March 18, 2009

the Balm Time Balm Concealer Review

You know the Muse, she’s terribly addicted to concealers. I got many requests asking me to please review the Balm Time Balm Concealer for a while plus I got many recommendations from lovely readers who told me how great it was.

I decided it was about time that I try it out for myself to see if all the excitement that surrounds this particular concealer was living up with the Muse’s expectations.

It’s good. It’s not great and it’s not my holy grail concealer of choice but it’s not bad. the Balm Time Balm Concealer comes housed in a rather tiny little clear jar that’s about the size of what you’d get a pigment sample in. Although the packaging is tiny it houses plenty of concealer that should last well over a year. Also included is a tiny, circle sponge that blends the concealer in place.

Few fun facts about the concealer….

It’s not a moisturizing concealer in any way, shape, or form. If you’re older this is probably not one of the first concealers you’ll want to be reaching for simply because it takes a tiny bit of work to get it in place and blended in thus being older you aren’t going to want to do all that rubbing around the eye area so much (or even if you’re younger for that matter). The product is pigmented enough to hide up plenty of woes such as dark circles, puffy eyes, and fine lines. Although the concealer is more of “harder” texture than what I’d prefer it does cover up amazingly well.

I think the key to getting it blended correctly is using the small sponge it comes with. I twirl my finger in the top and dab a few spots under my eyes and proceed to pat on with the sponge. It seems to give a nice airbrushed look by applying this way but I do have to be careful with prepping correctly otherwise it creases and cakes terribly.

Coverage is good and the concealer performs pretty well all day without a touch up in between. I think if you prefer, for lack of a better word, a more dense concealer this would be something to consider. The texture is not creamy nor can it be compared to Benefit Boi-ing’s formula which also has a slightly “hard-like” texture. The feel of the product holds it’s own in the concealer department.

Overall, it a good concealer but I have doubts I’d repurchase if I ran out as I prefer a more moisturizing concealer. This would be a great one for those who prefer this style of texture in their concealers. Personally, at my age, I’m all about moisturizing concealers. This was nice and quite good but not on my to buy again list.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • lois

    Hey Muse, sorry I haven’t been keeping up, but I was wondering what IS your holy grail concealer? or your favorite at the moment, at least?

    • the Muse

      hi lois

      the bb concealer palette and the mally concealer palette are my two hg’s at the moment πŸ˜€

  • Dee Dee

    Muse, I have serious dark circles and although my skin is Combination/Oily, my eye area is very dry. I’ve heard so many good things about this concealer and considering buying it. Which color do you own? and would it help if I moisturize my eye area first? Your opinions and reviews are very important to me. Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      hi dee if you’re dry I’d go with something way more moisturizing as this has a denser texture which I really didn’t love. Moisturizing your eyes helps yes but not completely as I moisturizer daily and prior to concealer and it didn’t help this blend out any easier imho! Hope this helps πŸ˜€

  • SΓ­lvia

    Hello! What is the name of the shade on the photos? It would really help me to choose the right shade for me… thanks!

  • Camille

    I personally love this concealer. πŸ™‚ I used to go for Nars but when I ran out, I started scouting for other ones. For me, this is by far the best. I started comparing by checking the value for money by checking cost and the amount in ml. and ofcourse the skin benefits. This one lasted me for 2 years. I wear it everyday on weekdays and on weekends when I’m out. I also don’t reapply when I’m out coz’ it doesn’t wear off easily. Reapplying a concealer after putting on powder is icky… so anyway, I’m running out of supply so I might buy later while there’s a cosmetics sale haha. Oh, I do have serious eyebags since I usually stay up late for work. This one really hides it well and after I wash it off, my eye area would still look decent. So, I do think it has anti-wrinkle and lightening properties. Also, I’m happy that it doesn’t look crappy, like it’s melting all over your face like other creams whenever you sweat and stuff or when your face starts to oil a little. πŸ™‚ I think it spreads well too even when you’re in tropical countries like in the Philippines and in cold places like when I went on vacation in Seoul, Korea… it’s my number 1 at the moment. I love that it’s packed in such a small bottle too, great for travelling, just handy for my bag.