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The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette – Review, Photos, Swatches

Product Breakdown:

The Balm’s “Nude ‘Tude” Palette contains a collection of 12 complementary neutral eyeshadows, packaged in a risque little palette that takes the nude theme to the next level.

_1_Sassy_Snobby

_2_Stubborn_Stand-offish

_3_Selfish_Sultry

_4_Sophisticated_Seductive

_5_Sexy_Silly

_6_Serious_Sleek

Pigmentation:

Sassy

1 Sassy

Sassy is a bright white with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery, and the pigmentation level is medium to high.

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Snobby

2 Snobby

Snobby is a bright goldenrod yellow with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery and the pigmentation level is medium.

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Stubborn

3 Stubborn

Stubborn is a pale rosy pink with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery and the pigmentation level is medium to high.

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Stand-Offish

4 Stand-Offish

Stand-Offish is a felshy pink with a strong gold pearlescence. The texture is extremely soft and creamy and the pigmentation level is high.

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Selfish

5 Selfish

Selfish is a warm taupe with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery and the pigmentation level is high.

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Sultry

6 Sultry

Sultry is a warm, medium chocolate brown with a matte finish. The texture is smooth but marginally dry and the pigmentation level is medium to high.

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Sophisticated

7 Sophisticated

Sophisticated is a somewhat cool, semi-deep brown. It has a pearlescent finish, littered with copper coloured glitter. The texture is smooth and creamy and the pigmentation level is medium.

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Seductive

8 Seductive_0

Seductive is a warm, medium brown with coppery undertones and a pearlescent finish. It has a soft creamy texture and the pigmentation level is very high.

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Sexy

9 Sexy

Sexy is a rich, dark choc-cherry / red wine shade with a matte finish. The texture is buttery, although slightly dry. The pigmentation level is low to medium when swatched with a finger (as below) but medium to high when swatched with a brush.

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Silly

10 Silly

Silly is a dark chocolate brown with a matte finish and TONS of copper coloured glitter. The texture is very smooth but slightly dry and the pigmentation is light to medium. I did find the glitter to fall out quite noticeably, so would recommend a good sticky base under this shade.

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Serious

11 Serious

Serious is a sooty matte black. Like the other matte shades in this palette, the texture is incredibly smooth while being ever so slightly dry. The pigmentation with a finger swatch is light to medium, but when applied with a brush it is definitely medium to high.

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Sleek

12 Sleek

Sleek is a very dark brown, the colour of ground coffee, and has a matte finish. It has a very smooth texture that is ever so slightly dry. The pigmentation when applied with a finger is light to medium, and when applied with a brush is medium to high.

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Ease of application:

The texture of these shadows makes them an absolute pleasure to apply. I also find that the combination of 12 shades designed to complement each other makes the process of putting together a look much simpler.

Longevity:

I wear an eyeshadow base every day, so I can only vouch for the performance of these shadows over a base. When I apply these eyeshadows at 6:30am, I find they hold up well all day, and still look quite freshly applied when I remove my makeup at around 10:00pm.

Packaging:

The Nude ‘tude palette is presented as a reinforced cardboard palette in a protective cardboard sleeve. The exterior of the palette has an old fashioned boudoir printed behind the text, which adds a pretty (and delightfully retro) touch.

Nude Tude Packaging 1_0

Nude Tude Packaging 4

The real surprise comes when you open the palette and are faced with 6 beautiful naked pin-up girls with eyeshadows covering their unmentionables. As a huge fan of Vargas, this makes me so happy.

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Anything else worth mentioning?:

Nude Tude QR

The packaging for the Nude ‘tude palette has just been relaunched with a handy-dandy QR code on the back! It takes you through to an easy to follow tutorial to achieve a neutral day look using the Nude ‘tude palette:

 

 

What they say:

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Available from:

Australia: Selected David Jones stores nationally; online at David Jones

US: TheBalm.com

RRP:

$49.95AUD; $36.00USD

This product was provided for editorial consideration. Makeup Utopia has no affiliation with any companies mentioned and has received no remuneration for posting this review. All opinions are those of the author.

The Neutral Palette Diaries series (posted and planned) so far:

  1. The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette
  2. MAC Cool Neutral Palette
  3. MAC Warm Neutral Palette
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
  5. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette
  6. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
  7. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  8. Urban Decay Naked Palette
  9. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
Product Breakdown: The Balm’s “Nude ‘Tude” Palette contains a collection of 12 complementary neutral eyeshadows, packaged in a risque little palette that takes the nude theme to the next level. Pigmentation: Sassy Sassy is a bright white with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery, and the pigmentation level is medium to high. ...

Review Overview

Packaging
Pigmentation
Texture
Ease of Application
Longevity

Summary : My verdict: I love this palette and have been using it every single day. My one and only criticism is the lack of a neutral flesh tone with a matte finish (my preferred browbone highlight). I've been getting around this by using my face powder for my browbone, and the palette for everything else. I often bemoan the lack of decent quality eyeshadows at reasonable prices in Australia, however this palette has made me eat my words. The quality of these shadows is comparable to by beloved Urban Decay, and the price point is (in my opinion) very reasonable in the Australian market. I love this palette and highly recommend it.

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