Hi friends! So sorry for the hiatus but I had a TON of products to test out and I wanted to give everything a good couple of days before forming a true opinion on them all. This post, however, is on a few products from the brand The Balm that I have been using for a few months now and am completely in love with! The Balm is a higher-end cosmetics brand that is cruelty-free with a ton of vegan options. They are also notoriously known for their controversial packaging that is said to raise an eyebrow or two. I happen to love the packaging though! Nevertheless, they were doing a special flash sale for only 2 hours a while back for 50% all products sitewide! Plus a portion of the proceeds went to The Ovarian and Reproductive Cancer Recovery Program at CPMC and that really impressed me! So here are the products that I picked up & my thoughts on each:
Let’s start with Mary-Lou, this is such a gorgeous highlight and easily compares to high-end options. There’s a reason that every cruelty-free beauty blogger has this in their makeup kit, because it is amazing! I absolutely LOVE the way it looks on my skin. It gives that perfect glow for every day use and is easily buildable for nights out. I definitely feel like it lives up to its claims that it makes your skin look “softer & younger” because it really does lift your face just a tad. The formula is very smooth and applies well with a brush. Here you can see a swatch that I used my finger to make but to the left of that you can see a subtle glow and that was the product applied with a brush. I highly recommend picking this chica up!
This Bahama Mama Bronzer is pretty amazing too. It gives off a subtle sun-kissed look that instantly brings your skin back to life. It doesn’t have any orange-y tones so you don’t have to worry about looking like an oompa loompa anytime soon. I love contouring my face with this and also using it on my eyelids too! I never feel like it looks too heavy or unnatural and the formula isn’t too powdery at all. I feel like this is another must-have from The Balm and I have heard a lot of other great reviews too. Definitely check it out! Side note: I actually scored this baby on Amazon during their Annual Prime Day for a heavily discounted price. 🙂
Okay so I am kiiind of kicking myself for not ordering every shade of the Read My Lips lip gloss because holy crap guys this stuff is amazing! I never thought a vegan & cruelty-free lip gloss could be so awesome but I really can’t sing high enough praises. Trust me and just get yourself some of this. For real. “BAM!” has been my favorite shade so far. It is a perfect light pink that goes with any fresh light makeup days and I find myself reaching for it often. I love the formula of these glosses. They are a little sticky, super glossy, and pretty pigmented. Not to mention, the are infused with ginseng so they smell amazing and are great for your lips/mind! My lip swatch doesn’t do this color justice it is seriously so gorgeous!
“ZAAP!” is such a pretty color too! It is a light red that comes off as more of a strawberry color. This shade is great for days where you want a little more color on your lips but still something soft. Again, formula is amazing. It applies very smoothly and is easily buildable for a more pigmented look. The only downside to these glosses is they fail the kiss proof & drink test. They do easily transfer and wear off within an hour or two. It is a gloss that you will have to carry in your purse and reapply throughout the day. The great thing is they do not become gross-tacky. Meaning, they don’t ball up towards the middle of your lips and sit there. Does that happen to anyone else? No? Just me? Okay. I find this happens to me with the lippies from ColourPop, for example. They are still gorgeous glosses nonetheless and I highly recommend them!
And there you have it! My first The Balm haul was a great success and I am loving all of these products so much! They have all become staples in my makeup routine and I am always using at least one of them, if not all, on the daily. What is your favorite product from The Balm? Any others you would like to recommend to me? Stay tuned for lots of new reviews coming in the next few weeks and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for other photos and swatches! Thanks for reading!
Note: All products were purchased and reviewed honestly by me.