Meet Matt(e) and Mary-Lou

Wednesday, 28 September 2016


Coming up with names for make-up must be great fun. When a parcel from theBalm arrived, we had to chuckle. Loved the look instantly – who won’t like packaging with retro images and quirky names that make you wonder what genius dreamt that up?

This sassy cosmetic brand recently entered the local market in collaboration with Stuttafords. ‘Beauty in five minutes’ is the philosophy and theBalm’s multi-purpose products offer quick fixes and wondrous solutions.

Marissa Shipman, founder of theBalm, realised there were a few simple products she needed to help her look and feel glam all the time. If she needed them, other women did, too. She bought 11 books on how to make beauty products and started mixing in her kitchen. “I went make-up crazy,” she says. “In 2004 I formed the company, worked out a budget, hired a chemist and designed a website.” She began integrating anti-ageing ingredients, triple-milled pigments and fabulous scents. And so theBalm was born.


The range features make-up, including lip sticks (R249,95), foundations (R429,95) mascaras (R299,95) and more. Besides Matt(e) Trimony, an eye shadow palette (R599,95) with nine shades for special occasions, we were super impressed with Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette (R549,95). It’s the complete multi-tasker with 12 amazing eye shadows, a highlighter, a blush and two lip or cheek products – all in a cute cardboard palette.


You’ll find theBalm’s paraben and cruelty-free products exclusively at selected Stuttafords stores.

We’ll be sharing some of our theBalm goodies with our BeautySouthAfrica Trial Team this month. Check that your profile is complete, so you’ll get the best product for your needs.

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  1. Demishka Maharaj

    I’m very new to the Balm range but after my experience with the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette I simply fell in love. These colours are extremely beautiful and made me comfortable to use because I’m not an expert at eyeshadow. However, it contains a range of colour tones to play with and the colours are well pigmented with a little fall out that can be overlooked.

    1 year ago •

  1. Mialise Tolmie

    I have always been curious about the Balm but have never gone so far as to use them. I think it’s time to take the plunge! So excited that they are finally in South Africa!

    1 year ago •

  1. Courtney 05 Fritz

    I have the Matt(e) Trimoney , Nudetude and Nude dude palettes and it’s the best eyeshadow pallets out there. It’s very easy to blend and have lots of nice matte and shimmer shades to chose from

    1 year ago •

  1. Laylaa Edwards

    I am totally in love with the “Vintage”type packaging. I have the eye palette for a smoky eye effect and must say hands down best product I have used in years! Would love to try the lipstick

    2 years ago •

  1. lynn_nolan

    Thank you for the lipstick, I have tried it out once, I like the way it applies and the tingly feeling on my lips, does not dry my lips, I would purchase it in another shade though…red is not my shade

    2 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I received the liquid lipstick and I love it, and thanks for the perfect color, love it.

    2 years ago •


    Sounds like a great brand but rather pricey.

    2 years ago •

  1. Megan Honicke

    I’ve seen so much about theBalm on the internet and I am so excited that they’ve decided to branch out to South Africa! The new Balm Jovi Rockstar Face Palette looks great to travel with as it seems quite compact with a variety of products in it and those eye shadows look absolutely stunning! :D

    2 years ago •


    Wow.. this palette on its own is interesting, I cant wait to try it out.

    2 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    These are so cute! I would definitely be interested in trying them out.

    2 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    Super Cool Make Up Range!! The Rock ‘N Rock Retro 50’s, 60’s, 70’s inspired Vintage Fiery image. Love to try and review these products.

    2 years ago •

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