The Balm Hot Mama

IMG_3435Can you believe this is the first product I’ve ever tried from The Balm? I’ve admired the brand from afar for ages but never actually placed an order. I was close a few times when Feel Unique have had offers on but something told me I didn’t need that X at the time. I was absolutely wrong, I DID need it and I WILL need more!

IMG_3448 copyIMG_3438For a while I suspected The Balm was a poor mans Benefit but it’s a totally different animal, first of all it’s £10 less for almost the same amount of product. The packaging is still cardboard but it’s compact and more user friendly and although they have similar retro designs there’s something a little fresher about The Balms take on a theme. This blush (and also eyeshadow – but then any blush could be eyeshadow, right?) is 1 of 3 in the Mama Collection, there’s Hot Mama, Bahama Mama and Sexy Mama. Each is adorned by a different lady matching her name on the front, it’s just so cute. The sweetest themes definitely belong to the eyeshadow palettes but I’ll talk about that in another post.. if you’ve seen them (which I’m sure you have) you know what I mean.

All that and I haven’t even mentioned the blush yet. I initially thought it was coral in colour but upon closer inspection it’s more of a peach/pink.. There’s a good deal of shimmer so if you have particularly visible pores you might not love the finish however I find that can be an issue for me and didn’t feel self conscious wearing this. It was almost a diffused glow but the light was AWFUL when I took these photos, really grey and overcast so who knows on a sunny day.. at this point I feel like we’ll never see the sun again so perhaps that’s not worth worrying about. I’ve read reviews of this that say it’s patchy and not blendable but I feel quite the opposite, perhaps it depends on the brush you use but using the Real Techniques Blush Brush I found it easy to gradually build up colour. I am wearing it bolder than I may usually just to ensure it showed up in the photos (refer to earlier rant about grey, grey day) however you could get a really subtle result from this too. For me, I love the colour, I love the packaging and I find it really easy to work with so I can’t think of anything bad to say about it. It’s a popular brand but very reasonably priced at £13.50 when you consider a blush from Revlon is £7.99, MAC is £18.00 and Benefit is a whopping £23.50. It’s a step up from drugstore, still a treat but what I consider to be affordable.. especially given the quality!

Have you tried anything from The Balm? Anything you’d recommend?

Miss BB

*PR Sample



  1. Northern Beauty blogs
    17 October, 2014 / 7:06 am

    Bahama Mama is a great bronzer but use a VERY light hand! I also love the highlighter Mary Luminizer it’s so pretty and also looks great as an eye shadow 🙂 x

  2. 17 October, 2014 / 8:12 am

    Never tried any The balm product.. but this is such a beautiful color…gorgeous packaging 🙂

  3. 17 October, 2014 / 8:16 am

    I love The Balm, I really do – my favourite product by far is the “How ‘Bout Them Apples” cream blusher palette. They’re just fantastic to work with and wear, and the shade range is beautiful… and there being pictures of scantily clad cowboys on the packaging has nothing to do with my decision… honest!!


  4. 17 October, 2014 / 8:18 am

    This looks so gorgeous on you!
    I actually don’t think I’ve tried anything from The Balm either but like you, always lust over it in the shops!

  5. 17 October, 2014 / 9:27 am

    I like the Balm, I think their quality is really great and quite affordable. I’m all about the Marie Luminiser. Feel Unique have a sale on their products quite often so I’d wait until then and the products are almost high street prices!

  6. Josie
    17 October, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Such a pretty shade – love this!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  7. 17 October, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    That looks like a really pretty colour! I’ve never tried anything by the Balm before, but I’ve always wanted to.

    // Oh Dollymix

  8. 17 October, 2014 / 2:38 pm

    The Balm is fantastic, their “Nude Tude” Palette is a great alternative to the Naked palettes! The Meet Matt(e)’s are great too! The names of their products are just so unique!

    Mikayla 🙂

  9. Cathy McLeod
    17 October, 2014 / 5:42 pm

    The Instain blushes are amazing! I’ve used it for every wedding I’ve been in and it stays on soooo much longer than a normal blush on my oily skin.

  10. 17 October, 2014 / 9:52 pm

    I love bahama mama bronzer as a contour shade (it’s a bit too cool toned for me to warm up my face with so it’s reserved for contouring) and I own a few of their blushes but frat boy is my favourite-the perfect pinky peach shade! Emma x

  11. 17 October, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    I haven’t tried theBalm blushes yet but I recently got Mary Lou Manizer highlighter and it’s amazing! It made me want to explore more products from the brand. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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