One of my beauty goals for 2016, is to try more products from theBalm. I only own a few of their products, but I really love the products which I do own such as the theBalm timeBalm Concealer and the theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer in particular. theBalm’s highlighters are possibly their most popular product, and rightly so as they’re seriously stunning but I’ve not seen many mentions of their blushes in recent months. theBalm have quite a few different blush shades and formulas, and the one shade I’ve seen feature in YouTube videos most often is Frat Boy but I found the intense pigmentation and shimmer a little off putting so I decided to purchase theBalm Down Boy Blush £15.50 instead.
Firstly, lets talk packaging. theBalm Down Boy Blush is packaged within a square, cardboard compact with a card sleeve. The compact is magnetic, and there’s a mirror within the lid. I know cardboard packaging isn’t everyone’s favourite, but I personally don’t mind it as it’s lightweight and slim, and it’s pretty sturdy and robust for a cardboard compact.
The blush contains 9.9 grams of product which is strange as the Cabana Boy Blush contains 8.5 grams, and they’re the same price. The theBalm Blush’s are all marketed as being blushes as well as being a shadow, but I really can’t imagine ever wearing a blusher as an eyeshadow but it’s good to know nonetheless.
Shade wise, theBalm’s Down Boy is such a pretty baby pink with a cool undertone and subtle shimmer. In the pan, Down Boy looks almost sparkly but luckily for me the sparkle in the pan translates as a subtle sheen on the cheeks which I find to be really flattering. I own a lot of blushes, but I don’t think I own anything quite like this and it somehow manages to perk up my whole complexion.
The pigmentation is good, but it’s not super pigmented but again that’s something that pleases me as I like to build up my blusher intensity gradually rather than giving myself clown cheeks, and then having to blend them to oblivion so I look healthy instead of embarrassed. After liking Down Boy so much, Cabana Boy is now next on my list as it looks like a gorgeous plum which looks perfect for the cold Winter months.