theBalm “Girls’ Getaway Trio” – Review, Swatches, and Two Looks

I can’t say no to a deal….and I especially can’t say no when it involves theBalm.

thebalm girls getaway trio blush bronzer review swatches

Their blush/bronzer trio was on Ipsy for $10, so I pounced.  My self-control is at an all-time low.

TheBalm’s “Girls’ Getaway Trio” comes in classic theBalm packaging – bright colours featuring pin-up style models.  Inside is three powders.  They can be blushes or bronzers, depending on how you want to use them/what works for you.  The sleeve with an identical design keeps the magnetic closure palette in one piece.

thebalm girls getaway trio blush bronzer review swatches

Each pan contains 3.3 g of product each.  The palette also has a little mirror.

thebalm girls getaway trio blush bronzer review swatches

thebalm girls getaway trio blush bronzer review swatches

I used the two pans on the left as blush on their own and the powder on the right as a bronzer.  Because there were two blushes, I tried two looks to see the difference.

Look #1:

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Look #2:

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The difference was extremely minimal when worn on the cheeks.  “Balm Beach” was surprisingly darker than “Balm Springs” and also a bit more taupe-y, but the difference between the two blushes was pretty indiscernible (unless you got *real* close and took some serious time to think about it).

I’m a HUGE fan of theBalm’s blushes.  “Hot Mama” and “Frat Boy” are some of my all-time fave blushes because of the colour-payoff and how easy they are to work with, but I found the blushes in this palette to be subpar compared to what I’m used to from the brand.  The shade selection didn’t have the same personality as theBalm’s other blushes (I feel like theBalm single blushes are people with presence and characteristics) and they didn’t go on as easily.  I’ll still use the blushes in this palette, but not nearly as much as I will use my singles.

The bronzer in this palette was the stand-out of the three powders.  Go in with a light hand, because it has more pigmentation that you would think.  It also blends in really easily, which is nice to have in a bronzer, because in a lot of other cases, it’s easy to accidentally blend it into a muddy mess.

It wasn’t a total hit, but I can’t stay mad at theBalm.  I wish I knew how to quit you!

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18 Comments

  1. March 3, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Oooh, I’m in need of a new bronzer, and I was looking at this trio. I’m disappointed to see that the blushes didn’t really shine! But the bronzer does look nice.

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      The bronzer was pretty dang good!

  2. March 3, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I love the packaging! It may not be the best palette….but hey, at least it’s pretty, right? Ps. YOU’RE SO PRETTY!

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 5:00 pm

      NO, YOU ARE! <3

  3. March 3, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    These colours are gorgeous! I love how you used two colours to create a cohesive cheek look. My self control is always at an all time low haha.

    http://www.thinkingofmakeup.com/

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      Girl, I know the feeling. I almost bought a subscription box yesterday, and then at the last minute, I walked away. I never knew my own strength.

  4. March 3, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I really need to try theBalm’s blushes, the singles sound great! Thanks for sharing what your favourites are!

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 3, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      The singles are seriously amaaaaazing. I can’t recommend them enough!

  5. March 3, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    The Balm has the cutest packaging ever – I actually haven’t tried their blushes yet, maybe I will pick up a single!

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      Do iiiiiit!

  6. March 4, 2018 / 8:46 am

    These looks are so pretty! And can I say you have perfect skin?!? Jealous!

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 9:52 pm

      I may or may not have strategically posed dso that my breakouts were not in the close-ups lol

  7. March 4, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    Okay I actually love these! I’ve never tried this brand but this look so darn good on you!

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 9:53 pm

      They’re such a cute brand! I can’t say enough about their blush singles. Really worth checking out during the 50% off sales, or when they’re on Hautelook.

  8. March 4, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    I have the palette, and my thoughts are really similar to yours! My skin tone is deeper (more of a medium tan) so they do show up differently on me, but they don’t have the panache of brand’s other blushes. I’m still figuring out how best to use them…so far I gravitate towards the palette when I’m going for a monochromatic, minimalist, bronzy look.

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Saaaaaaame, girl.

  9. Angela
    March 4, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Thanks for the close ups! I find it so hard to take shots like that! I think a lot of cheek products end up looking similar when worn just because you have to blend it out. Either way though, for $10 i think it’s super worth it and I would have picked it up too!!

    Raincouver Beauty

    • Shawna
      Author
      March 5, 2018 / 9:54 pm

      Hmmm…maybe blending more would’ve helped. I find it hard to blend out blushes without it kind of going ALL over my face – Im workin with a small canvas lol

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