Happy Sunday ladies! I am having a great weekend so far. I have gotten everything (almost) off of my to-do list, got to shop for makeup yesterday (and incidentally got to swatch the new MAC Me Over collection that releases this week, take a look at my yfrog feed here to see those shots) and am getting plenty of R&R. I hope this weekend is fairing equally wonderful for all of you!

New from theBalm

Have you met theBalm yet? I haven’t had a lot of experience with their products, but what I have tried so far I have really liked. For instance, theBalmbini palette I bought last year was a total smash hit. Having seen Temptalia’s recent post on the Meet Matte palette, I decided to try and hunt it down. I found it, and it’s really a nice palette for fall.

Meet Matte!

Not necessarily your typical matte shadows either. There is the predictable light beige, nude and brown…but the rest of the shades surprised me. I think it’s cute how they named the shadows after Matts, as a play on words.

Below are swatches, without primer, in natural sunlight.

L-R; Matt Smith, Matt Gallagher, Matt Ramirez

Typical everyday neutral matte shades, all are soft and glide on easily and not patchy. Matt Gallagher reminds me of Naked from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I haven’t swatched them side by side so I don’t know if they are all that similar or not.

L-R: Matt McDonald, Matt Horowitz, Matt Chung

I do have to say that Matt McDonald isn’t really a true matte. It is a satin finish to me. I’m not bother because it has a nice dimension and isn’t over the top with shimmer. But, just from looking at this picture you can see it isn’t really like the other shades for some reason. Matt Horowitz kind of reminds me of Parisian Skies from the MAC Blogger’s Obsessions collection. I will have to swatch and see how close they are ๐Ÿ˜‰

L-R: Matt Batali, Matt Schilling, Matt Patel

My two favorite shades have to be Matt Batali and Matt Schilling. These will be great to use this fall! This palette is really quite nice and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the shades as I swatched them. This isn’t a full review, of course because I only just bought this and haven’t even had time to really play with it yet. ๐Ÿ˜€

I also picked up the new(er) blush called Frat Boy. Upon opening it I was immediately reminded of another blush that came out recently…

theBalm Frat Boy vs. Stila Custom Coral Blush

Side by side they didn’t look as similar as I had initially thought, but still *kind* of close.

L-R: Stila Custom Coral Blush vs theBalm Frat Boy

Which one you choose would depend on the color you are looking for. Stila’s version is more pigmented and more coral while Frat Boy is definitely more peach and less intense. Both are smooth and soft finishes. Stila’s also has a tiny bit of shimmer throughout that you can detect slightly here. Mostly you can only see it in the pan and it doesn’t fully translate to the skin. Overall, I would pick the Stila blush over Frat Boy just because I like the color a little better.

Annnnnd…..because I wanted to give back to my readers (you will see another giveaway come up in the next day or two as well) and because I wanted to celebrate 400 followers on Twitter….a giveaway! I bought these myself, this giveaway is not sponsored by anyone but me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The Meet Matte palette is perfect for fall and I thought the Down Boy blush would be a great compliment to it.

theBalm Giveaway Prize

The Prize:

The Rules:

Thanks again for making this so much fun ladies, good luck to all of you!

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Jessica from Getting Cheeky for winning the giveaway, and thank you all for entering!

59 responses to “Meet the New Balm Boys & Giveaway Time! *Closed*”

  1. fatima says:

    Gfc: glimmo

    email: fatimagill@live.com

    twitter name: @FatemaGill

    facebook nae: Fatema Gill

    tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/FatemaGill/status/105299304947781632

    right now i am in love with oriflame’s matte eyeshadow! from these, i love the matt chung!

  2. emi s. says:

    I’m Emily R. on GFC

    My favorite matte eyeshadow right now is Vanilla from the Smashbox Softbox palette, it’s the perfect highlight shade!

    No extra entries for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks for an awesome giveaway, and I absolutely love your blog! I usually read it through google reader ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Rachel Villanueva says:

    Enter me, please! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have Etude House’s Wonder Eye Land palette & it has some pretty mattes! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Name/GFC: Rachel Villanueva
    Email: racheltvillanueva at yahoo dot com
    Twitter: outdoor_kitty
    Link: http://twitter.com/#!/outdoor_kitty/status/105305362210635776
    FB: Rachel Villanueva

  4. Alison M says:

    I don’t have many matte shadows, but am loving (discontinued) Sonia Kashuk’s Whisper to highlight a very natural eye on light makeup days. I adore those last three swatches you did from the Matt palette. They go with my theme of trying out a blue/teal smokey eye this fall!

    GFC: Alison M
    Twitter: IamAlisonM
    Facebook: Alison Mehesz

  5. Lisi says:

    I’m “Lisi” on GFC and “Liisilu” on Twitter!

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is Brulรฉ by MAC!

    Link: https://twitter.com/#!/Liisilu/status/105321205346734080

    Have a nice day!
    Lisi (liisilu@web.de)

  6. Ronnie says:

    Hello Danielle, just came across this nice post. It is always cool to read something that writers have put effort into. Keep up the classy content!

  7. Rachel H says:

    Hi great giveaway! My favourite matte eyeshadows at the moment are actually 3 shades from the Sleek Paraguaya palette- sandstone, bittersweet and stone.
    I follow and retweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/Allthingsrachy/status/105334218682400768
    I liked on facebook. name: Rachy Hanlon


  8. Summer says:

    I don’t have a favourite matte eye shadow because I have little experience with them!
    GFC: Summer Loren/Slhxbeauty
    Twitter: slhxbeauty
    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/slhxbeauty/status/105335526994882561

    Lovely give away, thank you!
    (summer.loren@hotmail.co.uk) x

  9. Miss Tapia says:

    GFC: Miss Tapia

    My favorite Matte Shadow is MAC’s Soft Brown!

    Twitter: @MsJenni84
    Link: http://twitter.com/#!/MsJenni84/status/105335233934663681

    Facebook: Jennifer Tapia


  10. Nikki Nikita says:

    Great Giveaway!

    My favourite matte eyeshadow right now would have to be MAC Quarry. It’s such a beautiful shade and I use it almost everyday to contour my eyes!

    I follow via GFC as NikitaNacht

    Email: nikkinikki_2@hotmail.com


  11. Marcelle says:

    Enter me, please.

    My current favorite matte eyeshadow is Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in ‘Vintage Lace’.

    GFC: Marcelle Yulianne
    twitter: @chezcelle
    Facebook: Marcelle Yulianne

  12. Kelly says:

    Thanks for having this giveaway! I’ve always wanted to try The Balm because I’ve heard such good things about it!

    GFC Kelly
    twitter @kellybelly04

    My favorite matte shadow is MAC Wedge. It adds a nice contour to my eye lids!

  13. Georgina says:

    This is a cool giveaway, I don’t actually know where I would get my hands on these in the UK. Anyway, my fave matte shadow at the moment has to be MAC Quarry which I use for a subtle crease colour.
    GFC: Ms Bennet
    Twitter: @MsBennett881
    Email: msbennett88@gmail.com
    FB: Georgina Carr

    Also, this gives me another reminder that before I google reader blogs I should add them on GFC, because I was sure I had before I opened this up to comment and spotted I hadn’t!! Don’t worry, I have now though, love reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kayla says:

    GFC: Kayla
    Twitter: Officially_Kay
    Facebook: Kayla Kugel

    My current favorite matte eyeshadow is Bobbi Brown Antique Rose from the Sand Tortoise Shell palette. =)

  15. Katherine says:

    There is a matte grayed taupe in the Masquerade palette from Smashbox’s Fall 2010 collection which is really awesome.

    GFC: Katherine

    I also commented on the Facebook page as Katherine Horn.

  16. Ashley says:

    My favorite matte shadow is currently Annabelle Cosmetics “Dollywood”.

    GFC: Ashley

  17. Rachel Davidsona says:

    Yay i have been dying to try thebalm products.

    My favorite matte shade is too faced velvet revolver

    I follow you on GFC-Rachel Davidson

    I follow you on twitter-RachelM132

  18. Rai says:

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is MAC Brown Script.
    GFC Name: Rai
    Twitter: MorenaBarbee
    Facebook: Raisa C.

  19. JL says:

    GFG: JL

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is Bobbi Brown’s Black Plum.

    Frat Boy is gorgeous! I’ve been lusting over it for the past few weeks.

  20. Wynell says:

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is MAC Fig 1
    GFC Name: Wynell
    Twitter: PrettyNelly_1
    Facebook: Wynell R.

  21. Nice prizes!! The Balm stuff is harder to find up here so thanks for the chance at trying some out! My favourite matte is probably MAC Brule.
    I follow as Tracy@Beauty Reflections on GFC.
    I follow you on Twitter as BeautyReflectTS and tweeted your RT!
    Thanks Danielle! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Caleb says:

    GFC: Caleb

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is Bobbi Brown Slate.


  23. Tina Lane says:

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is sexpresso from the Too Faced natural eye shadow collection. Love it!

    I am a gfc follower as ktun
    I am following you in twitter as KrispyTinCan and retweeted as well
    I liked your fb as Tina Lane and wrote on your wall as well

    Thanks Danielle for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Valerie B says:

    my favorite matte shadow is coconut grove by NARS. My goggle name is Valerie Brower, my twitter name is LionsLamb274, my Facebook name is Kent N Valerie Brower. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Carlie says:

    Favorite matte shadow? DEFINITELY the first shadow in Wet’n’Wild’s Vanity palette (a matte creme/white). I used it every single day! It’s beyond pigmented (almost creamy in texture), easy to blend and it along with 5 other shadows is only like 4 bucks! Crazy!

    GFC name: Carlie

    thanks! xo

  26. Jessica says:

    Lovely giveaway Danielle! My GFC name is MissJessicaAlter and my absolute favorite matte eyeshadow at this very moment is MAC Plumage: I’ve been wearing it as a fun twist on typical dark eyeliner!

    My twitter name is @GettingCheeky ๐Ÿ™‚ and you will see my tweet in moments!
    Thank you doll, โ™ฅ Jessica

  27. Rinny says:

    My fave matte eyeshadow is coconut grove from Nars. I use it as both a liner and an eyeshadow and I just love it!

    GFC: Rinny

  28. daniela says:

    gfc: daniela dodel
    twitter: @DANIDODEL https://twitter.com/#!/DANIDODEL/status/105474117234470912
    facebook: daniela dodel https://twitter.com/#!/DANIDODEL/status/105474117234470912

    my fav matte eyeshadow is sexpresso from too faced

    thanks โ™ฅโ™ฅ

  29. kelly says:

    i have really been wanting to try out theBalm. esp their e.s palettes. my favorite matte e/s right now is mac cork. perfect for blending out edges and for adding a brown smokiness to a look. my gfc name is kellyyes. twitter is…kellyyes haha.

  30. Sophie says:

    GFC – SophiesDish

    I don’t have a favorite matte eyeshadow but my favorite eyeshadows would probably be Jesse’s Girl limited edition palette in tickled pink

  31. Nina says:

    GFC: Nina
    My favorite matte eyeshadow is the matte vanilla shade from the Coastal Scents 28 Neutral palette!

  32. ioanna says:


    my favorite matte eyeshadow is cork by mac!

  33. Romzs says:

    GFC: Romzs
    I love Inglot’s 340! It’s so beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Alex says:

    I love UD Buck and Naked from the Naked Palette for mattes.
    GFC: 6ftinheels
    Twitter: 6ftinheels (I follow and RT’ed!)

    Thanks girl, this is a great giveaway! You’re the bomb dot com ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Holly says:

    Hello! My name is Holly/ultaismycandystore (GFC) and my fave matte eye shadow is a nice, rich, chocolate brown from JANE cosmetics (old school, huh? But I still have it!) called Browny Points… I use it as a liner and crease color!

  36. Danielle says:

    Please enter me. My favorite matte eyeshadow is Revlon Matte Eyeshadow in โ€˜Vintage Lace’.

    GFC: Sweet As Honey Blog
    Twitter: @FrenchGirl20
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/FrenchGirl20/status/105674759089557504
    FB Name: Sweet As Honey Blog
    FB Post: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=137984092962987&id=226008530747124

  37. Sarah says:

    My GFC : Sarah Crawford

    My favorite matte shadow right now is Wet ‘N Wild’s purple shade from the Dancing in the Clouds palette.


  38. Eva says:

    GFC: evil_eva12

    my favorite matte eyeshadow right now is Urban Decay’s Naked.

  39. Sadaf Kazi says:

    Hey lovely giveaway
    GFC : red Scintilla
    Fav Eyeshadow : Anthracite By a Local COmpany
    Twitter Follower : @CherieFemme
    Tweet Link : http://twitter.com/#!/CherieFemme/status/105726629417988097
    Facebook page Fan as Chรฉrie Femmรฉ
    Facebook Post : https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=158621217550211&id=125947130817620

    Thankyou so much !

  40. pearl says:

    GFC: preciouspearl

    My fav Matte eyeshadow is: MAC Espresso

    Following you on Twitter via pearlmakeup
    Tweeted link:https://twitter.com/#!/pearlmakeup/status/105800232499032064

    โ€œLikedโ€ Bloominโ€™ Beauty Blog on facebook via Precious Pearl
    Commented on your FB wall.

  41. Julianne says:

    Hi Danielle,
    Matte shadows rock. My all time favorite matte eyeshadow combination is by NYX…Nyx ‘Taupe’ blush (on my lid & blended up into my crease) paired with Nyx ‘Hawaiian Coffee’ (outer v & lower lashline) & NYX highlight (brow bone & inner corner)…simple & natural matte perfection for me!

    google name: Julianne
    email: longs4@sbcglobal.net

  42. Amy M. says:

    Matte eyeshadow is pretty much all I use! My favorite right now is Urban Decay in Naked.

    GFC: Okay, I know this is stupid but I don’t know what my username is there? When I go to GFC it just shows my blogger name (thingsamylikes) so is that it? It also has my e-mail at the top. Ugh.. lol.
    Facebook: Amy Michaels
    Twitter: theamymichaels

  43. Arianne says:

    What a giveaway! Thanks Danielle.

    Why are you making me pick a matte eyeshadow? ๐Ÿ˜› If I have to, I guess it’ll have to be MAC Brun. Great for liner / crease / brows.

    I follow on GFC as “Arianne” and RT’d @TheGlitterGeek. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. ShannoninBC says:

    GFC, Twitter & FB – ShannoninBC

    Fave matte shadow is MAC Copperplate

    tweeted!: @ShannoninBC
    Follow @Bloominbeauty5 and RT to win theBalm goodies, including the Meet Matte palette http://t.co/SDHuOnX

  45. Yay on reaching 400!!! You deserve a lot more followers that’s for sure! Congrats hun! And great giveaway!!! Thaaaaanks for being so kind!

    You know I’m a follower ๐Ÿ˜‰

  46. Name โ€“ Sudhaa Gopinath
    GFC Follower โ€“ Sudhaa
    Email โ€“ sudhaa.gvrn@gmail.com
    Fav matte eye shadow โ€“ Donโ€™t own one!!! I know am pathetic
    Following on twitter โ€“ sudhaag17
    Tweeted give away โ€“
    Liked Facebook page โ€“ Sudhaa Gopinath
    Most excited to try – I’m most excited about the Balm Meet Matte Eyeshadow Palette(Commented in Facebook too)

  47. Cait says:


    My favorite matte shadow is Urban Decay Naked. It’s my go-to easy, getting ready for work shade!

    Email: swatch(dot)storm(at)gmail(dot)com
    I follow through GFC as Cait
    I tweeted this, and my Twitter username is @Swatch_Storm

    Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Erin says:

    Wonderful giveaway, love! My current favorite matte colors are MAC Wedge and UD Naked…perfect crease/transition colors!

    Name: Erin El Issa
    Email: elissa.erin17@gmail.com
    Twitter: toblushornot17
    Facebook: Erin Al Essa

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/toblushornot17/status/105995411222822912
    I liked your Facebook page and commented!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  49. Gift says:

    Great giveaway! I love theBalm!

    GFC follower: Gift

    email: giftprincessgoden07@gmail.com

    twitter follower: @giftprincess

    tweet link: https://twitter.com/#!/giftprincess/status/106103098832990208

    liked facebook: Gift Princess Goden

    Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=159130290832637&id=125947130817620

    My favorite matte eyeshadow right now is Lancome Daylight because it matches with everyday outfit!

  50. Cori says:

    my favorite matte is Matt Ramirez!!!!!!!!!!!

    GFC: Coribrads

    facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coribrads

  51. Jess Ng says:

    GFC: jessnghc
    My fave is oriflameโ€™s matte eyeshadow, love it so much!!
    Twitter: jessng1
    Twitted: http://twitter.com/#!/jessng1
    FB: Jess Ng



  52. Mindy says:

    Enter me please ๐Ÿ™‚
    GFC: Comme3pommes
    email: ohhhcomme3pommes@gmail.com
    My favorite Matte shadow as of today, urban Decay in the color Chronic.


  53. Joy says:

    Lovely giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚
    GFC: Joy

    My favourite matte eyeshadows at the moment are Naked and Buck by Urban Decay (From the Naked Palette). They look so lovely paired together!

  54. Jessica says:

    Awesome giveaway. I havent had a chance to try anything by the balm yet so this would be great. My favorite matte eyeshadow right now is by Rock and Republic in the shade Vintage.

    GFC: Jess
    Email lalabellavita23@gmail.com
    Twitter – lalabellavita23

  55. Emmy says:

    My favorite matte eyeshadow is MAC’s cork<3!!!

    GFC: emmybear411
    Twitter: @emmybear411
    Facebook: Emmy S.
    E-mail: mslamani@hotmail.com

    THANK YOU:D!!!

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  58. lifeilluminated says:

    Do you think that the balm frat boy is similar to MAC melba? I was looking at frat boy but currently own melba, so not sure if I need both! ๐Ÿ™‚

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