Top 5: Plum Blushes for Fall 2015

Plum is one of my favorite cheek colors to wear (right after coral!), because they can run cool or warm in tone, so they work with a lot of looks. It’s also a great shade to pair with the deeper lip colors that we often see in fall and winter. What are your favorites?

  1. Urban Decay Rapture — a purply-plum with subtle pearl
  2. theBalm Cabana Boy — a cooler-toned plum with sheen
  3. IT Cosmetics Radiant in Rose — a rosy plum with a luminous finish
  4. Sleek Pomegranate — a brightened, berry-plum with a frosted sheen
  5. NARS Oasis — a warm plum with gold pearl

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theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush ($21.00 for 0.23 oz.) is a medium-dark, rosy brown with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Guerlain #02 (P, $53.00) is warmer. Chanel Jersey (80) (P, $45.00) is lighter. Makeup Geek Infatuation (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer. Chanel Cheeky (79) (LE, $38.00) is a cream product. Charlotte Tilbury The Climax (P, $40.00) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $45.00) is more shimery. NARS Douceur (P, $30.00) is lighter. MAC Stylish Me (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Peachtwist (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. bareMinerals The Close Call (P, $22.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Bronzer/Blush Balm Desert
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%

5 Great Brown Eyeshadows Under $10

What are your favorite budget-friendly brown eyeshadows?  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites and recommendations.  Here are five of mine:

  1. Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach — a medium brown with a semi-matte finish
  2. Maybelline Downtown Brown — a shimmery bronze
  3. Inglot #422 — a shimmery, deep brown
  4. theBalm #1 — a lightly shimmered dark brown
  5. Inglot #363 — a cool-toned brown with a matte finish

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theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.50 oz.) that features eighteen eyeshadows that range from beige to blue to black with a variety of finishes. The palette gives off a more muted vibe–none of the colors are really bold or bright, they tend to have a softer, more muted quality to them. Some shades are good color payoff while others were just so-so, but many of them were powdery and a little dry (not stiff, just a drier, powdery consistency). I noticed many were prone to fading, and I felt like it was difficult to apply these without a primer underneath, as the powdery, drier texture made the product less inclined to stick to bare skin. This primer absolutely needs a primer to be workable in order to combat the under-pigmented eyeshadows along with the more powdery textures that they have.

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theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Makeup Palette Balmsai
B-
Product
8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
81%
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Sneak Peek: theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette Photos & Swatches

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

Here’s a quick sneak peek of theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette ($39.50 for 0.50 oz.) which is available now. I hope to have a review for you sometime this week. You know the drill–so many eyeshadows, so little eyelid space! :) Thanks as always for your patience!

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theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette for September 2014

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette

Balmsai Eyeshadow & Brow Palette ($39.50) (Limited Edition)

Create epic looks with Balmsai, the all-inclusive eyeshadow and stencil palette from theBalm Cosmetics. Use theBalm’s exclusive stencils to score flawless brows, carve out a gorgeous smokey eye, or channel your liner into an impressive wave. With 18 shades to choose from, you can dive right in! Features: Multi-tasking stencils help create flawless liner, the perfect smokey eye and shapely brows. All shadows can be used wet or dry. How to Use: Align your stencils according to the included directions and create endless looks with this wide range of shades.

  • Wipe Out
  • High Tide
  • Hang 10
  • Dream Boat
  • Sandbar
  • Tubular
  • Epic
  • Surf’s Up
  • Big Kahuna
  • Kawabunga
  • Surfari
  • Pipeline
  • Score
  • Dig It
  • Woodie
  • Stoked
  • Ripper
  • Righteous

Availability: Now at theBalm

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