“ Brand: Urban Decay / Balm / Type: Body Balm / What it does: Smoothes, regenerates, „
I bought this on sale at Save on Makeup, at the time costing around £3.99 I believe. It has now been further reduced to £1.99, which is pretty darn cheap considering the RRP is £15 (which is way too much)!
There are three flavours available - pina colada, mai tai and cosmopolitan. I opted for mai tai because I don't like coconuts or cosmopolitans, and also because I would rather have golden shimmer than white or pink.
The product is intended to smell and taste like the drink whilst giving you a shimmer.
You do get a lot of product for your money, 60g (2.12oz) in a sturdy acrylic see-through container with a gold lid which has a jewel decoration on it. I think the jewel makes it look a bit childish and tacky, almost like some kind of Disney princess merchandise! I can imagine the pink would have looked even worse, in my opinion.
Anyway when you open the lid, there is a plastic cover and a soft powder puff-like sponge with gold stars on it for applying the product. I used the sponge to apply the balm, as I didn't want to get shimmer all over my fingers, but it is hard to grip the sponge as it's quite flat. You need to rub it in quite hard because the balm is quite hard, the consistency of lip balm really, and not much transfers onto the sponge.
I tested it out on three areas of my body - my hand (so I could easily lick it!), leg and collarbone area. My legs are fairly pale and I have to say I didn't notice it at all! On my collarbone it was vaguely noticeable, and on my hand I could see it fairly well (probably because I can hold my hand up to my face!). Rubbing your fingers in you will see quite a bit of shimmer, so it could be that the sponge isn't that great as an applicator.
Urban Decay claim the product will make your skin "velvety smooth to the touch" and make you smell and taste "intoxicating". So, did it?
Touch - I touched my leg, mainly to see if any had even transferred off the sponge because it was so hard to see, and it felt STICKY and tacky. Not smooth at all. I really didn't like the feeling and I had to wash it off.
Smell - Sickly. Not really unpleasant but it would clash with other perfumes.
Taste - I've never actually had a mai tai, but the product description said it was fruity. Mostly it tasted sweet, but I'm not sure if I could taste fruit, or just sweets. The bottom of the tub warns you that it isn't meant to be a foodstuff, and I certainly don't think that you would mistake it for one! Not unpleasant, but not delicious either.
I haven't tried it out in the bedroom yet, most likely wont because I have a feeling my boyfriend would ask why I smelled weird! I also find it slightly pointless as it barely shimmers unless you load the sponge up a lot and go over and over, and feel disgusting as a result.
For me, if you want to look shimmery, buy a bronzer or shimmer powder rather than this balm, unless you like feeling gross and sticky! It would definitely be my recommendation to spend £15 on a few real mai tais!
Deliciously scented and flavored, this dreamy blend of a balm leaves you velvety smooth to the touchËskin looks and tastes intoxicating / Just smooth this ever-so-slightly shimmered body balm onto skin with its ultra-soft sponge, and get deliriously drunk on how silken your skin feels, the way it gorgeously glows, and the smell of paradise wafting through the air / Indulge, and let your skin drink in this decadent treat /