From top left to bottom right: Caught in the Act Courtney, Shameless Shana, Luscious Lani, Jealous Jordana, Risque Renee, Curvy Cami, Jet Setting Jennifer, All About Alex and Easy Wheezie
I really like The Balm’s Shady Lady eye shadows, because the texture is very soft, finely milled and the colours are decently pigmented. The packaging is very sleek and does not take a lot of room in my makeup kit. The texture between all the colours in the collection are very consistent. I can see quite a few eye shadow combinations in this palette for looks going from day to night. I have 5/9 eyeshadows in the palette, but I opted to buy the palette instead of individual shadows because of value. Two of these shadows are also new and are not in the existing single eyeshadow collection: Jet Setting Jennifer and Easy Wheezie. These eye shadows sell for $23.00 CAD and $18.00 USD full sized individually and the palette sells for $46.00 CAD and $38.00 USD. At the palette price, I think it is a value purchase because it only cost a little over $5.00 CAD per shadow and you get 9 eye shadows. In contrast to the full size single eye shadows at 3.4 grams of product these are about the same size as MAC at 1.8 grams for each shadow, but you get 17 grams of eye shadows for less than $50. All of these shadows can be worn wet or dry. When wet it gives a nice sheer all over colour or for some of the darker colours, it makes a nice eye liner. I did several FOTD with Shady Lady shadows combined with brands, but stay tuned for a FOTD with all Shady Lady shadows.
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From left to right: Caught in the Act Courtney, Shameless Shana, Luscious Lani
Caught in the Act Courtney: This is described as a rich brown with gold sparkle, it has some red undertones to it. The glitter is subtle and I can barely noticed it when I applied it on my eyelids. It is 1 of 2 glittery shades in the palette. This one initially applies a bit chalky and sheer, but when I as I build the colour up, the chalkiness and sheerness is eliminated.
Shameless Shana: It is deep golden bronzy brown. It has a metallic sheen to it without, glitter or frost. This colour is one of the most pigmented and applies very buttery smooth. 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.
Luscious Lani: A soft, light, icy champagne pink. This is one of the most lightly pigmented colour in the collection, but with buildable colour. The texture is very soft and buttery. 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.
From left to right: Jealous Jordana, Risque Renee, Curvy Cami
Jealous Jordana: This is a shimmery dark emerald green and is very pigmented. I find the colour very similar to MAC Photo Realism Quad in Grey Range. It is a deep dark green but not as blue and blackened as MAC’s. This can be worn wet as a liner.
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. Risque Renee is highly pigmented.
Curvy Cami: This is a frosty pinky plum with flecks of gold glitter. This is the second shade that is glittery. 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. Without the primer Curvy Cami is very hard to work with.
From left to right: Jet Setting Jennifer, All About Alex, Easy Wheezie
Jet Setting Jennifer: This is a muted pale gold with gray tones to me and has a shimmery finish to it. This is lightly pigmented with buildable colour and would make an excellent highlighting colour. I think this colour is very similar to MAC Photo Realism quad’s Photo Realism, except this colour is more golden and brighter.
All About Alex: This one swatches as a grayish olive colour with golden shimmer. With the gray tones it almost looks pewter to me but not as silvery. It is close in colour to MAC Photo Realism quad’s Image Maker but All About Alex is more golden and more green while Photo Realism is more gray and muted. This is decently pigmented with buildable colour.
Easy Wheezie: This one shows as a medium gray shimmer without glitter. It also has a icy bluish cast to it. It is decently pigmented with buildable colour.