This palette has been around for about 2 years or so, and that's about as long as I've had it. This is the first large palette I got in my life (I never really cared much about palettes before), and it has become one of my favorite ones. It is a lovely palette indeed so I wanted to review it for you in case you're considering getting it as it is still available at theBalm site (http://www.thebalm.com/balmjovi.html) for $39.50, FeelUnique (http://www.feelunique.com/p/theBalm-Balm-Jovi-Palette) for 34 GBP if you're in Europe or at Amazon.com.
I got my palette from theBalm site and from that moment on my love for palettes has started and grown ever since. I'm so glad I got this palette, I love absolutely everything about it. In fact, I think that the first positive experience I had with it actually contributed a great deal to how many palettes I own now and to my overall love for them. If not for that, who knows if I would have ever dived into this amazing world of makeup palettes.
Just look at this gorgeousness! Isn't it awesome? I think theBalm is one of the best makeup companies in terms of packaging altogether: it's always fun, cute, original, witty, slightly vintage, always has a character and despite all of that it's super compact. What else can you wish for?
This palette in particular is just the BOMB in how small and slim it is and how much it's got packed and offered for you inside. It's a cardboard type packaging with magnetc closures that is perfect for travel because of its size. The great thing about it is that the cream face products have a separate fold covering them that prevents the powder products from falling down and creating a cream mess. It's so simple yet brilliant and practical! It also has a decently sized mirror, which, again, is very handy for travelling. Once you flip the bottom cover you'll see 4 suggested looks, which is quite user-friendly and can give some ideas for days when you don't want to think too much.
|TheBalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette|
|TheBalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette|
The palette contains 12 eye-shadows, 1 highlighter, 1 powder blush and 2 lip/cheek creams. The highlighter and the blush can also both be used as eye-shadows. What makes this palette especially universal is not only the fact that it has all your colored makeup for your face, but the variety of finishes offered by the selection of eye-shadows. Basically, you have 3 vertical rows, where the 1st one is metallic, the 2nd one is matte and the 3rd one is soft-perl/shimmer. This just makes it suitable for everybody.
Check out the shadows and swatches more closely.
|Swatches as they appear in the palette|
|Swatches as they appear in the palette: closer look|
The color selection is great: it's got very wearable colors, both neutrals and a few brighter and more interesting shades yet still wearable, there's also a nice balance of light, medium and dark colors. The matte dark brown can even work as a great brow color for dark haired girls or darker brows. In fact, it works perfectly as such, I've used it like this myself.
The highlighter is gorgeous and the blush is very nice too, quite a universal shade. As to the lip colors, I feel like they were chosen personally for me. They make a perfect combo for all occasions: great neutral nudy-pink and bright red, slightly deeper than your classic red, which again makes it even more wearable. So I feel like all the colors work very well together in this palette. You'll be able to create TONS of looks with it.
The pigmentation of these shadows is simply fantastic! The formula is sooo smooth and velvety. They blend super easily and stay put ALL DAY even without a primer without budging or creasing or fading. I think it is one of the best eye-shadow formulas out there, at least it's one of the best ones I've tried along with Laura Mercier's ones. It's also very consistent throughout all the different finishes, they're all equally amazing and there's no dud shade in here at all. One little note on the creams here: they work very well as cheek blushes, they're also quite nice as lip colors, but more as a stain type of product as it doesn't give much of hydration or that glossy shiny finish, so don't count on them to be extra moisturizing, they can actually be a bit drying, not a lot, but still; they're not super long-wearing either. However if you put them over a lip balm they work absolutely fine.
Overall, the more I look at this palette, the more I analyze it and actually use it, the more I'm amazed at what a hit theBalm has made with this little baby. You've got all you need in it to create a great variety of looks from simple natural daytime looks to super dramatic smokey ones including a red carpet look with a red lip. The colors are great, the amazing quality is there, the price is very reasonable for what you get, so for me I feel like I don't ever want to be without this palette. If I'm travelling it's one of the first candidates among palettes that's going with me, because I have my eye-shadows, my brow color, my blushes, my highlighter and my lip colors, so I only need to take my face base products (foundation, concealer, powder) and my mascara and that's it! Pretty amazing, huh? This product would also be a great gift or be useful for someone starting out with makeup because it gives a lot of options in one little item. I really cannot imagine anyone being dissatisfied with this palette. It's pretty amazing.
Rating by category (out of 10, 10 being the highest score):
- versatility - 10
- product quality - 10
- packaging - 10
- travel-friendliness - 10
Disclaimer: all these products were purchased by me and I wasn't paid for a review.