Friday, December 2, 2011

who's that shady lady? vol 2


as promised in my last post (click HERE to see my post on shady lady vol 1), here are swatches and pictures of theBalm's shady lady volume 2. let me just say whoever came up with all these risque name combinations is pretty clever. i kinda wish they had a shadow named kelly just to see what they came up with (hopefully not kinky, how unoriginal would that be)...

like its predecessor, all nine shades range from shimmery to metallic. no mattes, again, unfortunately.

caught in the act courtney
caughtinactcourtneythe only repeat in this palette, exact first shade as in vol 1. dark chocolate brown with gold sparkles. this shade was still difficult...

feisty felicia
feistyfeliciablackened plum with purplish red sparkles. this was even more difficult than courtney. i couldnt make the sparkles show up in swatches, just the blacken plum shade showed up.

insane jane
insanejanemetallic taupe. probably my favorite shade in this palette.

bossy bobbi
bossybobbimetallic medium blue. this is lighter and more frosty than risque renee in shady lady vol 1.

makeout mary
makeoutmarygolden khaki. this is more golden/yellow compared to the dirty olive of all about alex in shady lady vol 1.

just this once jamie
justthisonejamiedirty mauve with a silver sheen. unique shade, i have nothing like this.

mischievous marissa
mischeviousmarissafrosty golden orange.

tempting tara
temptingtarafrosty white. pretty standard color but i actually dont have a frosty white in my collection. i can see this being very dupable to most though.

devilish danielle
devilishdaniellefrosty peach. the peach of this shade is so similar to my skin color that it is hard to show up on me. not the shade's fault though, we just match.

swatched all together in the same order as above:
shadyladyvol2swatchi omitted caught in the act courtney since it was the same exact shade in volume 1.

like shady lady volume 1, 2/9 shades are seemingly difficult to work with (seemingly because i havent tried these out on my eyes yet, this is just an observation from swatching). the rest are perfectly smooth and buttery. and again, i wish there were a couple matte shades.

i prefer vol 1 over 2 so far just because of the color range (mischevious marissa scares *gulp). however, i am still glad i picked up volume 2 because of the overall quality and uniqueness of the colors. is this palette worth the full $40 retail price? not to me because of the 2 poor shades and i dont absolutely love all 9 shades. BUT, it is worth the discounted $13 at tjmaxx. this palette is still available at theBalm and sephora websites.

what do you think? do you prefer volume 1 or 2? or...volume 3? volume 3 has a very "spring" theme to it, most of the colors are pastel/brights.

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