Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Balm Shady Lady Palette Vol. 2

The Balm Shady Lady Vol. 2

Last week, I mentioned that I'd be doing swatches of all the Balm's Shady Lady Palettes as per a reader's request.  You can find the details for Vol. 1 here.

This week, we're moving on to Vol. 2.

The Balm Shady Lady Palette Vol. 2
Like Vol. 1, Vol. 2 contains nine shadows: Caught in the Act Courtney, a dark chocolate brown with gold micro glitter (repeat from Vol 1.); Feisty Felicia, a blackened purple with purple shimmer; Insane Jane, a shimmery taupe; Bossy Bobbi, a shimmery dark taupe; Makeout Mary, a shimmery light khaki; Just This Once Jane, a shimmery light purple; Mischievous Marissa, a shimmery copper; Tempting Tara, a frosty white; and Devilish Danielle, a light shimmery peach.

The Balm Shady Lady Vol. 2 swatches
FYI - all of the swatches are without base or primer on bare skin.

From l. to r.: Caught in the Act Courtney; Feisty Felicia; & Insane Jane

From l. to r.: Bossy Bobbi; Makeout Mary; & Just This Once Jamie

From l. to r.: Mischievous Marissa; Tempting Tara; & Devilish Danielle
As with all of the Balm's shadows, the formula for these shadows is excellent. 

Shady Lady Vol. 2 is definitely my favorite of the three Shady Lady Palettes.  I feel like it's the most versatile because while it contains plenty of interesting colors, they're subdued, not in your face, so I feel like they would work for most skin tones and occasions. It's a favorite palette of mine for travel because I feel like I can put together both day and evening looks without much trouble.

Of course, it may edge out the other two Shady Lady Palettes because of two colors on the ends of the bottom row - Mischievous Marrissa and Devilish Danielle.  They're the kind of colors that you know I can't resist - peachy and coppery and just gorgeous.

Definitely my two favorite shades in the palette.

But I also love Insane Jane, Makeout Mary, and Just This Once Jamie.  Bossy Bobbi can be really pretty too, particularly when used in the outer "v" or as a liner.

The one disappointment in the palette is Feisty Felicia, which looks like a pretty purple in the pan but winds up more black with a hint of purple on the skin.  Still, I like it for darkening up the crease or outer "v" for evening looks.

Caught in the Act Courtney is also a repeat from the first palette, but it's a basic brown shade so I feel like having two isn't the worst thing in the world.

(Shady Lady Vol. 2 is also another makeup product that I bought while in Las Vegas, so I've got plenty of good memories associated with it. It scores extra points for that too.)

What is your favorite palette for traveling?


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    1. It is definitely one of my all-time favorite palettes... and there just might be a giveaway in the near future so you may want to keep an eye out. ;)


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