About two weeks ago, I made a simple little header for one of my blogger friends Kelly over at College Makeup Bag- in exchange she offered to send me one of her unused theBalm Nude'tude eyeshadow palettes! She is incredibly sweet and this was totally unnecessary (as playing around with Photoshop is something I love to do so it isn't a big deal at all!), but I just received the palette in the mail today and have had such a fun afternoon swatching it. :) Thanks again, Kelly!
Anyway, I thought I would share some pictures and swatches with you all. I hope this helps you decide whether or not you need the palette if you've been on the fence! Like other theBalm palettes I've tried (Shady Lady vol. 2, Muppets), the eyeshadows included are smooth, soft, and nicely pigmented. I'm glad that theBalm has gotten more attention recently- it seems to be a really quality brand that I don't hear enough about.
The Nude'tude palette is $36.00 and features 12 eyeshadows at a total of 0.382oz. That comes out to roughly 0.03oz per shadow, which is a pretty decent value considering it's less than $40.00.
Isn't the design of the palette adorable? The names are really fun, too. The size/shape reminds me of my Naked palette except this is slightly skinnier, which I happen to like even more. It makes it a fabulous product to travel with!
The palette comes with a double-ended brush which reminds me of the one that is included in theBalm Cast Your Shadow palette- I don't personally like it. The bristles are scratchy and don't deposit color/blend well (the side that looks like an angled eyeliner brush works decently at applying eyeshadow as liner, though).
If you love your neutrals, this will be a great addition to your eyeshadow palette collection! I love that it mixes everyday nudes (taupes, browns, beiges) with burgundy and a couple of bronze shades. You can create a simple daytime look and easily smoke it out with the deep, rich shades on the right-hand side of the palette. There is also a nice combination of shimmer and matte finishes- Silly appears to even have some glitter throughout.
You'll also notice that the top and bottom rows seem to kind of go together, and I love that they combined the shades this way. (I might not use all 5 shades of eyeshadow at once but) I can totally see pairing all the shadows in the top row for a really smoky taupe/burgundy look, and the ones on bottom together for a neutral brown look. That being said, the blend of cool and warm tones makes it so you can definitely mix them however you want!
L-R: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious
L-R: Snobby, Standoff-ish, Sultry, Shitzo, Silly, Sleek
What do you think? Do you own this palette or are you considering purchasing it in the future? I'd love to know what your thoughts are!
(It is currently sold out on theBalm's website, but if you search for it on Google and then go to the "Shopping" filter, it's available many other places. :)