Finally, TheBalm arrived in Italy. It was ages I wanted to try something from this brand and I was drooling over international bloggers’ enthusiastic reviews about these products.

Last saturday I saw the brand new TheBalm stand at my La Gardenia beauty store, plus there was a promo: when you spend at least 40 euro you get one full size for free.

I wanted to buy everything. But I’ve been rational, lol.

I picked up the Shady Lady vol.2 , the Bahama Mama and the single Shady Lady Risqué Renee.

Prices are really good: the palettes are 26.50 euro, the blushes 12.50, the single eyeshadows 10.50.

The single eyeshadows are 3.4g/0.12oz and the palettes are 17g/0.6oz: i find them a great value.

Risqué Renne is a deep, blackened purplish blue, a really complex shade.


The shadows in the  Shady Lady vol.2 palette are a great mix of dark shades, colours and neutrals. All shadows can also be used wet, they seem smooth, not powdery and well pigmented.


Bahama Mama is a completely matte cool bronzer, and it’s hard to find a shade like this one. I don’t use bronzer (I like my pale skin) but I want to use it as contour. It seems quite dark in the pan and it’s really pigmented but with the right brush it’s really blendable.


Time Balm face primer is a silicon based primer, so it can clog your pores. I don’t think I’m going to use it everyday, but maybe for some night outs or special event. It can be used also alone for a flawless skin.

But the better thing about TheBalm is packaging: sleek and paperboard, it has a cute vintage look, 50’s pin-up allure.

Next haul? Maybe Down Boy and Frat Boy blushes and Mary-Lou Manizer!

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