I’m currently writing this on a train which is quite a novelty for me.. when I travel to London I rarely take my macbook as it’s SO heavy but I’m going to be to and from just one location today so seemed feasible that I could manage it and get some work done before and after.. if you see any bizarre typos in my next few posts I am going to blame the shaky cabin not working with my touch typing.
Moving on.. The Balm! I already showed you the blush (which by the way I’m wearing right now) and I was going to build up to this with some other bits and bobs but hey.. I couldn’t wait. I had seen this palette on blogs and vlogs some time ago and was very interested but we have no local stockists and I assumed it was expensive.. I know, bad blogger not doing my homework. It’s not cheap makeup but it’s £10 cheaper than Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes and I run out and buy those without a second thought. Talking of Urban Decay, it’s hard not to compare every neutral palette to their uber popular set however this, for me is a totally different animal. It has an awesome selection of neutrals, yes but it also has some colour.. colours I would actually WEAR!
Swatching the shades they remind me a lot of Too Faced in quality, the shimmers are almost metallic and the matte formula’s are excellent which is a real test when I’m trying a new brand. I’ve had the palette for almost a week and have tried to experiment but my favourites are definitely Stand-offish, Sexy & Sophisticated (see below for a couple of examples of how I wear these). My only wish is that they’d included a creamy matte shade as I’m not a fan of a near metallic brow highlight but I need SOMETHING to blend out to.. it’s not the end of the world, I usually end up using my regular face powder for the job but given that there ARE mattes in the palette it would have been nice.
The branding (as I mentioned previously) is very reminiscent of Benefit but also (I didn’t spot this before) Soap & Glory. It’s right in between the two price wise and I definitely prefer both the packaging and the products to Benefit but when I consider S&G.. they’re really, really great too. Eyeshadow is tough, I think it’s one of the few things it’s really worth spending more on so I would absolutely recommend this to you however the face from The Balm (much as I love them) aren’t head and shoulders better than some of the stuff you can get at the drugstore. That being said, Soap and Glory’s Blush is £11.00 and the one I showed you from The Balm last week – see that here – is £13.50 so although it is a mid-range brand I feel it’s really reasonably priced. One last note on the packaging, yes it’s cardboard but it’s super sleek and slim, not bulky and trying to look like more than it is.. it might not be for everyone but I very much enjoy it.
What are your thoughts on shadows? Splurge/Save?