Thursday, July 28, 2011

theBalm ShadyLady Eyeshadow in Insane Jane Review and Swatches

Taupe is a color that fascinates beauty bloggers.  A look at the taupe eyeshadows in the Temptalia Swatch Gallery gives a clue why: the scope of taupe is extremely wide.  The official definition of taupe is "grey with a tinge of brown", but there's a lot of ways to define that.  Some are more grey, others are more brown, some are warmer, some are cooler, some lean purple, some are dark, others light, some are matte, some have is truly a chameleon color.  I previously reviewed a purpley-taupe from a Wet N Wild trio, and I'll be talking about another today! Yay!
ShadyLady eyeshadow in Insane Jane, in the middle
Insane Jane is a lovely brown-leaning taupe with shimmer.  It's nicely pigmented and blendable, and works well over bare skin and better over primer.  
Insane Jane; over primer (top) and bare skin (bottom)

In a different spot in my backyard with slightly different lighting
I've discovered that this color is fantastic in my crease when I want a subtle, natural, cooler eye.  Though the base brown color is neutral, the shimmer is predominantly cool silver, which makes it a fascinatingly diverse and versatile color.  
Out of focus to show the shimmer

If worn on the lid with a darker color in the crease (perhaps Erotica), it would make a gorgeous, unconventional smokey eye.

Now for the unfortunate news about this color: it is only available in palettes (Shady Lady Vol. 2 and Balmbini).  theBalm has sadly not gotten around to adding it to their single eyeshadow lineup, though I will be evaluating it as if they have.  I am sorry about that, though!  Hopefully you'll find the review useful even though the product can't be purchased on its own, and the price and value ratings below are applicable for all the individual shades (one of which, Jealous Jordana, I'll be reviewing soon).

Available for $28 in the Balmbini palette or $39.50 in the Shady Lady Vol. 2 palette

Pros: Smooth, pigmented, versatile
Cons: Not available for individual purchase

Price: 6 (individual ShadyLady eyeshadows are $16, spendy!)
Value: 9 (full-size shadows are 0.10 oz, which is twice what normal eyeshadows are for other brands, and the color and texture are such that I will enjoy using it to the end [though the palette size is only 0.075 oz, still very generous!])
Quality: 9.5
Ease of Use: 5
Pigmentation: 5
Duration: 5
Consistency: 5
Grade: A-

What's your take on taupe?  What do you think of Insane Jane?
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