Brand You Need to Know | The Balm


The Balm is one of those brands that (despite the legendary Mary Loumanizer) can fly under the radar. Last month the Balm landed in my local Superdrug, which made it so much more visible and accessible to me. I’ve tried a few products from them now and thought I’d spread the love!


I have to start with my first ever product from the Balm which was the blogger favourite: Mary Loumanizer. This is the most stunning champagne-gold highlighter. The texture is so smooth, soft and easy to blend (though this can be a negative, as mine unfortunately smashed!) It’s also one of the most intensely pigmented highlighters I own, though I still use it in the daytime with a fan brush. I love how it delivers on the glow without a speck of glitter. From fair skin to deeper skin, this is as universally-flattering as a highlighter is going to get!

Fratboy Blush | £15.50

I’d looked at this blusher, I’d Googled swatches but I still wasn’t convinced this would suit my skin tone, so I made a beeline for it when the Balm opened a stand in Manchester’s Superdrug. It turns out it does work for me, though I’m not sure how it would look for a deeper skintone than my own. It has a really nice pigmented matte powder formula that applies subtly and can easily be blended in and built on. It’s a peachy-pink colour that’s perfect for everyday and I will definitely get a lot of wear out of when Spring comes round.



This is a gorgeous bright mauve shade (also a powder). Although the 'stain' name seems a tad gimmicky, the formula is so pigmented and long-lasting. It applies amazingly and blends out with ease. It doesn't go patchy throughout the day and the colour is perfect for winter.



This was actually passed onto me by my mum as it was the wrong colour for her. It isn't perfect on me (it's a bit too neutral for my warm skin tone) but once I've added in concealer and done a bit of BeautyBlender-ing, it definitely works. I absolutely love the formula of this; it's light, non-greasy, gives decent coverage and is long-wearing. My face doesn't get too shiny, though it's still nicely hydrating. It looks very much like skin but evens out my skin tone and perfects my complexion. Best of all it lasts me the day and doesn't reduce my face to an oil slick! This is well worth checking out as a cheaper alternative to my much-loved Nars Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturiser.


This is quite a runny stain-like formula unlike the creamier liquid lipsticks I've tried. When it sets it still doesn't feel drying at all and gives the look of a matte liquid lipstick. Committed is a gorgeous deep blush pink with hints of brown nude. This is one of the most long-lasting lip products I've ever tried; it's seriously amazing and the shade is just perfect for everyday wear.



Have you tried anything from the Balm? What are your favourite products?


 



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  1. I wish theBalm was stocked in my local Superdrug, Mary Loumanizer is one I need to try though, it looks like such a gorgeous highlight!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. They seem to be rolling it out to a lot of stores, so keep your eyes peeled ;) xx

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  2. The amount of products I want from the balm is ridiculous!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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  3. I have the nude dude palette and it's probably one of my favourites, such beautiful colours. I am so happy that it's available in Superdrug now! x

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    1. It's made me check out their products so much more! xx

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  4. I want to try this brand so much especially the Mary Loumanizer

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  5. I really want to try this brand, especially the tinted moisturizer and their liquid lipsticks now!

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  6. I have been wanting to try the Mary Loumanizer but I never seem to hit pan on my highlighters so I am a bit unsure.. also the matte lip cream in committed looks amazing! Love the shade xx

    The Chicster Diaries

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  7. I haven't really tried anything from the balm but I know I have the Mary Loumanizer for Christmas so I am so excited to give that a try!

    Hannah Heartss x

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  8. I was visiting Guildford the other weekend and I noticed the Balm stand in the Superdrug there but there was almost nothing left on it...sad times! As I really want to try everything and the liquid lipstick looks stunning :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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  9. To be honest I usually overlook the balm as well, I think the packaging throws me off a little because some of their packaging can be a little kooky at times. It sounds like they have some really great products though so I may have to stop and actually take a closer look at their stock one day.

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  10. Ahhhh there's sooo many things I want from the balm especially the highlighter!!

    www.tasnim28.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Fratboy looks like the perfect shade! I love a good pink blush x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  12. I own theBalm Nude Tude palette and I love it, the pigmentation is insanely good - I'd love to try Frat Boy blush it looks like a gorgeous colour!

    Lucy | www.foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. May need to check out the eyeshadow palettes next! xx

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  13. I absolutely love the Balm! Their blush Down Boy is one of my favourites! I really like the Bahama Mama bronzer too! The In the Balm of Your Hand paltette is such a great way to try a few more products! Committed is such a pretty colour!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  14. I've only tried the liquid lipstick and I have it in shade Committed too and I adore it! I've also tried a couple of the eyeshadows which are nice but nothing to shout about in my opinion. I have yet to pick up the highlighter but it's definitely on my list because so many seems to adore it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  15. I'd love to try out the liquid lipsticks but they smell like mint and I'm not about that! I love the fratboy blush, and the 3 Lou-Manizer sisters ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  16. I haven't tried this brand yet but I want to! My superdrug had sold out so after Christmas I'm going to go back!
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    1. Yeah half the stand is now empty at mine too! xx

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  17. I honestly ADORE their packaging so much. I just have their highlighter, but am craving their blushes as they look SO amazing <3

    XOXO, HaeMin

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  18. I love Frat Boy & Mary-Lou too. I also have Hot Mama blush (similar to Nars Orgasm but less less shimmery) & Bahama Mama bronzer and I love them both. I also love Nude Tude palette. Next on my list is that lipstick because it is stunning! xx

    Beautylymin

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  19. I recently found the Balm at my local Superdrug but a lot of it was already sold out! I swatched the highlighter and it's so beautiful, I want to give the tinted moisturiser a go too :)

    Velvet Blush

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  20. Great post, I've only tried the highlighters and I'm dying to try more!

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    1. I really want to try the other highlighters! xx

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  21. Fratboy looks such a lovely shade. I've only used the Mary Loumanizer for a couple of months but it's quickly became my favourite highlighter. I've heard great things about their primer too, that's next on my thebalm wishlist

    www.typicalamy.com

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  22. Every time I see The Balm at Superdrug, Mary Lou-Manizer is always missing, with the sales associate saying it has been stolen...every time! I won't purchase it without a single swatch though. :/

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. It's funny you should say that as it's the exact same in the two Superdrugs where I live! If it makes you feel more confident purchasing without swatching: I've never met anyone who hasn't liked the shade xx

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  23. I am totally swooning over this post! Such gorgeous picks Jasmine ^_^
    I have adored the Mart-Lou for almost three years now and I'm not surprised its almost always out of stock to be honest! That matte blush fratboy looks stunning :) I've tried their cream foundation and found myself surprisingly liking it despite not really getting into cream foundations before and I also have tried their pencil eyeliner which again didn't disappoint - such a consistently brilliant brand with the CUTEST packaging!
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

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    1. I saw those on your blog - definitely need to have a look for them :) xx

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  24. I ordered a few products from the balm on cyber monday while they had a great deal. I've been wanting to try their products for the longest time, and I'm quite impressed with the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. Their products are so worth the hype.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

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  25. I want to try so many things from this brand, I've tried mary loumaniser and i am beyond in love with it.

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  26. Since getting the Mary Loumanizer I have wanted to try more from The Balm especially now that they are stocked in Superdrug! I love the look of Committed, I’m just gutted my local Superdrug doesn’t stock the liquid lipsticks - so think I may need to order this online :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Mine didn't have any testers out so I may as well have ordered it online - the gamble paid off though and I love it xx

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  27. I've been meaning to try more of The Balm's products for a while, I absolutely love my Mary Lou manizer and couldn't be without it! All of the packaging is so so cutee!

    Just Little Things xo

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  28. Thank you for your comments - hope this gave you an idea of what to try next! xx

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  29. I've only ever tried the Mary Lou manizer from the balm but this post has definitely encouraged me to try some more. It all sounds so great and the packaging is amazing!

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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