The Balm’s Balm Jovi palette ($39 at TheBalm.com or less at Amazon) is limited edition, but still available. This is a full face palette with eyeshadows, blush, a highlighter and lip products – everything you need except foundation, powder and mascara. You can even line your eyes with the shadows.
This palette was very much up to The Balm’s usual high standards. The eyeshadows are all velvety and highly pigmented, and easy to blend. The color combinations are great – you get shimmer, satin and matte finishes, and they’re all easy to work with. REM was a little stiff compared to the others, but still good overall. As you’ll see in the swatches, some of the colors are rather innovative, especially for a palette. They wear very well, and I have no fallout, creasing, etc.
The blush and highlight are also very pigmented, and I have to apply them with a light hand or they end up looking really dramatic. The two lipsticks are opaque and wear very well. I really just don’t have anything negative to say about this one. It’s terrific for travel, too, because there are several colors you can potentially use to fill brows, line your eyes, etc. – you can use these wet for more intensity, too. It really covers quite a lot of products, and you can get so many looks out of it. It’s uber-thin and lightweight, even with the mirror.
Metallica is a frosty silvery white. Adagio is a matte beige that’s just a bit darker than my NW-20 skin. Blink 1982 is a plummy deep brown with silver shimmer.
Iron Maid-In is a yellow-gold shimmer that leans toward antique gold – it’s more fascinating on the eye than it looks in this swatch, so check out those photos below. Allegro is a medium brown matte with warm undertones – this one will work as a brow fill for many people. The Stroke is a very dark navy blue with silver shimmer. This by the way is one of the best performing blues I own (blue pigments not being that easy to get right).
Lead Zeppelin is a deep olive green with gold shimmer. Moderato is a super deep plum-purple matte that’s great for lining. Rem is a grayish purple with dull gold shimmer that’s almost a duochrome. It’s actually a rather unique color – unfortunately this is the one that’s not quite as spectacular as the others, but it’s still good and well worth it.
Alice Cooper is a deep red shimmer that can lean brown when paired with brown/gold shades. Presto is a very deep brown matte with neutral undertones that will work as a brow fill. Third Eye Blinded is a medium peachy-pink metallic with a slight mauve undertone.
Disco Disco is a peachy-champagne highlighter with a lot of shimmer. The shimmer level is similar to Mary-Lou Manizer, but the color is definitely more peachy. They are not dupes.
Pop Pop is a medium peach blush with just a tiny bit of shimmer – at most, it might have a slight sheen on the cheeks. This one looks like Frat Boy at a glance, but it’s more orange and not quite matte. (I haven’t reviewed Frat Boy yet, but I do own it.)
Milli is a neutral brownish pink lipstick that should work on a lot of skin tones. Vanilli is a bold, deep brick red with definite cool undertones, and it should work on more skin tones than you might think.
This is a full face look I did with this palette. I used Lead Zeppelin on my lids with Third Eye Blinded and Moderato blended in the outer corner and crease, and Presto and Allegro for upper and lower lash liner. I used Pop Pop and Disco Disco on my cheeks and Vanilli on my lips.
This is Third Eye Blinded, Rem and The Stroke worn very lightly and blended a lot in the corner. I lined with The Stroke on the top and REM on the bottom. I didn’t use them wet, either – that’s how intense they are dry.