So a while back, Hautelook had a sale on the Balm cosmetics. Since my make-up collection hadn't been refreshed in a while, I decided to pick up a few things. I have one of their Shady Lady eyeshadow palettes and have been a long-time user of their "Mary-Lou Minizer" highlighter so it's a brand I know and like. The quality is always great and the retro packaging is adorable. I've had a few weeks to test out all of these new products now so I thought I'd write up a little review!
Bahama Mama bronzerProbably a little too dark for me to wear as a bronzer since my skin is super pale, but since it's matte, it's perfect for contouring. I use it in the hollows of my cheeks and along my jawline. It's a little darker than the bronzer I was using before, in a good way. Two thumbs up.
Balms Away make up removerI was probably most excited for this product since I've always seen it at Sephora and wanted to try it (but who wants to remove their eye make-up in public?) but unfortunately it turned out to be kind of disappointing. It has the texture of petroleum jelly but is super oily and leaves behind a greasy film on your eyes and fingertips that requires a good amount of soap to wash off. I feel like getting it all off is almost as much of a hassle as getting the eye make-up off so I will only use it if I am wearing super stubborn make-up such as waterproof mascara or false eyelashes.
Schwing liquid eyelinerI'm fairly new to liquid eyeliners since I usually use gel and/or pencil. My hands are pretty shaky so I've yet to master the art of the liquid liner. However, as far as liquid liners go, I'm a fan of this one. I've only used 3 or 4 different ones in my life but I think this is the best one yet! The brush has a good amount of stiffness to it which I like, but it's not a felt-tip.
Down Boy blushA pretty, pink matte blush. I don't think it complements my skintone super well but it's nice enough. I like to layer it over the Bahama Mama bronzer. My favorite thing about it is how it doesn't have any shimmer to it at all. It can be tough finding a truly matte blush sometimes! I think I would appreciate a peachier shade more though, like the Balm's Frat Boy.
Eye Believe! double ended eyeliner brushMy absolute favorite of the haul. I go through a lot of eyeliner brushes with my Mac Fluidline since the brushes become gunky after a few uses and I'm too lazy to wash my make-up brushes very often. So I have a bunch that I use and I wash them all at once when I run out of usable ones. But this one is definitely my new favorite! I usually use the pointed end and the brush is pretty stiff so it's really easy to control. Love it.
Sexy Mama anti-shine translucent powderI wanted a translucent powder to keep in my purse for quick touch-ups which is why I decided to buy this. I like how it's slim and lightweight. I would probably prefer a truer translucent powder though as this one does have a little color to it. But, it gets the job done so no complaints here.
The Nude 'Tude eyeshadow palette was also a part of the sale and looked like a great buy plus was a complete steal at only $18, but since I already have both Urban Decay Naked palettes which are more than fulfilling all of my eyeshadow needs at the moment, I decided not to get it. I totally would have otherwise though! Be sure to join Hautelook so you can catch their next the Balm cosmetics event!
By the way, I follow @theBalm on twitter and they are running an ongoing giveaway where you can tweet your favorite product each day for a chance to win it! There's a winner every day so I imagine the odds of winning are pretty good. Definitely worth a try :-)
Have you ever tried the Balm products before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!