Marisa Shipman is the founder and CEO of The Balm. The makeup company is based in San Francisco, CA and launched in early 2004. They are known for their multi-tasking cosmetics and have a complete line of face and hair care formulas.The Balm products are now available in more than 100 nations around the world.

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Recent TheBalm Reviews

Bronzers -TheBalm -Bahama Mama Bronzer, Shadow & Contour Powder

on 7/20/2018 5:54:00 AM


I have used up my old one and repurchased Bahama Mama about a year ago. To use up the first one it took me 4-5 years, so you definitely get your money’s worth out of it!

I like this bronzer but I have to be in the mood for it if that makes sense. I don‘t use it all the time but I have periods where this is the only bronzer I wanna use. And at other times months go by without me touching it..

It‘s a matte cool toned bronzer that is relativey dark. I‘m about an NC20 and I can *just* get away with it. It’s not a super pigmented and powdery bronzer, but due to the colour I still have to be very careful. I like using it as a contour powder as well and it works wonderfully for that.
It’s however definitely not your „glowy, bronzed goddess“ bronzer - too matte, too cool toned and dark for that.

All in all still a great product, but not my favourite. I have repurchased it once but probably wouldn’t a second time.

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Take Home the Bronze Anti-Orange Bronzer - Thomas

on 7/19/2018 11:45:00 AM


I am MAC NW13 and freckled. This is mid-toned in color depth, but don't worry about overapplication. It gives lovely, believable color without a hint of tangerine fakery. I do not contour; color is applied to the hairline, cheekbones, chin, bridge of nose, along jaw and carried onto the neck, with the remainder on the brush dusted on ears -- where the sun would hit. TheBalm's products are beautifully, finely milled, and need only a light hand to display their worth. The company must make money by the constant acquisition of new devotees because their products last and last. Terrific value, colors, quality. Buy with confidence.

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Blush -TheBalm -Frat Boy

on 7/12/2018 7:50:00 PM


This blush is a gorgeous, universally flattering pink with a touch of peach in it. It is beautiful on its own and on top of Bahama Mama bronzer. Its staying power shares the endurance of its sisters in theBalm collection. Quality and color payoff = value. A winner.

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Bronzers -TheBalm -Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

on 7/12/2018 9:20:00 AM


I am MAC NW13, and freckled, which I love. I adore this bronzer/blush for the inclusion of red in its color, which makes it so natural on me. The red is undetectable in the pan, but you will see it when applied. In the pan, it looks like an ordinary bronzer, not light, not dark, but mid-tone, belying its unique nature. I sometimes use it as blush with Chocolate Soleil to warm the complexion, sometimes as bronzer and blush. I redden in the sun as do most redheads, so this is the most natural bronzer for me. I use a light touch (all that's necessary) for great color payoff and my use is nearly undetectable in the pan. I suppose it could be classified as pricey, but the value steps in with how little must be used for lovely effect. BalmDesert is unique, and will always be in my makeup wardrobe.

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Tinted Moisturizer -TheBalm -BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18


I do like how this product has SPF. That's important to me since I'm very pale. But the lightest shade doesn't match my skin tone after it oxidizes. It just oxidizes too dark. I wish it didn't because when I first put it on it matches my skin tone. I also wouldn't call it a moisturizer. I have very dry skin and it doesn't moisturize my face. Just shows off my flakes. I have to put face cream on then put it on right after in order for it to not show my flakes. Sometimes the product itself flakes off depending if I didn't put it on right after the face cream. I also think it's too overpriced. I just think this product isn't ideal for fair skinned or very dry skin.

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