What a Trip! The Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette by theBalm Is a Trip

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theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette

Wearing the new $42.50 limited edition Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette by theBalm

How flippin’ cute is this holiday palette?! I’m a sucker for retro postcards and posters, so this is totally my style. Plus, I have a soft spot for theBalm because, like moi, they’re from the Bay Area.

Yessir, I grew up in the 510, moved to the 415 after college, and now I’m just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin.



So WOOT! Bay Area represent. :)

theBalm Balm Voyage

Balm Voyage… Cheeky name, and fun way to tie in the trip theme. They go all out with the travel references, by golly, from the different cities on the cover, to assigning a “seat” to each of the powder eyeshadows (there are 16 of them, along with three lip and cheek creams). Even the mirror on the inside of the palette looks like a passport for “Anita Vacation,” haha! GURL, anita vacation, too. You don’t even know.

theBalm Balm Voyage

I wore this palette pretty much all through last weekend, and it was perfect for chill-axing on Saturday and Sunday. The eyeshadows apply with either sheer or medium levels of pigment, probably making the palette better for casual, natural eye makeup than bold, high-fashion looks.

You could always crank up the intensity by applying them with a wet brush, or by layering them on top of a pencil or cream base, but that could interfere with how they blend.

When I do just a straight-up simple look with one or two colors on a primed lid, the powders meld seamlessly into each other, but the second I add a cream or pencil to the mix, the lines between the colors become more difficult to diffuse.

theBalm Balm Voyage

theBalm Balm Voyage

theBalm Balm Voyage

theBalm Balm Voyage

theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette Eyeshadow swatches from the left: A1, A2, A3 and A4

Eyeshadow swatches from the left: A1, A2, A3 and A4


theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette Eyeshadow swatches from the left: B1, B2, B3 and B4

Eyeshadow swatches from the left: B1, B2, B3 and B4


theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette Eyeshadow swatches from the left: C1, C2, C3 and C4

Eyeshadow swatches from the left: C1, C2, C3 and C4


theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette Eyeshadow swatches from the left: D1, D2, D3 and D4

Eyeshadow swatches from the left: D1, D2, D3 and D4


theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette Lip/Cheek swatches from the left: Second Officer, First Officer and Captain

Lip/Cheek swatches from the left: Second Officer, First Officer and Captain


theBalm Balm Voyage Holiday Face Palette

On my eyes I’m wearing B1, C3, B2, B24 and D1; on my lips, First Officer

I think the palette assumes that wherever you are, be it a fabulous international locale or your couch at home with a book (which is what I did last weekend, reading Horde by Ann Aguirre), you’re just too darned busy having fun to deal with complicated eye looks.

Balm Voyage suits simpler, not-so-fussy eye makeup — looks with one or two shadows, max, and not a lot of layering with other products.

If you do decide to take this palette for a spin in something intense with gradients up the wazoo, maybe do your eye makeup first. That way you can clean up the fallout before the rest of your look, since these eyeshadows are on the powdery side.

Oh! Almost forgot about the lip and cheek creams. Hmm… What does that tell ya? :) Yeah, I guess they’re alright. They are bold and pigmented, which I like, because it means they pack a wallop, even when I don’t use a ton of product.

As blushes, I think they look very natural on bare cheeks, but they tend to go patchy on top of foundation or concealer.

I think I like ‘em more as dedicated lipsticks…

PRICE: $42.50
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at theBalm counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. hanna says:

    I love all the colors, but I wish the blush didn’t have trouble with foundation.
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  2. Erin says:

    What a pretty set of colors! I feel like this palette is laid out really nicely, and I’m really liking the balance between neutrals and more vibrant shades. I really wish I could find The Balm in stores near me, it bums me out a little to have to buy online.
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  3. meredith says:

    Cute theme and packaging. I like the shadows from row C and First Officer.

  4. I liked the middle two rows of eye shadows.. liked the fact that it is a mix of pearly and matte eye shadows..I am bowled over by the beautiful packaging and the lip and cheek colors are just so prettyy!!
    u did full justice to it!! :) :)
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  5. Vineetha says:

    Nooo!!!! I am looking away. I DO not need one more palette this holidays!!!
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  6. Sylvia says:

    I love theBalm’s themed palettes. I own a couple myself and they are some of my favourites, especially the Meet Matt(e) Nude.
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  7. Melissa says:

    What a lovely selection of colours
    You suit them well
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  8. I was thinking about this palette (have two theBalm palettes, and love them), it looks amazing, thank you for the review.
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  9. Danielle says:

    I love theBalm and their packaging is always adorable, but I’m not completely sold on this palette.
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  10. Alison M says:

    The 4′s….me-OW! I do enjoy theBalm immensely, mostly for their powder products. I agree that the cream blush/lip colors are…eh.
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