Friday, February 17, 2012

It's Hot In Here: Review of theBalm Hot Mama Blush

After purchasing two of theBalm's other products (Sexy Mama Powder and Mary Lou-manizer), I wanted some more of theBalm. I had seen nothing but quality from them. When MyGlam sent out a 25% off code for theBalm's website, I jumped on it. Since I still haven't found a blush I liked enough to wear on a daily basis, I decided I would try their blush Hot Mama. Hot Mama is supposed to be very similar to NARS Orgasm, which I have swatched but don't own. I also ordered a backup of Sexy Mama powder. So I waited impatiently for my package to arrive. When it got here, I quickly unpacked it. But by then, it was too dark outside to take product photos. So I waited till the next day, when the sun was luckily out (yay!).

The product packaging is very cute, with a pin-up style girl on it. It's magnetic and snaps shut. It feels very sturdy. It has a nice mirror on the inside, and there's definitely a lot of product in the pan. The only problem I have with the packaging is that if you drop it really hard, the mirror will crack - I know this from experience, when I dropped my theBalm Sexy Mama powder and the mirror cracked but didn't fall apart. It still ruined the nice mirror though, and it's not really quite so nice anymore. =/

When swatched, it is extremely similar to NARS Orgasm. It's shimmery, but not glittery. It's a peach-toned color with gold reflects. It leans a tiny bit cool, but can't really be defined as warm or cool. I think it would work on almost all skin tones. It's definitely pigmented, and it glides onto my cheeks really smoothly. The powder is quite soft, and it's easy to pick up pigment, so you have to be careful only to get one or two swipes of blush on the brush. If you set it with powder, it stays on all day, which is awesome - most blushes disappear by the end of the day on me. It acts kind of like a blush/highlighter combo, so it's a one step application. It's awesome, and makes my routine that one step faster, minus the highlighter!

Here's a picture of me wearing it (I went overboard trying to get it to show up for the camera, sorry about that - I regularly don't wear nearly this much blush):

All in all, I absolutely love this blush! This is the only blush I've ever found that I can see myself wearing on a daily basis - it has just the right amount of shimmer, not glitter, and works as a highlighter as well as a blush. I think this will definitely become a part of my daily routine, because it really adds life to my face and stays all day! This product is my HG blush (although to be honest, I haven't tried many) and I will use it until I either find a new HG or use it up!


  1. Looks great on you! Love theBalm products.

  2. Thanks! Yeah, all the products I've tried from them are extremely high quality!

  3. You look lovely! I love that shade. I may have to pick it up.

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  5. Rites of Beauty BloggerFebruary 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Really pretty blush. It really flatters you.

  6. Thank you so much! Yeah, it's just a really gorgeous color. ^^

  7. Thank you so much!

  8. awww I'm sorry your mirror cracked! at least your iPhone didn't!


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