The Shady lady palettes retail at AUD$49.95 and represent outstanding value, with nine eyeshadows and a big mirror included. Read on after the jump for swatches of both palettes:
theBalm eyeshadows are uniformly excellent - I have three palettes and every single shadow is very pigmented and buttery soft. You have to watch for a teeny bit of fallout with some of the darker shades because it's easy to pick up too much shadow on your brush, but overall these are up there with Urban Decay and MAC in terms of quality - I can highly recommend them! And with the gwp, for $27.95 you can pick up a gorgeous blush and a free 9-pan palette - that's cheaper than "drugstore" brands!
I have had theBalm's Shady Lady Vol. 2 for a while now, it's become one of my most-used palettes and it's looking a bit beaten, it's been dropped repeatedly and one shadow has cracked, but it's hanging in there!
The colours are quite similar to Urban Decay's Ammo/Ammo 2 palette, so if you've been coveting that one and finding it hard to get, this is a great substitute. There are lots of beautiful, smoky, muted colours in this palette, and a couple of outstanding highlight shades.
Each shadow was swiped once on bare skin - no primer.
The Shady Lady Volume 3 palette is a bit lighter and brighter - with gorgeous highlight shades of icy blue, cream and pale pink, soft pale khaki and taupe, vibrant teal, purple and copper, and a sparkly black.
Again, one swipe on bare skin.
Both palettes are fabulous, there isn't a bad shade in the bunch! The one "negative" is that they are all shimmery to some degree, there are no matte shadows included. I personally don't care because I love shimmer, but some people prefer a mixed palette.
Anyway I hope this has helped some of you make up your minds about which palette to buy - or maybe you need both? I did!