Friday, February 28, 2014

theBalm Cosmetics: Smoke Balm Smokey Eye Palette


Swatches & Review

After seeing theBalm's new eyeshadow palettes on Kohls online, I waited for them to show up at the retail locations so that I can see them in person. My local Kohls was able to get them in this week so I went to Kohls as soon as I could. I do not know when the official release of these are supposed to be or if it is exclusive to Kohls because I have not seen it on theBalm's website. The Smoke Balm has two separate palettes, but they are only named by "Set One" & "Set Two". The one with the grey packaging is Set One, and the one with the green is Set Two. Each palette has three eyeshadow shades.

As always, the packaging for theBalm is super cute. In Set One, it says, "Warning: Men may stop drop and roll" & in Set Two, it says, "Warning: May cause shortness of breath in men." Totally theBalm-like. This is also packaged in cardboard packaging with the design on the sleeve exactly like the design on the product itself.

Set One: These were swatched with my fingers, but I will also have swatches with a brush later on as well.
Blaze: Black with silver glitter
Spark: Matte grey-taupe
Flame: Shimmery pearl

Set Two: These were also swatched with my fingers.
Kindle: Shimmery blackened-green
Glow: Matte light brown
Combust: Shimmery beige

Set One & Set Two applied with a brush with two swipes, except Flame & Combust, which only required one swipe.

When swatched using my fingers, both of the first two shades in each palette apply a bit patchy. The third shade in both palettes, the shimmery pearl & beige were very pigmented and a little goes a long way. However, the eyeshadows itself felt like most of theBalm's eyeshadows I have tried, which are smooth and buttery.

When swatched using a brush, the eyeshadows applied better, which was not as patchy as when I applied it with my fingers. The eyeshadows are very smooth, so it did kick up a bit of powder, which may lead to some fall-out, so tapping the brushes used with these are definitely recommended.

Overall, I feel like both of these are pretty similar to actually purchase both. These are perfect for a simple little palette for a smokey eye and each eyeshadow contains 0.12 oz of product, which is like twice the size of a full-size Urban Decay eyeshadow. I also like how it has different finishes in the three eyeshadows provided in each palette because there's a glittery one, a matte one, and a shimmery one. These retail for $12 and can be purchased online at Kohls(link)--non-affiliated & at Kohls with an extended beauty department.

What do you think about these Smoke Balm palettes? Do you prefer Set One, or Set Two?



10 comments:

  1. Ooohh these look so nice! It's true they look very similar, it would be hard to pick one :) x

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  2. These do look nice! Both look the same to me, but they're probably slightly different in person

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  3. They do look pretty similar!

    If I ever find these at my local Kohl's, I would probably purchase Set 2! And I think it's pretty cool that they have different finishes in both palettes.

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  4. I couldn't resist and bought both. I haven't officially used them yet, but I am very impressed with the rich, deep colors when simply swatched on my hand. I am so tired of plastic, hard to open shadow pallets. If you have fingernails at all,even the shortest ones, there is no easy way to open some of these cases without a major issue with nails. NOT SO with these wonderful Smoke Balm pallets. I love them! I hope these shadows are as good as I think they are. I am very impressed by this makeup line!

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  5. I couldn't resist and bought both. I haven't officially used them yet, but I am very impressed with the rich, deep colors when simply swatched on my hand. I am so tired of plastic, hard to open shadow pallets. If you have fingernails at all,even the shortest ones, there is no easy way to open some of these cases without a major issue with nails. NOT SO with these wonderful Smoke Balm pallets. I love them! I hope these shadows are as good as I think they are. I am very impressed by this makeup line!

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  6. I love TheBalm, they're my favorite brand. Their palettes are great and their blushes are super pigmented and awesome. If I had to choose between the two, I'd go with set one but I like the black shade in set two more. Thanks for the swatches!

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  7. I actually just bought Set Two yesterday and THEN decided to find swatches today. However, I used it already and as usual I like it! theBalm is one of my favorite cosmetic brands. I may have to purchase the other one even though they look similar. Glad I got $10 kohls cash.

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  8. OMG I wish these were available in Canada or there was someway to get my hands on these!!

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