theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer and Hot Mama Blush - review


I picked these up in the Bellabox shop a while back and absolutely love them. 

Plus they're well-priced: $27.95 isn't bad for products of this quality - particularly when you can use some points to lower the cost; ). Oh, and then there's the packaging, which makes me feel happy just to look at.

Cute, yes? Bahama Mama is a nice, neutral brown and Hot Mama is a lovely peach with some gold flecks. Anything that's peach with gold flecks gets compared to Nars Orgasm, so I suppose you could call them similar in that respect.

Let's have a look at each one in turn.

Bahama Mama is described as a bronzer, shadow and contour powder.

theBalm claims/product details:
  • Matte bronzer, contour powder & matte brown eyeshadow
  • No orange undertones
  • Creates a beach holiday getaway glow
  • Sweep onto nose and the hollows of cheeks with powder brush to create definition, or dust all over for a wash of warmth
  • RRP $27.95 for 7.08g
  • Available here

Hot Mama is described as a pinky-peach blush, shadow and highlighter.

theBalm claims/product details:
  • An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact
  • Adds a splash of colour to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features
  • Talc and paraben free
  • RRP $27.95 for 7.08g
  • Available here

See above and below wrist swatches, taken outside in natural light. Bahama Mama is the perfect brown. It's a really natural colour and definitely works as a multi-purpose product. I can see myself making some serious inroads into this bronzer over summer.

Hot Mama is a beautiful pale peach that applies lightly but can be built. I would definitely use it as an eyeshadow as well.

Below I've swatched them inside, with flash:


These are brilliant, good value products. They're finely milled, creamy and nicely pigmented (but not too much so, meaning it's hard to overdo application - perfect). They also blend and apply well.

Both work well as shadows and blushes, and Bahama Mama is definitely a great contour shade.

I love that Bahama Mama is matte because that's how I prefer my bronzers. It mightn't be my favourite bronzer (I prefer something warmer), but it's definitely my most versatile and I often travel with it because I use it as a crease colour as well.

Hot Mama is a good blush although I used to use it a lot more than I do now. These days I tend to reach for products I have from Hourglass and Becca because they're my favourites, but I do travel with Hot Mama because it's compact and I'm not worried about breaking it since it's not as costly as many other blushes I own.

The packaging is cute and fun - and while cardboard, it's sturdy and doesn't feel cheap. 

If you're interested, I've also done a review of theBalm's Cindy-Lou Manizer and Mary-Lou Manizer, which are also smashing products.

These products wear well, last well and are well-priced. What more do you want? LOVE.

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