Hautelook Heads Up: The Balm
Time for another "Hautelook Heads Up" post! Hautelook is a website that features all sorts of brands at sale prices for a limited period of time. Today one of my favorite makeup brands is on there- The Balm! Keep in mind, not EVERY product from the line gets featured in the sale (sadly the new Instain blushes are not part of it). Still, there are tons of great things. The Balm had Emily Award winning products in the categories of Best High End Blush and Best High End Eyeshadow for 2012. While I feel those products are the strengths of this line, they have some other great things too! Here are my recommendations. (All photos courtesy hautelook.com).
This is an amazing deal. These shadows are BIG and you're getting a terrific selection of basic matte shadows that'll work well with everything else in your collection. The shades are incredibly rich... not at all powdery, flaky, chalky, etc. I love how you can get a warm neutral look with this palette, but there are also some great grey/greyish plum colors that will give you a gorgeous cool look. As always, the packaging is witty and adorable. Click here to see my full video review of this palette!
Nude 'tude is one of-- if not my FAVORITE neutral palette in my collection. Yep, that's counting Naked 1, 2, and all the rest. I love the color selection here. Unlike Meet Matt(e) Nude, here you're getting a mix of finishes-- matte shades, pearly shades, even sparkly shades. I'm thrilled that the palette includes a couple of great standard shadows- a deep matte brown, and a matte black. This palette has so much versatility. For more details, click here for my full video review and tutorial.
Another strong point from The Balm are their blushes! I know they have some great new Instain blushes, but the classics from this line are also amazing. If you're looking for a great no-brainer blush that looks great with anything- go for Frat Boy (far right). Down Boy is a great classic, cool pink, and Cabana Boy is more of a deep pink/plum color. Cabana Boy can work for medium skin, but I think it would be especially pretty on tan to deep skintones. Not pictured here is Hot Mama which is also on sale, and is also AMAZING. If you want a great glowy coral/golden blush for summer- get that one. Sometimes when I wear that one, I don't feel the need to add a highlight because the blush itself has enough shimmer to it.
This primer is a bit newer to me (it's a new product overall in the line), and I really like it! I think the discount here is great. You know how primers like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance are very creamy? I'd describe this eye primer as being more "silky". It really glides on the lid making application super easy. It doesn't feel overly moist or greasy at all. As far as longevity of the eyeshadow you put on top- this performs just as well for me as the other high end brands I mentioned. Plus it's in a nice squeeze tube. If you need a new eye primer, I say go for it!
This polish was mentioned in my Color Lovers: Coral video! Love this fresh peachy shade, and I was really pleased with the quality of the nail polish overall. It looks like there are quite a few other polish shades available in this sale also.
This is a great quality highlight. I know I've talked about it being very shimmery, and it is! And I know that's not for everyone. But I've learned that with a light hand, this can be really pretty on the tops of cheekbones, also also great used in a more concentrated way around the eyes (browbone, inner corners), or also on the cupids bow of the lips. If you feel like super shimmery highlights just accentuate your fine lines, pores, etc.... you might want to skip this. But if you really want that sheen- this highlight will give you exactly that!
Products I'm not familiar with... While I have several lipsticks from The Balm, I don't happen to have any of the shades offered in this sale. The ones I own DO have very full, opaque color, and even my light shades aren't sheer. So they're good quality products-- I just don't have experience with the shades in this sale. I've never used the Overshadow eyeshadow. They appear to be shimmery, loose powder shadows. They look really pretty! I'm thinking about getting the "If You're Rich, I'm Single" shade-- seems like a pretty taupe. I also haven't tried or heard anything about the Balms Away eye makeup remover.
Other observations... The Schwing black liquid liner is good- it has a somewhat flexible felt tip wand. It's very similar to L'oreal Lineur Intense, so in the past I didn't necessarily think it was worth the high end price, but it's marked down to $8.50 now, which isn't bad. I have several of the mascaras, and thought they were all good, but not great. I tend to like a pretty dry formula that's not too heavy so my lashes can be nicely defined without sticking together, and not loose their curl. My experience with these mascaras was just average, but everyone seems to feel differently about mascaras! Bahama Mama is a nice matte bronzer- but it is VERY dark. The darkest one I own. I personally found it a little hard to work with for that reason- and the Balm's products are so pigmented I had trouble making it look subtle. Might be great for someone with more tan skin. Betty Lou-Manizer is a shimmery bronzer/shadow. Not a bad product- I'm just not often looking for highly shimmery bronzers. The brushes are good quality- a lot of them are double-ended... and not ideal for my storage set-up, but may be good for those who store brushes laying down in a drawer. The "Crease Love & Happiness" brush is my favorite! The Time Balm concealer is very full coverage. It's a little on the dry side, but has a nice finish when applied with a damp sponge.
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