|theBalm's Balmbini Face Palette ($28 at thebalm.com)|
Because this will be a long, content-filled post, I'm going to spare you the witty narrative and just tell you that, this palette normally retails for $28, (although, I got it for $16.99 at Marshalls!), so each product is essentially $4 a piece. I'm going to hit you some swatches with a little cost analysis thrown in the mix. Note: the cost analysis will be done on the palette as it normally retails simply because I can't ensure you will find it at your Marshalls.
|Shadow blushes in Down Boy and Hot Mama|
|Down Boy on the left and Hot Mama on the right|
As far as quality goes, these blushes are smooth, not chalky and have great pigmentation. Another plus is that the size of the pans are big enough to be able to dab a fluffier blush brush. The two colors they give you are great picks for the palette as well because you have a cooler baby pink and a warmer golden peachy-pink. The fact that they double as shadows gives you more room to play!
|From the left: Mary -Lou Manizer, Insane Jane, Jealous Jordana|
|From the left: Mary-Lou Manizer, Insane Jane, Jealous Jordana|
Insane Jane is a frosty medium grey-taupe. When I looked on theBalm's site, I couldn't find it for individual retail, but it is in the Shady Lady Vol. 2 Palette. The texture is out-of-this-world smooth and really blendable. I would do a price rundown since it doesn't look like you can buy it individually to begin with.
Jealous Jordana is a frosty- almost metallic- hunter green that retails for $16 for .12 oz. In this palette you get .15 for essentially $4. Wow. That works out to be 125% more for 20% of the regular price. Unless the shadows are more than .12 oz. or the back of the palette is wrong, these numbers are right people.
A final note on the blushes and eye shadows: I noticed they have really pleasant minty smell (like aromatherapy minty). I don't know that I have ever owned a shadow with a smell, but I'm glad my first one was good!
Finally, the lips:
|Read My Lips Lipstick in Wanted on the left. On the right, special edition tinted gloss|
|Lipstick in wanted on the left, gloss on the right|
The gloss that is included in the palette isn't available for individual sale (to my knowledge), but it is just a sheer, smooth gloss. Nothing special but for a texture that is like butter that gives a slight sheen to the lips. Nothing goopy or tacky about it.
Overall this palette is amazing both for the products in it and for the deal you are getting. As someone who has never tried theBalm products but heard rave reviews, this might have been the buy of the year.