With their beautiful packaging and witty names, it’s hard to not want to own everything theBalm creates. I’ve had my eye on all of the Shady Lady palettes for quite some time, and after many fails at Marshalls and TJ Maxx I was thrilled to win a Twitter giveaway for Shady Lady Vol 3!
What the Sephora website has to say about Shady Lady Vol 3:
What it is:
A captivating color palette of shadows and shadow-liners that provides endless options for the eyes.
What it does:
These nine beautiful shades tucked inside a cute giraffe-print palette can be used wet or dry and can be combined or worn individually for an endless variety of looks.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Synthetic Fragrances
This set contains:
8 x shadows and shadow/liners in: Lusty Lee (silver shimmer), Envious Erin (shimmery pearl), Safe Bet Annette (pale-pink shimmer), Runaround Rebecca (sage), Come-Hither Heather (soft taupe), Open To Offers Olwen (teal), All The Way Annie (shimmering amethyst), Guilty Gwen (sparkly black shimmer)
This palette contains 9 shades (some can be used as a shadow AND a liner, and are marked as such) and I’d like to review them all individually:
(L-R: Lusty Lee, Envious Erin, Racy Kacy, Safe Bet Annette)
Lusty Lee – is a silvered icy blue, a lovely shade for an inner corner of the eye!
Envious Erin – a white gold frost that makes an excellent highlighter or inner corner shade.
Racy Kacy – a brassy bronze! very soft with excellent pigment. Can be used as a shadow or liner.
Safe Bet Annette – an icy, girly pink. A great shade that will work into multiple looks with this palette.
(L-R: Runaround Rebecca, Come-Hither Heather, Open to Offers Olwen, All the Way Annie, Guilty Gwen)
Runaround Rebecca – is a shimmery sage that can be used as a shadow or a liner. It’s an interesting shade in that it didn’t have a ton of pigment when used dry on the lid BUT the sheen of it made it hard to tell.
Come-Hither Heather – is a grey taupe with a soft finish. The pigment was great and it can be used as a shadow or a liner.
Open to Offers Olwen – is a vivid blue/teal packed with pigment. This shade is gorgeous and can also be used as a shadow or a liner.
All the Way Annie – is a dusty purple with decent pigment. This can be used as a shadow or liner.
Guilty Gwen – is a black shadow stuffed with multi-colored shimmer, making it feel gritty. This one was best when used to deepen another color, or wet as a liner. Using it dry and alone won’t give you a ton of pigment.
Overall, this is a nice and versatile palette. The shades play well together and there are a multitude of combinations that you can get. I experienced very little fall out from some of the shades, and none from others.
The outer giraffe print sleeve matches the interior palette hard casing. I love the print style, and it seems sturdy. It also includes a nice sized mirror.
These palettes have been spotted at places like Marshalls/TJ Maxx. I saw them at mine too, but the shadows were either missing or shattered. It honestly looked like people played extreme frisbee with them. The outer case remained undented and intact, but the shadows inside were destroyed. If you’re buying at these stores, PLEASE check the palette before you walk out the door.
For the two EOTD’s I created with this palette, I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara on both.
For the first eye, I stayed simple and neutral. I took a fluffy angled brush (MAC 275) and applied Envious Erin from lash to brow. Using the same brush I took some of Racy Kacy and applied it to the crease. MAC Teddy Eye Kohl was used as a liner, the top was smudged lightly with a bit more of Racy Kacy.
For the second look, I went a bit more dramatic. With a firm brush (MAC 239) I applied Runaround Rebecca all over the lid and up through the crease. With a crease brush (MAC 226) I added Come-Hither Heather to the crease and outer V. With a firm pencil brush (MAC 219) I patted Guilty Gwen to the outer V and outer crease, then taking the same blending brush used before to blend it together. Envious Erin was used to highlight and blend out the top of the crease. The liner used was Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Noir (smudged).
***Disclosure – I did not purchase this item myself, it was won from the daily giveaway that theBalm does on their social media pages, which is open to everyone. Receiving this item for free has in no way impacted my review. My reviews of ALL items will remain honest, no matter what.For more information, please see my disclosure policy.