Today, I've got an amazing eyeshadow palette and eyelid primer from theBalm to show you, that Birchbox kindly sent me to review. I have wanted to try something from theBalm for ages, and I'm so glad I did as I am seriously impressed!
First of all the packaging is simply gorgeous, isn't it?! It's just oozes 1950's vintage charm, I am completely in love with how unique it is. The box is adorned with quirky, funny references e.g. 'size matt(e)rs' in reference to the nine matte eyeshadow shades included in this palette. I really like that and the little comic pictures, I think its a fun, light-hearted touch.
The primer and palette come in a box and the palette is packaged in a cardboard slip that is exactly the same as the outer box and is also exactly the same as the palette itself, which is also made of cardboard. I like that they have kept all the packaging the same, as all the same information is repeated on everything, so you don't have to keep looking back trying to remember where the shades were listed for example.
So, the shades, I think you'll agree are really stunning. I chose this palette as I only use nude eyeshadows, but definitely prefer matte shades so this palette is perfect for me. The quirky theme continues inside the palette, where all the shades are named after people, they are all 'Matt' with a different surname, I'm not sure if 'Hung' counts as a surname though! This is such a great idea, really different.
I cannot get over the texture of these eyeshadows, they are literally so soft and velvety. They blend beautifully, they are probably the most blendable eyeshadows I own and are incredibly pigmented, even the lighter shades are pigmented.
As I said, this is described as a matte palette, but all of the shades do have a tiny, tiny hint of shimmer, but these just look incredible on application, and I can't get over how much I love this palette!
The shades look even better on application as you can see from the swatches here:
(Left to Right: Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy, Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh, Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi & Matt Hung)
This really is the perfect nude palette, and just look how pigmented they all are! These are all just one swipe with no primer or anything underneath. I'm wearing Matt Johnson (first shade) right now and it's a beautiful, deep charcoal-grey, perfect for a winter, smokey eye.
The primer works amazingly, and I mostly forget to use eyelid primer, but after testing this out, I will definitely be using this every time I wear eyeshadow from now on. You get 11.8ml of product, which is a decent size as you only need a tiny bit, this retails at £14.50 on its own and I think its worth every penny, it really enhances the colours of the eyeshadows and makes them last so much longer.
Here you can see just how well the primer works, on the left I have Put A Lid On It underneath and both are just one swipe of one of my favourite shades 'Matt Abdul'. You can really the how much richer the shade is and it was so much harder to remove too, so it really does increase the lasting power.
Birchbox sell the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette and the Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer set for £34, which I think is so reasonable, because not only is the quality beautiful, but at feelunique.com the eyeshadow palette retails at £34 on its own, with the primer costing an extra £14.50, so definitely a great bargain. You can buy it from Birchbox's e-store, here :)
Overall, both these items are amazing and I will get so much use out of them and I have got to delve more into the world of theBalm, after using these two incredible products.
Thanks for reading!
Have you tried any of theBalm's products?
Emily :) x