theBalm Shady Lady review: Jealous Jordana

The product: theBalm Shady Lady eye shadow/liner in Jealous Jordana

Jealous Jordana is a really gorgeous blackened green – think dark teal/forest shimmer on a dark grey base. There’s something about the shade that I just can’t put my finger on, and I think it’s because the base is cooler in tone than the shimmer; depending on the lighting, this can look very teal-on-grey or very emerald-on-black.

Whether used wet or dry, I find this shade is deliciously pigmented and blends easily. I’d say it’s a frost finish, but not a “true” frost per se; there’s just a bit of fine-milled shimmer mixed in there, too.

Jealous Jordana swatched dry / dry over primer / wet

Jealous Jordana swatched dry / dry over primer

The verdict?

This is my only eyeshadow by theBalm, but I was really impressed with it! The pans are huge (0.12 oz, though I believe they’re 0.1 even, now), which makes the $16 (US) price tag quite reasonable, and the quality is lovely. The only thing I’d change about them is the packaging; I’m a klutz, so I’d definitely prefer a sturdier (read: plastic or metal) package.

Catch it in action:

I feel like I need to point out that I’m virtually incapable of creating a green eye look without Jealous Jordana. I know it’s possible, because I wore greens before acquiring this lovely shade, but I just don’t see why I’d want to attempt a look without it anymore! It’s an awesome “starter green” if you usually wear neutrals, but it’s also a fabulous “companion green” – that is, it does an amazing job at adding depth to other green shadows!

*Please note that the packaging has been re-done recently; my pan is from about a year ago. It now looks like a black film strip rather than leopard print… which I actually would have preferred :P Alas!

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  • Reply vijiis

    This looks mildly magical. I feel like if I bought it, it would enrich my life.
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    April 20, 2011 at 8:35 AM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    This is just a gorgeous shade! Must get. Love shadows like this!
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  • Reply Larie

    Pretty pretty pretty! That is a lovely, lovely gray-green shimmer thing (your description is much better :p) I also prefer metal or plastic packaging…though sometimes I guess that doesn't help. You wouldn't believe how many Stila eyeshadows I've had crumble to pieces because I, um, dropped the palette :P Thankfully, they still work well as powders! Hahaha.
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  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    what a gorgeous shade! i can see why it's your go-to green :)
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    April 20, 2011 at 1:18 PM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    Oooooooooooooooooooh, so pretty! It totally would not go with my cool-toned skin (I think), but it's pretty. It looks divine on you.

    However….Zena would love a satin ribbon in that color. She loves dark colored ribbons. <3

    April 20, 2011 at 2:41 PM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    Ha ha, teal doesn't like my brown-grey eyes. It does this weird warping thing on them and makes them look muddy. It's weird. Some colors will make my eyes smoky (i.e. bring out the grey in my eyes) and some colors make them fiery (pull out brown)…..and then there's the ones that make them muddy. I don't like muddy. I haven't found a teal that cooperates with my eyes yet. They seem to go the muddy route.

    April 20, 2011 at 7:12 PM
  • Reply Angela

    Beeeeautiful (your eye looks and the shadow, that is!) Lovely and mysterious sort of shade 8)
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  • Reply MissEmmy

    I love this shadow too!! If you're wanting to try others from the range, Just This Once Jamie is a gorgeous wearable taupe (yes, I said the t-word), and Luscious Lani has replaced MAC Jest as my go-to warm champagne wash on lazy days. Highly recommended!

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  • Reply Vonvon

    This is a nice gorgeous shade. I have this as part of a palette.

    nice eyes looks you got there. :)
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