I Reviewed the Jones Road Balm To Achieve the Perfect No-Makeup Look for Summer

A unique skincare-makeup combo for glowy skin.

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Jones Road Miracle Balm

jones road miracle balm

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

What we like
  • Blends into skin seamlessly

  • Unique makeup/skincare combo

  • Hydrating and protective

What we don't like
  • Can feel tacky

  • Expensive

Jones Road Miracle Balm is like nothing else I’ve ever tried. The balmy formula gives a lit-from-within glow and subtle tint of color while keeping it hydrated and protected.


Jones Road Miracle Balm

jones road miracle balm

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

We put the Jones Road Miracle Balm to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review. 

I admit that you can add the word balm to a product and I’ll immediately want it. Cleansing balm? My favorite. Body balm? Add it to my cart. Call something a miracle balm? I need to try it.

Jones Road Miracle Balm is technically a makeup product, but it walks the line between that and skincare. It has so many uses which can make it seem like a confusing product, this led me to question: What, exactly, is the point of this product?

The multipurpose balm can be used anywhere and everywhere, but you’ll most likely enjoy using it as I have—on my cheeks as a glow booster and to add pigment to my cheeks, as well as across my lids. I tried the Miracle Balm in both Au Naturel (a clear balm) and a Bronze, a golden-flecked shade, to share what makes this product special.

Keep reading. Ahead are my honest thoughts of the Jones Road Miracle Balm.

jones road miracle balm

Best for: Highlighting, dry skin, blush

Byrdie Clean?: Yes

Cruelty-Free?: Yes 

Price: $38

About the brand: Jones Road is a makeup line created by Bobbi Brown that focuses on clean, high-quality products.

About My Skin: Looking for that “glow”

I’m cautious around highlighters and anything that will make me seem shiny, both because it can highlight the scarring on my skin and for a fear of appearing oily as I did once in my teenage years. That doesn’t mean I don’t covet a “glow” however, so I love a properly placed highlight—especially one that looks like it’s my skin and not just another shimmery product.

And speaking of products, lately, I’ve been using less on my skin. As old breakouts and scarring clear up and since my routine involves a lot less going out these days, I’m looking for a simple routine that doesn’t make me look like I layered on makeup. 

The Feel: Thick and emollient

Miracle Balm is super thick—think coconut oil on a cold day. However, once warmed up between fingers it melts onto the skin. It never feels like oil though and keeps its thick consistency even once worked in.

On the product’s first use, it’s necessary to “break the seal,” as Jones Road explains. This just means using your index finger to break through the top of the balm. After that, it’s ready to use. 

jones road miracle balm

Bydie / Joline Buscemi

The Results: A natural glow

The balm's texture feels moisturizing and protective on the skin. To thank for this is the jojoba seed oil and argan oil in the formula. Miracle Balm might be good for days when your skin is feeling dry or when you want to protect skin from cold, windy air. 

Jones Road Miracle Balm highlights skin in a way that makes it look healthy, not oily or glittery.

There are four colors to choose from, and I chose Bronze and Au Naturel. I love having the versatility of a clear glaze and one I can use as a bronzer for a sun-kissed look.

I tapped Bronze across my cheeks and nose, and it was like my skin had suddenly taken on its own glowy flush, rather than emanating from a product. It sheers out nicely, leaving behind a soft glow. 

While Au Naturel looks like a warm pink in the jar, once on the skin the color doesn’t show up, making it a great pick for all skin tones. I like using this one for just a subtle highlight over my cheekbones, nose, and lids. You can use the product over your entire face, but I personally don’t think I would ever wear it this way due to how thick it can feel. The other two colors are Tawny, a deep red-toned hue, and Dusty Rose, a warm pink, both of which can be used as blush or really anywhere you want to add some color.

There are a couple of negatives. It feels slightly tacky on the skin, but only when I reached up and touched my face—it didn’t make my skin feel heavy or anything. Another thing I’ve noticed is that while the product smells fresh and herbal in the pot (thanks to a combination of oils like ginger and citrus) when I begin rubbing it into my skin it seems to turn. It’s hard for me to describe it, but it’s a subtle icky scent. I didn't notice it after several minutes, but it makes it a little less enjoyable to use. I’m not sure if it’s something to do with my skin chemistry or maybe the other products I use on my skin, but I wanted to mention it just in case it happens to you.

Jones Road Miracle Balm

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

The Value: Something to splurge on

At $38, this isn’t the most affordable product. But I think there is something special about the Miracle Balm and the way it gives off a no-makeup, makeup look. That makes it worth it if you have room in your budget to treat yourself. It’s unique, too—there aren’t any products exactly like this one if you’re looking for a more reasonable dupe.

Jones Road Miracle Balm

Byrdie / Joline Buscemi

Similar Products: Hard to match

Danessa Myricks Beauty Dew Wet Hydrating and Highlighting Balm ($22): This product offers a similar balmy highlight to Miracle Balm but with a more shimmery look. It’s available in 3 colors, and while less expensive you’ll also get way less product.

Tower 28 Beauty BeachPlease Lip + Cheek Cream Blush ($20): While it’s not quite as balmy as Miracle Balm, this multipurpose cream also doubles as lip or cheek color. It’s shimmer-free, but the creamy texture keeps it looking glowy on the skin.

Final Verdict

Jones Road Miracle Balm is such a unique, multipurpose product that it’s hard to find a reason you shouldn’t try it (other than the price, of course). It not only hydrates and protects skin, but the tinted shades add glowy, beautiful color wherever you apply it.


  • Product Name Miracle Balm
  • Product Brand Jones Road
  • SKU 810047620020
  • Price $38
  • Weight 1.75 oz.
  • Color Clear and Bronze
  • Ingredients Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d'abeille, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Coconut Alkanes, Mica, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officianlis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Tocopherol, May Contain +/-: Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Iron Oxides/CI 77491/CI 77499/CI 77492, CI 77163/Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77861/Tin Oxide, CI 45410/Red 28 Lake

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