I’m a big fan of theBalm eyeshadows and couldn’t resist buying this theBalm Smoke Balm Smokey Eye Palette 2 for a quick smokey eye. The packaging is the iconic theBalm cardboard packaging with a very vintage design aesthetic. I love the design but as always with theBalm, I would prefer if my palettes weren’t cardboard. Nonetheless, I love the eyshadows so I couldn’t resist picking this one up.
This comes with an outer sleeve that’s identical to the print on the palette itself. On the front it has phrases that says, “Warning: May cause shortness of breath in men.” I find this charming.
Here’s what it looks like inside. This comes with a small mirror and there’s some print on top of the mirror that says “Product of theBalm Smoking Hot Eyeshadows” with the French translation next to it. On top of the shadows themselves there’s written “Honey, you light up my world!” and the French Translation next to it. So adorable.
The shadow names are Kindle, Glow and Combust.
Kindle is a very dark forest green with gold shimmer in it. This shade is the darkest shade in the palette. Since it’s a shimmery shadow I don’t like using this in the crease but I do like it blended up into Glow. Kindle can also be used as an eyeliner for a subtle look, or at the outer V of the eyelid.
Glow is a matte light brown shadow with a bit of a neutral-warm undertone. It’s not too orange. This is a really beautiful transition shade blended into the crease.
Combust is a very shimmery champagne shade that looks pretty either as an inner corner highlight and even all over the lid. I was hoping that I’d be able to use this to highlight my brow bone as well but I find it too shimmery for that purpose.
All three shades are a bit powdery but they do stick to my skin and don’t budge all day. Any fallout sweeps away very easily with a fluffy brush. They’re very blendable and achieving the eye look below was very quick. For a smokey eye, I would normally use more transition shades but I really like how this look turned out with just these three shadows.