theBalm Shady Lady Volume 2 Palette Review+Swatches

 theBalm's Shady Lady Palettes contain nine "va-va voom shadows designed to illuminate your eye color, putting you in the spotlight! Whether you're feeling the innocent ingenue or the femme fatale, there's a Shady Lady calling your name!" The Shady Lady Palettes are available in four color schemes; my review features Volume 2. This palette contains 17 grams of product. These palettes retail for $39.50. theBalm is cruelty free. This eyeshadow palette was made in America. theBalm products are available on the brands website, at Kohls, and in a limited selection at Sephora.

 The Shady Lady Volume 2 comes in a square, zebra print, cardboard palette. The brand logo, product name, and a sexy lady adorn the front of the palette. A map of the included shades and a full ingredient list can be found on the back of the palette. The magnetized palette opens up to reveal a good quality mirror and nine round pans of eyeshadows, arranged into three rows. Each eyeshadow is labeled with its shade name and whether or not it can be used wet. This palette is sturdy and has survived a handful of falls and long trips.
 As a whole, the eyeshadows in theBalm's Shady Lady Vol 2 Palette are excellent, to say the least. There's only one dud out of the nine, and even then its still workable. These shadows are just a dream to work with, they blend better than any other eyeshadow formula I've tried, topping MAC and Urban Decay easily. Only one or two shades kick up excess powder, and even then its minimal. Color payoff, bar two shades, is truly fantastic. Also fantastic, is how well these eyeshadows wear. I've never experienced any creasing or fading, regardless of the base/primer I use and what environment I'm in. I like the colors chosen for this palette, theres a good balance of light, mid toned, and deep colors. However, there's very limited variance in finish - we're talking two finishes here, glitter, or frost. Is just one matte too much to ask for?
 Mischievous Marissa is a beautiful, rich, golden bronze. This is my second favorite shade in the palette; I'm close to hitting pan on it. Mischievous Marissa is available individually as well.
 Tempting Tara is heavily frosted white with a slight silver sheen. Tempting Tara is such a stark shade that I find it difficult to use. The texture is absolutely pristine, so soft and highly pigmented.
 Devilish Danielle is a gorgeous frosty beige. This shade pairs well with Rimmel's Bulletproof Beige cream shadow. As you can see, Devilish Danielle has been well loved, I've hit major pan.
 Just This Once Jamie is a greyed mauve with a finish that leans more satiny than frosty. Color payoff isn't quite as strong as most shades in this palette, but its still great, I use it quite often. Just This Once Jane is available individually.
 Makeout Mary (named after me obvs) is a warm olive green with a frosted finish. This is the most unique shade in the Shady Lady Vol 2 Palette. Gorgeous on its own, or in the crease, I get a lot of use out of Makeout Mary.
 Bossy Bobbi is a mid toned grey blue frost. Out of the nine shadows, Bossy Bobbi is the smoothest and most richly pigmented - which says a lot for it's amazing quality. Even though both the texture and the color are beautiful, I rarely use this shade.
 Caught in the Act Courtney is a rich, dark chocolate brown with heavy golden glitter. This eyeshadow's texture is significantly drier than the rest of the palette, causing less color payoff and some blending issues.Using this shadow wet drastically increases color payoff. Wet or dry, Caught in the Act Courtney makes a good eyeliner. My swatch above shows two layers of this shade. Caught in the Act Courtney is featured in two other Shady Lady palettes, and is also available individually.
 Feisty Felicia is a blackened plum fine reddish glitter. This shadow suffers from the exact same problems as the previous shade, but worse. Using Feisty Felicia wet does help, but it also dilutes the color, taking it from the dimensional plum you see in the pan, to a bland deep grey. By far, this is the most disappointing shade in the palette. The swatch above shows three layers.
 Insane Jane is a gorgeous, rich, frosty, grey-leaning taupe. Wow, what a pretty taupe! This is my favorite shade in the palette (almost hitting pan!). This shadow has a lovely texture that blends unbelievably well. Insane Jane is similar to, though not a dupe of, MAC's Satin Taupe.
theBalm's Shady Lady Volume 2 Palette is great. Packaging is cute, but simple and sturdy. Seven of the nine eyeshadows are of phenomenal quality, some of the best I've ever used. My only real critique of this palette is the lack of variety, in terms of finishes. theBalm is known for having excellent eyeshadows, a reputation the definitely deserve. This palette is worth the price, though I recommend checking for this palette at your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx before shelling out full price. I love this palette and use it often. I highly recommend theBalm's Shady Lady Volume 2 Palette if the colors appeal to you. 

Boron Nitride, Polyethylene, Isoeicosane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyisobutene, Ptfe, Synthetic Wax, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Kaolin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Stearic Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyethylene Terephthalate. May Contain / Peut Contenir [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Chromium Oxide Greens (Ci 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Ultramarines (Ci 77007)].

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