Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TheBalm Shady Lady Vol. 1 Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches

This palette from theBalm is versatile, pigmented, and compact. It comes with 9 shades housed in a sturdy and slim cardboard compact with a mirror on the inside of the lid which is magnetized to stay shut. 
Below are the individual shade reviews:
Caught In the Act Courtney (sparkle):
This is a dark chocolate brown glitter shade. It is not very creamy and applies a bit patchy, it doesn't give full opaque coverage unless you really pack it on. Also this one gives fall-outs. Not my favorite.
Shameless Shana (metallic):
This shimmery metallic bronze shade is absolutely amazing. It basically applies like a smooth cream shadow, fully opaque in one swipe.
Lucious Lani (shimmer):
A nice shimmery, cool-toned nude that works well as a highlight. Also incredibly buttery and opaque.
Jealous Jordana (subtle shimmer):
Deep, almost black-ish green shimmer. It's nice and pigmented but I wish more of the green would come through.
Risque Renee (subtle shimmer):
Dark royal blue with almost no shimmer. This one also applies a bit patchy, but I believe this has great potential if used with a wet brush to line the upper lid.
Curvy Cami (sparkle):
This warm pinky plum color is so pretty, the micro-glitters really come through when swatched. It isn't super pigmented but works great over a similar colored base.
Jet-setting Jennifer (metallic):
This is a cool and subdued gold metallic. It is super soft and pigmented, I dig.
All About Alex:
A beautiful olive green. Again, super pigmented and soft, amazing to work with.
Easy Wheezie:
This is a gunmetal grey/silver. It, like several of the other shades in the palette, applies a bit patchy.

Below are the swatches of all the shades:
Swatched under artificial light, on bare skin (no primer).
As you can see, even with no primer, some of the subpar shades from the palette show up very well and the more pigmented shades swatches stunningly; this really goes to show that theBalm makes some amazing shadows. This palette is currently available online at theBalm for $39.95 and in stores at London Drugs in Canada.
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