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theBalm Frat Boy and Down Boy Shadow/Blush ~ Swatches, Photos, Review

The more I try from theBalm the more I love this brand. While I’ve neglected to post reviews of my three Shady Lady palettes yet I will tide you over with the two blushes I bought back in the summer, Down Boy and Frat Boy.

Frat Boy is a soft apricot peach and Down Boy a lovely light pink. The powders are smooth and pigmented and have the very subtlest of light reflecting particles to keep them from looking completely dead matte. Instead they look like natural flushed skin.

The packaging is cardboard with a mirror in the lid. It is very slender and compact which I adore. I hate the wasted space that never utilized enclosed brushes take up.

I have found these blushes to be indispensable in my professional kit. They are both fresh, natural shades that flatter so many skintones and work beautifully for brides.

You can purchase theBalm blush/shadows ($21 US/$28 CAD) from their website (as I did) or from Sephora. They are also available at select PharmPlus/Rexall.


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  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)
    December 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I’ve seen so many positive reviews of The Balm. Frat Boy looks like a color that would work well for me. I don’t love the cardboard but the packaging is still cute 🙂
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      They are worth trying Catherine! I think Frat Boy would look lovely on you.

  • Sunny
    December 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I keep hearing good things about these, and the colors do look very soft and universally-flattering! Need to look into theBalm. I know they have great stuff, but it was not until not so long ago that I found out I can actually lay my hands on the brand relatively easily!
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      Sunny they are so underrated. You should try them!

  • JoanneP
    December 7, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    You’re right. As soon as I saw the blushes, I thought “brides”. Plus the cute packaging. Great swatches xx
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    • Christa
      December 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      It is cute isn’t it!

  • Iris
    December 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Down Boy looks like it’d be good with my skintone. The packaging for these is so cute.


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