Review: theBalm Hot Mama! Shadow/Blush16:16
Hot Mama has become one my new favorite blushes. As you may know I love highlighters and this is a very shimmery glowy coral blush. I usually go for peach blushes, so this is a nice alternative for those days when you really want your cheeks to convey that healthy pretty glow.
theBalm has signature vintage or rather retro packaging through their whole line. This blush comes in a cardboard packaging with a retro design of a woman in a tropical place. I am not crazy about the design. I much prefer their Manizer packaging, which is really cute, although still a bit retro. I like that it's easy to carry around and has magnetic closing.
Hot Mama can be used as a shadow or a blush. In the packaging is 7.08 grams and I think it costs around 20€.
Here is the ingredients list.
This looks a lot more orange in the pan than it does on the skin. If you take a glance at it, you would think another orange blush, but it's much more dimensional on the actual skin.
The base of it it's pretty pink, but golden sheen on top of it makes it look coral. It's such a unique shade and the golden sheen on it is everything.
Mary-Lou Manizer is my favorite highlighter of all time and it's a light golden champagne shade. Hot Mama has a darker and more yellow golden sheen on top of it, but the formula of gold sheen seems very similar to Mary. It's finely milled and it gives a beautiful sheen rather than glittery look.
Texture is a tiny bit wet, which means it stays on like crazy. It's one of the most long lasting blushes that I own. I can wear this the whole day and at the end it still looks exactly the same.
It's also crazy pigmented so be careful when applying it. You need the tiniest amount on the brush. Sometimes I struggle to apply just a light flush, because I almost always overdue it.
It gives the cheeks a very natural healthy flush of color and makes them stand out a bit more, because of the gold sheen. You could probably skip highlighter with this blush, if you don't like it to be too glowy. The glowy sheen makes it look very fresh and dewy looking which I really like.
Obviously you can also wear this on your eyes and it works great there too, but I always use it as a blush.
I usually go for peach blushes and I very rarely use pink. Hot Mama is the perfect coral addition to my collection. I have nothing that's the same color. The one that comes closest to it, it's blush shade from Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit in Ultra Fair C01. In the pan they look exactly the same, but once swatched, this one is even more gold, peachier and lighter. Hot Mama is a lot more pigmented and the gold sheen is not as obvious. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso has the most similar finish, except that Hot Mama has a bit more sheen to it and more glow.
I absolutely love the finish of this blush. Gold sheen is everything to me. If the base would be a bit peachier, I would probably wear it all the time. But because it's pink based, I like to pair it with more brighter lip colors and not so much with my very neutral makeup looks. It's crazily pigmented and stays on my skin the whole day. I think the price is good for the amount you get, but is on a bit more expensive side. If you love coral shades and adore highlighting blushes with golden sheen, you'll definitely love this.
*Product was sent to me for review purposes.