Whenever theBalm comes out with something new you know it’s going to be cutesy. They specialize in cutesy themes. Luckily, for the most part, they get it right. When Balm Voyage was introduced I was interested in it for a few reasons. 1) I like their eyeshadows a lot. 2) I’d wanted to try their lip & cheek stains and 3) it was new and a good price. Yet I waited until it showed up on Hautelook before buying since most theBalm items eventually end up there. I’m glad I waited since I’m really not crazy about this palette at all. It’s my first disappointment in this line.
I don’t have the time to physically go shopping very often and even if I did I haven’t see theBalm locally in a long time. I wonder though if seeing it in person would have stopped me from buying. Balm Voyage sells for $42.50 which is reasonable compared to so many of the palettes you’ll find especially because you not only get 16 eyeshadows but also 3 lip & cheek stains. That works out to $2.21 per square. Since I bought it on Hautelook it was about half price plus shipping so that really made it a bargain. One of the nicest things about this palette is the wide variety of colors and textures. Everyone (and their mother) has come out with neutral palettes so it’s a little redundant even though we find ourselves buying them. Balm Voyage breaks that mold by adding a sea green, a matte dark teal, a hunters green, and a purple. There are quite a few light shades too which can be a rarity in a palette.
The cuteness of the palette is that it’s supposed to be your passport. It has vital statistics (for example the Passport is owned by “Anita Vacation”. The airplane aka palette is labelled by seat number (A4, B4, A3 etc.), the blush/lip are the people piloting the plane. Cute idea but….
Things I like:
- There are two compartments to keep the cream products separate from the powder. Major plus.
- Some of the eyeshadows are fabulous – B4, D4, D3, A2, A1 are my tops with the three base shades B1, C1, and D1 also great to have.
- The variety of texture is nice to have and most important nothing is truly glittery.
- You can roll over the colors on the website to see better images of them.
Things I’m not so crazy about:
- I wouldn’t take this to travel because I don’t think it’s sturdy enough. The palette is heavy duty cardboard but I don’t know if it’s airplane friendly in spite of the Passport they show. If you do travel with it, don’t throw out the cardboard wrapper since without it the top of the palette splays open. As a matter of fact, keep the cardboard wrapper with it all the time since it seems to have warped more as time has gone on.
- Several eyeshadows are very powdery which makes application tricky on those.
- With some shadows I liked the texture but not the color. With some I like the color and not the texture. (What’s a girl to do??)
- Swatches on my fingers are better than those same shades on my eyes.
- The lip stains don’t really work on my lips since they are drying.
- The palette doesn’t stay closed. It’s like flying with the window partly open.
According to theBalm you should “Take your look in whichever direction you desire with this season’s passport to instant glamour. Balm Voyage is a travel-friendly palette that contains 16 jet-setting shadows paired with 3 lip and cheek creams that stow away conveniently in your carry on. These luxuriously pigmented shadows have high visibility and can be used wet for an extended stay.” Ideally taking this along with a great neutral palette like Nude Attitude would be great for a vacation. You’d have color, you’d have neutrals, you’d have cheek creams that can be worn on the lips too.
But in reality this palette failed me. I rarely wore this that I thought I looked good. There was just something off about it for me. Of course your mileage may vary, after all it is a destination palette, but I have trouble wanting to use it at home so I know that I’d be sorry if I traveled with it.
The 3 creams that can be used on lips and cheeks are safely nestled in a separate compartment that’s magnetized so that’s good. It’s the textures though that I don’t care for. Second Officer is a cool red that has a blue undertone to it. First Officer looks pretty in the palette with its red orange satiny finish but it wasn’t flattering on my skin. Captain is the one that’s the most flattering on me; it’s a very dark pink with some cool red to it. The problem is that they don’t spread easily on my cheeks. I feel like I’m putting lipstick on my cheeks. And when I go to put them on my lips, they just feel drying. All the colors are darker than I prefer but what turns me off to them is the texture, not the colors.
The palette isn’t a waste and I’m sure on the right person it would be great. I just don’t happen to be the right person and Balm Voyage isn’t going anywhere but in my bottom drawer or maybe in my giveaway pile. It’s a shame that what looks so pretty in the palette didn’t work for me but, like I said, your mileage may vary.
Have you bought this or other theBalm palettes? Any opinions you can share about them?? — Marcia