*Both suitable for vegans
The Balm is one of those brands I’ve lusted after forever, but I’m on a bit of a budget usually and I haven’t really splashed out just yet. Over the festive season, I was gifted some vouchers for Next, though, and it was the perfect opportunity to A) stock up on their super soft underwear and b) Pick out a couple of pieces from The Balm. I may also have been more than tempted to buy Daisy a little duffle coat as well, but Liam reigned me in.
When it came to choosing products the first for me was obvious: if you haven’t heard of Mary-Lou yet where have you been? I was a little stuck between products for the second – on one hand I want every nude palette ever, but I’m not so fond of the nudity in the Nude Tude (Volume Two is beautiful but I don’t need naked blokes in my eyeshadow) and aside from wanting every blush and highlighter they ever released, I finally got some common sense and picked up their Schwing eyeliner.
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Mary-Lou Manizer is everything you want from a highlighter. Gorgeous packaging, sleek compact and the most beautiful golden shimmer that catches the light on your face from just about every angle. If you’re anything like me – pale and suffering from wintery whiteness – this really gives you a gorgeous champagne glow that definitely stops me looking as if I haven’t seen real sunlight in a week (I haven’t, what is this weather?). The formula is super smooth and almost buttery – an ultra blendable highlight that can be a subtle shimmer or an all-out glow.
It is entirely possible to overdo it with Mary-Lou and that is possibly the only con of this gorgeous product.
Not only that but she’s a multitasker – doubling up as an eyeshadow as well as a highlight and general all over the place shimmer. I have endless time for multi-functional products in my life.
Mary-Lou gets a glowing review! Get it?
The Balm Schwing Eyeliner
I’m running dangerously low on my Collection Fast Stroke and so Schwing was the obvious choice for me. Gorgeous packaging is the norm for The Balm and Schwing is no different. The wand is pretty similar to Collection’s Fast Stroke, except thinner and sharper – so if you’re looking for that lethal cat eye this is the one for you. Schwing’s formula is a real step up too – it sets and mattifies super fast so there’s less chance of blinking and smearing it all over your eye (a daily struggle for me).
Overall I think I picked some good ones! I couldn’t be happier with my purchases and maybe sometime in future, I’ll end up with some more!
Have you tried any products from The Balm? Tell me about your favourites!