Haute Look is my freakin favorite place to shop and get really amazing deals, especially on makeup. I’m so mad that they are no longer on Ebates but I just found out Forever 21 is! Finally! Win some, lose some. Anyway, you all know I love good deal and great freakin products. I kinda heard of The Balm but the price is little like woah for me, don’t get me wrong I will buy it but if I KNOW I can get it cheaper I will. That’s why hold out for the sales or when it comes on Haute Look. You literally pay half price or cheaper and I think that’s a great way to test out a product you are not sure of just yet. Or want and don’t necessarily want to drop all that money on. The Balm comes on Haute Look about every 3 months or so. You can also get them from thebalm.com, kohls.com, and Duane Reade. Their website is great to check out for all the swatches, and they give you tutorials and tips. So awesome!
Ok, this is from like 3 different orders I have made (I am so bad at reviewing things when I get them. I have a pile of stuff I need to review!). So I will jump right into it, this will be a long one! I will totally start off with some internet favs for sure though!
The Lou Manizers:
Betty-Lou Manizer AKA The Bronzing Bandit:
How gorgeous is Betty Lou?!!! I am not one to really use bronzers, I have like two and others that have come in palettes. Still not sure what they do or how to use them, I just do a 3 on the sides of my face with it. I feel like bronzers are those things that you use and you can’t tell what it did but it did something. Idk maybe it’s just me, I need to watch a tutorial. I am so clueless when it comes to bronzers. So why did I buy these? Because when I see one, I pretty much want them all! And you barely hear them talk about Betty-Lou and she is a beaut! I have been using her a bit more now that it’s summer. I guess it helps gives that golden glow, but where? All over? Must consult Jackie Aina about this or YouTube in general. What do you ladies love bronzer for?
Cindy-Lou Manizer AKA The Con-tour Artist:
Cindy-Lou Manizer is my favorite of the 3. It’s more of a peachy pink highlighter, and I don’t know why, but I feel like this goes well with my skin tone. You would think I would think the gold would be more for me but I actually really like this one. I use this one way more. I feel it goes more naturally with my skin tone. After I put on my makeup I feel it more suits the other colors I guess. This is more everyday for me. I love love love these babies!
Mary-Lou Manizer AKA The Luminzer:
Mary-Lou Manizer is more of the gold highlighter and I use it from time to time. I definitely use it when I am going out, for a super shine. You can see from the swatch that this highlighter does not mess around! It is very pigmented and it will def give you the high shine you’re looking for. This one is the most popular of the 3, but I love all of them. Buying these helped me to learn what to use highlighting for. That and Instagram, and YouTube videos.
One thing I must say and love about The Balm is the packaging. It is so cheeky, retro, and totally girly. It’s everything I love! The names are totally awesome as well. The packaging for the Lou Manizer (get it? Manizer? Like she’s a man eater. And Lou Manizer as in lumanizer, eh eh get it? Lol ok I’m done) is sooo freakin cute! They are 50s pinup jailbird cuties that racked up some offenses such as being too pretty, and stealing glances. I love that these have more than one use as they can be used to for shadow, to help brighten it up or if you just want something quick. These are highlighters, shimmers, and shadows all in one. The pan is really big, so you will get some long time uses out of these girls! The all come with mirrors, which something I completely love about The Balm. Every item has its own individual mirror. As a compact junkie, this is totally convenient and will cut down all the extra stuff you put in your makeup bag. I got these ladies for $12 each which is half the price! I think that is an amazing deal especially for these guys. They helped introduce me into the world of highlighting and I can never go back, and I don’t want to!
My Meet Matt(e) palette is pretty beat up because I use him so much! I am a huge lover of all things matte and this was one of the first things I bought from them. I completely fell in love with it and it really was something different for me. I’ll just give a quick sum of each shadow going in order across and down the palette, going from the top of my arm to bottom. Everything swatched with my fingers as usual.
Matt Smith: This is a more light peach I use it for higlighting more than anything else.
Matt Gallagher: You can barely see this one on my skin, which I love! I love nudes that match me exactly for my shadows. I don’t know why, but it either has to be my perfect nude or else I don’t really like it. But this guy is perfect for me. Literally.
Matt Ramirez: This like a chocolate brown, great for the crease to give it depth.
Matt McDonald: Love this color! A dark navy blue.
Matt Horowitz: This is probably one of my favorites, it’s a deep marine blue color. One of my favorite colors.
Matt Chung: This is a light pink that I just use for highlighting as well.
Matt Batali: This is a bit of a softer dark brown, also great for the crease.
Matt Schilling: This is another of my absolute favorite colors. I call it a poison ivy green. I love using this color a lot. Really great for those sultry looks.
Matt Patel: This is probably a second favorite nude. A nice warm brown with some greyish undertones.
I really fell in love with this palette and made me want to get the next one asap! These are great for matte smokey eye looks. It just gives such a great 90s vibe, all those tones are muted, and did I mention they’re matte? It comes with a mirror, and did come with a double ended brush. It was one of those flat head brushes that I would more use for eyeliner than regular application. I got this guy for $17. The only thing is that I looked on their website and this is not on it! I wonder if they discontinued it? *GASP* Here’s some look I’ve created with this palette.
Meet Matt(e) Nude:
This palette is double the size of the other one, and then some. I am not a nudey but the original palette convinced me that this had to be in my life.
Matt Johnson: This color is a smokey slate color.
Matt Garcia: This color is a lil deeper than a perfect nude color for me. Great for cut crease.
Matt Malloy: This color is pure white.
Matt Rosen: This is a nice pure brown.
Matt Wood: This color is a beautiful coffee color.
Matt Singh: This is a nice peachy nude.
Matt Abdul: This is like the perfect griege color!
Matt Lombardi: This is a beautiful nude for those of yellow undertones.
Matt Hung: This is a deeper griege color with a nice pinky undertone.
I really love this palette because though it has traditional nudes, it has a few that are more grey and blue toned. And I am not a fan of nude shadows. So I like this palette because it’s like the best mix for me. Plus it’s matte! And I really love anything matte.
This is a blush I have definitely circling around Instagram and I just had to try it. They have another one everyone buys I think it’s called Down Boy, but that was a little to powdery pink for me. Cabana Boy I am so happy with. It’s a perfect pink, it’s not too light not too dark. It has a bit of shimmer to it and I think it’s perfect for that summer glow. It of course a has mirror and the design is so cute. It has some palm trees around it and a very cute 50s pin up style cover. It has a magnetic close. This was $10.50 on Haute Look.
Sexy Mama is an anti-shine translucent powder with tiny oil absorbing spheres. I love that this color is not completely white white and is more a yellow toned color. Better for me and when I want to powder my face and don’t have everything look kinda white. This was $10 on Haute Look. Again a mirror, magnetic close, and a cheeky pin up!
How ‘Bout Them Apples?
Cider is a really light nude color. It is really pretty, just gives you a flush of color.
Pie is a light pinky color that really just gives a nice hint of color.
Candy is a pinky nude. It very light and has shimmer to it.
Cobbler is the rest of the colors and really look like you just took a bight out of an apple.
Crisp is a really pretty nude color with a gold shimmer underneath it.
Caramel is a really pretty nude has a very sheer color and has shimmer undertone.
All of these are pretty sheer but they each have a different type of nude look to them. A lot of them have a bit of shimmer underneath and it gives them a really pretty look. These are both for your cheeks and lips so they are very soft and creamy. The texture feels a little odd on your lips because it’s almost like they’re too soft. I don’t know if that makes sense lol. These colors I think can be very versatile for your face, besides blush I think a bunch will be very good for highlighting because of the shimmer underneath. Of course I love love the packaging, the 50s pin up and the guys on the inside. The is so cute and reminds me of fall and apple cider… Lol I just find the palette really versatile and beyond cute. Of course, it has a nice huge mirror and a magnetic close. This palette was $16.
I know this post has been crazy long! It took me forever to write it! Thank you so much for reading and I hoped this has helped you out in any way if you want to try any of The Balm products. I cannot wait to try their liquid lipsticks and eyeliners. Those are next on the list. Let me know what products you guys have used and any you think I should try. Also if you haven’t signed up to Haute Look, here’s a link to their site: http://www.hautelook.com/invite/AStuart122. Sign up is absolutely free and an access to so many amazing deals!
Thank you again for reading. I love all of you that has stuck it out. You know where to find me. Stay purple! 🙂