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theBalm Bahama Mama 7.08g

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Bahama Mama is a luxe matte bronzer that creates that just-stepped-off-the-beach-glow.
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4.6 of 98 reviews

96% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Holy grail


I've been using this bronzer for about 5 years and I still love it. Such a good product and not too orange.

Most Helpful Criticism

Great colour, very pigmented.


On my skin tone (light-tan olive) it looked incredibly natural which I LOVED. This is definitely NOT an orange bronzer! It went on pretty fairly smoothly and generally blended well.

When I first purchased this I thought the incredible pigmentation was a bonus! More bang for my buck! After using it a while I realized it's actually not a bonus at all... This product is so pigmented that it very easily looks too heavy. I realized I prefer a bronzer with a lighter pigmentation so that I can build up the colour with a lighter hand and have more control over the opacity of the colour. This bronzer is also matte, which can be great, especially if you're using this to contour, but as I've gotten older I've also come to prefer a bronzer which has some kind of shift/luminosity to it and isn't just flat, powder matte like this one.

This bronzer makes a BEAUTIFUL eyeshadow and I often used it as a transition colour or all over the eye lid!

Whether or not you'll like this bronzer really depends what you are looking for - when i first bought it I would have rated it 5/5 I loved it so much! A few years on and i'm rating it 3/5 as my skin and what I look for in a bronzer has changed since entering my 30s...

Packaging is cute but bit loud for my taste - I depotted this into my magnetic pallete.
  1. Love it


    This bronzer isn't orange at all, and acts as a nice contour/bronzer all in one. It is super easy to blend and leaves my skin looking pretty and sunkissed.
  2. Holy grail


    I've been using this bronzer for about 5 years and I still love it. Such a good product and not too orange.
  3. Perfect


    I found this colour perfect for those who have a medium skin tone. It gives such a perfect shade without looking too ashy or too warm. Just the right in between shade for every day bronzer. I also use this when I want an everyday eyeshadow base
  4. Best Bronzer!


    I absolutely LOVE this bronzer! It's so hard to find a bronzer that adds some colour without looking orange or muddy so I was absolutely relieved to find this one! It contours my cheekbones so well and adds a nice tan to my face without over doing it and making me look like a UK chav LOL
  5. Great colour, very pigmented.


    On my skin tone (light-tan olive) it looked incredibly natural which I LOVED. This is definitely NOT an orange bronzer! It went on pretty fairly smoothly and generally blended well.

    When I first purchased this I thought the incredible pigmentation was a bonus! More bang for my buck! After using it a while I realized it's actually not a bonus at all... This product is so pigmented that...
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  6. Good


    Highly pigmented, it is buildable, blends easily and lasts all day.
  7. Cool toned bronzer best suited for medium and darker skins


    Cool toned bronzer than isn't orange or patchy. Perfect for medium and darker tones as it's very pigmented and rich. I'm light toned in winter and medium in summer and I'm only able to use this as a bronzer in the summertime when I'm tanned. It's a great shade for contouring as it's not orange or too brown but if you're light to medium use a very light hand!!!
  8. Amazing


    This is one of my fav products from THEBALM. Highly pigmented, doesn't fade and blends easily.
  9. Great contour


    Great contour for those who need something darker than Hoola
  10. Used this for years


    I've used this for years after I realised its just like my Nars Laguna bronzer! a friend actually took mine for herself after she used it because its that good!
  11. Great cool toned bronzer/contour


    This bronzer is perfect for those who have been searching for a cool toned bronzer. The fact it's cool makes it good for contouring too. As always, The Balm powders are suuuper pigmented and a little swipe goes a long way. If you're pale to light skinned you might find this shade a little too dark (You might be fine with a light hand), but light to medium and darker will love this cool tone.
  12. Great for contouring and bronzing


    This is one of my go-to products and it works incredibly well for both bronzing up the face and contouring due to its natural colour. Also the perfect shade to use as an all over lid colour - as it is pigmented with a buildable coverage and it isn't orange at all.
  13. Bronzing staple


    This bronzer allows you to build up the product and blends like a dream. Is also cool toned enough you can use it as a contour.
  14. Natural colour


    Very natural and pigmented shade that lasts all day. I find the pan slightly awkward to get into with a fluffy brush though.
  15. Lovelyyyy


    I really like this bronzer, it’s very natural looking, easy to blend and matched my skin tone so well!
  16. nice and natural


    I do love this bronzer, it's smooth and doesn't get muddy but i find it too cool toned and more of a contour shade.
  17. everyday Bronzer


    it is a nice everyday bronzer that is very easy to apply and very blendable. i sometimes use it alone on my eyes to create a simple look.
  18. Island glow


    Gives my face this gorgeous, island glow! Super beautiful bronze with no orange tint. I love this!!
  19. A decent bronzer, particularly for a beginner


    This was the first bronzer I ever purchased, as I used a lot of items from TheBalm to begin with. It is a decent bronzer, the colour is a nice tone, but I would recommend going in with a light hand. For reference I am NC 25-30.
  20. Beautiful bronzer/contour


    Love this bronzer, especially since it is cruelty free. It's a lovely matte shade that isn't too orange-y, and looks great when used as both a contour and bronzer. As always, The Balm also has greatly pigmented products.
  21. Amazing


    This is an amazing matte bronzer which is buildable and pigmented. It takes a bit of time to blend in but once blended in properly, it looks beautiful and lasts long time.
  22. Lovely


    This is a great all rounder bronzer, I wore it when I had brown hair and can wear it now that I have copper hair. It builds beautifully and if you over apply, it doesn't go muddy.
  23. Amazing!


    Has lasted forever! Its warm enough that it makes you look tan yet cool enough that you are not orange! absolutely love. Have used it for natural and glam looks.m
  24. Quite a good contour shade


    For reference I am about NC25-30. I like natural looking makeup. This bronzer looks fine on me with a light hand, but if applied too heavy handed can look patchy and too dark. I stopped using this as I like applying bronzer without too much concern I am going to look too dark or orange. May be better suited for more tanned girls though.
  25. Amazing


    This is my daily bronzer and I love it!!! The packaging is so cute and for the most part it is pretty neutral, however I feel like if you put on too much it can start to turn a tad but orange (on me anyway, could be my undertone to blame) and a little muddy. But if you're light handed this is amazing. Highly recommend
  26. Love


    Easy to smudge, leaves a very beautiful depth on the skin, use as a contour. It lasts medium in the face.
  27. good for medium skin


    This is a deep and pigmented bronzer, good for medium skin tones. I like the colour and it's not orange, however, I don't think it's the most smooth bronzer. Can be a bit patchy/muddy if you're not careful.
  28. Love it


    Perfect little travel bronzer for on the go, not too dark or orange love it!
  29. Bronzer


    This has a lovely golden tan undertone, but none of that orange colour. It's definitely not a cool contour on me, more of a bronzer. Packaging is cardboard but sturdy
  30. Decent bronzer


    This was the very first bronzer I ever got and I love the shade. It is not too cool and not too warm and I feel like I can even contour with it. Unfortunately though I did not find it to blend out too nicely on me and sometimes could look muddy. It is very matte though and I love using it in my crease as a transition.
  31. Dupe for Nars Languna


    For me this is the perfect dope for the Nars Laguna bronzer ! It is super pigmented so a little really goes a long way - it's buildable but I wouldn't say necessary with this product as a small amount is all you need. The price range is amazing compared to other bronzers ! Would recommend and I have bought this many times for friends birthdays !
  32. Great colour and pigment


    A little goes a long way with this. It is easily blendable and the colour is natural and long lasting
  33. deep, rich bronze


    A super deep, rich bronzer that gives beautiful warmth to the face. Blends like a dream too
  34. Best Natural Bronzer


    I love this bronzer because it gives a natural bronzey glow to my skin and looks like I just came back from a luxurious island vacay.
  35. Gorgeous!


    It’s a very pretty bronzer. It doesn’t go on patchy or blotchy. Very buildable which I like, looks natural also. One of the best bronzers I have come across. Give it a try ladies.
  36. Good Bronzer


    I find this to be very similar to the hoola benefit bronzer. It gives off a nice bronzy look without looking too dark. It's also super affordable too!
  37. Lovely bronzer


    Perfect bronzer. Not to warm or cool it's a perfect inbetween. It's smooth and not patchy at all. A perfect contour powder and definitely my go to. Give it a try ladies!
  38. blendable and nice colour


    This bronzer is such a nice colour and easy to blend. Ive been using it everyday and I still haven't hit pan so a little goes a long way!
  39. Perfect for the summer months and fake tan!


    This product looks flawless on my skin when it is tanned!
    Really lovely and looks great! Great pigment and is a really lovely colour !
    When I am too pale to use this shade for a bronzer i use it as an eyeshadow and it performs equally as well, and really works well to warm up the crease
  40. soft bronze


    it is my favourite bronzer ever because it gives a natural bronze and is not too dark or light. little goes long way and it blends with the skin very flawlessly
  41. Favourite bronzer ever


    this bronzer suits my olive skin tone so well, it is just perfect! not too orange and not too ashy. i have had it for years and have barely hit pan! so affordable too, 10/10 would recommend
  42. Great for me


    My skin colour tends to change during summer and winter a little, this looked great on my skin regardless of the weather which is unique for me!
  43. So versatile!


    This bronzer is so versatile - I use this as a contour, blush and to add a hint of colour as an eyeshadow. It gives me the perfect natural bronze that wears the entire day and I highly recommend!
  44. Great colour and texture


    The colour is perfect and so blendable. I’ve used on both olive and fairer complexions and it works beautifully.
  45. perfect for summer


    bronzer is the perfect colour for summer and complements olive skin tones well. packaging is sleek and small so perfect for travelling
  46. lovely matte bronzer


    i love this bronzer

    - its matte and no shimmer
    - this bronzer is more cool tone brown rather than a strange orangey bronzer
    - so universal for contouring and shaping features on the face
    - doesn't fade and great pigmentation
  47. Love this!


    I love this I’m gonna cry when I run out it’s the best!
  48. This is a staple!


    This bronzer is my ultimate go-to. I have textured skin, so I don't want any reflectiveness in my bronzer at all and this is as matte as they come.

    It isn't too cool or too warm toned so it can be used for both contouring and bronzing to warm the face and it's a smooth easily blendable formula so it never looks stipey or patchy!
  49. My favorite bronzer


    By far this is my FAVOURITE bronzer of all time. I love the packaging, it blends like a dream and the colour is just right. This is definitely a bronzer, so i wouldn't use it to contour my face (I have light skin). The colour isn't orange but it's isn't neutral or cool either. I've had for ages and I still haven't hit pan and I use it almost everyday. Just perfect
  50. So Good!


    This Bronzer is perfect if you are after a bronzer with no shimmer - It is great for contouring as well. Great for a day look where you aren't wanting shimmer!
  51. Great multi use product


    Great color, to contour if you are into that. Personally i love to pop this in the crease of my lid to warm up an eye look. Super blendable ( I use a nars fluffy blending brush), but works for my fave bronzey warm eye look.
  52. great bronzer


    This is a cult favourite for a reason. It suits most skin tones, blends out nicely and is just an overall winner. I was after a matte bronzer and there didn't seem to be a lot out there, they all seemed to have some shimmer. This is one of my favourites.
  53. Great brand


    Love the balm bronzers especially Bahama mama. Such a nice but natural tone. Light enough for winter but can put on bit more in summer
  54. Great neutral bronzer


    I love this bronzer so much! I imagine it would be good for both cool and warm toned skin as it is quite a neutral and matte bronzer. Looks great on my skin when I am at my palest, and when I am my most bronzed in summer.
  55. Great


    This is a great matte bronzer. It has a beautiful warm tone and blends well
  56. in love with it

    perfecting skin

    it is a very soft matte bronzing powder. and gives your face a warm tone. i use it for contouring on the cheeks and forehead. little goes a long way. i have fair complexion and dry skin but this powder has never given me any troubles.
  57. Love!


    This is an excellent bronzer, which I reach for daily. I've tried many different bronzers, but still prefer this one. The colour is great and suits both my mum and I, who is much tanner than I am. It doesn't look muddy or orange and gives me a well defined contour. The packaging is super cute and compact too
  58. Great Contouring Product


    I use this to contour my face. It's not too harsh, and can be used to build on for a natural looking definition of cheeks.
  59. Love


    The formula of this is excellent, it has just the right amount of pigment and blends effortlessly. The shade is neutral and works great on fair skin as a contour shade, or on medium - tanned skin as a bronzer.
  60. Great colour


    Smooth application, good colour that isn’t red orange or glittery. Just a good decent mid tone brown that is fairly foolproof if you use a light hand.

    I’ve got light NC20 skin that is ageing and dry. Works fine on me.
  61. Love it


    Very happy with this product, the bronzer give you a great holiday bronze at a cheap price. Have recommended it friends already.
  62. Will give you a holiday bronze


    This bronzer is really natural and easily buildable without looking cakey or uneven, it's a nice brown that will look just like you've been on holiday and got a natural tan. I have quite pale skin but with olive undertones and tan a lot, maybe wouldn't recommend for pale skin with pink undertones, however it is quite light and natural so would probably suit most people. I usually get the Natio bro...
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  63. Hoola dupe


    This company seems to take a lot of inspiration from benefit... this bronzer is a lot like their bestseller at a cheaper price point.
  64. A great afforable bronzer


    This is a great bronzer, especially for beginners. It's affordable and easy to blend. It's buildable but I only use a small amount of product. I have pale skin and I really like it.
  65. lovee


    this product almost looks and feel high end its a great dupe for hula bronzer, its such a nice brown that doesnt get gross build up, its such an even nice pigment
  66. nice


    really nice colour for medium skin tone, not muddy at all and not orange. it works super well with olive toned skin too. super blendable, but the packaging is kind of small
  67. Great bronzer be sure to blend


    This is by far the best bronzer , great value for money as lasts ages . Be sure to blend well as will look patchy otherwise , very easy product to blend however. Also gives you that bronzed look without making your skin look dirty
  68. Not the best


    Not sure if I love this product. If you're looking for a bronzer with no shimmer then don't get this.
  69. Beautiful contour shade


    I use this to bronze and contour my face. I have a light skin tone and this colour is good for me
  70. Nice colour


    Nice colour for bronzing/contouring. Doesn't look dirty and blends out really nicely
  71. Great on many skin types!


    I was in the market for a new bronzer and Bahama Mama came with so many great reviews. I am very fair and thought maybe this would be too dark for me but the pigment is so amazing. It doesn't look muddy and blends really well. I even tried it when I had a tan on and it gave just a slight hint which was wonderful. The only reason I don't rate this 5 star is the packaging is a lot smaller than I tho...
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  72. LOVE


    This bronzer is my go to. I have olive skin, and most bronzers either make my cheeks look orange or muddy. This one however is amazing! It is the perfect colour and blends out so so well on my skin! Will be repurchasing!
  73. Love This Bronzer


    This has taken top spot on my list of favourite bronzers. I have very olive skin and detest when bronzers are too orangey, but Bahama Mama has such cool undertones and suits me when I am super pale in winter and also (with a more heavy hand of course) when I go super dark during summer.
    The formula is amazing and doesn't become streaky at all. I have always found it really easy to blend, whe...
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  74. Highly pigmented!


    I love this bronzer on my medium skin tone - not too orange or red, but a nice tan colour. Just be careful as it’s highly pigmented so can apply patchily if not applied well/with a good brush/a heavy hand.
  75. Amazing


    I loooove the formula!!! It makes me look so tan and the packaging is amazing
  76. Not too pink or red!


    I have light-ish skin with yellow undertones, and I find most bronzers are way too pink/red for me and look very strange on my skin. However, this is the perfect colour, even when I'm wearing fake tan. It just looks like my skin tone but darker - no pink/red in sight!

    It's also quite pigmented and blends easily. Would definitely recommend :)
  77. Great


    Loved this bronzer for so long! Unfortunately I’ve got no tan at the moment and it’s too deep for my white skin but it’s a beautiful product! Loved it and used it daily when I could
  78. Superb


    This bronzer is AMAZING. I can't stress this enough. It works really well with pale skin tones up to tan skin tones. The formula blends out really nicely and doesn't look harsh or cakey on the skin. The packaging itself is so nice and the product will last you for ages.
  79. Neat little package


    Lovely cool toned bronzer. Works really great for contouring and bronzing. Very compact - so it is great for travelling as well.
  80. YES


    Great bronzer, great value. Don't have to have heaps of product on the brush to get a good result.
  81. Amazing!


    This is one of my favourite bronzers of all time. It gives me such a deep and rich bronze glow, with minimal shimmer so it's perfect for contouring. It doesn't make my skin look muddy at all, which is really good for a contour shade. A little product goes a long way with this product so it lasts a really long time. I would definitely recommend this for darker skins.
  82. Loooove


    I love it! It creates a natural shade and very comparable to the Benefit Hoola bronzer.
  83. great bronzer for medium skin!


    Normally bronzers that show up on my medium skin are too orange or red but this has such a lovely shade which is great for adding back warmth to my face after foundation and can even be used as a light contour!!
  84. Once you go Bahama Mama you never go back!


    For years I have tried to find a bronzer that suits my skin and I have finally found it. I have fairly pale, pink-toned skin and found most bronzers too orange and shimmery. This one has no shimmer and a greenish undertone to counteract the pink in my skin. Because I am so fair I don't need to use a lot so this product lasts a long time. It would suit all skin types as it is very buildable. I use ...
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  85. So pretty, warm toned and lasts forever!


    I bought this ages ago but always come back to it - I have fair/light coloured skin which is really oily but this stays on forever I use it everyday and still haven’t hit pan. It is warm toned but nothing a light hand can’t fix I use the nude by nature brush with this to bronze. Love this product!
  86. Perfect contour powder


    Bronzers usually make me look so shiny and orange. Not this one. It has a wonderful cool undertone which works perfect for contouring and the matte finish works great on my oily skin by not adding any extra shine. It is super pigmented so one light swipe is all you need. Works great as a nude eyeshadow colour too.
  87. my new holy grail!!


    i have a medium to dark skintone and have struggled a lot with finding a bronzer taht actually does something to my skin and ive finally found the one!!

    it adds so much warmth to my face without looking muddy, its such a pretty colour,and the packaging is so cute!! i love the little mirror and its such a great size, it doesnt take up much room in my makeup drawer or makeup bag.
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  88. The BEST!


    This is the best bronzer I’ve ever used! Bronzers tend to show up super orange on me but this one is perfect, cooler toned without being muddy. It’s the same colour as my actual skin when it’s tanned but it’s also undetectable as it’s really fine and satiny, no shimmer or overly matte chalkiness. So glad I went with Bahama Mama over Hoola cause it’s so much cheaper but still performs like a luxury...
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  89. One of my go to’s!


    One of my absolute favourite bronzers. I’m quite tanned and this bronzer doesn’t look muddy or brown. The finish when blended out is perfect and subtle. I use it as a contour and to give me a bronze, fresh from the beach look. Absolutely amazing. Need to order another one becuase I had already hit pan on my current one!
  90. Best bronzer


    Bahama Mama is a luxe matte bronzer which has a very nature color on my face I like it more than NARS bronzer and my old Bahama bronzer already can see iron sheet.
  91. Bang for your buck


    I love this bronzer for a few reasons. The tone is lovely, very well-priced it is incredibly pigmented - I've barely made a dent despite using it regularly and it's talc free. Gorgeous product!
  92. Excellent tone and size


    Love it! Great tone, applies beautifully and blends easily! Also good size to take travelling if you dont have much space haha :)
  93. Little goes a long way


    Use this bronzer daily to contour my nose and every other day I want to deepen the hollow of my cheeks for a stronger contour

    Small amount produces amazing colour payoff and easy to blend
  94. Go Talc-free!


    I'm so glad that I was able to find a great bronzer that is talc free and price is affordable. Looking forward to try more products from theBalm!
  95. Great product for everyday contouring!


    Bahama Mama is a great cool tone for an everyday natural contouring. The product is easy to use and very easy to blend.
  96. Orange-Free Bronzer


    Like Aisha in an earlier review, I use theBalm Bahama Mama as a contouring powder.

    I'm quite fair, and previously terrified of bronzer - having been turned orange more than once by someone saying "here, let's put some bronzer on to give you a bit of colour!". Yuck.

    There is absolutely no orange in this, which I think is why it works on fair skin.

    Also like t...
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  97. Excellent matte powder for contouring


    If you are looking for a contouring powder I would recommend this because it is matte. I am half asian, so am generally tanned and this allows me to contour my face (but not too much). It's easy to use. There is minimal packaging. Would buy again! If you are very light skinned it could be too dark or, at least, involve a lot more blending.
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