Friday, May 3, 2013

Hautelook Heads Up: The Balm

Hi everyone!
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. 

Hope this post was useful for you! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

40 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up! I was finally able to get the Meet Matte palette I had been eyeing. Yay! I also decided to try the tinted moisturizer since I am in need of one. I hope it works out, have you tried it?

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  2. I love that you do this for us! I got the Nude Tude! :)

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  3. First time commenting, I love your blog and videos! I just ordered both eye palettes and the hot mama and frat boy blushes. Thanks!

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  4. I got the Matt(e) Nude pallet, blush in fratboy (already have down boy), and I got the tinted moisturizer to try. I also am curious if you've tried it? It has good reviews on Amazon...

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  5. I LOVE the Nude Tude palette! I also have the Meet Matt(e) one too. Both are great! Down Boy is one of my favorite daily blushes and I swear by Schwing. theBalm has quickly become one of my favorite brands! Especially since they are featured so often on Hautelook. I have never paid full price for any of the products I just listed thanks to Hautelook!

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  6. Yay! Ok I couldn't wait I ordered the Meet Matte Nude, Nude Tude and the Coral Reef-ined! Then I saw the FB post glad I was dead on. Thank Emily you rock!

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  7. THANKS EMILY FOR SHARING!!

    JUST AN FYI FOR THE OTHER LADIES...A LOT OF "THE BALM" PRODUCTS ARE SOLD ON AMAZON FOR RATHER CHEAP. THE SAME (MAYBE A FEW BUCKS MORE) THAN HAUTELOOK. IVE GOTTEN SO MUCH FROM AMAZON. MUCH CHEAPER THAN PLACES THEY ARE SOLD AND THEIR WEBSITE I THINK.

    ANYWAY JUST FIGURED ID SHARE!! =)

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  8. Hey Emily! As soon as I saw the balm on hautelook I came straight to you Thank you so much for all your recommendations!! I got the meet matte nude palette, hot mama, and frat boy blushes and the concealer and eye makeup remover! I can't wait!!! You're my go to beauty guru!

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  9. thanks for the post
    i was considering the mascaras and popped over here to see if you had posted about it
    will not be getting them thanks to your post
    huge fan of the mally mascara, so i am guessing i wouldn't like these
    thanks for saving me some bucks!
    brett

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  10. The Time Balm Foundation is amazing for those who have aging skin. I work for a local high end beauty store, and the owner brought in theBalm's whole line just for the foundation (that she uses). <3

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  11. thanks for sharing, will definitely have to check it out=)

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  12. Thanks for the heads up :) I noticed you had a review for Meet Matte Nude, do you have a review for Meet Matte? I searched for it but didn't notice one. I am also curious where you found the new wet n wild eyeshadow pallets. I want you to know that I think you are beautiful and you inspire me to wear makeup more often, it has become something I enjoy and I feel less intimidated and more educated because of you. Thank you so much! xoxo

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  13. Thanks Emily! Totally picked up a few items. I'm sad they didn't have their new InStain blushes that you reviewed — I was really eyeing Toile and Lace. Maybe next time!

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  14. I love Haute Look, but after reading Mommie Makeup's comment I went to Amazon to check it out. They are selling the Nude Tude palate for 21.71. I have Amazon Prime so shipping is Free! AND it will be here in two days.

    I cancelled my HL order and saved almost $5. HL shipping was 5.95.

    Thank you Mommie Makeup! And thank you Emily!!! I wouldn't even know about The Balm without you :-)

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  15. Rushed home from work to get on Hautelook so I could get in on theBalm sale today! haha I ended up getting the Bahama mama bronzer (even though it might be dark, I still feel the need to try it) and the 3 blushes. SO excited because I am obsessed with my hot mama blush! Thanks for this post, such great deals on these products!

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  16. I got the schwing eyeliner and the powder to the people brush. i already own the nude tude palette and i really wanted to try the eyeliner and one of their brushes. The eyeliner was more on amazon and amazon didn't have any of the brushes. i don't care for the double ended ones so i went with the powder brush. i wanted to see what Emily's picks were first but needed to hurry to make my purchase before i needed to go back to work. Great review as always!

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  17. Thanks for the recommendations! I also want to point out that if you miss the Hautelook sale or if some of TheBalm products aren't on there, you can look on Amazon! I got my Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette for about $20.

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  18. I can already tell that you are going to get me in trouble with the Husband for introducing me to Hautelook. Oh well...he knew what he was getting into. I made my first The Balm purchase today so I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new nuggets!

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  19. Thank you so much for this post! So helpful. I've never tried any of The Balm's stuff, so I caved and decided to get the Coral Reef-ined (I've been wanting a nice coral-peach nail polish forever, and especially now for the summer!) and the Over-Shadowed in You Buy, I'll Fly--it looks like a pretty coppery shade, which will be fun to try with my newly-colored red hair! :D

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  20. Ordered the Nude Tude palette and I get the confirmation email telling me the estimated Delivery date is May 27th! WHAAAAAAAAAT? That's INSANE! I'm a little upset but for 50% off I guess it's worth the wait????????

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  21. Hey Emily! I made my first Balm purchase on HL today and one thing I got was the Meet Matte Nude pallette! I saw your tutorial on it, but I was wondering if you could do 1 or 2 more just to have another look! I love your videos and learn so much from them! So excited about getting this pallette! Thanks!

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  22. Gosh I wish Hautelook would accept International credit cards, the deals on makeup are so good but I can't have access to it from France :-/

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  23. Great post!! Love it!

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  24. I was so excited when I got the email. Been wanting the Betty Lou-Manizer but was not willing to pay the $24 for it ;) So I snagged one. I just got a bunch of shadows so I passed on the palettes but now I am regretting it :S

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  25. I purchased the felt tip liner as well as one of the mascaras! Can't wait to get them in the mail!

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  26. I purchased the felt tip liner as well as one of the mascaras! Can't wait to get them in the mail!

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  27. I have used the eye makeup remover and it works very well. It works the same way vaseline would. So I am not sure of it is worth buying that. The Overshadows are great. So pigmented and apply very smooth and look metallic.

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  28. ahhh gotta try some of the balm products, am deffinetly going to pick up the nude tude.
    does ulta sell them?

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  29. I'm so jealous the HauteLook doesn't ship makeup to Australia! I loved the post though, thanks Emily!

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  30. I ordered from the for the first time when they relaunched their website and had their 50% off special. I ordered the nudetude-LOVE IT, Bahama Mamma-LOVE IT, and the Mary Lou manizer-A LITTLE OVER HYPED FOR ME. I did have to wait a loooong time for my order so hopefully hautelook will get the products out sooner. Overall, I love TheBalm and actually found a Walgreens near me that carries almost the entire line!!!! Thanks for introducing me to such a great product line!!

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  31. Since I already have the two palettes, I picked up Frat Boy and Balms Away remover -- I have heard great things about it. It is supposed to condition your eyelashes too.

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  32. please do a meet matte nude tutorial.. i purchased this a while back by your recommendation and im curious on what look you come up with.. :)

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  33. please do a meet matte nude tutorial.. i purchased this a while back by your recommendation and im curious on what look you come up with.. :)

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  34. I'm not sure if anybody's having the same problem, but Hautelook seems to be taking a little longer to ship these items. I tried to track my package but an error keeps coming up. Did anybody receive their package yet? :(

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  35. Thrillamaria, I am having the same problem. One week after I ordered I did the online chat with a rep because I didn't have a date to expect my purchase. He said it would be the 23rd of May. Well obviously it won't be. I've been tracking my package, but it just says that it is in California and was picked up on the 22nd.

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    1. Same here. The rep told me there was a glitch in their system and that it'll take a little longer to get the packages out to us. A little relieved though that I'm not the only one having this issue. I thought my package got lost/stolen!

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  36. I just got the Hot Mama blush from the Balm after reading your blog and I thought I just leave a quick note to say how pretty it looks on and how pleased I am with it!

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  38. Thank you so much for this post. I have seen theBalm products countless times on Hautelook, but I have been too afraid to buy any since my skin tone is tan (like caramel tan) and it is difficult for me to find suitable colors. But this post has encouraged me to try a few of theBalm products. I will keep an eye out for the sale again. Thanks!

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