Review + Swatches: TheBalm Overshadow Loose Pigments
What it Is: The Balm Overshadow Loose Pigment Eyeshadows
What it Does: These shimmery, finely milled pigments have multiple uses for high-shine color
What it Costs: $15
Where to Get It: Kohl’s, TheBalm.com, online, Hautelook sales
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Up!
Generally, if you’re using a true highlighter, most will compliment all skin tones. Highlighters are rather sheer, and mostly colorless - their intent is simply to add a glow and to catch light, not to add color to the skin. Certainly, there will be some pinky highlighters, and some golden highlighters, and some bronzey highlighters, but none of those will have SO much pigment that they will look badly on your (or any) skin tone. You don’t necessarily want a highlight that is going to have a ton of color.. because then you might as well just buy a shimmery blush or bronzer, right?
To be completely sure that your highlighter is right for your skin tone, go by your undertone (If you don’t know your undertone, look here) If you have warm, yellow undertones, use a cream-colored highlight with a slightly golden finish. If you have a cool, pink undertone, pick a color that has a slightly pink tinge. Champagne-colored highlighters will work for all skin tones, as long as they are sheer.
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer
Physician’s Formula Mineralized Glow Pearls
ELF Studio Blush in “Gotta Glow”
ELF Shimmering Facial Whip in “Lilac Petal”
Hopefully this will give you a good idea of what to look for! :)
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theBalm Blushes in Down Boy, Hot Mama and Frat Boy. These are so pigmented and the packaging is to die for! I totally recommend them :)
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If you like a shimmery bronzer, then baked bronzers are definitely the way to go. They have a gorgeous sheen that is finely milled and not chunky or glittery - they look natural, but still glow.
Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer in Heatwave - $8
Milani TanTastic Baked Bronzer in Sun Glow - $8
Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer - $32
I also really like these shimmery, but not “baked” options:
The Balm Betty Lou-Manizer - $24
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Bronzer - $8
I have a bronzer addiction too, and I don’t think I could pick just one bronzer as my favorite!!
As for a gradual self tanner, I think that my favorite easily-accessed one is Jergen’s Natural Glow. It gives the best color without streaking terribly, and it also provides moisture. I just hate the smell of it.. mostly because it’s a memory triggering scent for me haha.
I also love Banana Boat Summer Color - I can’t find it year round, but that might just be because I live in NY and the demand isn’t there in the winter.
But my favorite tanning lotion that I’ve used is Color Couture! I was sent their products a few months ago and I fell in love. St. Tropez is also very good, if a little bit pricey! :)
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I absolutely LOVE The Balm - their packaging, their colors, and the quality of course.
All of the eyeshadow palettes would work for you - since they’re mostly neutral colors, anyone can pull them off. I love all of the ones that are on there right now… the Nude’Tude palette is one of my special favorites, and the new Meet Matt(e) Nude palette looks really great (I have the original one). The Shady Lady palettes are also exceptional… I couldn’t pick one ;)
The Balm Shady Lady Vol. 1 palette - originally $39.50, on sale for $19.50
The Balm Nude’Tude Palette - originally $36, on sale for $18
Their glosses are very nice - sheerly tinted and very hydrating. Their lipsticks aren’t my favorite because of the scent, but otherwise they’re very beautiful as well.
I love their cheek products most, I think - particularly the blushes (Down Boy is a gorgeous pink, Frat Boy a poppin’ coral!) and the Mary Lou-Manizer Highlighter… it’s my FAVORITE ALL TIME love love love
The Balm Balm Shelter Tinted Gloss - originally $19, on sale for $9.50
The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer - originally $24, on sale for $12
Happy shopping! ;)
TheBalm Frat Boy Blush - $21
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Heather Silk - $3
ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion - $3
NYX Powder Blush in Peach - $6
Milani Baked Blush in Corallina - $8