One brand I have wanted to try for the longest time is the Balm. A handful of their products have a cult-like following in the beauty world, so I really excited to order a bunch of things when they were on Hautelook last month. You will definitely see multiple the Balm posts in the coming weeks, but today I am showing you the Bahama Mama bronzer!
The Balm's Bahama Mama ($20) is a matte bronzer that the Balm also describes as a contour powder and eyeshadow. It comes in really cute, sturdy cardboard packaging with magnetic closure and nice sized mirror.
Bahama Mama is incredibly pigmented, soft, and a bit powdery. You are going to want to use a light hand with this, like I said before. The first time I swirled my blush brush into it, I couldn't believe the result, so I took the following photo:
What I love most about it is that although it is dark, it is perfectly brown, with maybe an ashy or cool undertone, but definitely no orange. To compare, I swatched it alongside all of the other bronzers in my collection. I put it next to Hoola, which is my current go-to also because it is matte without orange undertones. To me Bahama Mama looks like a deeper version of Hoola, so if you are a Hoola fan and looking for something darker for summertime, you'll probably love Bahama Mama!
My Two Cents on the Balm's Bahama Mama BronzerPros:
- Cute, compact packaging that stays magnetically closed - great for traveling.
- Extremely pigmented
- Matte (if you're looking for that, which I was!)
- No orange undertones! Perfect brown color looks really natural.
- Too dark to use a contour if you are NC20-25 range
- Can kick up a lot of powder and get messy if you aren't very gentle and careful with your brush
Do you have Bahama Mama or any other bronzer by the Balm??