Review: theBalm Nude 'Tude Palette9:00 AM
Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes lately, theBalm's Nude 'tude palette. It seems like every company has come out with their version of the "Naked Palette" lately and while this is no exception, there are a few distinct differences that makes this palette a wonderful option for neutral lovers.
One of the most immediate differences you'll see between this and Urban Decay's Naked Palettes is the fact that the packaging is slimmer with a magnetic closure. It also has a large mirror, which makes it a great travel companion. There are 12 shades total and each shadow pan is smaller than in Naked, but the total cost of this palette is $36 versus UD's Naked at $50.
Sassy - pigmented, frosty white
Stubborn - beigey peach satin
Selfish - taupe satin
Sophisticated - olive-brown with gold microglitters
Sexy - matte burnt burgundy (my favorite!)
Serious - matte black
Snobby - frosty champagne-gold
Standoffish - pigemented, frosty peach-beige
Sultry - matte tanned brown (swatches cooler than it looks in pan)
Schitzo - satin bronze
Silly - matte deep brown with red & gold glitters
Sleek - matte chocolate brown
Snobby / Standoffish / Sultry / Schitzo / Silly / Sleek
This was my first time trying out eyeshadows from theBalm and I have to say that I've been very impressed. As you can see in the swatch, the shades are all very soft and pigmented and definitely compare in quality to the best eyeshadows out there.
I love the matte shades in this collection including the deep red "Sexy" shade which actually looks much more neutral and wearable on an everyday basis as I showed in this Smokey Eye Tutorial. They also have the obligatory medium brown blending shade Sultry, which is less warm than Urban Decay Buck but serves the same purpose.
The only missing piece I've found while using just this palette is that there isn't a good highlight shade. Sassy (top left) is perfect for inner eye corners, but would be too pigmented and distracting on the brow bone. Stubborn (second from top left) works in a pinch if you are medium or dark skinned, but on fairer skintones it would definitely look too pink. The gold shade "Snobby" also doesn't seem to be quite as smooth and pigmented as the rest. Otherwise, the consistency and pigmentation of all the shadows are quite nice and easy to work with!
You can find the Nude Tude palette here for $36 but I've also seen it randomly pop up on Hautelook or TJ Maxx and Marshall's for a discount.