11:04:00 AM
More reviews by celestesong
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
Hooray for an affordable and high-quality tinted moisturizer. I LOVE this product! I had been a devoted Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer user for a couple years. But lately, I've decided to put more of my money into high-end foundations, like the ByTerry Cover Expert. So for days when I want a lighter face of make up (which is most days), I wanted to try something a little more affordable. This is a very silky tinted moisturizer; it really helps to hydrate my dry skin. If you have very oily skin, I might not recommend it, but for my dry skin, it absorbed even better than the LM. The consistency of this is much thinner than the LM, but it's provided just as strong coverage. It's also long-lasting; if I definitely want to this last from 9 in the morning until 7 or 8 in the evening, I will put a powder on it. But even without a powder, it lasts for the whole work day. I do generally have to put on a moisturizer before applying this, but this product is so light, I never feel like my face is bogged down in product. It's also worked well for my (mildly) sensitive skin. I have very red cheeks/nose and this has done an excellent job of controlling my redness. I even can wear a creamy blush with this product which is a first for me. This product could easily cost $40. But with my amazon prime, it cost $13, plus it is a 2.15 FL oz bottle as opposed to the 1.7 FL you get with NARS or LM. The packaging has an adorable vintage look and the bottle is travel friendly. This has also topped other drugstore tinted moisturizers, such as Aveeno and Neutrogena, which have always looked somewhat grainy and cakey on my face. In short, I find the difference between this product and the Laura Mercier to be negligible. If you have dry skin and are looking for an affordable tinted moisturizer, then I heartily recommend this one.
12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.
on 10/19/2014 2:54:00 PM
More reviews by jadaite
Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
I have gone through countless tinted moisturizers and was still looking. I really liked NARs tinted moisturizer but at $42.00 a bottle, I thought maybe I should look for a cheaper alternative. I went through Garnier (who hasn't?) etc you name it, I've tried it. The only one that I really liked was Lumene bb cream but I wasn't happy with the shades that they had, even the dark was light to me. I have olive skin and even though I liked the coverage, I looked pasty so I covered it with a darker powder, needless to say I had to keep reapplying the powder! I had read good comments about theBalm and when I saw a deal for $12.00, I thought I am going to try it! Well happily the medium was really a medium and it does last for most of the day. I have normal skin and so far it has worked like a charm!!! The range of colors that they have is amazing!!! Lighter that light, Light, Medium, Medium-Dark, Dark and after Dark. Some people want a heavier coverage, you can add your favorite foundation to this. I find thia product very natural (I like to apply it with my fingers). Highly recommended!
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 9/30/2014 12:55:00 AM
More reviews by Chickeys
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium
I LOVE this product! It's exactly what I've been searching for: a lightweight product that evens my skin tone, matches my coloring, doesn't fade or streak off, and doesn't cause skin issues.My skin is NW20, normal with an oily T-zone, and I am not acne-prone. I use this product (in the shade "Light") after applying a few pumps of Clinique DDMG: I agree with the reviewers who stated this is not very moisturizing: unless you're oily, use a bit of moisturizer. My preferred application is to dot it on my face, blend with my fingers, and then finish buffing with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The finish is truly flawless: it evens my skin-tone and blends wonderfully. If needed, I use NARS stick concealer over the top, blend that, set my t-zone with powder, then do blush and mascara, and I'm good to go! This product feels like nothing on my skin (I'm a girl who just despises the feel of heavy face products), and I just can't say enough good things about it.I think of this product as more of a very lightweight foundation than a tinted moisturizer, just because it's not really moisturizing, as I noted above. The coverage is thin (but buildable, to a degree), so if you are looking for freckle or acne coverage, BalmShelter will disappoint you.On my skin I find that BalmShelter wears very well under powder and a spritz of setting spray (I use UD), and I only have to blot my T-zone a few times throughout the day. It removes easily with cleanser at night, and it hasn't given me any skin problems. The packaging on this product is perfect: a generously sized tube (with a flip-top lid! Yay for no twist-off cap!) that's easy to control the amount you want. (I sort of wish the tube were smaller actually so I could travel with it, heh.) This TM has SPF 18, but I notice no adverse effects, and big thumbs-up that it doesn't feel icky or powdery like a sunscreen either. (I would like a higher SPF, but I'm in the sun for maybe 15 minutes total during the work day...so, meh.)Again, I'm loving this product to death...I've learned how to sheer it out to my liking, and I wear it pretty much every day. I would repurchase when I run out, but I hope that's not soon because I don't use very much.$25 at Nordstrom.com for 2.15 fl oz (TSA approved!) in an opaque plastic queeze tube with flip-top/snap-down lid
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 9/28/2014 6:05:00 PM
More reviews by shoppingproblem
Skin: Very Dry, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
It caused terrible allergies on my cheeks. I was really liking the product before that but it is impossible for me to use. Then i gave it to my mother but she had the same problem so we had to throw it away. Other than that it has light coverage, spf 18, it is easy to apply&blend, moisturizing, appropriate for daily makeup.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 9/26/2014 7:11:00 PM
More reviews by hottahitilover
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I got this at tj maxx in a gift set its ok it doesnt have full coverage unless i mix this with a clinique foundation then it gives a full smooth coverage I wouldn't pay full price for this I got it for maybe 10.00 or so at a discount in the shade medium.
on 9/4/2014 8:30:00 PM
More reviews by Shylilsweety
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium
I have combination, acne-prone skin, and it tends to be really sensitive so I'm always nervous in trying new products. I purchased this online after careful review searching and was not disappointed.The product not only feels moisturizing the second you put it on, but it does keep your skin smooth and moisturized for a few hours after application. I don't notice much of a scent. Its tint is very, and I mean VERY light coverage. I am using Light in color, but might repurchase lighter, since I am pretty fair skinned. The application is smooth and I apply with clean fingertip after a primer. I sometimes mix this with my liquid foundation and apply both at the same time. I come out with a little bit of a dewy result after applying this product (alone or mixed) so I just use loose mineral matte powder to keep it locked downed for hours and matte. Overall: Really love this, and will continue to repurchase. My only wish is that it had more coverage! It's definetly buildable without clumping, going into fine lines, or becoming cakey or catching on dry areas and is very smooth, but not "perfect-cover-all-pores-like-photoshop" smooth and it gets only as far as light to medium coverage when building. If it had a medium flat coverage it would be amazing and worth every cent so I took a point off just for that and I do wish is was easier to find and obtain! Only able to find it online currently.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 8/30/2014 10:40:00 AM
More reviews by hannahwang97
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
This has the potential to work very well even on oily skin with powder and primer. However I have extremely patchy dry skin for some reason at the moment and this foundation has emphasized it, not as much as other products though. The feeling of this on the skin is thin and light, does not look cakey! You can see your skin but the foundation is noticeable. IT DOES NOT BREAK YOU OUT! I have acne-prone skin and nearly everything makes my acne worse whether it makes me get more or makes the ones I have worse. It was a huge surprise considering some of the ingredients it uses and not saying that it's non-comedegenic. My skin was actually improving while using this! The packaging is something I hate, it looks very cheap. However I would definitely reuse and repurchase once my skin has retained moisture.
on 8/28/2014 12:15:00 AM
More reviews by JBeauty22
Skin: Oily, Dark, Not Sure
People keep saying there are no darker shades....THAT IS NOT TRUE! There are 3!!!! Just before dark, dark, and after dark. I work for the new kohls beauty department as a advisor and kohls carries Thebalm as well as the 3 darker shades depending on whether your kohls has the new beauty department. Anyway, this product is great it isn't dewy like I hoped but its very light and fresh. The only bad thing is it oxidizes! You can tell by how the excess product gets darker on the inside of the cap so for lighter skin you may want to go a shade lighter to avoid looking orange or having a visible line. I use the shade dark as well as Thebalm time balm cream concealer in dark.
on 8/27/2014 7:51:00 AM
More reviews by purplelili
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Fine
So I got this simply 'coz I was looking for light coverage product for the summer. I have made some research and reading all the good reviews I wanted to give it a go.Cons:-It is very affordable! The amount of product that you got in the tube is great! Will last you ages.-SPF 18Pros:-People with oily skin should stay away from this product. Especially in the summer! It just doesnt settle on your face! -It is not very good coverage. It doesn't even out your skin tone or anything. You cannot use this one on its own. You should use it with a good concealer.
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