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I couldn’t think of a more me palette than a tea-inspired palette. We know that I am incredibly passionate about both beauty and tea, so combining the two is always a plus in my book. Recently the Balm launched a tea-themed palette, and once I saw it irl at Beautycon, I knew I needed it ( plus they sold it for 50% off) so hows a girl supposed to resist?! To make this clear: I have a mixed relationship with the Balm, I always love their packaging, but I haven’t had the best luck with their products especially their eyeshadow palettes in the past. However, as always, I’m open to giving them another chance.
Let’s talk packaging! The Balm always does a great job of creating vintage-inspired packaging. I get their single shadows frequently in my Ipsy glam bag, and I always love how fun the packaging is. This palette is no exception I love how it has two ladies from a different era, sipping tea with little speech bubbles, which mention “YAS! With a black and neutral eyelid primer” and the other reads “It’s infused with chamomile.” I usually prefer simple packaging but this palette is so fun, so I am a fan of it. The only problem I have with this palette is the packaging is mostly white, and I’ve used it a few times, but it’s already stained with shadows.
I love the colorway in this palette, I’m sure some of you are like another neutral palette why should I care? Even though the colorway isn’t anything special, I use neutrals daily and so do countless others. Not everyone can rock neon green shadow at work, so I am happy with another neutral palette. I also love how this palette has tea-spilling inspired shade names such as “Receipts,” “Tell-All” and “Hey Girl Hey.” I think its fun and works with the theme. As I’ve previously mentioned, I love seeing the name of shadows on the pans because it helps me if I want to recreate a look or helps me explain to you guys, which shades worked and what didn’t. I also really love how the pans are shaped like a cup of tea, I think this is different and unique. The one thing that really stands out to me about this palette is that it includes 2 lid primers, which isn’t common with palettes.
When it comes to the primers, I disliked both of them. The neutral one did not work for me at all and trust me, I dug deep into the pan. The black worked but honestly, I do not see the point in a black lid primer since a majority of the shades in this are light, and the black showed through. I was not impressed with the formula for this palette; it worked okay but the pigment wasn’t phenomenal, and for that price, I feel like you can get something better with more pigment. The stand out shade to me in this palette is “tell-all” which is a stunning duo chrome shade, and with a wet brush it looks stunning, it works with finger application as well. There’s quite a bit of kickback with this palette, which doesn’t make sense to me because the pigment isn’t really there for it to have that much kickback. I really wanted to love this palette because it’s so me, but I find myself feeling disappointed with this palette. Although I did not like this plaette, I love the Balm’s other products like their lip and cheek items.