May 10, 2011

the Balm Frat Boy Review, Swatches, Photos

Frat Boy….

Defined as a hot college boy that plays football, and belongs to a fraternity.


Not to me. My taste is men runs to girly Asian boys, English men, freaky gothy guys, and geeks!

I am however attracted to the Balm’s version of a Frat Boy though! Their Frat Boy is a flush of matte pinky peach blush sans beer, football, and preppy short sleeved shirts with the collars flicked up.

I think you’ll loves it whether you’re into Frat Boys or not!

A new powder blush for Summer 2011 from the Balm!

I think part of the appeal of the Balm’s Powder Blushes are the whimsical packaging. I love vintage packaging and the Balm fills my need for brilliant packaging as well as completely wearable, quality makeup! The Frat Boy features a vintage print of a gal and her “Frat Boy” football hero after a big win! I don’t love Frat Boys but I do favor this sweet packaging.

The blush comes in a slide out cardboard case. You can slip the case off and the design is featured on the actual compact as well. It’s a flip design that’s made of heavier cardboard with a magnetic closure. Inside is a full size mirror and your blush.

I was surprised as the blush looks very uneventful in the compact. It’s a matte shade of subdued peachy apricot but applies with a gorgeous pinky, peach apricot finish with plenty of pigmentation so even tanned complexions can share the joy.

Although I’m a fond, fond fan of sparkle in my blushes I can appreciate the matte finish here which gives cheeks a healthy flush of color without looking overly done or garish. The formula is a finely milled powder that blends easily and has plenty of color pay off.

You can double team the blush as a shadow as well. It quite reminds me of the shades introduced with the Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quad in Fair and Square that I recently reviewed.

Nothing bad here!

  • Those who want a soft shade of peachy pink apricot that can applied for a delicate flush of color or with a heavier hand for a bolder dash of color!
  • Those who love practical makeup with sweet packaging!
  • Those who already love and enjoy the Balm powder products (you’ll love this if you already own many of the Balm’s powders already).
  • Those wanting a multitasking product for eyes and cheeks!

  • Those who prefer a shimmer finish to their blush (the matte blends beautifully so don’t let the lack of shimmer sway you).

As with all Balm powders I love Frat Boy! The color is new and fresh for the brand and quite different from many of the blushes I already own. It’s an excellent shade for Summer and gives a healthy flush to my cheeks. I wasn’t too keen on it as an eyeshadow but it’s a nice option that it multitasks as such. The only bad thing about the Balm is they don’t release enough powders for my taste, they should do more! But hey, maybe that’s what makes them so special as when they do have a new one it’s instantly a hit for me!

Do you need it?

Yes! Absolutely loves this one!

Quite Muse Approved for purchase!

Available now at and Sephora.

Will you haul it?

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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  • Cj

    I have to agree with reeny, That blush looks beautiful on you!

    • the Muse

      It really is a nice shade kayvid ;-D very understated and natural ;D!

  • Reme

    Ooh it looks nice in the pan, pretty in the swatch and then beautiful on you Muse! Clearly this is a wonder powder that must be mine 🙂

    Mmm Colin Firth… so attractive, love his accent and I like him even more since his amazing Oscar speech. His Italian wife is a lucky girl!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks reme xoxo! def get it, it’s gorg! ugh he’s lovely ;-D I wants him for myself ;D!

  • Tammie

    I might consider this…as much as I love shimmer blush it’s good to have some matte in there for days where you don’t feel like it (I have a couple Milani mineral blushes that are matte for that purpose and I like them a lot).

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    Love the colour and I really like it on your eyes – it’s different and it suits you.
    Ahem, Aiden was wondering why you didn’t mention you like Irish guys ! He was gutted !! 🙂

    • the Muse

      HAHA Mary…ahem apologies Aiden knows I <3 him hard! don't forget JRM!

  • ann

    *sees pic of Gackt, gets distracted*


    Oh yeah, I got mine on monday, gorgeous color! Haven’t tried it yet though.

    • the Muse

      LOL ann tell me ’bout it. Ugh ;-D! LMK whatcha think when you tried!

      • ann

        So I tried the blush and it’s gorgeous BUT not as gorgeous as me going to see Gackt live in Stockholm in August ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D *dies!* 😀 I better prepare with a jumbo pack of bibs, eh?!?

        • the Muse

          ok ann you can just leave now….*grumbles* making us all jealous about you going to see Gackt huff some people…! jk LOL ;-D OMGZ I wants to go I wants to go ;-D

          • ann

            I just found out TODAY and I’m super psyched, I’ve been drooling over him since I was 17… Going 30 this year! Ha! So finally! You better hop on a plane and go with me! ;D

          • the Muse

            ann it would be my PLEASURE! We can jump him backstage….I absolutely ADORE him ;-D too sexy for words girl! Enjoy and take LOTS of photos for me. You better get a body bib for that concern so you can catch your drool ;-D haha!

  • Lauren S.

    Love the British men….and I married a bonafide geek. He was totally the tech guy in my dorm at college, enjoys anime, and programming. He is HOT FOR REALZ THOUGH!!!

  • Paris B

    I would love the blush …. sans name and sans packaging. I think the packaging will jar terribly with the rest of my stash 😀 But ah… its such a pretty colour! 😀

  • Eve

    I must say muse, we have the EXACT SAME taste in men! The smart girls go for smart guys, eh?

    • the Muse

      ha eve ;-D! I’ll share…but be warned I could be greedy when it comes to gackt! ;D

  • Colleen

    Mr Darcy & Marilyn Manson in the same post – I love it! You made my day Muse:)

    • the Muse

      sigh mr darcy…..Colin Firth will be forever imprinted in my heart as the original Darcy ;-D! haha Colleen ;-D crazy opposites but oh so nommy!

  • Majick

    Love the blush – love the men…
    Also, don’t forget Mr. Depp as he can run the gammut of all of the above, not to mention a bad boy too. Gotta love a bad boy with a soft side!

      • Majick

        I have NO idea since he does wear the best eyeliner EVER! (Sorry Marilyn) ha ha

        • the Muse

          ha ;-D Marilyn does a prettttttttttty good job too girl!

          • Majick

            argh matey! I guess it’s a color choice of black or “Sparrow”.

          • the Muse

            ;-D not near two weeks away let’s go drool at the movies together ;-D!

  • Majick

    Waiting patiently… we could be Siren SIstas! I also love everything mermaid (yes, especially the ocean) – But I think a mermaid could survive in a pool. My first mermaid movie ever was “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid”. He kept her in a pool for a while but alas she had to be returned to her real home. It’s just the way things go.
    (So sorry for hijacking the thread. LOL)

    • the Muse

      a pool works for me majick! LOL! ;-D Oh gosh, me too!!!!!!!! le sigh! My mum introduced me to that when I was quite young…..My second run in with a mermaid was night gallery Lindeman’s Catch so freaky ;-D!

      no worries, hijacks welcome! 😀

      • Majick

        You know I just googled and watched ROFLMAO! Don’t tell my boss. I’m sittin’ here with a headset on and my computer screen turned a little inward. I am so bad and you helped. ha ha

        • the Muse

          ha majick! get back to work, damn now I gotta go watch too ;D!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Majick

            I know and being a fan of Night Gallery as a child I knew what was coming. LOL
            It was fun – thanks for sharing. Now I’m really back to work.
            (((hugs and a splash of sea water)))

          • the Muse

            oh gosh I watched it constantly as a child and an adult. ;-D! I had a crush on Rod Sterling, ok, I still do I admit it lol! HA! Anyone that watches Night Gallery just can figure out how stupid the ending is going to be hehehe..I’m sure it was easy to figure out ;-D! Aw don’t go…I need to procrastinate more hehe! Hugs!

  • Marina

    Looks GORGEOUS on you chica! BTW–totally agree with you on tastes in guys. Give me a geeky boy over a football player anyday! And my weakness is English men as well XD

    • the Muse

      aw shucks thanks marina xoxoxoxox! ;-D HELLS YES! ;-D Maybe the Balm will create a geeky boy one next!? :D!

  • Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex

    That looks great as a blush! I have Hot Mama, which is a blush and eyeshadow… but it makes me look ill if I have it on my lids. I might have to give Frat Boy a try. The name is hilarious.

    • the Muse

      hey Marilyn! I love hot mama ;D! I actually like it on lids. Trying using some brown liner on your waterline and a bit smudged on the upper lash line when you use as a shadow ;-D it makes it pop!