TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos
The moment I saw photos of theBalm's new palette, Balm Voyage, on Temptalia, I knew I was going to buy it. Thankfully theBalm had one of their 40%-off sales in December. How do the people at theBalm Cosmetics come up with such cute packaging every time?

Here are the swatches and review of the Balm Voyage makeup palette.

Packaging of Balm Voyage palette

A sturdy cardboard case and there is no applicator. It is bigger than Balm Jovi - see comparison photograph with other palettes from theBalm below.
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

Balm Voyage is vacation-themed. The colourful packaging features postcards of travel destinations from around the world outside. Both flaps come with magnetic closure and keep the eyeshadow and lip products separate. How many palettes club creamy and powdery products side-by-side, making you screech in frustration? You have to love theBalm for this!
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photosTheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

The inner flap features a mirror and tells you that the passport belongs to "Anita Vacation". Does Billy Birmingham work for theBalm?
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

The smaller flap gives you colour combination ideas in a very cute way - through boarding passes!
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

And the back cover features in-flight crew, passengers, and the colours in the palette.
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

Formula of Balm Voyage palette eyeshadows and lip colours

The shadows are smooth, buttery and pigmented, typical of theBalm. I have noticed a little more fallout with this palette, though, than I did with Balm Jovi. These seem more powdery, somehow. Not massive fallout like MUA or even as much as Sleek, but definitely more so compared to previous palettes from theBalm, that's all. Nothing to complain about.
Oh, and the lip colours are brilliant. I definitely won't use them as cheek colours. The shades are named Second Officer, First Officer and Captain. All three are very well-pigmented and leave behind a stain that stays on nicely. The condensation on the colours is because the photo below was taken on arrival - it disappeared within a few hours in my airconditioned room. Second Officer is a classic bright red, First Officer is a medium peach and Captain is a beautiful pink.
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

When you compare the sizes of the individual shadows, Balm Voyage has far, far larger pans as you can see below (next to N#de'Tude).
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

 

Shades and swatches of Balm Voyage makeup palette

The shades are named for in-flight seats and are:
A4, B4, C4, D4
A3, B3, C3, D3
A2, B2, C2, D2
A1, B1, C1, D1
B3, C3, B2, C2, B1 and C1 are matte eyeshadows. And all lip colours have creamy-satin finishes.
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos

And the swatches, from left: First Officer, A4, B4, C4, D4, A3, B3; row two from left: D2, C2, B3, A2, D3, C3. Row three from left: Captain, A1, B1, C1, D1, Second Officer. All swatches are on bare skin.
TheBalm Balm Voyage makeup palette review, swatches, photos
First row, from left: First Officer, A4, B4, C4, D4, A3, B3.
Second row, from left: D2, C2, B2, A2, D3, C3.
Third row, from left: Captain, A1, B1, C1, D1, Second Officer.
I did an EOTD featuring A2 recently here and will definitely be sharing more soon.
All of these were swatched with fingers, over bare skin, no primer. And some of them are swatched very lightly to avoid messing up the beautiful palette until I *have* to, despite which two of the pans, A1 and B1, have swatch marks already. Normally I use a sponge applicator for swatching but I refuse to dent these pans for now! Are you like this as well with new palettes?

Bottom line
A must-have for all fans of theBalm. And anybody who loves buttery, pigmented eyeshadows. And travel. TheBalm.com posts internationally, though you'll have to check with their website for various rates. I suggest holding out for the next sale from theBalm or HauteLook, though, else the palette costs $42, without including postage. Oh, and did I mention you get 10% off just by signing up for their newsletter?
Disclaimer: Still not PR, entirely my money :D
  1. Love the look of the Balm Voyage Palette x
    Beautyqueenuk xx

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    1. I wish they'd bring out a Rolling Stones-themed palette sometime, similar to Balm Jovi.

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  2. My my! You know, I do have tons of eye shadows, but I always wanted a product from this brand because of the graphics and the names!
    I am more looking towards the Nudetude.

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    1. That's my favourite neutral palette!

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  3. Saw this today and I was reallly tempted but then decided to get Vice2 instead. Got an Instain blush though

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    1. Not too late to rush back and get it :D

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  4. I m like that too with any new stuff........I dint touch my Naked Basics palette for almost a year ;)
    Loved the palette :) The Balm always has a theme for their packaging; quite interesting!

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    1. Thank Heavens I have company lol. I kept Balm Jovi untouched for ever so long and finally caved in to try out the lip colours!

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  5. This is an amazing palette. I love thebalm products. Quite interesting and beautiful. I always believe and feel that their eyeshadows need some primer underneath.

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    1. True, and their concealers and brushes are also v. good! I always use a primer as I have the oiliest lids - the kind from which even stray lashes slip off and where you can see your own reflection.

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  6. Amazing :) the balm is just fab… LOL-ed at still not PR. hehehe

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  7. Oh my my......gorgeous shades.....xoxoxo...:)

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  8. I love the packaging. Vintage style.
    Hopefully I could get 1 soon
    http://notamanjaku.blogspot.com/

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  9. What gorgeous shades! Love the lip colors too! <3

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    1. I wish they'd bring out a lipstick in "Captain" xx

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  10. looks great....love the shades!

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    1. Same here... I tire of just browns, beiges and ochres after a couple of days :S

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  11. I think this palette is adorable but I am disappointed in the way the colors look on me. I don't find it to be as pigmented as it should be. I've tried all the shades and only found two I like. I'll be giving it away and I hope the new owner likes it better than I do.

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    1. Awww that's a bummer :( Have you tried it with primer? I'm using Kat von D right now and it helps bring out the colour more than UD Primer Potion or TFSI, so I use it with my less-pigmented shadows.

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  12. Amanda Anandita RzApril 03, 2014

    I'm dying of all the balm products >,<
    this month I will enter makeup eye contest, and the winner will get this the balm voyage
    wish me luck ^^

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