15 November 2010

New! theBalm comes to A|wear : “I should be so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky”*

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Now as you probably all know, Irish highstreet store A|wear turned 25 last Wednesday  and celebrated with a massive birthday party, complete with discounts, makeovers and drinks from Bulmers Light.  MTV presenter Laura Whitmore flew in to play her very first Irish DJ gig at the event and looked stunning as ever in the window of the Grafton Street store.  
Overshadows from theBalm
(Photos from the party are up on the brand spanking new fluff and fripperies facebook page.  Are you in them?!)

So, we were having a lovely time and I picked up the first few little bits for Christmas, along with that maxi I was raving about in a previous post. So far, so good.
And then: bam! Lightning struck. It was just like in the movies. I spotted you from across a crowded room and I knew it was love.

Yes, theBalm cosmetics, I am looking at you.
I first read about this San Fran, Benefit-alike brand over on the fabulous beaut.ie and it sounded fun.  But nothing prepared me for the impact of its adorably kitsch and cute cardboard packaging, paraben-free  formulas and tempting colour range, coyly playing hard to get in the corner.  
Well not anymore it won’t.

Previously only to be found in selected pharmacies in Ireland, theBalm is launching in A|wear at the end of next month in the following stores:  Dublin's Grafton and Henry Street stores, Patrick Street in Cork, Waterford, and one more -- as yet to be specified.
I’ll be queuing to get my hands on some of these gorgeous goodies like the sparkly mineral overshadows (above), these mini, coloured eyeliner sets (adorably named Pick Up Liners) and the fabulous Mary-Lou Manizer, a highly pigmented shimmer-powder that can be used as a shadow, a highlighter and even a concealer -- as demo-ed to great effect on my under-eye circles!
Price points are apparently between €8 and €20 which strike me as extremely reasonable, too.
What do you think guys (and gals)? Are you familiar with the brand? Are you as excited as I am?
*Post title: Lyric from Kylie, “I Should Be So Lucky” – like, obvs!


Roxy said...

WOWSA! First I have heard of this brand but the products look delightful, can’t wait to get my hands on those overshadows (stupid question but I guess these are for on top of your eyeshadows?!). A-wear is really upping its game these days getting in these products and also the new vintage range – this blog is the first place I have read about both things!!

Claudia. said...

I am SUCH a sucker for packaging.I SOOO would be excited about it- the packaging is gorgeous, especially because it is made out of cardboard, which makes it even more vintagey. I wonder how the products themselves are? There is also a new vintagey brand at Sephora in the USA, but considering it was rather new as a brand and hardly as cool as Benefit, I thought the prices were quite steep. However, the prices for this brand are almost as gorgeous as the packaging! :P

Eadaoin said...

Makeup is a mystery which my little sister has been unravelling for me recently (oh the shame, my little sister giving advice on stuff a big sister is traditionally supposed to know about!). But I like the look of this range, like Claudia I'm a sucker for nice packaging and these hit the spot! Sounds like the A-Wear party was quite fun, you go to the best events!!

Nailish Ramblings said...

Oh I really hope the unnamed store, is Galway! Would love to get my hands on these pretties!

fluff and fripperies said...

@Roxy, yep, the overshadows are sparkly mineral powders designed for over your eyeshadow. I am very interested in having a little play about with a couple of those.

Lady V said...

I was very lucky to get some of theBalm products at Christmas. I particularly like the fabulous Mary-Lou Manizer. I used to be a Benefit High-Beam junkie but as i get older my face looks too shiny BUT I really liked the fact the powder can be used as a shadow and a highlighter. (didn't work as a concealor on my skin - think it highlighted my under-eye circles more!) My favourite new item in my make-up bag from this range is 'Wanted' rouge lippie - lovely and shiny and pretty and... I like - lots!