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Mar 11, 2009

the Balm Down Boy Blush and Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Spring obviously signals the mating call and the need for men? We've been privy to Urban Decay's take on men this Spring and today we'll indulge our need for more men with the Balm Down Boy Blush and Shadow.

Hey, with a blush dubbed "Down Boy" I'm almost positive you'll be irresistible to the guys this season!

the Balm is terribly underrated isn't it? Taking into consideration that the line isn't terribly big that may sway you from actually checking it out but the Muse does so solemnly swear that the Balm is well worth checking out, especially when they put out items like Hot Mama and Down Boy.

In the case of the Balm Down Boy Blush the Muse was tickled pink, literally, when she seen it. The idea of a baby pink blush appeals in a big way as my chubby little cheeks sure do love a good pink blush but the keyword here kids is "baby" pink. Baby pinks tend not to work well for me but I was determined to give it a go. Actually, come to think about it, does baby pink work for anyone!?

When I got my package it didn't surprise me in the least that I was completely and utterly disappointed with the blush. It was extremely pale, chalky, and just unappealing. It was quite headed for the rubbish bin before I even tried it but lucky enough I did decide to dip a brush in and have at. Sure glad I did try as it turns out that this baby pink works quite the treat on a Muse's cheeks.

First the packaging. Packaging is awesome as it has that retro glam beauty charm that I adore. It's a flip top with a full size mirror and a cute vintage design. I'm a lover of this style palette, Too Faced is legendary for housing it's cosmetics in similar style compacts, as they are easy to store, travel with, and just rather fun.

Although the powder is a tad on the chalky side I was pleasantly surprised at how well it blended and how much pigmentation it actually packs. The color is the perfect flush of pink that's not overwhelming and looks very natural on. I can't help but think at least one or two people are out there in makeup land who are hating on Benefit Posietint and of course these people will be more than pleased with The Balm Down Boy because the color is so natural and less of a louder pink when compared to Posietint. What's interesting about the product is the buildability...gee is buildability even a word? I deem it a word! The product allows for a light application which gives just a touch of pink to cheeks or a few strokes will build it up to an even deeper shade of pink. But no matter how you use it, heavy handed or light, you'll always end up with just the right shade of perfect pink. If you're feeling the need you can easily use the blush as a shadow as it multitasks as a sweet pink on your lids! Pigmentation as I mentioned earlier is very good so you can easily build up a nice shade of pink on your eyes.

With Spring well on it's way a natural, soft pink is worthy of your attention and the Balm Down Boy has it in the bag! I absolutely loved this and think it's a perfect shade of pink and well worth checking out for yourself. I'm Muse Approving it for purchase with one downside, it's rather a soft pink and won't be flattering on all skin tones (cool, lighter tones go best with this) so points are deducted for that. Aside from that I think the blush is absolutely gorgeous and well worth checking out!

In the picture below I'm wearing Down Boy on my cheeks and on my lids!

A quick switch of gloss! I decided that Urban Decay Pocket Rocket Lipgloss in James was looking much better paired with the blush! So James is on my lips in this FOTD :)

It's available at Sephora and the Balm's website. If you purchase the Balm Kiss Me Goodbye Overshadow for $15 USD you can get 25% Off your total order when ordering on the site so you might want to hope over to take advantage. Just place items in your cart, check out and pay full price. the Balm will refund the 25% Off on a second invoice but I'm not sure when this is over so you might want to e-mail to ask.

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Blogger Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

i like tis baby pink on u.. but hav no idea whether does it suitable for my skintone... I don't have dark skin but rather yellow tone...

March 12, 2009 at 1:57 AM  
Anonymous Bev said...

The Balm is not widely available in the UK, though you can pick up one or two products online at a store called ASOS. Goody for me, as they make my HG mascara. I just bought a very bright pink blush (Urban Decay Quickie) but I might give this one a go. I'm off to Australia next week and there is a cosmetic store that carries this (they also carry Lipstick Queen which I am soooooooooo excited about!), so I will have to check this out when I get there.

Loving the colour on you, Miss Muse. :)

March 12, 2009 at 2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of the Balm! They are so underrated but the quality is fab. Your cheeks look so cute with this color ;)

March 12, 2009 at 4:44 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey syn

thanks. It should be ok if you prep well prior :-D Primer, powder and such :)

March 12, 2009 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

Hi Bev :)

I noticed Asos sales the Balm which is cool! Oh you'll love this, it's so very pretty :) and I heart Lipstick Queen, dying to try the Big Bang glosses!

Thanks hun!
Big hugs! Oh and enjoy your time in Australia :) how fun!

March 12, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

couldn't agree more anonymous :) it's such a fab little brand!

thanks hun! Loving this shade :-D!!!!!!

March 12, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Aretha said...

The blush looks really pretty and sweet on you. :)
It reminds me alot of Benefit's thrrrrob though!

hugs <3

March 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

thanks hun! yes very thrrob like :) a bit more pigmented though!

big hugs hun! :-D

March 12, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Miss Yaya said...

i love their packaging

March 12, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

me too miss yaya :)

March 12, 2009 at 1:24 PM  

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