|The palette's outer packaging|
I've always liked neutral eyeshadows best (I never could pull of the vibrant eye look), and only recently did I realize that there are entire palettes of neutral shades. I know, I'm a late bloomer. But with a full time paycheck came lots more spending money than I was ever used to, so I am now indulging my cosmetics-obsessed side with lots and lots of eyeshadow! This palette retails for $36 on theBalm's website. It has 12 shades and comes with a shadow/liner brush. After taxes and shipping, mine from HauteLook cost me $31, so I still saved $5.
As you can see, the palette is rectangular in 2-D terms and has a mirror on the top flap. It secures shut with a magnet, and it's pretty strong so I'm not worried about this ever flying open unexpectedly. The shadows themselves have cute names, and the pans cover the racier bits of the nude women on the palette. This is the "Feeling Naughty" version, due to the nude women, but I don't think there's anything overly-racy about the design. The "Feeling Nice" version has a background of a bedroom and no women, but that one is currently out of stock on theBalm's site.
One thing I noticed right away was that one of the names of the shadows is different than versions I have seen before. My palette has a shade named "Seductive," which was "Schitzo" in previous versions. It may seem like a minor detail, but I think it's nice that theBalm changed the name because I felt that "Schitzo" was a little, well, rude, considering that mental health issues really aren't something to joke about.
I am really pleased with the quality of these shadows. There is a nice mix of mattes and shimmers, so you can play around with different textures. What I liked the most is that they feel so silky on application--I really noticed this when I swatched them using my finger. They're incredibly smooth and apply well. The color payoff on all of them was exceptional, except for maybe "Sassy." But then again, that one is white, so maybe it isn't supposed to be as strong.
Bottom Line: For $31, I'm glad I picked up this palette! It would even be worth it for the full price, especially compared to some other palettes out there. The quality is great, the color selection is nice and varied, and so is the texture selection. Overall, I think this is a good option for someone who wants to play around with neutrals without having to spend a ton of money.
Check out my swatches and close-up photos behind the cut.
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*Disclaimer: I purchased this palette with my own money and this review is entirely independent. I was not compensated in any way and the honest opinions here are entirely my own.