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Compact and convenient: theBalm Auto Balm California Face Palette

theBalm's Auto Balm California Face Palette (P875 at Beauty Bar) is a clever product to have in your pocket. You can do your eyebrows, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and blush with it, and guess what - it literally fits in your pocket. I love the idea of an (almost) all-in-one face color palette since it's perf for traveling!

Don't let the compact size fool you though. The Auto Balm's powders are formulated beautifully, with a silky texture and great pigmentation. They apply smoothly and are easy to blend! The staying power ain't so bad too. The blush fades only after about four hours on me, while the eyebrow powder fades minimally even after six hours. I use an excellent primer on my lids so I don't have to worry about my eyeshadow/liner falling apart.

The colors are also flattering only my hair and skin tone. The matte blush is a warm peachy pink. The  matte eyebrow/contour powder is dark enough for my hair and as a blending color for the eyes and even the nose. The glittery cocoa Lid/Liner color is fantastic when wet, as it can get very dark and smoky. Finally, the highlight shade is a pretty pink champagne that doesn't look too cool on Asian skin.

Here I am wearing the palette on my my brows, as eyeshadow, and as a liner. It doesn't show up much as a liner since I layered the glittery cocoa shade on my lids heavily.

Lovely right? The blush doesn't show too well on cam but it's pink enough in person.

Lovely right? The blush doesn't show too well on cam but it's pink enough in person.

There are cons although they're fairly minor. I find the blush pan too small - wish they just used a bigger square in that area - but it's not that much of a hassle to get my normal-sized brush in there. I also wish theBalm included even just one lipstick pan so that I don't have to bring or pick up anything else other than foundation and mascara.

Otherwise, theBalm Auto Balm California Face Palette is awesome. It's convenient, compact, and flattering on most skin tones. It's not too pricey at P875! Get this if you love traveling or a simple centralized routine. It's a great addition to any kit.

theBalm cosmetics is available inside Beauty Bar.

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