Balmbini Vol. 2 Review and Swatches

I was lucky to win a giveaway that included theBalm's Balmbini Vol. 2 recently, and I was really happy because I've fallen in love with theBalm.  Of the products I've used, I feel that they're very high-quality and underrated.


At the theBalm website, the Balmbini palettes (there are two volumes) are described as "The Babies of theBalm."  I'm not really sure why they call them that, but I think it sounds cute nonetheless.  Volume 1 is currently sold out on the site, so you'll have to look elsewhere if you're interested in purchasing it.  These palettes retail for $28, which I think is a very fair price considering what's included.


The products in the Vol. 2 palette are:

  • Promiscuous Pearl Highlighter/Shadow
  • Jinxy Jasmyne Shadow/Liner
  • Manic Maribel, Open to Offers Olwen, and Lavish Latoya Shadow/Liners
  • Strawberry Lip/Cheek Cream
  • Nude Lip Gloss
My favorite is Manic Maribel because I love gold, shimmery shadows.  Lavish Latoya is also a really fun shade.  I don't think I'll use Open to Offers Olwen, but it's still a beautiful and vibrant shade.


I think that the pigmentation and color payoff on these shadows is very nice.  Olwen and Latoya were a bit less pigmented than Maribel.  All of these shadows are shimmers, so if you're looking for different textures you won't find them with this palette.


I have to get a good eyeliner brush before I can use Jinxy Jasmine, but I definitely love it!  I take back my statement in the above paragraph--this is a matte shadow, but it's jet black, so I personally wouldn't use it on my eyes other than as a liner.  But I know a lot of people like to play around with black shadows so I think they'd be happy with the payoff on this one.  I'm on the fence about the two lip colors.  The Nude shade doesn't look good on me at all, it's too light.  Strawberry, however, gives a nice wash of color, but if you want a bright pop of pink you'll have to layer quite a lot on.

Bottom Line: For $28, I think the Balmbini Vol. 2 palette is a really good value.  There is a good mixture of shades, but a majority of them are shimmers so if you want texture you might want to look elsewhere.  The two lip colors are nice, but nothing fantastic.  Overall, if you're looking for a fun and affordable palette, theBalm's Balmbini is a great place to start!

10 comments:

  1. I like this! That is a very good value!

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    1. Thanks for reading! I'm glad you liked it :) TheBalm is really fantastic.

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  2. I've only just begun trying out products by theBalm and I really love them so far! I love the look of all of the shadows!

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    1. I don't know how it took me so long to find them, but I'm really glad I did! They're so fun and great quality.

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  3. nice!


    p.s. I'm having a jewelry giveaway if you'd like to check it out. :)
    devorelebeaumonstre.com xx

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    1. Ooh thanks for letting me know, I'll definitely check it out!

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  4. Oh wow congrats on you win. The colors are all so gorgeous, esp the promiscuous pearl. I love it.

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    1. Thanks! I have a problem with buying/winning/amassing too many eyeshadows but I just can't stop lol

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  5. The name Promiscuous Pearl made me laugh out loud!

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    1. Yeah they have some interesting names lol--I like "Open to Offers Olwen"

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