theBalm Balm Voyage: Review, Swatch, FOTD

What’s your dream destination? Me, I want to visit France and Thailand again! Both boast of rich culture, mega gastronomic delight, panoramic vistas and ultimate shopping experience. But if there’s one place which remains in my bucket list, that would be Tuscany. Diane Lane lured me more. Have you watched her movie Under the Tuscan Sun? It’s one of my all-time favorites. Aside from breathtaking views of the countryside, it also conveys hope, faith and finding love in a foreign country. I highly recommend it if you want a feel-good movie this weekend!

So how is my dream destination connected to thebalm Balm Voyage? It doesn’t take a genius to decode eh?

Italy, Manila, Australia, Turkey, Balm Voyage! When it comes to packaging, theBalm always amuses me. Fun, chic, practical, portable, it’s the palette you want to bring anywhere anytime. Just so you know, I purchased Balm Voyage when it was featured on Hautelook last December (actual retail price is $42.50,

It’s a large palette, about twice the size of Meet Matte Nude. It has 16 eyeshadows and 3 cheek/lip tints. As you can see from the photo, it has mirror that resembles a passport. There’s a flip board at the bottom to separate the tints from eyeshadows. Once again, theBalm won in the clever marketing category. Everything was cohesive, from the photos to labels, they all scream all aboard!

Aisle or window? I always choose window seats! Look, theBalm omitted fancy names and went with seat arrangements, cool ha?

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Ready to meet your dashing crew? Oh my, I blushed.

The nitty-gritty. Just when you thought your flight was fine and dandy, here come the air pockets! Sadly, so much creativity went into packaging that it compromised the meat of the palette. I was disappointed with the sub-par quality of some of the eyeshadows. B1 (matte flesh) is so powdery that it transfers to cheek tints; A2 (purple) and C2 (green) were not vibrant enough; C4 had fallout issues; D4 (holo army green) fades after four hours despite using eye primer underneath; those with matte finishes are harder to blend. The cheek tints on the other hand are quite a revelation. All three are pigmented and you need a light hand when applying and buffing it onto your cheeks.

The verdict? No big deal if you miss the Balm Voyage flight but if you want a great quality palette from thebalm, try their nude’tude!

“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go”. Moi wearing Captain on cheeks and lips; A2,B2,C2,B1,B3 on eyes.

Have you tried this palette? Where’s your dream vacay?




  1. February 14, 2014 / 7:25 pm

    What a rollercoaster ride! I wasn't feeling this at first, and then I loved your swatches, and then -whaaah! The fallout and lack of pigmentation. Sadness! I agree, though, the 'nude 'tude palette is great! I have an Alaskan cruise on my bucketlist, and I'd also like to go to Europe at some point!

    • February 16, 2014 / 12:13 am

      Great travel choices! I love me some cruise too 🙂

  2. February 14, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    LOVE the look you created. Those colors really compliment each other, and your skintone, well 🙂

    • February 16, 2014 / 12:14 am

      Thank you Destany. Not the best palette around but for all its worth, I have to use it.Waste not, want not.

  3. February 14, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    This is such a fun palette. I love ones with killer packaging!

  4. February 14, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    I like A4 and A2

  5. February 15, 2014 / 1:47 am

    I like the Aisle seat so I don't have to climb over people to use the restroom lol! Love this palette, I love theBalm!

    • February 16, 2014 / 12:16 am

      haha, love the rationale behind your choice! it's just that some people bang on my shoulders on aisle seats, lol

  6. February 15, 2014 / 2:28 am

    I adore fun packaging! Too bad about the fallout and fading, I guess that's one less palette for me to lust over 🙂

    • February 16, 2014 / 12:16 am

      True, not a great deal if this one is discontinued.

  7. February 15, 2014 / 8:26 am

    I haven't tried it but it looks amazing !

  8. February 15, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Gorgeous shades, I love TheBalm! My dream vacation is basically anywhere in Europe. I need to be all over Italy, especially

  9. February 16, 2014 / 6:46 am

    Gurl…you are lookin good! I love this set and the variety. I have always been a fan of The Balm.

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