theBalm Cabana Boy Shadow / Blush ~ A Hot New Love

by lyn on October 7, 2011 · 8 comments

in Blush, theBalm

thebalm cabana boy

When I first heard of theBalm’s Cabana Boy blush, I immediately thought of the Club Tropicana music video by Wham! Do you remember George Michael in his little white Speedos? Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about. He may not have been a cabana boy in that video but he definitely embodied the look of one.

Cabana Boy was released back in Summer 2009 and is one of the few blushes available in theBalm’s permanent line. The product is housed in a sturdy cardboard compact with a vintage imagery printed on the cover. Doesn’t it remind you of some old paperback romance? Hands up if you used to read Mills & Boons :-)

thebalm cabana boy

The blush itself is a dusty rose pink with just a hint of a golden sheen. It is very pigmented so I’d recommend a light hand and gradually building up the colour if required. It has a very smooth, satiny texture and is easy to blend. I am so impressed with how gorgeous and buttery theBalm powdered products are.

thebalm cabana boy
* taken without flash under warm daylight – it appears as a beautiful muted rose *

I can’t help but love the gorgeous flush of golden rose Cabana Boy provides. It ought to suit most skin tones too because it doesn’t appear too warm, neither is it very cool. It strikes a nice balance somewhere in between. It is fairly long-lasting on me and manages to stay on throughout my work day but do bear in mind I don’t usually blot my cheeks, so the colour has less opportunity to transfer.

thebalm cabana boy

Cabana Boy may strike people as a summer time blush, well because it was released in summer and it conjures up images of sassy, rich ladies lounging about on deck chairs by the beach. But I honestly feel that this blush is suited for all seasons, just like how Kahani of SoLoverly has demonstrated and worn this fall. Anyway, we only have two “seasons” in the tropics (rain or shine) so you can definitely use Cabana Boy all year round if you choose to.

thebalm cabana boy

I honestly have nothing bad to say about Cabana Boy except that it may be difficult to come by as theBalm is only available at Sasa stores locally. I am so enamoured with theBalm blushes that I feel the need to pick up Down Boy and Frat Boy so I can have a complete collection. I think the latter is not available locally so I’d probably need to purchase it online.

• Highly pigmented but can be applied sheerly too.
• Smooth consistency with satiny finish.
• Gorgeous colour.
• Cute, vintage-y packaging.
• Talc and paraben free.

• Not widely available.

theBalm Cabana Boy can be purchased at Sasa stores for RM65. Each pan consists of 8.5g of product, which is a lot of blush. I find this to be pretty good value for money.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

lyn October 8, 2011 at 12:24 AM

Hi Plue, It is a rather pigmented blush so you'd need to apply with a light hand. I love the colour and the texture is really smooth. Now that I'm wearing blush, I can understand how you can never have enough :-)


Soo October 8, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I love products by theBalm! their eyeshadows are great~ haven't tried any of their blushes, but this one looks really nice for contouring too.


lyn October 9, 2011 at 1:09 AM

Hi Soo, Their blushes are really nice too! So far I've tried Hot Mama, Cabana Boy and Down Boy, and they are all absolutely lovely. Although it's a shame there are not that many colours available.


Soo October 9, 2011 at 1:12 AM

haha, the lack of colors might be a good thing! = less money spent ;)


lyn October 9, 2011 at 1:50 AM

You are probably right ;-)


Biianca October 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

The shade looks lovely on you! And yes I agree that theBalm's packaging is all so vintage and cute! I have the blush/bronzer in Hot Mama but I haven't got around to use it yet, too much blush that I need to use up before figuring out how to use a bronzer! Boo ): Any recommendations on how to use bronzers on fair skins? When I apply bronzers I look like I've slapped mud on my face, not a good sight. Haihh ):


lyn October 10, 2011 at 2:29 AM

Thanks, Bianca! I think Hot Mama is more like a blush/highlighter than a bronzer and I love it too. I have the bronzing powder called Bahama Mama and it's quite nice. For fair skin, you'd need a very, very light hand and a fluffy brush to apply. I usually just shade under my cheekbones, on the jawline and forehead. I'll try to put a bronzing tutorial together but I am very new at it too.


plue suewin January 8, 2012 at 3:30 PM

i swatched this and my sister told me it's rather dark. but it looks really nice on you. reminds me of TBS Golden Apricot but maybe a tad darker. i'm still thinking if i need another blush now :P


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