Towards the end of last year, gaining popularity amongst the girls in our “group” was theBalm Down Boy blush, which I believe at least four of them own. While I was very much suckered by the cute packaging and witty name, the cool pink wasn’t a good color on me so I passed. Not wanting to feel left out, I went for a different color, theBalm Hot Mama.
Warm peachy-pink with a golden sheen, in theory, seems like it’ll look fabulous on my warm tan-ish complexion. As an added bonus, it has also been known as a NARS Orgasm dupe.
Is it a hit? Read on…
Despite it being one third of Down Boy’s size, Hot Mama’s pan still contains a generous amount of blush. The slim cardboard packaging is magnetized so that the blush opens up like a book. There’s even a mirror inside. Cute, no? The powder is finely-milled and easy to blend.
For those of you who are wondering if Hot Mama compares to NARS Orgasm, it doesn’t. In terms of color concept, it may seem like it would but Orgasm has more peach than pink in it. The blush from the elf Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder duo would be a closer match to Orgasm as opposed to Hot Mama which is pinker. This shade should generally flatter most skin tones.
Looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately in real life the color did not translate to what you see in the pictures. It took quite a lot of product to get the color and glow to show. By the time I got the color intensity that I wanted, I didn’t feel too “hot” – the minuscule bumps on my face seem to be accentuated. To make matters worse, the color on my cheeks would fade within 2 hours or so. I wanted so much for the blush to work on me but it didn’t. Milani Luminous looked a whole lot better on me and lasted longer too.
Don’t let my less-than-ideal experience put you off though. Many people who have used Hot Mama liked it a lot and my fair-skinned friends had no problem with the blush color fading. Maybe this blush is only meant for hot mamas…
I'm afraid this one's a miss for me *sighs*
Retails for RM65 at SaSa outlets and $19 at Sephora
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