Tuesday, March 6, 2012

the Balm Cosmetics-Oh So Versatile

Hey dolls.  I went to TJ Maxx the other day to check out if they still had any of the the Balm cosmetics products left over from the holidays.  I scored this set for only $10- which is a great deal because the set normally retails for around $50!
 the Balm set
This particular set came with a lip/cheek stain, a bronzer and a blush.

First up is this lip/cheek stain:
 On lips:
 Swatched on hand:
The full size version of this retails for $17 just by itself, so I thought it was awesome that it came in this package.  As you can see, it leaves my lips a pretty raspberry stain.  On the back of my hand, it left behind a sheer tint after being blended out.

Here is a look at the bronzer:
The packaging says that this particular product can be used as a bronzer, eye shadow or for contouring.
 I love the vintage-esque look going on:
 This is actually encased in another cardboard package:
 When you open it up, there is a small mirror included:
 Up close:
 And here is the blush:
 Again, the cute packaging:
 The packaging states this can be used on the cheeks or as an eyeshadow, but I will only be using this a blush:
 Up close:
 Upon first swatch, this blush reminded me of Nars Orgasm.  So - I pulled it out and swatched them for you to see:
 Swatches: the Balm Hot Mama! on left and Nars Orgasm on right
As you can see, these are close, but Orgasm has more pink-gold in it than Hot Mama! does.  Hot Mama! has more coral in it.  But, I would make a definite bet that on the cheeks, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.  This blush is probably the closest dupe to Orgasm that I have.

Final Thoughts
  •  Different sets available for purchase
  • Great range of products
  • Pigmented 
  • Cute packaging
  • Paraben free 
  • Products do double-duty i.e. shadow & blush
  • Affordable (if purchased at TJ Maxx & other like retailers)
  • Limited selection (@TJ Maxx)
  • Expensive if purchased at the Balm cosmetics store/Sephora
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.  I would recommend this brand and I would definitely repurchase if the opportunity presents itself.

Do you own anything from the Balm?  Any recommendations?


1 comment:

  1. Ooo, I've heard alot of good things about TheBalm. I need to check out my local TJ Maxx to see if they have some.

    --- Nicole