Thursday, January 9th, 2014

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

A captivating addition to our Manizer series, Cindy-Lou Manizer is a soft peachy-pink highlighter that plays up your finest features, while adding a radiance to your complexion. Don’t let her warm façade fool you, this Con-tour artist can double as a highlighter, shimmer or shadow. $24.00 Available at theBalm

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

theBalm Custom Palettes
theBalm Custom Palettes

You know what you want in life, and eye shadows should be no exception… so we’ve decided to make it easier for you. TheBalm has created a simple to use, magnetic eyeshadow bar in our store (at 788 Valencia street in SF), which allows you to customize your colors into one of ten delightfully designed palettes.

With forty-four fabulous shades to choose from, there’s no need to rush to commitment — you can refill them with your seasonal faves as you see fit.

If “cute and compact” is your cup of tea, choose from our adorable 9 well palettes. If you prefer to “go big or go home”, then chose one of our sixteen well palettes. These versatile shades have been picked from our top sellers, and can be used wet or dry.

  • Individual Eyeshadow ($6.50)
  • Empty 9-Well ($8.00)
  • Empty 16-Well ($10.00)
  • Filled 9-Well ($44.00, $66.50 value)
  • Filled 16-Well ($64.00, $114 value)

Availability: theBalm store at 788 Valencia Street in San Francisco or by phone, 415-817-1800.

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Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Kat Von D Spellbinding theBalm Balm Voyage Urban Decay Vice 2 Eyeshadow Palette Sugarpill Cold Chemistry LORAC Pro Palette Too Faced Pretty Rebel Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance

As promised, here are my top picks for palettes to snag during the holidays! :)  Also… as I review other palettes from the holidays (I don’t think I have too many more!) and find other great choices, I’ll be sure to add them here.

  1. Too Faced Be Merry, Be Bright Set ($45.00 for 1.28 oz.) consists of two “books” of makeup–each has six eyeshadows and two blush/cheek colors. The quality was good across the board, and there was a nice variety of colors and textures. You can read part one and part two of my reviews on it.
  2. Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Palette ($55.00 for 1.20 oz.) contains twenty-four (24!!!) eyeshadows, and they’re even designed to be layered and used together, so you can have an endless amount of combinations and textures! You can read part one and part two.
  3. theBalm Balm Voyage ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) has sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek colors, but the eyeshadows are the stars. This is a great choice for someone who prefers more matte/satin finishes. Check out part one and part two for reviews on this palette.
  4. Urban Decay Vice 2 ($59.00 for 0.60 oz.) has twenty eyeshadows to choose from with a variety in texture and color to choose from. If you love pigmented, buttery, soft eyeshadows–this one’s for you. You can read part one and part two of my reviews.
  5. Sugarpill Cold Chemistry ($34.00 for 0.48 oz.) is a wintry mix of cool-toned gray, white, purple, and teal for someone who loves bold, rich colors and a lot of them. Not limited edition but a perfectly-timed release for the holiday season. Read my review here.
  6. LORAC Pro Palette ($42.00 for 0.55 oz.) is a cult-favorite palette for a reason–it combines mattes with high frosts. There are eight matte shades and then eight more frosted shades, and you can mix and match them for satin and pearl finishes, too! Permanent and available year-round, there’s no hurry to snag one, but with holiday deals and sales, now’s a great time to try it. Read my review here.
  7. Too Faced Pretty Rebel ($46.00 for 0.50 oz.) contains ten eyeshadows, which might not be as sexy as a mega palette, but these are ten fantastic eyeshadows. If you love jewel-tones, bold and bright shades, and your frost finishes, this is a palette worth considering. Read my review here.
  8. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58.00 for 0.35 oz.) is for those who love a beautiful, glowing complexion and flawless canvas. Ambient Lighting Powders are amazing on their own but getting three for a little more than the price of one? Great opportunity to try more shades or add them to your routine. Read my review here.
  9. Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is my more budget-friendly pick for a fall/winter palette with great quality–nicely pigmented shades in hues of gold, berry, and purple. Read my review here.

What palettes would you recommend to others for the holidays?

Monday, September 30th, 2013

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

This is part two of our review of theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.), so if you missed the first part, check out this post.

A1 is a soft, pink-tinged mauve with a frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation, and it was soft and buttery to the touch, so it applied smoothly and evenly. Urban Decay Bordello is pinker. MAC Circa Plum is darker, purpler. Giorgio Armani #27 is darker. See comparison swatches.

B1 is a light beige with neutral-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff, but the texture was so soft that it turned a bit powdery. Urban Decay Bleach is yellower. LORAC Cream is pinker. theBalm Matt Smith is a touch cooler-toned. theBalm Adagio is also a bit cooler-toned. Urban Decay Anonymous is satiny. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. See comparison swatches.

C1 is a soft, light-medium yellow gold with a frosted finish. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Illamasqua Precipice is a cream product. Disney Sand in the Glass is darker. Urban Decay Vanilla is lighter. MAC Nylon is more frosted. Chanel Pearl River #2 is similar. See comparison swatches.

D1 is a yellow gold with a frosted sheen. It had so-so color payoff, though the texture felt soft, finely-milled, and smooth. NYX Hot Yellow is lighter. NARS Goldfinger is similar. MAC Gorgeous Gold is also similar. bareMinerals Standing O is lighter. Inglot #403 is darker. See comparison swatches.

Second Officer is a cool-toned, blue-based muted red with a satin finish. On cheeks, as it tends to be applied more lightly, it turns to a pinkish-red coloring, and then on lids, it is more opaque and bolder. It lasted for five and a half hours on lips but was quite drying, while it lasted for eight hours well as a blush. MAC Keep It Casual is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

First Officer is a medium-dark, peachy orange with a satin finish. It wore well for four and a half hours on lips but was drying, and then it wore well for almost eight hours on cheeks. Chanel Preesage is lighter. MAC Out for Fun is similar. Illamasqua Rude is lighter. See comparison swatches.

Captain is a plummy pink with a satin finish and cool undertones. It had full color coverage when applied to lips, but once again, it was drying when worn, though it lasted for five hours. As a blush, it wore well for eight hours. Illamasqua Peaked is lighter, more plum. Chanel Fantastic is brighter. Illamasqua Seduce is more plum. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, September 30th, 2013

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette ($42.50 for 1.21 oz.) includes sixteen eyeshadows and three lip/cheek stains. The nice thing that theBalm does with their palettes is that there are two flaps, so you can keep the cream products protected from any excess dust and powder from the eyeshadows. The palette is slim with little wasted space, and it is housed in thick cardboard packaging. The eyeshadows wore between seven and nine hours on me, with the shades that were particularly powdery wearing shorter. To be fair, the majority of shades that felt somewhat powdery were also very soft, fairly pigmented, and the powderiness wasn’t a major issue, but it was something I noticed as a point of difference compared to past palettes that has more buttery, denser textures. Overall, all the products had good to great color payoffs with a couple slightly weaker, with some eyeshadows having drier, powdery textures and others had very soft, buttery finishes. The lip/cheek products can be drying on lips without a little balm beforehand, but they wear well on cheeks.

A4 is a teal and violet-shimmered gray-black with a satin finish. The shimmer isn’t noticeable once applied–there’s a soft sheen to the color, but it loses dimension when applied. The texture was slightly dry, though it wasn’t a stiff kind of dryness. Urban Decay Rdemption is lighter. Marc Jacobs The Mod #2 is similar. MAC Jade’s Fortune has a stronger sheen. See comparison swatches.

B4 is a dark brown with neutral-warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation but was a little powdery. Chanel Seduction #4 is warmer. Le Metier de Beaute Autumn Rust has a stronger sheen. MAC Constructivist is a cream product. MAC Carbonized is darker. Dior Fairy Golds #5 has a stronger sheen. Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry is darker. See comparison swatches.

C4 is a medium-dark, orange-toned brown with silver sparkle. This shade had so-so color payoff and felt very dusty and a little dry–not stiff, just dry. Disney Bazaar is yellower. MAC One to Watch is lighter. MAC Exposed is similar. Guerlain Turandot #2 is rosier. See comparison swatches.

D4 is a medium-dark green with warm, brown undertones and a smattering of fine olive shimmer. It had decent pigmentation but was somewhat powdery. Dior Bonne Etoile #1 is more frosted. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is similar. Urban Decay Cobra is darker. See comparison swatches.

A3 is a bright, silver-shot white with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. Disney Midnight Hour is less cool-toned. Disney Your Voice is similar. theBalm Sassy is whiter. theBalm Metal-ica is similar. Maybelline Too Cool is a cream product. MAC Flawless Figure is similar. bareMinerals Cheers is similar. See comparison swatches.

B3 is a gray-ish mauve with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery, which made it sheerer. MAC Fashion Fix is browner. bareMinerals Rowdy is grayer. MAC Bruised Sky is more satiny. Inglot #358 is similar. See comparison swatches.

C3 is a light-medium, yellow-toned brown with neutral-warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was nicely balanced between soft and blendable without being powdery. NARS Yamal is similar. theBalm Allegro is more orange. MAC Wedge is darker. MAC Soba is also darker. bareMinerals Namaste is darker. See comparison swatches.

D3 is a light-medium beige-gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good pigmentation and a soft, smooth texture. Urban Decay Echo Beach is darker. Dior Night Gold #5 is warmer. Chanel Convoitise is yellower. MAC Greenluxe #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Kudos is more beige. See comparison swatches.

A2 is a medium-dark purple with cool, pink undertones and a frosted finish. The color payoff was somewhat weak here, though the texture was good. Urban Decay Betrayal is lighter. Maybelline Potent Purple is less pink. Illamasqua Trance is similar. Dior Lilas Mitzah is brighter. Urban Decay Omen is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

B2 is a sea-foam green with cool, bluish undertones and a frosted finish. This shade had a soft, drier texture that also gave it sheerer color payoff. It almost felt more like a shade you would layer over other shades. CoverGirl Turquoise Glow is similar. MAC Sky Blue is bluer. Lancome Fashion Forward is lighter. See comparison swatches.

C2 is a medium-dark blue-based teal with a mostly matte finish–there are a few bits of bluish shimmer, but they are so minimal that they really aren’t visible. It had good color payoff, but the texture was a little powdery. Maybelline Never Fade Jade is shimmery. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #2 is a touch darker. Inglot #338 is a little brighter. See comparison swatches.

D2 is a light peach with subtle beige undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and buttery. LORAC Nude is lighter. theBalm Stubborn is a touch darker. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is also a bit darker. Urban Decay Sellout is similar. MAC A Natural FLirt is pinker. Dior Fairy Golds #1 is lighter. bareMinerals Custom Made is similar. Inglot #397 is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, all the products had good to great color payoffs with a couple slightly weaker, with some eyeshadows having drier, powdery textures and others had very soft, buttery finishes. The lip/cheek products can be drying on lips without a little balm beforehand, but they wear well on cheeks.

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Saturday, September 28th, 2013

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette

theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette is new for holidays, and I’ll have a review up shortly, but here are the official details and some photos I’ve taken of it to tease you for now :) The palette is available through theBalm right now for $42.50.

Take a peak at this season’s passport to instant glamour- introducing Balm Voyage, a travel-friendly palette from theBalm cosmetics. Balm Voyage contains 16 jet setting shadows paired with 3 lip and cheek creams that stow away conveniently in your carry on. These luxuriously pigmented, triple-milled shadows have high visibility and can be used wet for an extended stay. With this first class collection, you’ll never fly red-eye, but a red-lip is always complimentary! All of these choices allow you to take your look in whichever direction you desire.

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