Monday, October 2, 2017

Product Review -- The Balm Girls' Getaway Trio


It's pretty well established on this blog that I'm a huge fan of The Balm.

I don't think I've tried a single product from the brand that I didn't like, and the artwork on their packaging is always too cute.

That's why I usually buy their new products as soon as they come out -- I don't wait for reviews or even swatch photos.

I give them my money and just trust that I'm going to like whatever it is.

Over the past year or so, though, I've fallen a little behind on their new releases (new products are coming out fast and furious these days... I just can't keep up!).

That means I've been meaning to try to Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush pretty much since it came out and just haven't gotten around to it.

So when I saw that it was featured in their new face palette, The Girls' Getaway Trio, I figured that it was finally time to try it.

The palette comes in sturdy cardboard packaging with The Balm's trademark (adorable) vintage artwork. There's a small mirror inside, though it's not really large enough for doing your makeup.

The Balm Girls' Getaway Trio

The Balm Girls' Getaway Trio

There are three blush/bronzer products inside: Balm Springs, an earthy rose; Balm Beach, a neutral rose; and Balm Desert, a rosy bronze.

None of the shades have any glitter or over shimmer, but they aren't entirely matte -- I'd describe it more a satin finish.

Like all of The Balm's cheek products, these have a smooth feel that applies and blends very easily. They also have really good staying powder -- even on my cheeks, which tend to eat up blush like nobody's business.

On my fair skin, Balm Springs and Balm Beach both read rosy enough that they can only be used as blush.

The Balm Girls' Getaway Trio

From l. to r.: Balm Springs, Balm Beach, Balm Desert
Balm Springs has more warmth to it, while Balm Beach is more neutral. Both give the cheeks a very natural flush, though I'm not sure that they'd show up that well on darker skins.

Balm Desert, on the other hand, has enough brown in it that it work as a bronzer on my pale skin -- and it's kind of the perfect one because it has some rosiness that makes it look very natural on a fair complexion.

And no orange tones, which is are the main culprit when I wind up hating most bronzers.

I've also been using this palette as eyeshadow. The look is pretty monochromatic, but still very pretty so if you're in to traveling light, you could throw this palette in your bag and have your blush, bronzer, and shadow all in one place, which is pretty convenient.

All in all, I think this is another winner from The Balm -- and it's just $24, which is a good deal in my book.

(I will point out that the products aren't full-size, but they're larger than half-sizes so there's still plenty of product.)

You can purchase the palette on The Balm's website.

Have you tried The Balm's Girls' Getaway Trio? Which shade is your favorite?

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