Until a few weeks ago I'd never tried anything from The Balm but after being bombarded with good reviews and drooling over swatches for so long, I finally caved. And I'm very glad I did.

The first thing I bought was the Mary-Lou Manizer (I do love a good pun): probably The Balm's most hyped up product and rightly so. This is the most beautiful highlighter I've ever used; the colour is the perfect balance of goldy/champagney/shimmery goodness and it just looks stunning. I like to use my Real Techniques Setting Brush to dust it along the top of my cheekbones, down my nose, on my forehead, brow bone, cupid's bow, chin...basically all over my entire face. It also makes a gorgeous eyeshadow/inner corner highlight. The powder is so finely-milled and velvety soft but it is quite intense so there is the danger of going overboard and ending up with a glittery discoball face, but with a light hand, a fluffy brush and good lighting you should be alright. 

After the success of my first dabble into The Balm, I decided to pick up another of their famous products: the Nude 'Tude Eyeshadow Palette. The colour selection in this palette is bang on for neutral eyeshadow lovers like myself. There's a bright white highlight, pinks, golds, browns, a deep burgundy, a jet black - all ranging from completely matte to full-on glitter. As expected, the formula is smooth, soft, easy to blend and crazy-pigmented. While the cardboard packaging doesn't feel particularly sturdy, it's very slim and lightweight and I'm not planning on using it as a weapon or anything so it should stay in one piece.

The verdict? Big thumbs up. From what I've tried of The Balm I am hella impressed - definitely going to invest in more. If you've got any recommendations then please let me know!

Thanks for reading, Lucy x