I found this blush at my local TJ Maxx for $9.99. Given all the hype, I figured I'd try it...and I was a little underwhelmed. It's a pretty, coral-y pink with a light dose of gold shimmer but it's nothing special on my medium-light, creamy middle eastern complexion w/ yellow undertones. It's harder and less pigmented than other blushes by theBalm like Frat Boy (my fave for a coral flush!) and Down Boy (a pale baby pink that still manages to show up well on my skin). It's a decent blush, especially for only $10 at TJ Maxx, but it's not my favorite.
I snagged this blush at my local Marshalls so if you have one close to you, check it out! Hot Mama is a beautiful baby pink with gold shimmer. I absolutely adore it and definitely consider it a NARS Orgasm dupe. It has a velvety texture and applies with a dewy finish. For me, its perfect when I want that glowy look. I use this blush fairly often and I think its completely worth the money. I haven't used it as a shadow because pinks tend to make my eyes look irritated, but I might try it. It has 7.8 g of product which is a ton especially compared to a NARS blush which only has 4.8 g Also I find the packaging adorable :) For me, my choice is clear!
This is one of those blushes I just keep going back to! I absolutely love it, and have hit pan on about 3 different packages, and still continue to use it. It's gorgeous on all skintones. Its a very peachy colour, alot more orange to it than a coral would have. However, the pigment is incredible! A little bit goes a long way. I also love the slight sparkle to it, because it adds a nice glowy warmth to the skin. Love it!
Love this blush! It's golden peach color gives an ethereal look. Gives me glowy fairy like cheeks when I where it. Love!
This is my HG. A flush pink with undertones of gold and light brown. Easy to apply, easy to layer, slightly darker than Benefit's Dandelion and not as colourful as Nars Orgasm. My only criticism is that if you layer it it can sometimes look a bit shiny in the light but overall it is an awesome blush.
So I had been eyeing this blush for some time now and every time I went in to my local Sephora to buy it, they were always out of it. However, my co-worker gave me this from her collection as she no longer uses it since she bought a similar discontinued shade by Smashbox. I must say that I LOVE this blush. It's nice and creamy and goes on smoothly. It gives your face a nice, natural-looking glow. Glad that my co-worker gave it to me. I will most definitely buy this again when I run out! I might even buy this for my mom as she's a blush junkie too!
Yes, yes and yes. Love, love and love this blush. This is the first product from theBalm that I've owned. Oh, how I love her, she's a gentle, soft, peach w/pink undertones. She gives a lit-within glow. She makes me happy to look at her adorable packaging (get's me every time). Think, Benefit goes Stila. I know, I'm sure that's blasphemy in some cultures, but I can't help it. That's what it reminds me of. A touch of kitsch, a touch of girly-girl. The color is comparable to Nars Orgasm, just more peachy, less glitter, more of a slight golden shimmer. Not vulgar, not harsh, just right. 0.25oz, larger than Orgasms 0.16oz, so way more for your money. If Benefit Coralista and Nars Orgasm had a baby, Hot Mama would be her name.
Hm. I'm not entirely sure I *LOVE* this. I like the idea that it doubles as a blush and eyeshadow, but I feel like this totally accentuates any bumps and dry patches on my cheeks. It also makes my cheeks look a tad sunburnt on my NC20-25ish skin. It is a lovely shade though...kind of like a tanner/bronze-ier sister of NARS orgasm...and perhaps a tad more coral as well. I do like the shot of subtle gold shimmer in this as well, though I think that's what contributes to the accentuation of any flaws. I definitely think I will look into other Thebalm products as the packaging is cute and I like how there is a mirror in the compact and the pigmentation/quality is pretty good.
I'm a total blush junkie, but this one just gotta be one of my favourites EVER! It's the kind of product that just makes the whole look for me. It's amazing. When I wanna do a very clean and simple look I use Hot Mama both for blush and eye shadow. I put HM on the outer part and/or in the crease, and pair it with either MAC's Blanc Type or Naked Lunch on the lid up to the eyebrow. I find that it just ties the look together when using the same shade for both cheeks and eyes.
Also, I don't feel the need for a higlighter when using Hot Mama as a blush.
Well, spring is in the air and it's time to review blushers. Spring, yes, even in rainy Vancouver.
Excellent fast blush for the PPP, and others too. Hot Mama is a pale peachy-toned pink with shimmer. It is not coral. It is not orange. But it does warm you up. Worth knowing if you're actively looking for these, or trying desperately to avoid them. Applied lightly, you get a nice warm glow. Applied with a heavier hand might better suits someone with a more, well, lively complexion.
I've seen this stuff tested out by SAs on customers in Sephora: while I usually run away and have as little to do with their SAs as possible, they do have some (Vancouver branch) who have a good eye and hand. In this case, it was fascinating to see how this blush does actually suit a wide range of skin tones. And, on all, it's fast to apply.
I reckon it's *nicer* than NARS Orgasm and the various Orgasmalikes around the place. Less glitter, more pink, and without the assorted ingredients that caused assorted reactions on me, from immediate to spottiness by the end of the day.
Worth reporting back: no irritation (on me, YMMV), and no bismuth oxychloride or talc. This blusher's ingredients are often misreported online; see below for what's actually on the Mama herself.
Depending on what I'm wearing for lippie, this is one of my regular daily blushes. Especially given the rapid application. I pair The Mama with Silk Naturals kisser slicker in Nectar (Clinique Black Honey dupe, but better texture and longer-lasting). My other usual pairing is SN blush in Petal--a pale cool pink, same family as BeneFit Dandelion and Clinique's old Ice Bloom--with Lipstick Queen Medieval or Saint Rouge, or SN's Bitten. (Review for Petal coming up shortly...)
Packaging is neat: small cardboard-covered booklet, featuring 50s-style pinup in red bikini and heels, an ice-cream, and palm-trees on skyline of beach at sunset. Inside: the blusher on one "page" and the mirror on the other, and a magnetic closure. Very lightweight: good for travel, maybe less good for carrying around every day in a bag as it'll not be as durable as heavy metal compacts. For a brush, I'm using an old mini one that came with a Cllinique blusher.
Cruelty-free, and vegan (substituting synthetic wax for the more usual beeswax).The packaging is recyclable. Costs around CAD19.00. Here in Canada, available from London Drugs, Sephora, some other pharmacies/drugstores and various others.
INGREDIENTS: Boron Nitride, Polyethylene, Isoeicosane, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Polyisobutene, PTFE, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May contain [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxide (CI 77491)]
I copied these from the product packaging; note that the ingredients listed by some online sellers are different.