Today I will be reviewing and swatching two eyeshadow palettes by The Balm. The Balm Smoke Balm Palettes Volume 1 & 2 are chic, sleek, simple and amazing to use.There are three shadows in each palette that directly complement eachother and make the classic smokey eye look easy to achieve. In each palette, there is one matte shade and two shimmery shades.
The Smoke Balm Volume 1 palette is the darker palette which contains deeper, neutral brown toned shades. Blaze is a deep and shimmery black shadow. Spark is a gorgeous matte medium-deep cool toned brown shade - that almost pulls grey - and Flame is a beautiful champagne gold toned shimmery shadow. All of these shadows are beautifully pigmented, buttery soft and easy to blend with minimal and close to no fallout during application. They are long wearing and a little goes a long way with these shadows. I barely needed to touch them in order to makes these swatches, which were made on my forearm WITHOUT a primer!
Smoke Balm Volume 2 is a more earthy palette with shadows that are less intense than its counterpart. When I say 'less intense', it is not in reference to the shadow quality - which exactly like its counterpart - is AMAZING in pigmentation and texture. 'Less intense' in this context, refers to the depth of the shades. If you find blacks and deep browns intimidating, then this is the palette you should purchase. The shades are not as deep, thus the smokey effect is more hazey and easier to pull off. In this palette, the deepest shade is Kindle which is a gorgeous deep green shimmery shadow. The matte shade is Glow, which is a warm toned earthy brown. The lightest shade is Combust, a stunning yellow toned gold shimmery shadow. Here are the swatches of this palette which like its counterpart, were swatched with the lightest touch and without a primer.
As you can see, both these palettes are amazing and I am definitely loving them! They are so simple to use which is what makes them so attractive - and the amazing quality, an added bonus. These shadows are great when used dry but can also be used wet for extra intensity. I hope my review is helpful for you! If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment!