TheBalm TimeBalm Foundation

4.0

66 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Tridecyl Trimellitate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Isoeicosane, Talc, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax, Octyldodecanol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Panthenol, Tribehenin, Ceresin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Glycine soja (Soybean) Sterol, Phospholipids, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Propyl Gallate, Glycine soja (Soybean) Oil, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491 Mica CI 77019. May Contain: Ultramarines CI 77007.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Love it! Good for my dry skin, medium cover. I use a wet sponge or foundation brush to apply.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

One of my favorite all time cream foundations. I apply with a damp Beauty Blender and I get nice, even coverage. The light-medium shade is perfect for my skin tone and I haven't had any issues with breakouts.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I am VERY happy with this foundation.

I have very, very fair skin, and while I've had some luck with other brand's foundations, I never really struck gold with anything. Most companies don't offer foundations to girls who are at the very ends of the light/dark spectrum, and even if they do they never have anything with the right undertone. As a pink-toned girl, I've only ever found yellow-toned foundations light enough for me...

Anyway, I'd heard that TheBalm offered pink-toned foundations, and when I went to their website, I was pleased to see that they appeared to offer products to both very light and very dark girls, and that prompted me to buy their foundation in "Lighter than Light."

Cream foundations usually look cakey as shit on me, but this works out great. I rub my finger in the cream to warm it a bit, then wipe it on my face. After a minute more to soften and warm it, I use a damp beauty blender to blend it onto my face (adding more where needed, of course). It looks incredibly natural, stays put, and is a perfect match for my skin.

A few things worth knowing, though:
-The website says it's medium to full coverage, and I'm pretty sure that's not true. I put a fair amount of this on my face and achieve sheer coverage as best (Which is fine for me). I believe you can build it up to medium coverage, but full coverage is not happening.
-the product comes with a sponge, but I wouldn't bother using it. Unlike other cream foundations, this one is very solid and it's just much easier to use your finger to apply it and a brush/beauty blender to spread it around.
-The price sucks, but for the amount needed to achieve decent coverage, I'd say it's well worth it. I suspect mine will last me several months.
-The packaging is not anything fancy, and it was kinda gross to have the sponge just sorta sitting on top of the product. I just threw the sponge away.

A+ product, I will be repurchasing.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This product gave me rashes.
I would love it sooo much if it doesn't irritates my skin.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

After hours and hours of searching around the internet for a really good foundation, I finally decided to buy this one (january/february 2015). I needed a very light foundation, foundations are always to dark for me, and this was offered in lighter than light. I risked picking this shade without testing. 2 weeks out of 4, I have a little bit of a breakout. It used to be worse, but I still have very bad hyperpigmentation, which I wanted/want to cover. Applying this with a beauty blender sponge was recommended by others, so I ordered the Real Techniques sponge with this.

When I first applied it with the sponge I was in love with the effect! Very high, but buildable coverage, almost undetactable. But after just a little while, this product starts to seperate from my skin and slides away with the lightest touch. It looks so bad and gross. My skin isn't even that oily. A bit acne-prone, combinationed.

I really wanted to like this because I spended so much money on it (€21 Dutch webshop), but it just does not work for me. I have used it for a few months anyway and the product does last long. I think I still have half left.

So if you use it, make sure to use a really good primer and set it with a powder.

PROS
+Very high coverage, could use it as a concealer
+Perfect for very fair skin (shade lighter than light)
+A little goes a long way
+Easy to apply with a beauty blinder (like) sponge

CONS
-Slides off my face, does not last
-Seperates on my skin

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Good color choices, blends well, but for oily skin it seems to rub off too easily and crease in my eye fold.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I have one big issue with this that will prevent me from repurchase: it does not apply well over sunscreen at all. Huge white streaks. If you are willing and able to forgo sunscreen and wear this its a great heavier coverage option especially for dry skin.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

TheBalm TimeBalm foundation is a cream to powder foundation housed in a small compact, with no mirror!

This is obviously not for combination to oily skin, (you can try just only use a lightweight serum and sunblock before applying) and is more suited to normal to dry. It may cling onto dry patche so make sure you exfoliate well, liquid chemical exfoliants are the best. Not scrubs.

The biggest peeve I have is the lack of shades, honestly it starts from a medium to tan, not a light, medium and dark as they say. They need more neutral yellow undertones not pink, beige then full on dark,

Convenient, applies well, lack of shades!!!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Wow, another foundation that I love....and with being a licensed cosmetologist, I get it at cost!!!! Love that especially.....I love the way this foundation applies...use it with a brush, and at first it looks like it will be dry and pasty looking, but then it melts in my skin and looks perfect....was wishing it had more of a slight illuminating finish to it, but found if I mix Josie Maran Illuminizer with my primer, or just put a small amount on my face before applying, it has the most beautiful finish. Like my Stila Illuminating foundation, I get massive compliments on how beautiful my skin looks. Well worth the try.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I want to make this quick because I have so many things I want to write reviews on. So I'll make a pro/con list. I've been testing this out for several months. My skin type is sensitive/acne-prone/combo. Skin color on the yellow side with slight olive undertones. I use Light/Medium for the foundation and I also have the TimeBalm concealer in the same packaging but baby-size, in Medium. Medium is too dark for me. I use Silk Natural's beauty blender-type sponge with it.

PROS
- The color match is great!! I have the HARDEST time matching foundation colors to my face and this one blends in SO nicely and looks beautiful, has the undertone that I love. Out of the 5 different foundations I've tried in the past months this one came the closest.
- Doesn't irritate my EXTREMELY sensitive skin even in the slightest way.
- Doesn't dry my face out into a raisin like other foundations. In fact, this was the only foundation I could use before I found a proper moisturizing routine.
- Coverage is great. Very buildable. I can use this as both concealer and foundation, which I LOVE. Same coverage as the concealer.
- The finish is the texture of my skin, looks amazing especially with a few spritz of George's Aloe Vera spray and cream blush. Dewy and super natural!
- Although limited in undertone choices, it is AWESOME that this company offers colors for darker/brown-skinned ladies!
- The added vitamins and antioxidants and whatnot makes me feel good about using it on my skin.
- You can find it for half off on Hautelook. I got mine for $14. Sales are final, however, on Hautelook 50% offs. Considering how much product is in it, I would guess this is a very good value!
- Lasts most of the day on me if I'm very careful not to mess with it.

CONS
- Packaging attracts dust and whatnot in the foundation. It doesn't bother me too much and I just use a tissue to wipe away things. Feels a little unsanitary though.
- My biggest pet peeve of this foundation: it transfers. A lot!
- No SPF but I don't mind too much because most companies use chemical sunscreens in their base makeups and my skin can't tolerate them.
- Clings to some dry patches if I have any. Not too noticeable but it still bothered me a bit.
- Settles into the sides of my nose after a while.. Very annoying as it makes it look obvious that I have foundation on.
- Takes more practice and time to use/make it look nice compared to some other foundations, so it's not my first choice when I'm in a rush.
- Expensive without sale. I would never spend $28 on this. Or anything really, unless I KNOW it's the holy grail of holy grails.

I hope that helped.. I try to be honest as possible in my reviews. Although I'm not going to be purchasing this again just because I have an HG foundation/concealer already, I don't regret buying and trying this out. Really enjoyed it.

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


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