A few weeks ago, I was watching emilynoel83's (aka makeup maven extraordinaire) and saw her rave about a new release from the Balm: the "In the Balm of Your Hand" volume 1. The idea behind the palette is that the Balm took shades from all of their best selling palettes/products and combined them into one awesome all-in-one palette! I was instantly intrigued by the idea and knew I had to try it for myself, so I ordered it off of Nail Polish Canada as an early Christmas gift to myself. It was $47.50 CDN + tax, which I thought was pretty good for a palette of this size.
I only own a few products by the Balm (Mary-Lou Manizer highlight, Nude 'Tude Palette) so I was really looking forward to testing out a few of their "greatest hits".
The palette includes:
- Hot Mama Blush
- Instain Blush in 'Argyle'
- Cabana Boy Blush
- Bahama Mama Bronzer
- Insane Jane Eye Shadow (from the Shady Lady Vol 2 Palette)
- Mischevious Marissa Eye Shadow (from the Shady Lady Special Edition Palette)
- Sexy Eye Shadow (from the Nude Tude Palette)
- Lead Zeppelin Eye Shadow (from Balm Jovi Palette)
- Mary Lou-Manizer Highlight
- Caramel Lip/Cheek Colour (from How Bout Them Apples Palette)
- Mia Moore Lipstick
I think this a pretty great variety and unique concept behind a holiday edition palette. It really is a chance for a brand to showcase their best releases in a convenient package. This palette could easily be a "one-and-done" type of palette for an entire makeup look.
I was instantly impressed by the insane quality of the powder products (to be expected from the Balm) and was pleasantly surprised by the cream products. It's not often that I like lip colours that aren't in stick form, but I have been thoroughly impressed by the Balm Girls lipstick.
|Left to right: Hot Mama, Argyle, Cabana Boy, Bahama Mama|
|Left to right: Insane Jane, Mischievous Marissa, Sexy, Lead Zeppelin, Mary Lou-Manizer|
|Left to right: Caramel, Mia Moore|