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Friday, February 24, 2017

Set Your Reminders: theBalm 50% off Sitewide Flash Sale This Monday, 2/27 (Ideas & Recs)

Thanks so much to my pal @lipstickjunkieforever for this hot tip, and thanks to @beautybynmd for giving her this tip! UPDATE: also, thank you to reader @Erinescence who shared this tip via Twitter!

Starting at 10AM Pacific on Monday, 2/27 and running through 10AM Pacific on 2/28, receive 50% off sitewide on theBalm's website, no code required. As always, shipping in the US will be flat rate $5, no matter how much you buy ($25 for Canada and $38 elsewhere). 

The last time theBalm ran this flash sale, I didn't hear from anyone who had issues with the server crashing. So hopefully there won't be any issues time around, either!


Here are theBalm products that I personally own (purchased with my own money) that I absolutely LOVE and use regularly:

Mary Lou Manizer - $24; $12 during flash sale
This is my all-time favorite highlighter. No matter how many others I purchase and use, I always, always go back to this one. It provides the most beautiful champagne-beige glow to my skin, and the staying power is excellent. I also love that you can easily control the intensity. I also love that there's no glitter in this formula; just pure glowing, shimmery goodness.

Manizer Sisters Trio - $28; $14 during flash sale
If you haven't picked this one up already (I've blogged about other deals on it in the past), I think this is a lovely way to try each Manizer shade and determine which shades work best for you. I adore all of the shades in this palette but, of course, Mary Lou is my favorite. By the way, I don't find any inconsistencies in texture or performance with the shades in this trio when compared to the full-size products.

INSTAIN Blushes - $22; $11 during flash sale
I adore these blushes and own almost every shade (my favorite is Toile, which is a gorgeous strawberry-coral shade, but I also adore Lace, which is a bubblegum pink). You really can't go wrong with any color though, because these blushes are beautifully pigmented and the staying power is fantastic. They're easy to apply and blend, and they really do stay put. Some shades are true mattes, while others have a subtle sheen to them, but none of them are sparkly/glittery.

Meet Matt(e) Nude Eyeshadow Palette - $42; $21 during flash sale
I can't even count the reasons why I love this all-matte eyeshadow palette. So let me give you just a few. First, the pans are quite generous, so it's very easy to maneuver your brush and pick up product. Second, each and every shade in this palette is fantastic; there's not a stinker in the bunch (which is hard to do when it comes to all-matte eyeshadow palettes). Each shade is super pigmented and easy to apply and blend. Third, each shade in this palette is wearable and great for everyday use. The colors in this palette can be very easily combined with shadows in your existing stash, and I love that there's a nice mix of cool and warm tones. The shade Matte Singh is probably my favorite transition shade of all time. 

DownBoy Shadow/Blush - $21; $10.50 during flash sale
I feel like DownBoy doesn't get as much love as it should. I took a chance on it during a previous flash sale and if you have medium-to-fair skin, I think you may love this baby pink blush. Since it's a light-medium shade, I don't think it would work as well for deeper skintones. I am a MAC NC20 and it works beautifully for me. It's a cool-toned baby pink with a soft sheen. Very wearable, and as with the INSTAIN blushes, the staying power is excellent. It lasts all day on me, and I have oily skin. 


These are the products that I'm personally considering purchasing, based on reviews and feedback I have received from you.

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks - $17; $8.50 during flash sale
I have my eye on Committed and Charming in particular (see some beautiful swatches here).

PHOTOBALM Powder Foundation - $26; $13 during flash sale
This is theBalm's new fragrance-free and talc-free powder foundation. From the reviews I've read so far, I've heard that it doesn't settle into fine lines, which I find very promising. I've also heard that it provides light-to-medium coverage with a long-wearing matte finish, so if it doesn't conceal everything I like to conceal with my powder foundations, it sounds like it might still be a great setting powder to wear on top of liquid foundation. As an oily-skinned gal who prefers full-coverage, I love using powder foundations on top of regular foundations.

So let's hear it! What are YOUR favorites from theBalm, and what do you plan to pick up during this sale (if you're planning on order, that is)?


  1. Thank you so much for your recommendations! I don't know this brand very well. Definitely want to check out some of their makeup. This is an awesome sale! 🙂

  2. I love Balm Desert blush bronzer, it's kind of a rosy bronze blah. Also, like Schwing liquid eyeliner and the Manizer powders.

    1. Oops!
      It's a rosy bronze blush! Not blah!
      - Julie

  3. Shipping to Canada is just so outrageous, and I'm not planning any trips to the US soon so sending it to an American friend as I've done for past theBalm sales doesn't really work, sadly... So I don't think I'll be buying anything this time around! But I have been eyeing both the the photobalm powder foundations and their original time balm foundation, so I'm a bit disappointed to be passing on those!

    1. Shipping to Canada is about $5 on PayPal Shipnow. You can always ask your friend to forward it to you!

  4. You should definitely get the liquid lipsticks! Trustworthy is my favorite liquid lipstick color of all time

  5. Thanks, G! I love The Balm's products and they rarely go on sale:). I have the Manizer sisters pallette and I love all three shades! The shimmery bronzer is perfect for nighttime looks or it makes for daytime eyeshadow that makes it seem like you spent a ton of time on your eyes when all I did was swipe it across my lids, add some simple liner and mascara. The peachy highlighter make sure for an adorable blush topper for me. As for Mary Lou, well, she's an icon for many amazing reasons!:)

  6. Balm Desert is a great luminous bronzy blush, and Balm Jovi is a fantastic palette!

  7. Thank you for this - I've been waiting for this sale! And thank you for the link to the liquid lipstick swatches - Charming is at the top of my list now!


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