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theBalm Balm Beach Blush

01/07

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

theBalm Balm Beach Blush

Balm Beach

theBalm Balm Beach Blush ($21.00 for 0.20 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s the type of color that pairs well with a lot of looks so long as your skin tone is light-medium or fairer (it shows up as a subtle color on my skin tone, and I’m light-medium to medium). I did find that the color darkened just a tad on the skin, but if you are drier, you might get truer-to-pan color.

The consistency was soft, smooth, and slightly firmer in the pan, though it wasn’t too stiff to use. It had good pigmentation, somewhat buildable though never quite opaque, that went on evenly and blended out without issue. On me, the color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

theBalm Blush Balm Beach
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a “honey-hued.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the shimmer toes the right side of the line where it doesn’t emphasize pores, but it is a noticeable highlighter. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Cover FX Moonlight (P, $34.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Flexitarian (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Stroked) (LE, $55.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Craze (LE) is cooler (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Too Faced Inner Light (LE) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (P) is darker (90% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Champagne Pop (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (P) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Estee Lauder Courreges (LE, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Perfect Topping (Lightness of Being) (LE, $32.00) is cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Sunlight (P, $34.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Warm Glow (Right) (P) is lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani No. 02 (P, $62.00) is lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach with a hint of pink in its undertone and pink shimmer. Of the three, this has the least shimmery finish, though it still produces a soft glow on the skin. It’s one of those products where the sheen becomes more pronounced as the product is blended and worked into the skin. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. The texture is less dense (a little thinner) compared to the other two shades. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Adored (LE, $32.00) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $27.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). Laura Mercier Rosé (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as a “sun-kissed glow.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It is intensely pigmented with a lush, buttery, dense texture that applies beautifully and blends out with ease. It has a strong sheen, but it doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me. Anastasia Bronzed (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $32.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

theBalm The Luminizing Collection The Manizer Sisters
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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Also In This Review

5 Faves: Autumn-Hued Eyeshadows (Cool-Toned Edition)

Autumn doesn’t have to mean only warm-toned eyeshadows–there are cooler hues found during the season. Try this these types of colors for a smokier vibe instead:

  1. Makeup Geek Rockstar — an iridescent beige
  2. Makeup Geek High Wire — a bright, silvery-purple
  3. Make Up For Ever S556 — a medium taupe
  4. MAC Fathoms Deep — a shimmery, dark purple
  5. theBalm #27 — a neutral, dark purple

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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

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

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
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.

The texture was lightweight, silky, and smooth to the touch, though it felt thinner than many of theBalm’s other cheek products. It had good color payoff that could be easily worn sheer or at richer, true-to-pan color. The finish is extraordinary, as it looks beautiful on the skin with a natural-level luminosity that gives the skin a real glow but doesn’t look frosted, so it doesn’t emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. The silky texture made blending a cinch, and I felt like I barely had to do any work to apply it evenly. On me, the product stayed on well for nine hours before fading slightly.

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

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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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