I am a fan of the complexion enhancer. I love shimmer and glimmer. Too Faced has released a new shimmer powder: Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder. It is a soft golden ivory shimmer that will warm up pale to medium skins. It comes in a compact with a glam chandelier on it. I love it because I love how Too Faced does shimmer. It retails for $25. TheBalm has released a new shimmer powder: Mary-Lou Manizer. I am not wild for the name being that I think being an “izer” of any type isn’t cool. It’s a beautiful golden ivory shimmer powder that works nicely with light to medium skins. It makes a nice eyeshadow and highlighter for face and body. It comes in a mirrored compact with an under arrest blonde pin-up type gal on it. This retails for $22.

Both powders are very similar. Both are multi-use powders that provide a “soft” shimmer. Too Faced’s contains anti-oxidants. TheBalm’s is talc and paraben free. You can pick them up from Sephora.

As you may know, I am a sucker for packaging. That is why I’m so interested in The Balm’s products. They are so cute with all of the pin-up art and risque names. TheBalm Overshadow is actually a nice product housed in an adorable and glamorous packaging. Overshadows are super shimmery and pretty sheer 100% mineral eyeshadows. It is free all of that “bad” stuff but is still super beautiful. It is a loose shadows that can be used anywhere: eyes, body, face as a highlighter, or even with lip gloss. It comes in four shades with four different Vargas-ish babes on the package. There is If Your Are Rich, I am Single which is a shimmery mauve with silver shimmer. There is No Money, No Honey which is a super pale gold shimmer. There is Work Is Overrated which is a pale warm pink shimmer. And finally, there is You Buy, I’ll Fly which is a shimmery copper. I like all of the shades. They are pretty basic but they work with most skin tones. I really love No Money, No Honey and Work Is Overrated just because they look great on eyes and as a highlighter on my cheekbones. It wears for a long time and doesn’t crease! The names are a bit cheezy but I have to confess that I am a “feminist” that really wants to be a lady of leisure… It retails for $15 and did I mention the too cute packaging? They can be bought at beauty.com.

I’m so not in love with this product. Personally, I think it is crap with an $18 price tag. I’m a sucker for packaging and unfortunately the packaging is cute but it is a tiny, flimsy, cardboard box. The “purse friendly” packaging is just a box that you’d recycle with any other product. Inside are three of the smallest eyeliners on the planet. Now, they are about as long as two of the included sharpener, like two inches long in total length. I’ve seen larger, so I know. I don’t know where they found these pygmy things or why they are so flipping small. They seem like some kind of mean thing an occupational therapist would use with a stroke victim. I don’t know but they are super tiny and won’t take too many sharpening. If for some strange reason I did want a short liner pencil I would buy a cheap NYX or Wet N Wild long pencil and break it into fourths and sharpen each one, all for a total of .99 ¢. The colors are boring but they are the type that one would use daily, once again why are they so small? These aren’t fun, maybe once in a while shades, why would you make necessities so small? It comes in Romeo which is a gray, Don Juan which is a black, and Cassanova which is a brown. They are a soft formula that I find too smudgy for under eye wear unless you want to look like a battered wife or the homecoming queen when homecoming king broke up with her on prom night. They “travel” around. They aren’t even a killer formula. Maybe I am spoiled by no budge gels or liquid liners. What kills me is it appears like TheBalm is making fun of itself and this crummy product. Just like a pick-up line or a skanky bar whore named Romeo, this little guys (um…) will leave you disappointed and asking “where did I find these things again”. They can be purchased on beauty.com.

TheBalm has released an adorable trio palette featuring their famous powders. The palatte comes in a cheeky cheesecakey sailor friendly package. It features Bahama Mama which is a deeper bronzed tan powder that can be used as a bronzer, eyeshadow, or a contour powder. The other is Hot Mama which is a shimmery pinky peach that is close to NARS Orgasm Blush. This can be used as a blush, shadow or highlighter. I love this one. Finally there is Sexy Mama which is a translucent, anti-shine blotting powder. The palette retails for $32 and is available on sephora.com and beauty.com.

TheBalm is a really cute company. I love any company that loves pugs. And everybody that knows me knows that I love puggy babies. Anyways, TheBalm has launched an eyeshadow palette that contains nine of their eyeshadows all tucked into a leopard print cardboard case. I love leopard print but I am not too wild about this print. Or maybe it is this print with that font? I don’t know, it just reminds me of like flame fuzzy dice or something. Something trying to look vintagey and edgy but comes out looking a bit silly. Anyways, regardless if you think the packaging is cute or not, I just think it won’t hold up well in a makeup bag with other goodies. It seems flimsy. It contains nine shimmery shadows that can be used wet or dry. The shadows are of pretty good quality and are versatile. They all have “scandalous” names. It contains neutral browns such as Caught In The Act Courtney which is a deep brownie brown with gold shimmers, Shameless Shana which is a shimmering bronze-ish gold, and Jet Setting Jennifer which is a pale white gold shimmer. There are cool pinks and plums such as Luscious Lani which is a shimmery pink champagne that makes a great highlighter and Curvy Cami which is a beautiful plum with gold shimmer. There are blues and greens such as Jealous Jordana which is a rich shimmery emerald green, Risque Renee which is a deep navy shimmer and All About Alex which is an army olive green shimmer. Left alone there is Eazy Wheezie which is a silver shimmer named after the owner’s lovely adopted pug.

This limited edition kit retails for $38 and is available at sephora.com.

Packaging that resembles trucker mud flaps.

Packaging that resembles trucker mud flaps.