theBalm Frat Boy Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush ($21.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “peachy apricot” and can be used as both an eyeshadow and blush. It’s more of a medium-dark coral-pink with very subtle gold micro-shimmer and a pearly sheen. The powder is incredibly soft–very silky and smooth–but doesn’t look powdery on at all (sometimes really soft powders can also be powdery). I was able to get good color payoff with ease; it gives a flushed look in one swipe but can be built up to something more intense with a little more product. The payoff is nicely balanced between natural and bold without being too sheer or so pigmented that you have to take care in applying it. When I tested it (over foundation, set with powder–all part of my normal routine), it wore for eight hours without fading.

The blush is on the larger side, too, at 0.30 oz. (many blushes are 0.20 oz. or less) and is housed in a cardobard palette that comes inside a sleeve (which has the same design as the actual compact). Inside, there is a small mirror framed by a football field. Though cardboard may get dinged here and there from anything in your bag with sharp corners and the like, it’s a lot less prone to scratches and breakage than plastic–and if you drop this from four feet, the cardboard absorbs more of the impact.

Frat Boy

PPermanent. $21.00.
A+
A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total
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theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

theBalm Frat Boy Blush
theBalm Frat Boy Blush

Shadow/Blush
theBalm
$21.00/0.25 oz.

98%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Haha the pan is probably still metal though. But it might not be the type that’ll stick to those universal palettes. Thank you

How does this compare to R&R Call Me? I missed out on that one and wondered if this would be a good dupe for it? Thanks…love the blog and swatches!

It actually IS magnetic. I’ve got several of TheBalm blushes and eyeshadows and while the packaging is carboard, there are clearly magnets sandwiched inside. And they are really strong – haven’t popped open on me yet.

Thank you for letting me know, it’s so helpful because it’d be pretty upsetting to take it out of the cardboaord packaging then find out it won’t stick. So then what do you do? Try and glue it back into the cardboard? What a mess.

Omg, we’re not talking about the magnetic closure that keeps the packaging closed. (I just realised what you meant by ‘haven’t popped open.) I was asking if she knew whether the pan itself would stick to a magnet, like in a universal palette.

If the pans are the same type of metal used in the face palette, they ARE magnetic. I ended up depotting that palette and the small blush and eyeshadow pans could be placed in universal magnetic palettes. 🙂 they’re quite sturdy as well. non-magnetic pans are usually flimsy aluminum.

Your high opinion of theBalm products makes me really want to try that brand. The packaging is super cute! This particular blush looks a bit too dark for me.

I second Abby’s comment…I’ve also got Down Boy as well as Hot Mama and both last extremely well – as well as any of my other blushes.

Yes! They do! I have Cabana Boy and Down Boy and they are the longest lasting blushes I’ve had. I actually notice my blush at the end of the day when I wear theBalm ones. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

It looks really pretty, but I have a couple of corals that are very very similar to the swatches. Very lovely color, though, and I keep hearing excellent things about theBalm. Someone once referred me to a Strada dupe/replacement from them, but then that product was d/c’d also, so I hadn’t had a chance to try any of their products. Maybe when I wear out my current go-to coral I’ll give this a shot! Great review!

so pretty! It reminds me a bit of a combination of 2 blushes i already have but i want to get it anyway, you know, to save myself the agony of blending 😉 doesnt hurt that my boyfriend is a fraternity man, and a tiny part of me wants to get it for the name LOL.

Colour looks really nice, I would try it but the packaging is just a little too high school for me with the whole “Fratboy” thing.

What would you say are the closest dupes for this? I have MAC hipness and Marine Life ,and Benefits coralista, do you think this is similar to those? Xoxo

Eee! This looks absolutely lovely – both Hipness and Hussy are on my wishlist at the moment, but this one should be much easier to get my hands on ^^ Thanks for listing the similar shades!

I just ordered this a couple of days ago from Sephora. It looks great on you, but I’m hoping that on my I see more of the “apricot” come through, as that is the reason why I ordered it. I also ordered All About Alex. Can’t wait to get them, it’ll be my first time using theBalm.

Funny enough when I got home my package was there! Put it on today, looks great, but I’m still looking for that perfect “apricot” shade. Any suggestions? I’m keeping this one though, too pretty to return. Also, I believe this is the most matte blush I’ve ever worn.

This is great for summer! I am a huge blush addict nowadays. It’s strange to think that there was a time when I didn’t even own blush! I have come a long way…

Wow, this is one of the prettiest blushes I’ve seen on you, Christine! You look so glowy! I think it’s a bit too warm for my skin tone, but I might have to check out this brand. I always pass their display in Sephora, but I don’t know much about them.

I really like BB’s quite a bit, but Kiehl’s is more moisturizing, so for me, it’d edge out BB. If I was going to a really humid climate, I might opt for BB though, with the more matte finish.

This is gorgeous for summer! I have a question though…How does this compare to Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base from MAC? (:

Hi Christine,
The swatches looked amazing, but I had a quick question for you and I thought that since this was a “blush” review, it would be the most appropriate place to ask. In the picture you have for “The Dupe List” do you know the name of the MAC blush, right between the NARS and Benefit boxed blush on the left corner of the picture?
Thanks so much again!

I have been looking for a coral-ish blush and this one looks like it will do nicely — must put it on my list to pick up after my doctor appointment next week. 🙂 It looks very similar color-wise to a new lipstick I bought recently (Marcelle “Paris Rose”).

Being very fair and pink-toned (NW 15 in MAC) it is hard for me to find corals that look good on me.

Hey Christine? Is this good on golden toned medium skin? From the picture, the heavier swatch has doesnt seem too compatible. But on the other hand can you tell me of an orangey-coral-peach blush thats yellow based please?

Hey Christine! You look beautiful in this shade! I love how you always smile so big when you take the pictures. 🙂 How do you think this compares to MAC’s Bite of an Apple? I missed my chance to by the blush and I just cant make myself spend 40 plus dollars on Ebay for it. Do you think this is similar shade? Thanks!!

Hi Christine! I live in Spain, (excuse me if I make a BIG mistake with my English!:p) i’m IN LOVE with this blush, so I want to ask you if you know where can I buy this blush in Spain. “The Balm” is the brand? I’ve necer heard it, i don’t know if it existe here in Spain… Or maybe you know a good dupee of another brand that I can buy here… Well, thank you very much, i really love your blog!

Kisses from Madrid!!

I’m not a fan of orange or coral blush but this one looks really nice and like it might be okay on me if I get a bit of colour. The store near me that sells TheBalm is giving away full sizes of product as a gift (got Down Boy and Bahama Mama both for free) so I might just get this one and see if I also get another “freebie” too.

christine! i’m so happy to say that thanks to how beautiful you look in this blush, i just had to order it! thanks for your wonderful efforts on this site and i’m excited to try out my first balm product! 🙂

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