Balm Voyage is one of theBalm’s newer makeup palettes, containing 16 eyeshadows and three lip/cheek stains. Although theBalm is billing this as a “travel-friendly” palette, there’s really nothing about this gigantic monstrosity of a palette that is going to make for easy lugging around. Maybe theBalm’s marketing department and I simply have different definitions of “travel-friendly”, but I think that term generally refers to compact packaging that gets you what you need in a small space. This palette is the size of a lab notebook.

Because the palette is a mix of powder and cream products, it is set up in such a way that the powder and cream products open separately, presumably to keep eyeshadow dust out of your lipstick.

Each of the eyeshadows is named for a plane seat position, meaning it’s all numbers and letters. I am wavering in between that being “kinda cute” and “kinda lazy”.

The palette swings open to reveal a mirror inside of a lady’s face, presumably so we can all imagine we would look like as a dirty-blonde white lady. (Side note on the packaging: only white women take vacations?!)

The info on the side of the mirror is a whole new kind of baffling to me. It contains what appears to be passport information… but why was she born in 1953? Let’s say she is 20 (which is a pretty low estimate in my opinion). …She’s dressing like this in the 1970s? What?

For your (/my) convenience, this review is split into eyeshadow-y-ness and non-eyeshadow-y-ness.


As a general rule, I would say that these eyeshadows are pretty lovely. Although they lean on the powdery side, they are, in general, nicely pigmented and relatively easy to work with.

With only a few exceptions, these shades are neutrals. However, they’re dramatically different from the colors you might receive in a traditional neutral palette. I think these shades would be particularly excellent for someone who maybe a little bit bored with their current neutrals palettes, but too intimidated to hit the bright colors just yet.

Here’s how they swatched (two swipes, no primer):

From left to right: A4, B4, C4, D4, A3, B3, C3, and D3

A4 is a charcoal gray with turquoise and violet shimmer.
B4 is a shimmery medium-dark brown.
C4 is a dark, brown-leaning red with a shitload of silver shimmer.
D4 is a dark olive green with lovely golden shimmer.
A3 is a bright, metallic silver. (It swatches so beautifully– it goes on like liquid!)
B3 is a gray-leaning matte mauve. It is one of the weaker shades in terms of pigmentation.
C3 is a matte, sandy brown.
D3 is a metallic dark gold. (This is another particularly gorgeous one.)

From left to right: A2, B2, C2, D2, A1, B1, C1, and D1

A2 is a frosty, cool medium purple with blue shimmer that almost reads as a duochrome.
B2 is a frosty seafoam.
C2 is a dark blue-leaning teal. It almost reads as a matte, but it has a few hunks of blue shimmer in it.
D2 is a lovely peachy pink with a frosty finish. It swatches like butter.
A1 is a frosty mauve. It’s another really nice one.
B1 is a manila-folder cream-y beige with a matte finish. This one has great color payoff, but it really, really soft.  It kinda feels like you are dipping your brush into powdered sugar. This makes it a little more tricky to work with.
C1 is a yellow-leaning cream frost.
D1 is a frosty mustard yellow.

The pans are a little inconsistent (with the matte shades being the crappiest), but most of them are perfectly lovely.

Here are some eyeshadow looks that I did with this palette:

Lip and Cheek Stains

One of the big, obvious disadvantages of a palette that is a mix of powder and cream products is that powder gets in the cream and makes it yucky. TheBalm obviously tried to counteract this by creating a separate flap to go over the lip/cheek creams. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work well enough.

Even though I have never used the palette with the lip flap open, the products are coated with a layer of nasty-looking eyeshadow dust.

At least the swatches look pretty when you can dig through the dust:

The first shade I’m going to examine, Second Officer, is a medium red.

On the lips:

On the cheeks:

First Officer, on the other hand, is a light, orange-y coral. It is the most opaque of the three lip/cheek shades.

On the lips:

On the cheeks:

Finally, Captain is a cool-leaning medium pink.

On the lips:

On the cheeks:

Like most two-in-one products, these are a mixed bag. Although the colors are pretty, I think they apply a little patchily to the cheeks, but are too drying and paint-like for my lips.

Despite the things I am grumpy about, I still feel pretty good about this purchase because of the price point. The Balm Voyage palette retails for $42.50 for 1oz of eyeshadow and 0.21oz of the lip and cheek stains. Even if you have no interest in the cream products, that puts the value at a very, very comfortable $42.50 per ounce. If count the cream products, you’re at a ludicrously inexpensive $35.12 per ounce. That is absolutely drugstore pricing. (For example, Maybelline Expert Wear Quads are $6.49 for 0.17oz, or $38.18 per ounce.)

I hate the packaging and I don’t find the lip/cheek products to be enjoyable. The eyeshadow, though, is pretty lovely and very nicely priced. So the rest? I’ll grin and bear it. 

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