Archived Post

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

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.

See more photos & swatches!

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush
theBalm Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Tom Ford Pink Glow Eye & Cheek Palette
  • Sephora Girls Night Out Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Tom Ford Sweet Spot Lip Color Sheer


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
Dani Avatar

this really is perfect shade that can pass as both a blush and bronzer. a perfect every day shade for me. For only $21 with such great wear and finish, I may have to purchase. thank u Christine:)

Nicole Avatar

So glad to see TheBalm in some reviews. This brand is really lacking in my collection. This is a bit on the reddish-side for me. I would probabky use this as a blush. But it looks lovelys and the price is great!

Connie Avatar

Agreed on the distribution issue. I saw this and know I need it! But it’s not at Nordstrom and I don’t want to purchase from The Balm and pay shipping, so I’ll just wait til it’s more accessible.

Tigerlily Avatar

Love at first sight. Christine, it looks gorgeous on you! What a sophisticated shade when applied… I am bummed I never got my hand on NARS Douceur but this almost makes me rejoice that I didn’t!

*crosses fingers and toes Desert finds its way to nearby counters*

zVintageFashionizta Avatar

That bronzer look so pretty on you. I don’t need another bronzer but this one makes a great blush, I want it!

Lotus Avatar

Hi Ginny! I just received mine today and I LOVE it, so I’m sure you will as well! I also got the Cindy-Loumanizer and I looove that too! Enjoy! 🙂

Lotus Avatar

Aww! *Hugs* You’re so welcome darling! You and I have similar taste! You’ve been SUCH a big help to me, too! So I’m glad I could offer something back! 🙂 oh! I finally placed my order and them was tempted so I went back and placed another at ColourPop! Here’s all I got! I’d love your thoughts! Monster
Fruit Stand
Early Bird
Birthday Suit
Teascake < FIRST order..

Sticky Sweet
Smoke N Whistles
Eyeshadows in Flux, Beauty Call, Cowboy, Taco, Daddy, Lace, and I Heart This, and lippies to try in Toucan, LBB, I Heart This w/the pencil, as it's my natural lip color, and I got their birthday girl eyeshadow twice for free due to their celebrating the 1st birthday this month which I am also so I think I'm covered! I just hope I love them and they don't bother my skin and work over foundation! Got my stippling brush ready! The elf small stipple! So love it! Thank you again! You and @Celia have been fabulous along with @Christine’s reviews! I feel giddy and I’ve been sooo sick, just out of the hospital again, so this seems so cheerful! And your help with results really made many days for me. Thank you Ginny! 🙂

Ginny Avatar

Wow what a haul! I think you are going to like all those highlighters, and probably most, if not all, of the blushes. They’re fine over foundation for me, they go on dry like powder. Let me know how you like Sticky Sweet, Holiday, Fox, and Trickery. I talked myself out of those, so I’m curious! Fox I thought looked similar to Early Bird but maybe it isn’t! I hope you’re feeling well!

Lotus Avatar

Yay!! I’m so excited that I bought this immediately in my haul today! It’s the perfect color to give me a sun-burn! Woohooo! I’m in love with this color!!! 😀 Thank you for the review! 🙂 I became inspired! <3

Lotus Avatar

It’s lovely! An easy everyday colour! Cindy Lou is fantastic too! She doesn’t get the attention she deserves. 🙁 🙂 This review made me purchase that day. Thanks again! :* xoxo!

Valerie C. Avatar

Nice! It looks great on you. I’m fair, so it looks like it could replace my blush/bronzer/highlighter routine, saving time and money this summer.

Blue Avatar

Oh, I’m not usually much for bronzer, but I might check this out. I really like the pink tones in there, it reminds me of the burn-tan I would achieve naturally, but nicer. haha.

Lotus Avatar

That’s exactly why I got it. I LOVE that look! It’s so healthy! 🙂 I’m a ghostly fair, so it’s a flattering look. 🙂

Rachel R. Avatar

Oh my gosh, that is a gorgeous shade. I’d definitely use it as a blush. I don’t think I have a rosy brown like that. And the finish is to die for.

Stacey Avatar

These companies all think we need bronzes and contour now. I rather have luminous and glowing skin. I don’t like being Oompa Oopma.

Nancy T Avatar

I am digging the very glowy, but not shimmery, finish on this! It reminds me of that *perfect* sunkissed glow one gets after spending the day at the beach! (With some sunscreen of course!) Where can I buy this?

Agata Avatar

I really like this although I’d probably never pick it up. I own only one product from the Balm and it’s their NudeTude palette and I hardly ever reach for it (although it’s a really good palette). I need to see if my Kohl’s has it so I can swatch it!

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!