the Balm Cosmetics is finally in South Africa! So naturally, I just had to go and splurge a little on a few of their goodies. A makeup review and tutorial will be up on my YouTube later and will be linked here once it’s up. I purchased four of their products and already owned one of them and here is what I think.
I’ll start with the Mary-Lou Manizer because that is the product that I originally owned. I have heard many a blogger talk about this product and for very good reason. This is one of my all-time favourites because it gives the most beautiful sheen to your face. There are no chunks of glitter and the finish is a white golden colour. You won’t regret buying this, just make sure you look after it because it is a baked product and thus can shatter more easily than other powder products.
The Balm Shelter is theBalm’s tinted moisturiser with spf18. There are seven shades to choose from, mine is the shade “Medium/Dark”. This is perfect for spring and summer because it offers a hint of coverage whilst providing a little bit of protection from sun. This won’t cover any imperfections on your skin, but it will even out your skin tone. I apply this with my fingers and it gives a beautifully natural finish. I would recommend applying an additional spf product under this, especially in summer, but if this is all you’ve got or you’re in a hurry, it is the perfect product. Retail price: R389,95.
Meet Matt(e) Trimony is an entirely matte eyeshadow palette and I am in love with every shade. The palette as a whole is very versatile and the quality of the shadows is very good. The pigment is strong so go in with a light hand and build up the colour. They are also very blendable. Retail price: R599,95.
The Bahama Mama bronzer is another product that has been spoken about loads so I knew I had to add this to my collection. It comes in very cute and very travel-friendly packaging (also with a mirror), and is a product that deserves the hype. This a perfect shade for contouring because it has subtle cool tones in it, but is still neutral enough that it can be used to bronze your entire face. Retail price: 299,95.
theBalm has a range of eight cream eyeshadow sticks called “Batter Up” and the shade that I went for is “Moonshot”. This is a beautiful shimmery, light pink colour which is perfect for highlighting but also to use as an all-over-the-lid colour. I swatched them all and this was the one that I liked the most. Initially, when applied, this product is very blendable but as it sits on your skin it sets and does not budge. Retail price: R269,95.
All these products are available at select Stuttafords across South Africa and the link to the page is here. To visit theBalm’s official website, click here.