You may remember that huge haul I did a while back from Drugstore.com. It was then that I was first introduced to The Balm cosmetics. They are a fairly new company but they hit the beauty world with a bang and are extremely talked about on every beauty interface. Since their launch, they've expanded beyond makeup and now offer hair, nail and skin care products too. They are often found on Hautelook offering deals of up to 50% off original prices so look out for that if you have something you've been wanting to try.
From what I've picked up so far, I do think they offer some pretty nice powder products. I was so disappointed when my Mary Lou Manizer cracked into a million specks of dusty powder just a few weeks later and although it creates the biggest mess, I've still used it almost every day since. This one on the other hand is not one I utilize daily but it has become my number one choice for contouring my face lately.
What The Balm has to say about their bronzer: "Finally, a Caribbean getaway in a compact. This matte bronzer creates the look of beautifully tanned skin without any orange undertones for a fresh-off-the-beach glow. Bahama Mama also doubles as the perfect contour powder and matte brown eyeshadow. Yes this tropical beauty keeps busy!"
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Color: This bronzer is cool toned and very dark brown in color. I was thrilled to see that there was no orange undertones (no oompa loompas here) but I'd have to say the color is definitely a bit dark to use as a bronzer. I tend to use it for contouring my cheekbones, nose, forehead and chin instead rather then brushing it all over my face to bronze. I have also used is as an eye shadow and found it to be a great crease color. I do think the matte finish is the thing I love most with this one since it gives a very natural look. (the tiny specks of shimmer in nars laguna are still super pretty). It's also extremely pigmented so very little needs to be used with each application!
Texture: The consistency is soft, not chalky and finely milled so it picks up onto my brush like a dream and goes on with a swipe.
Packaging: Like I talked about with the Mary Lou Manizer, I am not one for cutesy packaging and definitely don't think a girl in a bikini was really necessary as a cover. The cardboard packaging does feel a bit junky as well but at the same time it is light, compact and easy to travel with. The mirror included is a handy add in too.
Price: $20 is a bit hefty a price to pay for a bronzer especially one of it's size. Nevertheless, in comparison to Nars Laguna or Benefits Hoola I think it's a steal for the high quality powder it is. Will it make me think twice when it comes time to decide to repurchase? For sure! Especially since I am in love with a Wet N Wild Bronzer that costs me just under $4!
Photo Friendly? I would say it looks just fine when photographed.
Recommended Skin Types: I believe it would work well with all skin types because it isn't too matte or chalky to be used on dry skin and it hasn't caused any issues when my skin was on the oilier side. In fact I haven't noticed it interacting badly with my skin in any way at all.
Scent: No noticeable scent.
Lasting Power: This product lasted really well on my cheeks without fading or oxidizing at all. At the same time, the base I wear always optimizes or effects the longevity of my powder products.
Application Tips: Being that it's a bit darker then a typical bronzer, I would recommend applying this to the cheek bone area and any other areas you may want to contour with a tapered brush and then blend it in well.
The pigmentation, texture and longevity are fantastic. The packaging is definitely not my favorite but it is still quite travel friendly since it's so thin and small. Because I have so many less expensive bronzers that I like just as much I don't know that I would repurchase so quickly but we'll just have to wait and see when I finish this one.
I'm wearing it here as my contour layered under some of wet n wilds color icon bronzer in bikini contest and mary lou manizer.
What should I try from The Balm next? I've been eyeing their new Balm Voyage Pallette and the TimeBalm Concealer. Leave recommendations in the comments form, I love hearing from you!
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