Beauty: First Impressions of The Balm

April 6, 2016

The Balm is a brand which I have wanted to try for such a long time. The only thing that I have tried is their Nude’tude palettes which I tracked down in TK:Maxx for only £15 – Full review will be coming soon. Last week, I got my hands on a couple more additions from the brand which I have been so excited for.

Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter* – £14.50

The Mary-Lou Manizer has been on my beauty wishlist for ages, I am totally obsessed with highlighters and will do anything to make my face twinkle like a glitterball. The Balm actually stocks three different highlighters which are branded as “sisters” – Cindy, Mary and Betty. Mary-Lou is a soft champagne highlight, whereas Cindy-Lou is a pink highlight and Betty-Lou is a dark bronze shade. Out of the three, the Mary-Lou highlight is definitely the star of the show, although Cindy-Lou is on my wishlist!
The shimmer of this highlight is incredibly beautiful, it’s very pigmentated and I love how creamy it feels even though it’s a powder. On the skin, it’s a very subtle shimmer which I like and there are no big chunks of glitter which is always a bonus. As I said, I love trying out new highlighters and I can’t believe I’ve only just tried this one out as it’s amazing!

Frat Boy Blush* – £12.90

Blushers aren’t a beauty product that I rave on about nor do I seek out new shades. I still have a pretty substantial collection of blush but It’s just not something that makes me tick. I had however heard about The Balm’s Frat Boy Blush so I decided to give it a go. Frat Boy is a lovely peachy pink shade, It’s very pigmentated so a little does go a long way. I really like the shade as it’s not too in your face and really wearable on a daily basis.

Bahama Mama Bronzing Powder* – £10.50The final product from The Balm is the Bahama Mama Bronzing Powder which I was quite sceptical about it as it looked quite dark but I always say this! When applied, it’s such a beautiful warm glow to the cheekbones and the product blends really nicely. I compared this to the Nars Laguna Bronzer, which I use on a daily basis and the Bahama Mama is slightly darker so I will be using this throughout Summer when I’ve got more of a tan but I’d say it’s still. I am really pleased with this product and I think it could be a new favourite of mine!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the items I’ve tried from The Balm and whilst I’m supposed to be on a make-up ban (ha!) I think I might have to invest in a couple more products from the brand! The Balm is available from and currently have some really good deals on products! Have you tried anything from The Balm?


11 comments so far.

11 responses to “Beauty: First Impressions of The Balm”

  1. Bea Castro says:

    The balm stuff is SERIOUSLY so pretty <3 I wanna get the highlighter too!

  2. Sophie Blumenthal says:

    I loveee The Balm!

  3. Lauren Barden says:

    Mary Lou Manizer is up their with my favourite highlighters, it's so good! I really need to try more products from theBalm I've loved what I've tried so far! xx

  4. I loooove the packaging! I've never tried anything but adore the branding and the packging. 🙂

    T xx

  5. Dont think I have ever come across the brand. At first glance I thought it was Benefit makeup. Might have to check it out.

  6. Brand & Beauty says:

    sorry for being late! I have never tried The Balm before, but I have seen it everywhere and it seems like a really good brand. I know it is very popular in Norway too, on my wishlist I have the Mary Lou Manizer, it is supposed to be a really good highlighter! Great review beaut xx

  7. i've just recently tried out some the balm products and i love them such a good brand and the high lighte irs beautiful.

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