The Balm Hot Mama blush comes in a chic retro packaging that is not only appealing to the eyes but is also very practical. I like the fact that it does not contain a brush (which is almost always unnecessary and annoying!) and that it easily closes with a magnet.

Hot Mama blush looks darker in the packaging than it is the actual swatch on the hand or applied on he face. The shade is excellent also for a lighter complexion because it doesn’t turn out too dark and is not too pigmented. It has a very good combination of pink, peachy and very light bronze pigments. The finish is slightly luminous and after the use on the cheeks, an additional illuminator is not necessary.

It gives a wonderful healthy glow with a perfect blend of color pigments

I tried to apply it also as an eyeshadow but it is not very flattering on my eyelids since it gives an orange-brown color that does not fit my skin tone. A completely different story is when used on the cheeks as a blush: the color on my skin tone tends to bring out more pink pigments, with a slight touch of peachy-bronze color. It gives a wonderful healthy glow with a perfect blend of color pigments that in general work very well on my light skin. The application is easy and there is no need to fear of applying too much color in first swipe. The texture is smooth and very silky.

The formulation has very good ingredients, it does not contain preservatives parabens, formaldehyde releasers or synthetic antioxidants such as BHT. In the base, there are some good ingredients for adhesion of pigments and for proper smoothness and softness. According to the INCI list, the ingredients contain natural colorants, such as titanium dioxide, carmine, and iron oxides.

KEY INGREDIENTS/TEXTURE/EFFICIENCY

  • ingredients pluses: natural pigments and dyes
  • ingredients minuses: none
  • texture: smooth and soft to apply, works well with my blush brush
  • efficiency: pink-peachy blush, slightly shiny finish, healthy glow look

Right now I have Hot Mama amongst my “must have” blushes. I also recommend it to anyone with lighter complexion and to those who are not completely sure what kind of cheek glow is best for you. The shade of this blush works as if it is designed to simulate a color that gives cheeks a healthy-blushed look.

INCI: Mica, Boron Nitride, Polyethylene, Isoeicosane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Polyisobutene, PTFE, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxide (CI 77491).

Photo: Anže Buh

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