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theBalm #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Eyeshadow

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

There are forty-four shades of eyeshadows available in pan-form from theBalm, which launched at the beginning of this year. They can be purchased at their San Francisco store or by calling 415-817-1800. Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap. For more information about sizes, the palettes, and a general overview of the custom palette/eyeshadow pan system, please read this post. You can view swatches of all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. .

#1 is a warm-toned, dark brown with gold micro-glitter and copper sparkle over a satin-matte finish. It had really good color payoff, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth, but you could feel some of the sparkle separate from the base color, so there was fall out during application. I noticed some minor fall out during wear, but only some of the sparkle translates onto the lid so there’s less that falls out over time. The color lasted for eight hours before gradually fading. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is grayer. Chanel Seduction #4 (LE) is less sparkly, more frosted. MAC Constructivist (P, $18.50) is darker, cream product. NARS Surabaya #2 (P, $24.00) is lighter, warmer. NARS Mekong (P, $24.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Carbonized (LE, $15.00) is darker. bareMinerals Pumped (LE) is warmer. See comparison swatches. This seemed really close to Silly, but #1 had a better texture and more pigmentation.

#2 is a silver-sparkled, cool-toned pinky-purple. The texture was dry, powdery, and almost gritty–I could really feel the powder and sparkle in it. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and it was difficult to apply. It’s a shade that really has to have a sticky, almost white-tinged base to work in any usable capacity. What color I managed to get onto the lid lasted for six hours before I saw noticeable fading. Laura Mercier African Violet (P, $23.00) is cooler-toned with a golden sheen. MAC Swelter (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned, more muted. Buxom Schnauzer (P, $18.00) is a cream product. Inglot #445 (P, $6.00) is cooler-toned, frosted. See comparison swatches.

#3 is a muted, dark green with cool undertones and a fine, emerald green micro-shimmer and satin finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and fairly smooth. It wore well for eight hours before showing signs of fading. Tarina Tarantino Very Wicked (LE) is more frosted. Makeup Geek Envy (P, $5.99) is very similar. Urban Decay Damaged (LE, $18.00) is brighter. Make Up For Ever #80 (P, $20.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

#4 is a softened, pink-tinged peach with a frosted finish and warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft and smooth without being powdery. This shade lasted for eight hours before it started to fade. This seemed really similar to theBalm Stubborn, though it appeared slightly lighter in the pan but the swatches were nearly identical. Kat Von D Precious (LE) is similar. LORAC Champagne (P) is lighter. MAC A Natural Flirt (LE, $19.50) is warmer.Le Metier de Beaute Nouvelle (LE, $30.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

#5 is a deep, dark, muted cool-toned purple with a satin finish. It had fantastic pigmentation, and the texture was very soft and finely-milled but slightly powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours when I tested it. theBalm The Stroke (P, $16.00) is very similar, if not identical, but the color payoff was weaker. MAC Double Feature #8 #2 (LE, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

#6 is a muted, coppery brown with warm, orange undertones and a pearly finish. It had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was soft, buttery, and smooth. The color lasted for just over eight hours when I wore it. Kat Von D Dog Roses (LE) is brighter. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #3 (LE, $16.00) is more frosted. Anastasia Rum Cake (LE) is slightly more frosted. NARS Isolde #2 (P, $24.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

theBalm Eyeshadow Single #1
#1
#1
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #2
#2
#2
4
Product
5
Pigmentation
4
Texture
6
Longevity
2.5
Application
48%
Total
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #3
#3
#3
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #4
#4
#4
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #5
#5
#5
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
theBalm Eyeshadow Single #6
#6
#6
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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theBalm Eyeshadow Singles & Custom Palettes (Overview)

theBalm Eyeshadow Pans
theBalm Eyeshadow Pans

Just in time for the new year, theBalm Eyeshadow Pans ($6.50 for 0.12 oz. each) launched so that you can customize your own palettes. It also coincided with the opening of their store in San Francisco. Right now, these can only be purchased through their store, though you can place phone orders (415-817-1800). Each eyeshadow pan is available for $6.50 and comes in a cardboard sleeve. The 9-pan palette is $8.00, while the 16-pan palette is $10. If you fill either the 9- or 16-pan palette up at the time of purchase, they will run you $44.00 (normally, $66.50) and $64.00 (normally, $114.00) respectively. I love the concept, and it’s very affordable, whether you fill at the time of purchase or as you go over time. There are five different designs to choose from for the 9-pan palettes and five for the 16-pan palettes. Each palette is made out of thick cardboard–same as theBalm’s eyeshadow palettes have been in the past–and come with full-sized mirrors on the top flap.

Aside from availability/distribution being limited, these are all numbered–none of them have names–and there is overlap with previously released shades (I asked and this was confirmed), but there is no chart or information regarding which shades are from what previous palettes. It would have been nice to know, so if there was a shade you really had your eye on from a palette, whether to replenish or purchase for the first time, it would be easy to do so. It would also help anyone avoid duplicates if they’re a regular theBalm palette buyer. theBalm is also a brand that seems to use names everywhere else in their range, so I would have liked to see these also have names. When I was opening each of these, the majority of the original labels were lifted off by the exterior packaging, so I had to add my own labels and handwrite the numbers on the back of each–the label just has the number, but it’s not something the customer should have to deal with when purchasing a product.

I’ve been testing these since late December, and I’ve now finished testing every single shade for wear, so you’ll see reviews moving forward. This is the first of several posts–there are forty-four shades!–and can be considered the overview. The eyeshadow pans contain 0.12 oz. (I’m not entirely sure how they crammed so much product in the pan), but the pan itself is not oversized–it is the same size as brands like MAC, Urban Decay, Makeup Geek, etc. They fit into MAC palettes (old and new), but they don’t seem to stick; I can turn my new MAC palette upside down, give it a tap, and the eyeshadow will pop out. However, they work well in Z Palettes and do not require additional magnets.

It will take me some time to actually write-up and post individual reviews, so I have gone ahead and added all of the photos and swatches for the forty-four shades in the meanwhile. You can view swatches of all of them in the Swatch Gallery here or view photos and swatches on theBalm’s Eyeshadow Single product page. In general, I like them, but some shades are powdery so they perform best over an eyeshadow primer and/or need to be patted, rather than swept, on to minimize excessive powdery fall out during application. Pigmentation and texture were also good with there being a few misses, and the texture was typically soft, slightly powdery, and occasionally, a few shades had a drier texture that was powdery but not stiff. Individual reviews (along with dupes and all that good stuff) to come! 🙂

theBalm   Eyeshadow Single
0
Product
0
Pigmentation
0
Texture
0
Longevity
0
Application
0%
Total

Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush

Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush
Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush

Revlon Naughty Nude (006) Blush ($9.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, rose-tinged brown with warm undertones and a golden champagne shimmer. Too Faced Peach Beach (P, $30.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is darker. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is browner, less shimmery. NARS Douceur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, less warm-toned. Burberry Earthy (P, $42.00) is less shimmery, browner. See comparison swatches.

When Revlon reformulated and released their Blushes, I was excited, and the color range looked good. I’m all over a brown-based blush; they’re totally underrated, but they’re the types of blushes that I often reach for and there aren’t nearly enough options to choose from–most of them are very pricey, so I was hoping for a more budget-friendly version to recommend to readers. Unfortunately, the texture of this needs work; it’s stiff and dry yet powdery, almost chalky at times. I had to scrape off the product in order to get swatches of it to show up on my skin; using the included applicator produced no visible color on my skin. I had slightly better luck packing on the color onto my cheeks, which I owe to my skin type being normal (so there are some natural oils, which help powders stick), whereas the skin on my arm is drier. Even after some color applied, it was really difficult to blend. To add further insult, the shimmer in this does emphasize pores, so if you have larger pores or skin imperfections, this can exacerbate both! This blush lasted six and a half hours on me.

Revlon Powder Blush Naughty Nude (006)
C

Permanent

7
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
73%
Total

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Milani Sweet Grapefruit, Coral Crush, Red My Lips Brilliant Shine Lipglosses

Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss
Milani Brilliant Shine Lipgloss

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Milani’s Brilliant Shine Lipglosses, and today, I have three more shades that I’ve tested from the line-up. To recap, the recently launched formula is supposed to have rich color, extreme high shine, and comfortable lasting wear,” plus be “moisturizing and non-tacky.” The texture is thick but smooth and mostly non-sticky, and the gloss smells like sweet vanilla but has no discernible taste. It comes with a paddle-shaped, sponge-tip applicator that fits along the curve of the lip. The formula has a high-shine, glossy finish, and they wear between three and four hours on me. I notice a slight tackiness that develops after an hour of wear, but it never feels full-on sticky, but it’s not 100% non-sticky. In some ways, the formula reminded me of MAC Lipglass, just not as thick or as tacky. They’re somewhat hydrating as well.

Milani Sweet Grapefruit (09) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, warm-toned pink with a cream finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with some translucency but a noticeable amount of color. This shade lasted four hours on me. Chanel Sonate (178) (P, $29.50) is darker. Paul and Joe Beaute Carnaval (06) (P, $29.00) is lighter. MAC Kiss & Don’t Tell (LE, $15.00) is pinker. MAC Star Quality (LE, $20.00) is darker, brighter. See comparison swatches.

Coral Crush (10) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a medium, muted orange with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color will still come through. As the gloss is on the thicker side, it seems to bunch up if you press your lips together. It wore well for three and a half hours. MAC Everlasting Nude (LE, $19.50) is more muted, lighter. MAC Strictly Plutonic (LE, $20.00) is darker, sheerer. See comparison swatches.

Red My Lips (12) Brilliant Shine Lipgloss ($5.49 for 0.21 oz.) is a bold, brightened, medium red with subtle neutral-to-warm undertones and a creamy, glossy finish. This shade had rich, opaque color coverage, and it didn’t settle into lip lines. The gloss wore well for four and a half hours on me. Maybelline Signature Scarlet (020) (P, $8.99) is lighter. MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker. Revlon Fire (P, $7.49) is warmer. MAC Russian Red (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss Sweet Grapefruit (09)
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss Coral Crush (10)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss Red My Lips (12)
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from silvery-white to navy blue. The quality of this palette is mediocre; every shade suffered from a powdery, sometimes chalky, base, so color payoff was often sheer, all were prone to fading quickly on the lid, and even in the event that a fair amount of color applied to the skin, it easily sheered away if you blended it at all. The consistency just didn’t allow the powder to bind, adhere, or smooth over the skin. It’s this type of quality that gives drugstore makeup a bad name–this reinforces every negative stereotype, and it’s unfortunate, because there are better products to be found in the drugstore aisles and Wet ‘n’ Wild used to make them to boot!

I had hoped that by now these palettes would be readily available online, but I still haven’t spotted the new 5-pan palettes, like this one, yet–they’re all permanent additions to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s range.

I’m His Breezey #1 is a soft, pale, bluish gray with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was very, very powdery to work with. It managed less than four hours of decent wear on me. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #2 is a pale gray with a soft, frosted finish. It seemed like a promising shade initially, but it is so powdery to work with that it turns into a veil of color when applied. It had faded significantly after four hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #3 is a cool-toned, muted, dark purple-blue with a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture was powdery and dry. It started to crease and fade after three hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #4 is a medium, sky blue with a soft, pearly finish. The texture was powdery, slightly chalky, while the pigmentation was semi-sheer. This shade had completely vanished by the sixth hour–as in, it looked like my regular lid–and it was showing signs of fading after three hours. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #5 is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. It was the least powdery shade in the palette, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It lasted longer than the other shades, too, and managed six hours. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette I'm His Breezey
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
56%
Total
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Also In This Review

Revlon Shameless & Showy Colorburst Matte Balms

Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm
Revlon Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm

If you missed the first shades I reviewed, you can check out that post here! Today, I have the last two shades of Revlon’s new Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) that I have. Revlon describes the formula as “velvety matte,” hydrating, and comfortable. These are a twist-up pencil, so you won’t have to worry about sharpening. There is a slight mint scent, but I didn’t notice any flavor. The finish is more matte, but I’d say almost a satin-matte–not a fully flat, super matte finish but not quite the sheen of a true satin finish. They have good color coverage, and they wear longer than average. As they’re just slightly hydrating, “balm” is a stretch to say, but they go on more easily than some drier matte lipsticks do.

Shameless Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is a medium-dark, pink-tinted purple with slight warm undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had fairly opaque color coverage, but the natural lip color comes through just slightly so if you have a stronger natural lip color, you may find it alters the way the shade looks applied. The consistency was lightly creamy, lightweight, and just slightly hydrating. It wore well for five hours on me. MAC Feel My Pulse (LE, $16.00) is lighter and pinker. MAC Violetta (P, $16.00) is more shimmery. MAC Strong Woman (LE, $16.00) is darker, not as pinky. MAC Heroine (LE, $16.00) is a little brighter but similar. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Showy Colorburst Matte Balm ($8.99 for 0.095 oz.) is light-medium, cool-toned brightened pink with blue undertones and a satin-matte finish. This shade was really pigmented and applied with full color coverage that was even and smooth. It wore well for four and a half hours on me and was just lightly hydrating overall. Marc Jacobs Beauty Gossip (140) (LE, $30.00) is darker, less blue-based. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is a smidgen darker. MAC Dear Diary (LE, $18.00) is darker. MAC Pink Pigeon (LE, $16.00) is darker, less blue-bsed/ MAC Daddy’s Little Girl (LE, $16.00) is darker, more muted. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, darker, more blue-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (LE, $18.00) is also brighter, darker, and more blue-based. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Narcissus (P, $18.00) is lighter, more muted. See comparison swatches or view The Dupe List.

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Shameless
Shameless
Shameless
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Showy
Showy
Showy
A

Permanent

9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total

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