theBalm continues to impress with Stainiac

Friday, August 27, 2010

What it is: TheBalm Stainiac tinted gel blush/lip stain in Prom Queen

The wear: Like many stains, this has a liquid-gel texture — meaning that it’s definitely not moisturizing, but also that it isn’t really drying. It wears for about the same amount of time as any other stain does on me, and as the colour fades, it doesn’t give that telltale ring of colour around your lip line. (However, like all stains, it might catch on dry bits, so don’t forget to exfoliate first!)
The colour: Prom Queen’s packaging is pretty deceiving — the description (“sheer rosy pink”) is spot-on, but the orangey text on the tube had me worried about the colour inside. It’s not too warm-toned, though, as you can see in the swatches!
indirect sunlight / flash
The catch: Also because of the liquid-gel texture, this takes a little getting used if you’re going to be using it on your cheeks. For instance, if you use an oil-based moisturizer (or just straight oil,) it won’t go onto your cheeks well at all — make sure to skip the oils and silicones, or “cheat” on your skincare for a day, skipping the oils and ‘cones on your cheeks altogether. It takes some time to apply, but the gorgeous stain lasts all day!
bare / stained. click to enlarge.

Don’t forget: never try to apply a stain to your lips if you’ve just put on lip balm! Like oil on your face, things like petroleum and beeswax will create a barrier between your lips and the stain, preventing it from absorbing properly for that all-day wear. Instead, put on your lip balm or gloss after staining!

topped with clear gloss.

The verdict? I’ve tried a lot of lip and cheek stains, but I can safely say that this is one of my favourites. It’s most similar to my Etude House stain, but I like the smell/taste of this one a lot more (read: there isn’t one of either,) and the packaging is so much easier to deal with. Plus, Prom Queen is a great colour — very wearable, and sheer enough to give almost all skintones a lovely, subtle tint.

AvailabilitySephora, Apothica,

Plump Your Pucker with theBalm

Friday, August 6, 2010

What it is: theBalm Plump Your Pucker in Boyz’n My Berry

The shade: Boyz’n My Berry may have an awful pun as its name, but that’s where the awful ends! It’s a wonderful dark berry that would suit so many skintones I’m blown away. A lot of lip colours that would be amazing on dark skin look too violet-brown on lighter skintones, but this manages to stay looking like a fresh, juicy berry, despite the depth of colour! I have a ton of glosses with glitter in them, but to be totally honest… I’m really not a fan of glitter in my lip products. At all. Ever. Which is why the gorgeous cream finish in this is just the gigantic cherry on top!

Overall, this lovely shade is muted enough for the workplace, but bold enough for the street ;)


The wear and application: Another woe of the dark lipgloss is the way it applies, feels, and wears — and by this, we mean that it streaks its way on and fades from the inside out. 

None of that here, thank goodness!
The doe-foot applicator makes it easy to layer on a smooth coat of Boyz’n My Berry, without any telltale streaks of opacity. It smells great (aka not strongly enough to be annoying,) and wears off evenly, needing reapplication by lunch if you want to keep the shine. However, it leaves behind just the most marvelous berry stain… so really, why even bother reapplying? [eyebrow raise]
above and below: a “normal person” layer of Boyz’n My Berry

The plumping: Plumping? Yah, whatever. With the gorgeous shade, the tack-free finish, and the amazing price tag (just $15 a pop,) I’m not even a little bit upset that this doesn’t plump!

The ingredients:

Polybutene, Ricinus Communis Oil (Castor), Isocetyl Stearate, Flavor, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Dioctyl Adipate, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Tridecyl Trimelitate, Menthol, Polyglceryl 3 Beeswax, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil (Apricot), Theobroma Cacao Butter (Cocoa), Octyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan, Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Carnuaba), Propyl Gallate, Propylparaben, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla Cera) Wax (Candelilla)

May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Iron Oxides, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470)

the aforementioned drop-dead-gorgeous stain — very “my lips but better.”

The verdict? This is definitely on its way to becoming one of my all-time favourite glosses! It’s smooth, it’s shiny, it leaves a great stain — and it’s about darn time I found a lipgloss without all that annoying glitter. We love the formula, we love the price, and we love the shade!

Availability: Sephora doesn’t carry this one, but you can order through theBalm, or through!

Just balmmy

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Product: TheBalm’s TimeBalm concealer (lighter than light)

Price: $17 US, $24 CAD (darn you, Sephora!)

What’s great: A little goes a long way with this stuff, and it covers all day long. It comes with a little sponge if you choose to use it (I don’t – I don’t think they’re hygienic at all, so I took mine out. However, if you’re a little less OCD, it’s great to use on-the-go!) Additionally, it doesn’t smell horrid, which is always lovely. The coverage is fantastic as well, disusing anything from dark circles to acne.

What’s not so great: Um… I got nothin’. This may crease on you if it’s not properly set, but a light layer of powder should solve that! 

Edited to add: I’ve been working on my little jar for over a year now, and with daily use for concealing acne, redness, eyelid veins, and undereye circles, it’s not even half gone.

Other stuff: Lighter Than Light works just fine under my eyes, which is where we tried in on in-store, but when I do have to conceal elsewhere, it’s a touch too warm. However, it’s not enough of a difference to make me leave my darling timeBalm! If it’s particularly obvious on any given day, I’ll just set with minerals to tone it back. The verdictI absolutely adore this — the coverage is excellent, the cream stays creamy, even after a year (and especially in the summer,) and it lasts all day long. (For a normal workday, at least. I’d say it starts to go around ten hours or so.) Definitely recommended!

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