I am a huge fan of Balm products. They are of excellent quality....they are super-pigmented, easily blend-able, long-lasting, little goes a long way, and luxurious looking. From my experience (I own their eye-shadows, highlighters, and bronzers), they do not clog pores or feel heavy on the skin...I find them to look very natural and enhance skin (such as their highlighters and bronzers). This bronzer is matte and there is no shimmer or glitter. The reason I gave this bronzer 4 stars is because I wish it was a little darker in color to be used as my ONLY contour powder. I like a more dramatic but not a "in your face" contour look. I have MEDIUM/DARK skin-tone so this was a tad light to be used as my sole contouring powder. However, I use this bronzer as part of my contouring routine ( and would give it 5 stars for this). I use this as a transitional color under my cheekbones and sides of nose. And I love this bronzer for those parts! For those who prefer more natural look or subtle contour look and are of medium skin-tone, then this would work well. For very dark skin-tone, I do not think it would show up as well as a contouring powder but would look great as a crease color or transitional eye-shadow. And for those fair-skinned woman, this would work great as your sole contouring powder because it has no shimmer so you don't end up looking like a bronzy disco-ball. I definitely would buy again because it is a lovely, non-shimmery bronzer that I like to use on sides of nose and as transitional color on cheekbones. It is hard to find a matte bronzer. At this price, I would buy again in a heart-beat. I recommend this product because you will find a use for this product....and for those light-skinned woman, I would use this matte bronzer to contour. Just remember, little goes a long way, recommend applying with fan brush or delicate brush and blend well.
I own some of the big Shany trays, and those eyeshadows are really excellent. This palette is not up to those standards. This palette is overall is decent, but there is a lot variation amongst the shades. I strongly suggest a good primer and/or base with these. The colors are a pretty mix of neutrals, lights and pastels (not too white, fortunately). Most have good to excellent pigmentation. The exception is the pale matte mauve shade in the upper left corner: I have very fair skin, and it does not show up on me at all. The mauve does not build; it's a complete fail. Texture on the lighter shades tends to be powdery but blendable, with quite a bit of fallout. The darker shades are smoother, but still a little powdery, with some fallout. They do not irritate my sensitive eyes. The packaging is basic inexpensive black. It gets the job done, and the pans are glued in securely. My palette arrived quickly and in perfect condition.
I used the age defying serum which is lightweight, this primer, then,cream concealer where needed around my eyes. I used only a blush and contouring powder over the above and the results were very, very nice. My skin never felt so soft. -Natural blond with very fair, mature, dry skin.
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