I was at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at Mishref Fair Grounds when I came across theBalm Cosmetics (their booth was strategically located next to the entrance). I already owned everything I had my heart set on from from theBalm Cosmetics, from their Nude ‘tude to their Nude Dude Palettes, from the infamous Mary-Lou Manizer to her less famous sister Betty-Lou Manizer, and a few other random products such as a single Instain Blush when they first came out, all via Beauty.com. As such, I kept on walking… but the sales assistant called out to me… like a siren leading a sailor to a watery death (granted this particular siren was an over-weight middle-aged Egyptian sales assistant)… but I found myself walking towards their booth, not away from it as intended. At first he kept rattling off products I already owned or just wasn’t that interested in and I was getting ready to walk away when he pulled out the magical, shimmery, Overshadows and started swatching them on the back of my hand.
theBalm Cosmetics has four Overshadows in total (that actually come with outer packaging) but I chose Work Is Overrated (champagne) because it was the prettiest and most sparkly out of all of them. I remember eyeing up No Money No Honey (pale yellow gold) on Beauty.com at one point, but the fact that these are loose (i.e. messy AF) turned me off the whole thing. Seeing them in person though, I couldn’t resist picking up at least one of the beautiful, shimmery, loose powders.
These are meant to be worn over your shadow, hence Overshadow. With that being said, you can also wear these by themselves or even use them as highlighters. You can also use them wet or dry. theBalm Cosmetics Work is Overrated Overshadow retails for KD7/000.
Lining and defining eyes has never been easier! Built with a uniquely thin and tapered felt-tip applicator, Schwing gives you careful control over subtle strokes and bold lines. Create winning looks with this rich, matte-black finish that won’t smudge, flake, or take forever to dry. Cool and compact, Schwing fits wherever you need it. Whether you’re home or away, get ready to bat those eyes and play the field!
Like I said, I’ve already got everything I’ve had my heart set on from theBalm Cosmetics but the sales assistant was being so nice and helpful (he pretty much swatched the entire booth on my hands) so I really didn’t want to disappoint him. I figured I could always use another black liquid liner. Plus, that name and the graphic are pretty funny! Honestly, I’ve only ever heard good things about Schwing so I purchased it for KD8/000.
I’m not big on double-ended brushes. In fact, I find them incredibly annoying because they are so hard to store. However, I was duly impressed with the performance of this particular brush (it’s what the sales assistant used to swatch stuff on my hand) and once again, the packaging was cute so I picked up Give Crease a Chance (shadow/crease brush) for KD10/500.
I also picked up Crease, Love and Happiness (smudger/tapered crease brush) for KD9/500.
I kinda’ felt guilty for dropping KD35 only 5 mins after walking into the place…
But I quickly got over it once the guy dumped a couple of deluxe samples in my shopping bag before I left. I got a Read My Lips Lip Gloss in the shade BAM! as well as a Stainiac (Lip and Cheek Stain) and best of all a ridiculously cute teeny-tiny Mary-Lou Manizer!
He also added a little booklet of all theBalm Cosmetics products which was nice. I always appreciate those!
I adore theBalm‘s tongue-in-cheek names and cutesy packaging, and speaking from personal experience the quality and performance is usually excellent! I believe the sales assistant mentioned that theBalm Cosmetics can found at Marina Mall. If you aren’t familiar with theBalm Cosmetics, I suggest you give their palettes or highlighters a try. They’ve got something for everyone!