I've been on the look-out for a darker sort of plum pink blush that would look nice during the autumn and winter (without being too dark for my light complexion). I feel like when people talk about thebalm's blushes all you ever hear about is Hot Mama, and possibly Frat Boy and Down Boy. Which I guess is understandable, if they're as good as Cabana Boy, but I still feel like this shade is definitely underrated/not raved about enough. It's a gorgeous satin-like powder formula that is just the right amount of pigmented. It's pigmented enough for the device "a little goes a long way", but not pigmented to the point where you need to be extremely careful or risk ending up with 10 times too much product on your brush if you sweep it a bit too enthusiastically. It also blends wonderfully and doesn't look powder-y at all when applied. It gives a certain amount of shine, but it's in no way a highligher/blush hybrid - it just gives a healthy and fresh sort of complexion.
The staying power is good - really good actually. Now I've not (yet..) tried the fancy stuff like Nars or whatever, so I don't know how well it holds up compared to those kind of brands. But it's significantly better (and feels more luxurious) than any drugstore brand I've tried.
The packaging, just like most of thebalm's products, is well thought out and has a charming retro vibe to it. Before I got it I was slightly hesitant about how safe I'd feel throwing this into a makeup bag or a purse because it "locks" only with a magnet. Turns out the packaging is definitely sturdy enough and the magnet strong enough for it to feel okay to bring on-the-go. It's actually quite handy for that, since it's a significantly thinner packaging than any other blush I own.
Overall I'm a little bit in love with this product. It shouldn't be a surprise since I've loved the Mary Lou-Manaziner from the first time I laid eyes on it, but since I hadn't heard as much about this product I was slightly unprepared for how hard I'd fall for it.
The one con with this product is that it contains carmine, which means it's not vegetarian or vegan friendly.