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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review and Swatchfest: theBalm's Shady Lady Vol.3 Palette

It's been months since I first talked about spotting theBalm at stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, but I still can't get over the fact that, what is typically a $39.00 palette, can be found for just $10! I have already reviewed the Shady Lady Vol. 1 Palette, Hot Ticket Nail Polish, and The Balmbini 1 palette, and all of them showcased not only the phenomenal quality of theBalm's shadows, but their blushes, nail polishes, and lip glosses. When I happen to find these so drastically marked down, always scramble for my wallet.

theBalms's Shady Lady Vol. 3 Palette

Check out that price tag!

Top Row From Left: Lusty Lee, Envious Erin, Racy Lacy
Lusty Lee is a subtle silver, Lusty Lee is a frosted cream, and Racy Lacy is an outrageously pigmented red-leaning copper.

Middle Row From Left: Safe Bet Annette, Runaround Rebecca, Come Hither Heather
Safe Bet Annette is a sweet, shimmery, baby pink, Runaround Rebecca is a dull mossy green, and Come Hither Heather is a cool, purple-leaning taupe.

Bottom Row From Left: Open to Offers Olwen, All the Way Annie, Guilty Gwen
Open to Offers Olwen is a shimmery teal, All the Way Annie is a metallic grape with a lighter purple sparkle, and Guilty Gwen is a matte black shadow with larger white/yellow sparkle.

theBalm's shadows are notoriously smooth, pigmented, blendable, and known for yielding even coverage. I'm ecstatic to say that The Shady Lady Palette Vol. 3 doesn't waver from this reputation. All swatches above are done without a primer so they aren't even working at peak performance!

The only aspect I found to be slightly unusual was the color selection. While there are clusters of colors that go together, the palette seems to be a mix of both warm and cools so there isn't necessarily compatibility across the board. Those who don't like it when palettes resign themselves to either warm or cool may not mind this. But, to those who completely nix one or the other from their beauty routine, they might this palette more challenging to work with.

Overall, the shadow quality is amazing and many of the colors are very unique. If you are in the market, I would recommend purchasing even if it's not on sale. If you are lucky enough to find it discounted to $10, and still in tact (too many powder product have met their end on the shelves of TJ Maxx and Marshalls) you run your tush to the register and don't look back!

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