Since I missed the launch of the volume 1 greatest hits palette from theBalm, I decided to meet the brand with their second palette In the Balm of Your Hand Vol. 2. At first, I was attracted by the colors because all of them are orange-free, which is such a common occasion for many cosmetic palettes. The colors are matchy here, I can do day and evening makeups with it. The palette also includes a highlighter, bronzer and 3 types of blushers. I bought this palette from the official website.
So, let’s pass over to the review!
The palette is made of thick paper with a printing of all (maybe almost all) cosmetic products from the brand. It somehow reminds me that the palette gathered only the hits here.
The top row presents 4 eyeshadow shades and a hyped Mary Lou manizer. The lower row has a bronzer and thee shades of the blusher.
Swatches of the top row:
So now, let’s have a more thorough look at them all. Attention, a spoiler
: theBalm eyeshadows are dry. I mean if you have ever tried the ABH or Too Faced eyeshadows, you’ll definitely get what I mean. The thing is that here the products aren’t as soft and creamy as from the said palettes. They are dry and remind me of the Tarte eyeshadows more.
The Matt Reed shade comes from the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette. It’s dark-brown, which is good for dark outer Vs. In general, the color’s good and the blending is also nice. No falling out.
The shade Firm is from the Nude Dude palette. It’s such a gilded shimmer. Honestly, guys, I don’t use it a lot. You see, I’m an eyeshadow junkie and I’ve got heaps of such shades from other palettes. The quality is good here but again, it’s too dry for me. Such dryness is fine if the shade is matte but when it’s a shimmer, I want it to be softer.
The shade Alice Copper was a part of The Balm Jovi palette. Such a lilac-vinous shimmering shade, which appears more brown on my eyes. It’s a good color for the entire lid and smokey eyes.
The shade Matt Russo
from the palette Meet Matt(e) Ador
is gorgeous pinky-brown. This is my all time love! Such a good color for the crease.
The highlighter/Mary-Lou Manizer doesn’t have to be presented! It’s just love at first sight! Now I get why it’s considered to be one of the best out there! It creates such a soft blur on my skin and stays put really long.
The Bahama Mama bronzer is a fave of many gals. It isn’t as orange as the Hoola bronzer from Benefit. I apply it over my pale skin with a delicate layer or sometimes use it for a darker crease.
The Down Boy electric pink shade in the refill, doesn’t appear so vibrant on the skin. When I apply it on my cheeks, the color looks delicate and really natural.
The Frat Boy blusher is a versatile pinky-peach shade. It’s a perfect shade for a day-to-day wear. My fave!
The Instain HoundStooth blush is ideal for cool-toned skin. This product is said to be more long-wearing and staining but in my book, all of them stay on good.
And now I’ll show you some makeups of mine with this palette.
Here I used Matt Russo, Alice Copper, and Matt Reed. I applied some Mary Lou over my brow bone as well:
Mary-Lou and Instain on my cheeks:
Here the Matte Reed, Firm and Marie-Lou were applied. Bahama Mama is used for the darker crease.
Frat Boy as a blusher:
Here I applied the Bahama Mama + Down Boy + Mary-Lou with a delicate coat:
OVERALL:In a nutshell, the palette is very good. For $32 you get a full-sized face palette, which is so travel-friendly. The blushes and a highlighter make the palette worthy 100%. I apply the bronzer only under the daytime lights, so as to not apply too much. I’ve heard that they are planning to launch a palette of orange-free bronzers soon. I’ll certainly buy it too! I take off one star for the dry texture. I never regret buying this palette, though!
Rated - 4 out of 5.