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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  • This looks mildly magical. I feel like if I bought it, it would enrich my life.
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  • This is just a gorgeous shade! Must get. Love shadows like this!
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    • It is! Hope you like just as much in person (though if you ask me, I think you'll like it *even more*!) ^^

  • 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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    • LOL, thanks babe :p Stila shadows are notorious for being soft (which is why I still haven't purchased any!) but I this one's doing okay despite its cardboard packaging. I mean, it *has* made it through the year! :P

  • what a gorgeous shade! i can see why it's your go-to green :)
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  • 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

    • On the contrary, I think it would be gorgeous on your skintone! It has just enough teal for cool-toned skin (hey, I'm cool-toned as well!), but enough emerald microshimmer for warmer tones as well ^^

  • 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.

    • Aww, that's too bad! I find that I can get away with most colours; I have your typical, boring Asian eyecolour, so nothing can really make them look bad. Nothing can make them look really lovely either, though… :p

      • Kate & Zena

        Black eyes are hard because you normally can't see the other colors that are swirled in. When I was little at school, we did this really cool at experiment to show how our iris' protect to the pupil and take in light where we had mirrors at our desks. The teachers turned off the overhead lights and we each got a flashlight where we got to do the "ghost story" look (put the flashlight under our chin) and turn the flashlight on and off to watch our iris' flex (yes, the experiment quickly devolved into a typical game of 6-year-olds shining flashlights into each others eyes…everyone except me because I got handed over to the speech therapist, Yes, loads of fun going to the speech therapist….not). Having a light close to your eye lights up all the colors in your iris too (no one's iris is one color). I'm sure you have some brown in there. You should try a bronze or a blackish bronze (I had a color and now it's escaped me. If I think of it, I'll get back to you. I think it'd look gorgeous on you).

        • I definitely wouldn't say that mine were black! :P They're just a boring medium brown, lol. I'm not too concerned about it, but thanks for the (semi-) recommendation! ^^

          • Kate & Zena

            They are not boring (and they look black on my screen for some reason)! The only times eyes are boring are when the person is high or drunk or something.

            ANYWAY, geez, I figured out the colors. My brain at 1 am completely reversed the colors I was thinking of. The color I was thinking that would be really pretty on you (especially for smoky eyes) was a dark brown with copper flecks, especially combined with that green now that I think about it. (Yes, you may blame my sleep-deprived brain now.)

            The colors I have on my fingers (yes, I have them ON MY FINGERS so I don't forget the colors) are:
            1. Urban Decay Darkhorse (mine came from The Naked Palette; not sure if it's available on its own)
            2. The brown color from the Kalalau Trail duo from Tarte (very pretty but really dark! I wear this one a lot when I want to do a dark smoky.)
            3. Jane Iredale Copper Brown (I have no idea if this was an l/e color. This color is in my very battered from being opened and closed very quickly Sweet 15 palette, an l/e palette that had both l/e and permanent shades which makes figuring everything out complicated. It's a very pretty liquid chocolate brown with copper flecks. I can't remember if it applies sheer or not but it's really pretty….I have a serious addiction to the color Supernova in that palette. :) I can't explain that color at all!)

          • Haha, thanks for the rec, darling! Not sure if I'd actually be able to find any of them on their own, but I'll keep an eye out :)

  • Angela

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

    • You had me at taupe :p I'm not actually sure if my Sephora even stocks theBalm anymore (I want to say they phased it out last winter?) but I'll definitely keep an eye out!

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

    nice eyes looks you got there. :)
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