Image Credit: Sephora
I really like The Balm’s Shady Lady eyeshadows because their texture is soft and applies buttery smooth and very blendable. Most of them are decently pigmented and have a long staying power. Their packaging are all very cute, nostalgic and cheeky; however, their packaging is paper and it makes cleaning the container impossible when it gets dirty. All their shadows are at least a little bit shimmery and a few have sparkles in it, but still very wearable for daytime. My only complaints about The Shady Lady eyeshadows are that there are only 12 colours in the collection and they lack variety in different finishes. You can wear any of these shadows dry or wet. When I wear these wet it gives a sheer and creamy finish. I especially like to wear it wet for brow bone highlight. The shadows are easily buildable for more intense colour. You can even wear these wet as eyeliner. These retail at Sephora for $23.00 CAD and $16.00 USD. They are more expensive than MAC, but you get 3.4 g (0.12 oz) of product for The Balm versus 1.5 g (0.05 oz) for MAC, that is more than double the product. Below are my haul of colours along with colour swatches and descriptions. Stay tuned for a FOTD with The Balm eyeshadows.
I have had these for a while, so they are not as clean and pristine as they could be. Please note that The Balm does not sell individual palette form shadows. The shadows in the individual palettes used to be testers.
My own haul:
Above Luscious Lani
Luscious Lani: A soft, light, icy champagne pink. This is one of the most lightly pigmented colour in the collection. I like to wear this wet as a brow bone highlight. This would also make a nice wash of all over colour for fair skin girls.
Above: Just This Once Jamie
Just This Once Jamie: This is a shimmery light dusty lilac and swatches very sheer and light. This colour is the lightest in pigmentation but goes on smoothly. I think you would be able to build up the colour. I would highly recommend a primer for this colour.
Above: Curvy Cami
Curvy Cami: This is a pinky plum with flecks of gold glitter. For some reason their purple eyeshadows are the least pigmented of the bunch. The texture is also a not as soft as the rest of the Shady Lady shadows. This one swatches very lightly without a primer, but with a primer the colour is easily buildable. I highly suggest a primer for this colour.
Above: Mischievous Marissa
Mischievous Marissa: This is a golden apricot colour and is very pigmented. It has a nice sheen to it without being shimmery or frosty or glittery. This is one of my favourite all over lid colours and I used to wear it all the time when I first purchased it.
Above Racy Kacy
Racy Kacy: A deep pinkish bronze with a light shimmer. This colour is very pigmented.
Above Shameless Shana
Shameless Shana: A deep golden bronzy brown. It has a metallic sheen to it without, glitter or frost. This colour is one of the most pigmented. I tried this one as an eyeliner but it comes off too light on my NC 40/NW 35 skin. I think if you are lighter than a NC 30, this would make a lovely liner colour.
Above Jealous Jordana
Jealous Jordana: This is a shimmery dark emerald green and it is very pigmented. Unfortunately, it looks really washed out in this picture, but the colour is very similar to MAC Photo Realism Quad’s Gray Range colour: the deep dark green, except that Jealous Jordan has less blue tones and looks less blackened. I think this would make a very lovely liner colour when worn wet.
Above Risque Renee
Risque Renee: A navy blue with red and blue shimmer that gives off purple undertones. This colour is very multi-facet, depending on what colours you are pairing this with or the light setting the color ranges from gray to blue to purple. This would be a very lovely liner colour too.
Above Sexy Stacey
Sexy Stacey: A deep gun metal gray with shimmer. In the pan this looks like it has a bluish cast to it but when swatched it is a deep shimmery gray, which is perfect for smokey eye. I like to use this on the outer V of my eyes. This is the most pigmented colour and I would use a light hand if I am to use it in the daytime. This could double as a eyeliner.
From left to right: Jealous Jordana, Risque Renee, Sexy Stacey
From left to right: Mischievous Marissa, Racy Kacy, Shameless Shana
From left to right: Luscious Lani, Just This Once Jamie, Curvy Cami
Unfortunately the pinks and purples are the hardest to capture on film. I tried my best!