TheBalm Frat Boy Shadow/Blushpetek, januar 15, 2016
Frat Boy is on the top of most reviewed/highly rated theBalm products on Makeup Alley and its apparently THE universal blush that is flattering on so many skin tones. Well, it's a peachy-pink blush and we already know how popular such shades are, in fact it's almost by default. I've reviewed a couple of their cheeks products (Hot Mama and Mary-Lou Manizer) and I have to say they are some of the best quality such products I've tried, but for such I price you kind of expect that already.
Frat Boy is a matte peachy-pink, but it's peachier than for example Nars's Deep Throat and Orgasm, but less coral than Coralista. It looks more of a muted version of the shade in the pan, but it's bright when it's swatched. What impressed me is how smooth it feels when you swatch it. I don't think I have any other blush with such a texture, but on the cheeks it behaves like any other (high-end) blush. It's quite a pigmented blush and it shows up well on my cheeks, in fact I need to use it in moderation, so I don't overdo it. It has quite a brightening, cute effect, that peachiness really lifts up the face.
It applies smoothly, even with a rubbish old brush and blends nicely, but what more impressive is the staying power. The first time I wore it, I had two different blushes on each cheek, a Kiko bouncy blush and this one. While Kiko's disappeared during the day, Frat Boy was still going strong at the end of the day.
Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in Rose on the lips.
The packaging is cardboard, which is kind of a standard for theBalm's cheek products (except highlighters) and it even had a mirror, though this one is already too small. It has the retro image of an actual frat boy, a quarterback. Some people like these (mostly older women, I noticed, so a gift idea maybe), some hate them, I've never been a massive fan of retro things, but it doesn't bother me.
It costs 20.99 € in Müller.
Frat Boy is a product that clearly deserves all the praise it gets. The shade is universally loved and should fit so many skin tones, plus it's very pigmented and the texture is so smooth. If you're not a fan of intense glow that the Hot Mama gives, this will be more to your taste, but I'm currently loving that one a bit more.
Have a great day!