Hi everyone out there!
I have a soft spot for eyeshadows. That’s why I choose each product very carefully and thoroughly. I just love reading reviews about new launches, examine the swatches and then go for them in a store.
This is a review about the TheBalm Autobalm Hawaii Face Palette.
This product differs from the other palettes I have, because it comes with only two eyeshadows.
In fact I tend to look for the palettes that have at least 4 shadows, but sometimes I break my own rules and purchase something non-typical for me.
I’m sold on the Pin Up style of the TheBalm products. This palette looks like a driver's license, and the size is somewhere the same.
So it won’t take up much room in your purse. There wasn’t any additional protective film or box for the palette. It was only housed in a cardboard case that had the same design as the palette itself.
On the back you can read the general info about the maker and the ingredients.
I love that the package feels matte to the touch. It’s very nice to hold in my hands.
The packaging itself is made of a thick and sturdy cardboard that is really quality. I’ve already used it on the go a couple of time, but it still looks like new.
Inside there is a magnetic closure that holds the cap securely. I always put this palette in a small pocket of my handbag whenever I’m travelling and have no worries about its safety.
Under the cap we can see a compact and a very useful mirror.
The mirror is framed with a map, which literally means that it’s perfect for trips.
Well, right. It’s not the mirror, but the contents that is more important for us.
The palette consists of 2 shadows, a highlighter and a blush. No brushes or applicator sponges included. Nevertheless I don’t consider it to be a downside, as I prefer using my own brushes from a kit.
So… such a makeup set ensures quite a few makeups. But first things first.
Now I’d like to review each product separately.
The shade looks the same in reality. It’s barbie-pink. I already had a similar hue, but it wasn’t that richly pigmented.
The pigmentation of this shade is simply insane!
I love such color tones, because they flatter my cold undertone so well.
When I first used it, I overdid it slightly, so it didn’t look nice.
I had to take a fluffy brush and blend it out intensely. On top I also had to put a powder.
The wear time is awesome! I’ve been wearing it all day and it looked as if I only applied it that evening!
Further on I was careful when applying this blush.
I also tried to put just a slight dot with my finger and blend it out with a fluffy brush, but this is not a way out either. The thing is that this dot was hard to blend out.
So, now I touch the blush slightly with a brush, sweep away the fallout and then only apply it to my face.
This is the best option for me, as I can control the color then. As a result my cheeks may look either pale or intense pink.
Moreover the blush can also be used as an eyeshadow. I tried it for my crease as a blending shade and it looked really well on me.
Now let’s move on to the highlighter:
It’s more like an eyeshadow than a highlighter for me. It hardly gives any glow. It’s just a matte shade.
However, those of you who are not into too shiny highlighters will love it.
Nutshell - it’s alright as a highlighter for a nude makeup.
In my book, this shade is more suitable for highlighting the underbrow area or as a base shade all over the eyelid.
Finally, here are the two shadows:
Both shades are pretty dark, so I won’t call them versatile. Adding the included highlighter to these shades makes the difference. You can get absolutely different looks then.
Left - shimmer shade that looks like a cold bronze in the swatch. Right - matte purple shade.
The latter can also be used as an eyeliner.
The eyeshadow is highly-pigmented and hardly dusty.
I have oily eyelids, so the eyeshadow may crease towards evening if I don’t wear any eyeshadow base. And it sticks around all day if I have a base on.
Here, I applied the shimmer shade all over my lid, plus a matte shade to the outer corner of my eye. I put it on with a flat synthetic brush that picks it up effortlessly. After that I blend it out with a fluffy brush.
I applied the highlighter under my brows. In the pictures you can see that it has no glistening particles to it, so it’s perfect for just highlighting the area.
I’m personally not much into shimmer shadows and highlighters under my brows.
The next makeup is a lovely look for casual wear:
Here, I applied the highlighter to my entire movable eyelid and drew the line with a dark matte shade. The beige Maybelline Color Tattoo is used here as a base.
This highlighter definitely requires a base when used as an eyeshadow, because it may look half-sheer on the lid.
As for the lines, I drew them with an angled brush. The lines are easy to draw really. The shadow doesn’t smear and wears really long. More than that, you can vary the thickness of the line.
I love using the dark shade for the lines, because it looks slightly blended out and kind of smokey.
In addition, you can also apply the highlighter to the whole movable eyelid and darken the outer corner of the eye with a matte or shimmer shade slightly.
And finally smokey eyes:
Here, I used the dark matte color for the whole eyelid and applied a little bit of blush and a bronze shadow to my crease for better blending.
Plus, a highlighter under my brows and to the inner corner of my eyes.
Lower eyelid: outer corner - dark matte, center of the lid - bronze.
To sum up I’d like to say that the color combination may seem pretty weird at first, but get creative and the palette will be pretty wearable for you. Using this product you can get various looks both for everyday and evening.
The quality is amazing and the shades blend out so well. So it’s surely worth a look.
Thank you for reading my review!