theBalm on Hautelook: Loves & Wishes!

So theBalm is on Hautelook until Monday morning at 8am Pacific time. For those of you who don’t know, Hautelook is a designer discount website owned by Nordstrom. They have a lot of brand-name items, including beauty items, at deeply discounted prices. How it works is they have sales – called ‘events’ – for specific periods of time. I’ve gotten theBalm items from them before, and I’ve also gotten Urban Decay.

I haven’t tried a ton of their products, but what I have tried, I really really like. So, I thought I’d make a list of things I love and things I’d love to try!

  • Mary Lou-Manizer is a classic in the highlighter department. It’s a light champagne colour with golden undertones. I find it works really nice on a wide variety of skintones.
  • Instain Blush in ‘Argyle’ is one I’ve been looking at for a while. I’ve heard great things about it. The premise is that it’s a powder blush that actually stains the cheeks. I’d love to try it!
  • Betty Lou-Manizer is like a cousin-product to Mary Lou-Manizer. It’s marketed as a bronzer, but it is waaaay shimmery even if it is bronze. I use it as a highlighter (and because of my skintone, it looks really natural) and sometimes an eyeshadow, but I’d never use it as a bronzer, even on somebody lighter than me. Too shimmery for that. But it’s an excellent highlighter, especially for dark skin!
  • Frat Boy is the only blush of theirs that I own. It’s a mauvey pink that’s super flattering on many skintones. I like it as an everyday colour, but I don’t find that it lasts long. Still, it’s really pretty!
  • Finally, the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette. I’m tempted by this one, especially at 50% off, but I look at the colours and there are like four of them that I’d wear; that’s why I’m not getting it. The palette seems really dark in general, with only three lighter shades… I wish it had a few more ‘lid’ colours. In any case, I love matte shadows. They really let the shape you create be the focus instead of crazy amounts of shimmer. Matte eyes look great with a bold lip in particular. This palette would be a good supplement for someone who already has a good collection of light mattes and needs some darks.

    Props to theBalm for super cute packaging and clever names, as always.

  • Comments

    1. The Balm is probably one of my favourite make-up lines. We have the Instain collection at work… and boy is it pigmented. It blends out rather nicely with just the right amount- however, even a little too much goes muuuuuch too far.
      In addition, I swear by their liquid liner, Schwing! You may notice when you remove it that it is a blue based black, but when applied it is seriously the most pigmented black and has yet to go grey when I’ve used it. The applicator is also a reason why it’s my fave; a fine pointed felt brush that lets you go think or thin and isn’t too stiff.

    Tell me what you think!

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

    You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


    Connecting to %s

    %d bloggers like this: