Makeup Review: theBalm Shadow and Blush

thebalm hot mama I’ve raved before about NARS’ Orgasm shade, which went from being a cult favorite to a staple in practically every grown woman’s beauty closet. And it is indeed the best blush essentially ever invented. But theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One is perhaps the second best, and can be used as a dupe for Orgasm with a little stretching. First of all, it glides on beautifully smoothly – a lot of blushes are either too thick, so you feel like you’re applying a mask to your face, or too powdery and fall everywhere. This glides on like honey and has good staying power; I generally still have a nice, light pink glow at the end of the day.

Created to function alternately as a blush, shadow, or highlighter, it’s essentially the higher-wattage version of NARS Orgasm – slightly more sparkly and brighter, but the same wonderfully natural, versatile shade. From the website –

“We’ve never been satisfied with basic blushes. Too often, they look amazing in the compact but leave behind flat streaks of color. Not so with this peachy pink powder, which has a subtle infusion of golden shimmer to give off a 3-D effect. It also works as a shadow and highlighter, letting you achieve pinup-worthy results with just one product.”

It has a little more honey tones and a little more sparkle to help it function beyond a blush if you want; for that reason, I sometimes use it at night rather than during the day, but most of the time, I use it interchangeably with Orgasm. It also won’t break your wallet – a small 7-gram compact costs $20.00, but lasts FOREVER – mine lasts me six months because a little goes such a long way.  Go forth. Buy it.

3 thoughts on “Makeup Review: theBalm Shadow and Blush

  1. Beauty | Coffee and Irony August 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm Reply

    […] more. If I could buy only one beauty product ever until the end of time, this would be it. Backup: theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One, […]


  2. lookbeyondbeauty August 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

    Wish this brand was available here, their products look amazing! 🙂


  3. Claire August 16, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Try eBay if you have access to that! Also – love your blog!



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