theBalm: Bahama mama – Bronzer, shadow & contour powder

Dear readers,
Today I’ll review one of the latest additions to my makeup collection, theBalm’s Bahama Mama – bronzer, shadow & contour powder.

I’m always in search for that one perfect contouring product for fair skin. My current favourite is Nyx powder blush in Taupe. It’s hard to find products that perfectly mimic natural shadows on face, without dreaded orange or too warm undertones (nothing wrong with bronzers, to be clear, but the two “skin darkening”  makeup products’ purpose should be clearly distinguished).

I admit not being a particular fan of praised and famous Kim Kardashian’s contouring routine. In my opinion, it can be done in a more simple and subtle manner. However, enhancing facial bone structure really amplifies regular makeup and assists to achieve that ultimate perfected, sculpted, made up face which brings to mind editorial and haute couture looks. But, always remember: Moderation, not exxageration (it can be a dealbreaker 😉 ).

Upon ordering Bahama mama from I was truly excited, as it seemed promisingly good.


The packaging is typical for theBalm, cardboard little boxy thing with vintage pin-up imagery on it. The product itself is easy to open (no need to fear you’ll ruin your manicure or nails, yay), comes with a little, but handy mirror and closes magnetically.


Texture is fine and soft to the touch. Pigmentation is very good. Any soft bristled brush picks the product easily up. I would recommend  tapping the product lightly instead of swiping the brush all over to get just the right amount on it. Colour is easily buildable by adding it little by little on and creating blendable layers. I swatched it lightly (on the left) and heavily (on the right) on my NC15 skin.


As you can see, it doesn’t look as cool and ashy toned as Nyx’s Taupe, but is neutral enough to do its job just fine. There are no orange undertones. I’m satisfied with the final result I get with it. Face looks natural and not overdone, yet enhanced. You’ll be able to see it in action in my upcoming LOTD posts. 😉

Generally, I’d happily recommend this product, especially to fair skinned people as it won’t look too harsh against their paleness and still, it will sculpt the face nicely. You can also use it as eyeshadow, as it makes great crease defining colour. Anyway, 7.08g of this powder beauty will last you ages! :)

Post soundtrack:

Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama!

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