theBalm: Shady Lady Vol. 2 (Zebra) Eyeshadow Palette Photos, Reveiw, & Swatches

This is the second installment in the 3 part Shady Lady series by theBalm. Once again, they did a great job with the 9 colors chosen for the palette. This time they included 5 shadows that double as liners; caught in the act courtney, feisty felicia ,insane jane, bossy bobbi, and makeout mary. Caught in the act courtney is a repeat from Vol. 1, but I  was pleased to see that the other 8 shades were different. Like the other shady lady palettes, most colors were easy to blend and I got a full work day out of them before any fading (I wore Too Faced Shadow Insurance underneath).

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Here is a description of each color from Nordstrom.com :

Caught in the Act Courtney: a rich, warm brown with gold shimmer.
Feisty Felicia: black with violet shimmer.
Insane Jane: sterling silver.
Bossy Bobbi: a smokey blue.
Makeout Mary: chartreuse.
Just-This-Once Jamie: a charcoal plum.
Mischievous Marissa: a bold bronze.
Tempting Tara: white frost.
Devilish Danielle: a soft gold.

Top: caught in the act courtney, feisty felicia, insane jane
Middle: bossy bobbi, makeout mary, just this once jamie
Bottom: mischievous marissa, tempting tara, devilish danielle

My favorites out of this palette are bossy bobbi, makeout mary, and mishevious marissa. I think makeout mary is especially fun because it is golden-lime green, but still very wearable. I also found tempting tara & devilish danielle to be great highlighting colors. I found it interesting that insane jane looks almost copper in the pan, but swatches silver. The only color I had a hard time with was feisty felicia. I found that it was a bit dry on its own, but worked well with damp brush as a liner.

Again, I like the large mirror, but overall I wasn’t incredibly impressed with the packaging. It has held together well though, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. Each individual eyeshadow from theBalm retails for $16.00, so if you can use these colors, they are a good deal at $39.50 for the palette. theBalm has offered all 3 shady lady palettes for the price of 1 on a couple of occasions, in which case I definitely recommend grabbing them – I will make sure to let you know if they run that offer again! 🙂

theBalm: Shady Lady Vol. 1 (Cheetah) Eyeshadow Palette Photos, Reveiw, & Swatches

This palette was the first purchase I made from theBalm, at the same time as Vol. 2 & Vol. 3. This comes with 9 complimentary shadows to create a variety of looks. Caught in the act courtney, jealous jordana, and risqué renee are also designed to work as liners. I really appreciate that there is a mix of neutrals along with a few green and blue hued colors. I was very pleased with the texture of the shadows; they were largely very soft and easy to blend, with just one exception. They lasted about 6-8 hours without creasing or showing signs of wear when paired with my Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

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theBalm: Shady Lady Vol. 1

The colors are described on Nordstrom.com as:

– Caught-in-the-Act Courtney: a rich, warm brown with gold shimmer.
– Shameless Shana: a subtle bronze.
– Luscious Lani: a light metallic beige.
– Jealous Jordana: a deep emerald green.
– Risque Renee: a true navy blue.
– Curvy Cami: plum with gold shimmer.
– Jet-Setting Jennifer: a light olive-gold.
– All About Alex: a rich olive-green.
– Easy Wheezie: a light steel blue.

Top: caught in the act courtney, shameless shana, luscious lani
Middle: jealous jordana, risqué renee, curvy cami
Bottom: jet-setting jennifer, all about alex, easy wheezie

My favorite colors in the palette are jealous jordana  and jet-setting jennifer; one is a rich emerald-green and the other a beautiful shimmering champagne that are incredibly smooth with fantastic color payoff. Initially, the only shadow that I did not like with was the purple (curvy cami). Most of the colors were silky smooth, but curvy cami was powdery and somewhat crumbly on the first attempt, but I went back and tried it again and I had better success. Maybe the top layer was just dry, but given this experience, my suggestion would be to give any of these shadows a second chance if you are initially disappointed.

The mirror is a nice size, and the packaging is not bad. It looks like it would get beat up quickly and a couple of the pans stuck up out of the palette some, so I wasn’t very impressed with the presentation, but it was more durable than I expected.   The individual shady lady colors retail for $16.00 ea., so for $39.50, the palette is a great deal. Overall, I think this would be a nice palette to have if you are are looking for something with a little variety. I especially love all the green-toned shadows & I would likely purchase this again.