Thursday, March 6, 2014

Shady Lady Vol. 2 by theBalm

I've had the Shady Lady vol. 2 palette for over a year and a half now, so I guess it's time for a review:-)  Actually, now that I'm doing The Monday Club, where I pick out in advance what makeup I'm going to wear for the week, my neglected makeup items are getting more love.  This is a good thing, as I was reminded of how nice theBalm's eyeshadows are when I dusted off this palette!
First off, I love the packaging:  they are compact, sturdy, and contain a lot of product for the size.  Plus, the names are printed on the front and back of the palette (thank you).
Secondly, the quality of shadows from theBalm (with 2 exceptions in Vol. 2) are really nice:  good pigmentation, smooth, and easy to work with.  The exceptions for me are the first two shades, Caught in the Act Courtney and Feisty Felicia.  While they look promising in the pan with their glittery darkness, they get lost in translation on the skin. 
You can kind of tell in my swatches, but they just look like brownish black or black shadow.  Maybe some kind of sticky primer for use with glitter would make a difference, but for me, these were a definite pass.  I used Courtney as an upper lash liner in one look and it promptly transferred to my crease, which was not the look I was going for.  The rest of the shadows are lovely, with my favorites being Devilish Danielle, Insane Jane, Bossy Bobbi, and Makeout Mary. 
Bossy Bobbi
Just This Once Jamie
Maggie and I soaking up Vitamin D between photos
The Shady Lady palettes are regularly $39.50 each, but theBalm has 50% off sales periodically if these interest you. 


  1. the balm is going to be on Hautelook tomorrow so get excited!! :) I'm definitely going to pick up some stuff and I'll keep this in mind! I've also been planning out my makeup looks to make sure all my products get some love :) It's been pretty successful...so far!


    1. Thanks for the heads up, I'll make sure to check it out!

  2. Shipping to Canada from TheBlam is unreasonably expensive. If it weren't so I would have bought every single thing they have :p

    1. Well that sucks! They are opening small retail stores in select locations, but nothing near me. Those stores feature some really cool build your own palettes along the lines of the Shady Lady series.

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