The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette – Review, Photos, Swatches
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.
Sassy is a bright white with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery, and the pigmentation level is medium to high.
Snobby is a bright goldenrod yellow with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery and the pigmentation level is medium.
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.
Stand-Offish is a felshy pink with a strong gold pearlescence. The texture is extremely soft and creamy and the pigmentation level is high.
Selfish is a warm taupe with a soft, pearlescent finish. The texture is smooth and buttery and the pigmentation level is high.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anything else worth mentioning?:
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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