Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

theBalm Balmsai Eyeshadow Palette
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.

Wipe Out is a light, warm beige with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft texture that was somewhat powdery. It lasted for seven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

High Tide is a light, warm-toned beige with a soft, frosted finish and yellow undertones. It is a lot like Wipe Out, just more shimmery. It had good pigmentation with a soft but lightly powdery consistency. The color showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hang 10 is a muted, golden beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft but powdery texture. The color lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dream Boat is a light-medium, pinky-peach with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The color payoff was decent but could have been better, while the texture was noticeably powdery, which made it seem prone to fading on the lid. It only wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sandbar is a murky, green-gray with a pink iridescence sheen. It seemed warm overall, but it’s one of those colors that can lean either way, depending on what else it is paired with. It had nice color payoff, and it wore well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tubular is a soft, medium-dark brown with a golden sheen and subtle, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a texture that was just slightly powdery, but it did wear for almost eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Epic is a muted, medium brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff, though the texture was a bit powdery to work with. The color lasted for seven and a half hours applied. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surf’s Up is a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish and cool undertones. The color had nice pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. It was a bit powdery but less so than other shades in the palette, while the color didn’t start to fade until after seven and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Big Kahuna is a medium-dark, aqua-blue with a golden sheen. It seemed to have good color payoff, but this was a shade where its drier, more powdery consistency made it difficult to apply to the lid with intensity. I kept packing it on, and it kept disappearing/fading. It wore well for about seven hours, though I couldn’t get it to look as bold swatched on the lid. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Kawabunga is a warm-toned, olive green with a soft, frosted finish. It had nice, mostly opaque pigmentation that went on smoothly with a softer, more buttery texture that wasn’t powdery. This shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Surfari is a medium-dark, plummy purple with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color payoff, though the texture was somewhat powdery, which made the color prone to fading before the eight-hour mark. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pipeline is a muted, medium-dark bluish-purple with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. The texture was a little dry and powdery, so it didn’t go on as evenly as would be ideal. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Score is a muted, medium brown with subtle warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so pigmentation, though the texture was silky and finely-milled. It wore well for seven hours when I tried it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dig It is a medium-dark taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, and the texture wasn’t powdery but was still soft and blendable on the lid. The color lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Woodie is a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation, while the texture felt soft, it was slightly powdery as well. On me, this shade showed signs of fading after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Stoked is a blackened burgundy with warm undertones and subtle lighter burgundy pearl shimmer over a matte finish. It was sheer whether applied wet or dry, though it was slightly less sheer applied damp. The texture was drier and harder to blend/work with on the eye. The color lasted six and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Ripper is a dark, gray-ish brown with warm, olive undertones and a semi-matte finish. Applied dry, it had mostly opaque color coverage, but it was fully opaque when applied damp (and it appeared grayer). It lasted for seven hours on the eye. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Righteous is a cool-toned, medium-dark black with a matte finish. It was slightly powdery, though very soft to the touch. The color payoff was decent when applied dry, but it was better applied damp. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

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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Wednesday, September 3rd, 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

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Though we’ve been knee-deep in fall color collections since July, now that we’re nearing September, the idea of fall doesn’t seem so far away. Here are a few of my favorite plum blushes. I’d love to hear yours!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a medium-dark, cool-toned plum
  2. MAC Plum Foolery — a shimmery, medium-dark plum
  3. NARS Oasis — a gold-shimmered, medium-dark plum
  4. NARS Dolva Vita — a bolder, reddish plum
  5. bareMinerals The Indecent Proposal — a soft, satiny warm plum

>> See side-by-side swatches! <<

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

theBalm #19 Makeup Geek Moondust Giorgio Armani #09 Edward Bess Dusk

Since we looked at pewter last week, I thought that we should focus on taupe this week, because it’s an equally complex and interesting color.  I love how it can run warm and cool-toned (or even nearly neutral), so it’s a very versatile shade to work with.  Check back tomorrow for my top five picks on cool taupes as well! :)  I’d love to hear about your personal favorites in the commments–always looking for suggestions!

  1. MAC Tailor Grey — a subtly warm-toned, gray-taupe in cream form
  2. theBalm #19 — a light-medium, golden taupe
  3. Makeup Geek Moondust — a dark, bronzy taupe
  4. Giorgio Armani #09 — a brightened, medium-dark golden taupe
  5. Edward Bess Dusk — a deepened, warm taupe

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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

I love a good highlighter, which I’m sure comes as no surprise to regular readers! :) Many of my favorites are limited edition, but I also have a few favorites that you can get year-round and never have to worry about running out of. Check ‘em out:

  1. NARS 413 BLKR — buildable, liquid highlighter
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — pale, golden beige
  3. Becca Moonstone — a frosted golden champagne
  4. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer — a shimmery gold
  5. Illamasqua Aurora — a glimmering cream highlighter

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