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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2013
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I love it, extremely pigmented, good variety. you can go dramatic and neutral. all the middle shadows are matte so you can tone down the shimmer if you want. i love it, its so beautiful. the blush is great for any skin type and luminizer can be blended to being a very subtle highlighter. its amazing quality, good size eyeshadows/blush.
worth the money, id recommend it to anyone.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This is my first time using a product from theBalm. I saw this product reviewed by a beauty blogger on YouTube and was intrigued enough to try it myself. What a GREAT kit! The eye shadows are deliciously creamy to the touch and include a nice variety of matte, shimmer and high sparkle shades. The variety in color palette is not as great, but that's okay, because what is there is most of what I wear, so it fits my needs.

The fun factor is through the roof on this little palette. Eight of the 12 shadows have punny names based on rock bands: Metal-ica (sparkly silver), Iron Maid-in (sparkly gold), Lead Zeppelin (sparkly lead gray), Alice Copper (sparkly copper/purple), Blink 1982 (shimmery beige), The Stroke (shimmery midnight blue), rem (shimmery orchid) and Third Eye Blinded (shimmery pale pink). The other 4 shades are named after musical tempos: Adagio (matte pale beige), Allegro (matte cafe au lait), Moderato (matte deep purple) and Presto (matte dark color that appears brown).

There is also a blush (a pale peachy pink) and a highlighter (SUPER luminous beigey gold) and two lip colors that can also double as cheek colors (a cherry red and an almost nude pale pink). The kit also includes a heart-shaped mirror.

I have seen a lot of bulky makeup palettes, but this one is super compact and I could definitely see travelling with it. The palette is magnetized at top and bottom so it securely closes and even has an outer sleeve you could use if you were travelling, to make sure everything stays put in transit. Really impressive packaging here!

I have sensitive skin and most shadows (beyond the Almay hypoallergenic line) bother me. I haven't had a significant amount of trouble with these shadows burning or itching my eyelids. I do have some minor itching with the super sparkly shades, probably because the particles are larger, but it isn't enough to be a major issue and only bothers me when I wear the shadow for a long period.

For the fragrance sensitive (as I am), I noticed no scent at all with the shadows. The lip products, however, ARE scented; they smell sort of like a bubblegummy lip balm or gloss. Really only noticeable if I put my nose right up to it.

I recommend this palette especially for people who like to wear a bold eye and don't mind shimmery/sparkly shadow.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2013
theBalm never ceases to amaze me. It's one of those brands that doesn't get enough credit in terms of quality. I mean, it's half the price of UD/Tarte and I would argue that some of these eyeshadows easily rival the quality of the "major brands" in terms of buttery softness and pigmentation.

They really shy away from unnecessary bulk (coughcough Book of Shadows UrbanDecay) I mean this palette is just thick and big enough to contain the colors and not much more so it's amazingly portable.

The eyeshadows are great and can create all sort of looks. If you're traveling, you really can get away with bringing this + foundation + bronzer (bahama mama!!)+primer (because really....I cannot live without primer!) and be done with it. I think the nudey pink lip color is just PERFECT. It's my MLBB :D

The blush is veryveryvery similar to FratBoy though...so keep that in mind. If you're thinking about getting this palette and don't have FratBoy...don't bother getting fratboy, just get this.

Also...be really careful with the blush as it is INSANELY pigmented...I mean...I very lightly dip my brush into this otherwise I risk having some serious pink.

I don't love the luminizer as much as I love my HG: Mary Lou-manizer but it's not bad.

If you can find this for under twenty-five as it is right now on amazon, you should jump. No regrets about this purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2013
I bought this a few months ago and it is a routine make up staple now. Every color, and I mean every single color, is completely wearable and flattering. The colors are saturated so they aren't too much work to apply, the cheek highlighter and blush are highly complementary, and the lip colors are gorg. Buy it and you won't regret it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2013
This is truly the perfect makeup palette. It's small, portable, and contains everything I'd need other than foundation!

The eyeshadows are absolutely beautiful. The silver shimmer shade, Metal-ica, is the only one that is a little much for everyday wear, but the rest of the shades are usable for work or for a night out. They blend out absolutely perfectly with a good blending brush (I use Bdellium brushes), and can be mixed and matched to create a variety of looks.
The Mary Lou-Manizer highlight color is gorgeous. I have tan, East Indian skin and it doesn't look crazy or overdone even on my complexion. The Frat-Boy blush is extremely pigmented - i have to go easy on loading my brush with it so that I don't look like a porcelain doll with circular rosy cheeks. The lip glosses don't glide on my lips, which tend to be on the dry side, so I moisturize my lips and THEN apply the glosses/lipsticks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
Love this palette! Shades are all buttery smooth, and it includes some really unique colors; I've particularly enjoyed the shade rem, as I don't think I have anything in my collection that is even remotely similar. I also love the blush (frat boy) and highlight (mary lou), that come with it. The lip shades are decent; pretty, but not anything special. I do love that the lip shades have a separate cover to keep them eyeshadow free! Nice touch. Overall, I'm very pleased with this product, and it makes me want to try more from The Balm! I would gladly repurchase right away if lost
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2013
Great palette for the money. It has some interesting colors although I do wish it had more matte colors. For some reason, cosmetics companies are wanting to put too much shimmer in shadows for me and when you're over 50, the shimmer wants to emphasize the lines and crease. Make sure you use an eye primer with these shadows if you have lines. I use Urban Decay's original eye primer.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2014
This palette arrived in a very timely manner. However, upon opening the Amazon box, I was surprised to see there was no kind of wrapping or protection around the palette whatsoever. The Meet Matt(e) Nude palette was fine, but this one suffered a catastrophic breakdown of the blush, which cracked and broke apart and then leaked blush all over the other colors. See my customer image.

*Edited 2/14/14 @ 8:42 PM - I called Amazon about this item, and Orlan was super helpful in assisting me with a refund (I would have been totally happy with a replacement, even!). He refunded me the full amount, and told me to keep the defective item. I'm in love with Amazon's customer service, and this incident just highlighted why they are consistently regarded as one of the better customer service-based companies in the world. I'll just crack out the rest of the blush and throw that away, and try to clean out the rest of the eyeshadows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2014
I love this palette and am even considering to get a backup (it is that good, I think). I reviewed it on Beauty-marker in details, but basically I love it. The quality of all products is great, it is extremely compact, yet you get so much and it's perfect for travel. And for less than $20 it's steal. Get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
BLUSH CAME BROKEN! I had to accentuate that because that's really the only thing I hated about it. Everything else was great and has nice quality. The cream lip colors on the other hand don't really impress me too much as it is a bit drying on the lips.
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