Sunny hello to you, guys!
I don’t know why but for a long time I used to neglect theBalm cosmetics and pass by them.
There are so many beauty stores which retail the products by this brand nowadays. Yet I wouldn’t advise you to buy their products from any small shops so as not to buy a fake.
I bought this palette for $49 but considering the fact that the palette is quite big and there are 21g of the contents, the price is rather profitable then, isn’t it?
On the back of the palette you’ll find all the product info including the information where they state that the colors in the palette will flatter blue eyes most of all. But still it doesn’t mean that it won’t flatter any other eye color.
Taking a deeper look on the palette I guess I started to understand their logic: there are 3 rows of the pans inside and each of the rows has 3 eyeshadow pans here. The upper refill is to work with the crease, the next refill pan is for movable lid and the last one is for darkening of the outer Vs. But it doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to come up with only three makeup looks using this palette. There are so many options!
As I’ve already mentioned the palette is versatile and I really appreciate the presence of cool-toned as well as warm-toned shades here. There are also neutral-toned colors and a black shade which is always a need. All the refill pans contain only matte eyeshadows.
Texture-wise this palette rings the bell of the Lime Crime eyeshadows for me. The shades are also nicely pigmented and rather dusty. You won’t have to press the brush tightly or swipe it here and there to make the color sit on the brush. One light touch is more than enough. Most of all I’m delighted with the fact that the cool-toned powder shades are really pink-toned and not bronze- or brown-based as it usually happens with many other similar eyeshadows. What does that mean?
I guess that you’ve faced a situation when you buy beautiful powder rose-ashed eyeshadows but on the eyes they look boring and hackneyed. I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes that offer such crap to me. You see the problem is that it’s extremely difficult to get a complicated and expensive looking eyeshadow color commercially. But this palette seems to be an exception, as the color looks the same on my eyes as in the palette. This is why I especially love and cherish this palette and use it more often over the other palettes that I have. However, I have to admit that there are still some drawbacks about this “perfect” for me eyeshadow palette. There are problems with blending. You see the products are very difficult to blend out and at the same time they are extremely easy to stain on my eyes. And unless you have good-quality brushes or special skills in eyeshadow application, there won’t be much success with this palette. The Lime Crime eyeshadows, along with the Anastasia Beverly Hills are much easier in this respect. I guess that in this theBalm palette they added less silica that’s why the blending sucks. But still it might have become an advantage for those who hate silica in the eyeshadow ingredients.
Here are the swatches of the shades:
Makeups done with this palette:
1. Make Up For Ever l 528 eyeshadow is on my brow bone + Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, I used the Satin Sheets refill. The crease is done with theBalm Meet Matt Trimony The Matt Rossi refill pan, the mobile lid is done with theBalm Meet Matt Trimony palette and Moskowits refill. Matt Ahmed from theBalm Meet Matt Trimony pallet to the inner corners and the Urban Decay Moondust Magnetica to the center of my mobile lid.
2. Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette, the Satin Sheets hue is on my brow bone, theBalm Meet Matt Trimony palette and the Matt Rossi to the crease:
3. The Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette with the Satin Sheets shade on my brow bone, theBalm Meet Matt Trimony with the Matt Rossi hue in the crease. The mobile lid is done with theBalm Meet Matt Trimony palette and Matt Kumar shade together with the Matt Reed to the corners, and the Make Up For Ever powder over the eyes:
4. From the Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette I used the Peach'n Cream shade on my eyebrow, the crease is done with theBalm Meet Matt Trimony in the color Matt Rossi + theBalm Meet Matt Trimony in the color Matt Lopez + Matt Reed, the Urban Decay Naked 2 in the color Half Baked is on my mobile lid, the Maybelline New York Master Drama eyeliner is on my waterline, and the cat flick is done with the Epic Ink eyeliner:
As you might have already guessed I really liked this eyeshadow palette and I can highly recommend it for purchasing. In the end I can conclude the following:
good color payoff;
the colors look the same on the eyes as in the refill pans;
a little goes a long way;
this palette works perfect as a base eyeshadow palette;
the palette is very easy to stain (even though the Lime Crime Venus eyeshadow palettes are also made of the same cardboard material, my Lime Crime palette looks brand new even though I've had it for more than a year. While this theBalm Meet Matt Trimony palette is only a month old and it already looks shattered and scratched)
I can recommend this palette for purchasing, as I really do like it. I hope that you found my review interesting. Don’t forget to give it a thumbs up if you liked it and thank you for your attention!