I'll look around some more. I'm kind of working backwards: Find silver shiny, then see if it's any good. I'm wasting time going to merchants and picking good brands and then finding out they don't offer anything but branded discs.
I'm well aware labels aren't recommended, but the reasons I often hear don't outweigh the benefits for me or my clients. The whole thickness issue hasn't been a factor since I started using Meritline's labels. I don't know who is making them for Meritline, but they are incredibly thin and stick VERY flat on the disc. I can't remember the measurements I did years ago, but a silver shiny disc with a label was thinner than a disc with an inkjet lacquer. As far as balancing is concerned, I've found the trick is to use the correct label applicator to ensure there is absolutely no tolerance between the center hole and the disc edges. I've also found I can print and apply labels faster than most semi-affordable disc printers. Refilling ink in my Canon Pro9000 is also much cheaper than ink for a disc printer. As far as waterfastness--well, why would you have a disc near a liquid anyways!? If you need to clean your discs, you're not doing something right... Lastly, maybe not the case for Blu-rays, but for DVDs and CDs these days, if there ever is an issue, just make a new one, right? I'll probably get a "pro" disc printer someday, but for now, it's the best look for me.