I'm loving the fact that so many American make up brands are now launching here in the UK. Thanks to it's fun and quirky packaging The Balm has made quite the name for itself and when I heard that they were launching in Debenhams I was really keen to have a play with the products myself. In theBalm of Your Hand soon caught my eye and with a selection of their bestsellers I thought it would be a great way to try out the brand:
The Balm reminds me somewhat of Benefit cosmetics and the fun and quirkiness carries through to the products with names such as Bahama mama, Mary-Lou manizer and Shady lady. In the palette itself there's a selection of 4 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, a bronzer, highlighter and 2 lip colours. Because it's quite a neutral palette I find all the shades really easy to wear and it's great for any trips away as it pretty much takes care of all my colour needs.
In theBalm of Your Hand eyeshadow, highlighter and blush swatches
In theBalm of Your Hand bronzer and lip swatches
I've swatched a selection of my favourite shades above and you can see there's a good mix of shimmers and mattes. In particular I'm really liking Shady lady insane jane eyeshadow and Mary Lou manizer which also doubles up as a gorgeous golden eyeshadow. Bahama mama works well as both a bronzer and contour shade and Instain a really lovely pink blush which gives a fresh rosy glow to the cheeks. For the lips there's a choice of the more neutral How about them apples caramel cream or The balm girls Mia Moore lipstick which packs a punch but is the most beautiful cherry red.
Like a lot of palettes these days it's made of thick cardboard with magnets to stop it from falling open. Compared to say a plastic palette it's not the most practical but the slim design does mean that at least it's easy to fit into your makeup bag. I also like that they've got a separate flap for the lip colours as this helps to keep it clean and prevent any fall out from the powders going in. Overall a really gorgeous selection of shades and if like myself you're new to The Balm then this palette a great way to try out their products without having to buy them all individually.
Have your tried anything from The Balm before? What do you think of the new In theBalm of Your Hand palette?