In Our Makeup Bag: theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3

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[Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes.]

What It Is:
theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Palette

Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Eyeshadow is an essential for any makeup junkie. Whether you’re all about neutrals or crazy for colors, it’s a great way to enhance your natural beauty and have fun with makeup! I also love the versatility of a shadow that can be used both wet and dry, making it a liner too! And getting a bunch of colors in one handy little package offers not only an array of options, but a really good deal too!

As for this particular product, well, the colors are awesome, the quality even better, and theBalm always has fun, cute packaging and names that make their products even more appealing. According to theBalm: “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.”

How To Use It:
Like theBalm suggests, you can create an infinite number of looks with this palette, but I will just share my favorite day and night looks with you!

Dry L to R: Lusty Lee, Envious Erin, Racy Kacy, Safe Bet Annette, Runaround Rebecca, Come-Hither Heather, Open to Offers Olwen, All The Way Annie, Guilty Gwen

Wet L to R: Open to Offers Olwen, Racy Kacy, Runaround Rebecca, Come-Hither Heather, All The Way Annie, Guilty Gwen

For day: start by applying Come-Hither Heather (soft taupe) all over the lid. Use Envious Erin (shimmering pearl) as a highlight under the browbone and in the inner corner of your eye. If you’re a liner girl like me, get an eyeliner brush wet and draw a thin line of Guilty Gwen (sparkly black shimmer) along the upper lashline.

For night: use Lusty Lee (silver shimmer) on the whole lid and add All The Way Annie (shimmering amethyst) in the outer corner. Smudge Guilty Gwen in to the top lashline and blend out slightly for a sexy, smokey look. Lastly, dip your liner brush in water and use Open the Offers Olwen (teal) as a pop of color for your lower lashline.

CC Rating: A
The colors in theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 Palette are just stunning. It’s the perfect mix of safe neutrals and sexy, bold shades for every makeup lover. The quality of these shades is pretty much on par with MAC and every single one applied smooth like butter. With a primer, these lasted all day and night, and none of the shades suffered from loads of glittery fallout.

This palette is also a great value. You’re getting 14.4g of shadow for $39.50, which would normally run you $108! Now, with any palette, it’s only a good value if you’re going to USE every shade featured. Personally, I like all the shades and have worn each and every one, so I know it will be a great product for me.

If you’ve never tried theBalm before, Shady Lady Vol. 3 will be a great intro!

Would I Repurchase?: If I ever run out, yes! I will most likely purchase Vol.4 , once released – if there are no duplicate shades and I will use all the colors.

[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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