I received this with my first ever Carmine box and couldn't wait to have a good ol' play around with it!
I love The Balm packaging it is always so colourful, kitsch (oh lord that reminds me I still have to swatch The Muppet palette...oops) and has a touch of old school Americana to it a little like Benefit of yesteryear. The Frat Boy packaging is no different it has a retro feel and a cute illustration on the front cover and co-ordinating protective sleeve. Inside has an American Football pitch and a generous sized mirror, pretty yet functional just what I like to see!
Okay I know The Balm are marketing this product as duo purpose meaning that you can use it on your eyes as well as your cheeks. The operative word being can in my opinion, yes it can be used but I'm guessing the majority of people like I would much prefer it as a blush shade.
Packaging aside the blush shade inside is just perfection, it is a warm slightly pink peach not all that dissimilar to Mac Melba but a little more pink based. The formula is soft and powdery so I have a feeling on darker skins this may turn ashy which is a shame but on the plus side the fall out is minimal.
The balm is known to be decently pigmented and I have to agree with this sweeping statement as the blush is fairly pigmented with little effort. It will easily show up on light to medium skin without any problems but once you reach the darker skin spectrum I have a feeling it may to light and ashy to be anything close to flattering.
I really like this blush and as my Mac Melba blush is in pan form and housed in a palette this is a much more travel option friendly option.
Did you get a Carmine box or do you already own this blush?
Round Up - A warm peach blush that is similar in tone to Mac Melba, well pigmented and has pretty packaging.
Best For - Light to Medium skin tones.
Availability - This is where I need your help, is there a reliable and affordable place to buy The Balm products in the U.K other than their website which will cost you a small fortune when it comes to importation taxes?