theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette (Part 1)

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.

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theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette
theBalm Makeup Palette Balm Voyage
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4.5
Total
87%
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theBalm Balm Voyage Makeup Palette for Holiday 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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theBalm Down Boy Blush

theBalm Down Boy Blush ($21.00 for 0.35 oz.) is described as a “baby pink.” It’s soft, light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. MAC Pure Femininity is darker, less blue-based. theBalm Argyle is warmer. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. MAC I’m the One is similar, slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is similar. See comparison swatches.

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theBalm Down Boy Blush
theBalm Shadow/Blush Down Boy
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
96%

theBalm Pinstripe Instain Long-Wearing Staining Blush

theBalm Pinstripe Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “plum.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-plum with hints of fuchsia/red and a satiny, golden shimmer-sheen finish. NARS Realm of the Senses #2 is warmer, less fuchsia. NARS Oasis is more muted, more plum. NARS Outlaw is more muted. NARS Dolce Vita is similar but lacks the golden sheen. See comparison swatches.

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theBalm Pinstripe Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Pinstripe
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
4
Total
88%

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Blush

theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush ($22.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “mauve.” It’s a medium-dark pink-plum with a satin finish. For a plum, it’s quite pink and lighter than the typical plum blush. Bobbi Brown Summer Pink is pinker, brighter. Tom Ford Wicked is more shimmery, cooler-toned. theBalm Cabana Boy is more plum. MAC Pink Tea is cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is similar. MAC Gentle is more shimmery. Chanel Rose Initiale is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Rose is similar. See comparison swatches.

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theBalm Houndstooth Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush
theBalm Instain Long-Wearing Staining Powder Blush Houndstooth
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
94%

5 Seductive Plum-Hued Beauty Products to Try

One color I definitely associate with autumn is plum, so building on some of the recent lists, I thought I’d do one featuring some pretty plums today!

  1. theBalm Cabana Boy — a soft, muted plum with a luminous golden sheen for cheeks
  2. Zoya Mason — a warm, shimmery plum with a metallic finish for nails
  3. MAC Craving — a beautiful pinky-plum with a satiny finish for lips
  4. Chanel Merveille — a semi-opaque neutral plum with lots of shimmer for lips
  5. Bobbi Brown Naked Plum — a semi-sheer plum with cool undertones and pink and gold sparkle for lips

What are your top three favorite plum beauty products?