What’s the story on the Balm Girls Lipstick?
Anyone try yet?
I just wrapped up my review of them this week, here’s my thoughts.
We’ve all established how much importance I put on great packaging and the Balm always gets a grade A for going above and beyond with their vintage style packaging. In the case of their new Balm Girl Lipsticks they have decked out the boxes of each lipstick with a “Balm girl” as in Balm, James Balm. Each box features a foxy little lady and her dashing companion, James Balm.
Each lipstick comes in a slick, silver bullet packaging and is available in six shades with a highly pigmented formula with a minty taste.
For the most part the collection is dominated by creamy, mod colors. I can’t do cream finishes sadly as they make my face look an ickle too full however if you embrace creams you’re sure to love ’em!
- Amanda KissMyLips (sheer maroon brown)
- Ima Goodkisser (soft creamy coral)
- Mia Moore (rich creamy red)
- Mai BillsBePaid (velvety nude)
- Anita BoyToy (cool pink frost)
- Foxxy Pout (bold metallic bronze)
Shades that stick out for me here are Foxxy Pout which is a rather gorgeous shimmering metallic bronze, Amanda KissMyLips which is a lovely brown maroon, very dramatic color, Ima Goodkisser which is a golden coral (this pairs up so lovely with NARS Orgasm), and Mai BillsBePaid which is a flattering nude pink on my lips that has a slight MLBB (my lips but better) finish to it!
The perk of this lipstick is the incredible pigmentation. These have a super color pay off and offer full coverage. Rich color in lipstick is kinda rare and even, dare I say, MAC doesn’t offer SUPER pigment the way these do. These have a nice glide but I noticed the texture was a bit on the drier side. They wear quite long and leave behind a nice stain once they fade away. You’re looking at least six hours wear without food or drink and some minor wear into the seventh hour so once they are in place, they will be sticking around for a good, long wear. However, the longer wear time and the drier formula creates a little havoc with my lips…they need more moisture behind them to have a more comfortable wear. Mind you, my lips aren’t dry now but as the colder weather sets in I tend to get chapped, flaky lips and these won’t wear well on that type of surface so be sure to exfoliate well prior to application and make sure you have a nice, smooth canvas for your lipstick as these will accentuate drier areas without proper prepping and priming.
Overall, the Balm Girls are a rich color experience without a doubt so if you love your lippes pigmented you’ll adore this formula. However, they do have a drier formula so be prepared to work around this issue by topping them with gloss and having a smooth surface on your lips prior to application for the best results.
If you want ’em, they are available for purchase now at thebalm.com (I’m so easily amused I quickly think the BOMB dot COM haha).
Anyone try ’em?
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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