Hi Everyone! I’m finally getting around to reviewing the Balm Jovi Palette on the blog. If you follow me on instragram, you know I got this palette as a Christmas gift from my sister. To be honest, I always feel a little weird reviewing gifts. I’m afraid to offend the gifter. But, in this particular case, the gifter is my sister and she owes me for that diaper accident from 21 years ago (you know what I’m talking about). So I’m going for it.
TheBalm’s Balm Jovi palette runs at $39.50 full price. It’s meant to be a full face palette. It includes 12 eye shadows (both mattes & shimmers), a powder blush & highlighter and two lip/cheek creams. The palette is relatively small considering the amount of product in it – about the size of your hand. It also includes a decent mirror.
What I Like:
+ As with ALL TheBalm’s products, the Balm Jovi Palette doesn’t disappoint in the packaging department. In fact, this is probably one of the best packaged products I own. The material is cardboard instead of the cheap & bulky plastic packaging of many palettes. Further, there are two flaps in the palette, one that opens up all the powders, and another that separately protects the creams. It’s genius.
+ I don’t know that others would place any emphasis on this, but the play on words for this palette is awesome. I mean, Balm Jovi palette? The front also says: Living on A Stare haha. I LOVE it. Every single product has a “rock star” themed name like Metal-ica, Third Eye Blinded & Milly Vanilly for the cheek colors. Sure, the names don’t change the quality of the products, but they certainly make it fun. I can appreciate the cleverness & effort that went into it.
+ As mentioned above, the size of the palette is small & thin which is great for travel.
+ Aside from the size of the package, this palette contains almost everything you need for a full face. You could literally just pack this instead of separate eye shadows, highlighter, blush and lip color.
+ Another point others may not appreciate, but you can clearly see the name every product right next to it & on the back of the palette.
+ The bottom cover flap has 4 looks suggestions which lists what eye shadows/blushes to use together.
+ The variety of eye shadows (mattes & shimmers) is really nice
+ Both the powder highlighter and blush are really pretty & universal shades. I could see them suiting a wide range of skin tones.
What I Dislike:
+ The first and most obvious dislike is that this palette doesn’t have a bronzer. How can you create a “full” face palette without a bronzer? I don’t understand. I could live with fewer eye shadows, and even without one of the cream lip/blushes if I could get a bronzer. On a pinch, you could probably use the Allegro eye shadow as bronzer but it would run out real quick.
+ I really didn’t want to write this. I even went back and did my eye shadow mid-post to check again… but the eye shadows in this palette aren’t great. It’s so, so unfortunate because the concept as a whole is so good! But, for starters, at least 4 of the colors are crap, they are powdery and go on patchy (looking at you Lead Zeppelin). And those that aren’t crap just aren’t great. For example, the Metal-ica shade which is a silver shimmer initially goes on super pigmented and shimmery. But after just a few minutes, the shimmer fades and goes all over my face leaving me with a patchy, almost see through application. I had to go in and apply Third Eye Blinded on top so you couldn’t see my eye lid. And yes, I applied plenty of primer. I’m really surprised since TheBalm has great quality eye shadows in other palettes.
I’m torn with this palette honestly. Ultimately, if I really want to, I can make the eyeshadows work. But it takes quite a bit of effort and blending. For this reason, it hasn’t been a palette I reach for at all. Why would I reach for it if it takes 3 times the effort of other eye shadow palettes for it to work? That being said, the concept of an (almost) full face palette is awesome. The highlighter, blush and lip colors are great. If I were ever strapped for space, or needed something that I could put in my purse, I would be tempted to use this. Also, TheBalm is frequently on Hautelook with 50% off which means you could buy this palette for less than $20. So, my final veridict is this:
+ If you can get this on sale, are decent with eye shadow application and want something multi-purpose, get it.
+ If you are a beginner and need something easy to apply, stay far away from these shadows. Even with little experience, you will get much better results with another palette. A few other eye shadow palette reviews can be found here and here.
To my sister: I’m sorry I don’t love the eye shadows! It doesn’t mean I don’t love the gift. Just reading all the product names is enough to make me smile.