Earlier in the summer, I was lucky enough to win this eyeshadow palette from theBalm on Twitter. YAY. Sometimes I just love Twitter. If you don't follow them already, please do! You can tweet daily to have a chance to win! (Don't worry, I'm not associated with the company or the contest in any way, but hope you can win something if you really want to!) But seriously though, I just love this palette! Look at the pretty shades- they are all quite wearable, I think!Many people would compare this palette to Urban Decay's Naked palettes, and I suppose the idea here is similar enough to warrant the comparison. I am alarmed to admit that I own both Naked palettes as well, and I don't think any regular person needs to have all three - one (or two if you can't help yourself!) of the options would do just fine. I do feel that this palette is more neutral/cool toned, so if that is something you're looking for, do check it out! I think all of the shades are quite nice. I was surprised by how smoothly they swatched in one go, and how creamy they felt overall. Even the more matte shades felt quite creamy, and the only one shade that wasn't up to par and felt a bit gritty was Silly, and you can see in the swatch (2nd to last) that it doesn't look as smooth or even as the others with one swipe. I was happily surprised at how wearable Stubborn is, and I really just love Selfish as an everyday sort of shade.
The double ended brush included isn't the best, but you can use the shadow end if you need to. I had a tough time with the liner end, but I'm not sure if I just felt that it was too rough yet not firm enough. Perhaps I just don't prefer that style of eyeliner brush overall, though?
On me, I was able to wear these without primer for 12 hours before I removed it with very minimal, if any fading. Even on a day with massive allergies (watery, itchy eyes that I kept rubbing, oops!), the shadow on my lids made it about just as long. The shadow on my lower lashline didn't, which is to be expected with all the watery eyes and me rubbing them. On one of these occasions, Milani Liquif'eye eyeliner smeared/creased some in the hooded part of my eyelid, but these shadows from theBalm didn't! Wohoo!
I was seriously impressed by this palette, and I think it is a great palette for every day looks. The darker shades allow you to make some smoky evening looks as well, so this feels like a very versatile kit to me! I was definitely obsessing over this palette, and still would be if I hadn't fallen hard for Burberry eyeshadows. :)
What do you think of this palette from theBalm? Have you tried this or any other theBalm product? :)