Hello everyone! I hope you’re all well and enjoying the beginning of 2016. How fast does the time go?! Today I’ll be reviewing TheBalm’s Nude’tude palette, which I received for Christmas. I’ve had my eye on this palette for such a long time and wasn’t sure whether to ask for this one or the Nude’Dude palette, but after seeing them both in store I slightly preferred the shades in the Nude’tude palette. Let’s get into the review and swatches!
To begin, the packaging is really fun! It is made of a sturdy cardboard and also comes with a sleeve that holds the palette closed for travelling. Once you remove the sleeve, the palette has a magnetic closure.
Opening the palette, there is a lovely large mirror which makes this palette really useful for travelling. There are 12 shades inside and I love the vintage-style packaging! The palette also comes with a double-ended brush, which is really useful – one end applies shadow all over the lid and the other, smaller end allows you to apply the shadow as liner.
Onto the swatches!! I have swatched these in groups of four, so you get a more clear view of each shade. All of the shadows have fun, creative names which I have labelled. 4 of the shades are matte and the other 8 are glitter or what I would call ‘velvet’ – they aren’t glittery exactly, but have a shimmer to them.
- Sassy is a bright, shimmery white
- Snobby is a shimmering pale gold
- Stubborn is a velvety rose pink
- Stand-offish is a shimmery pale pink
- Selfish is a shimmery taupe shade
- Sophisticated is a glittery, deep brown
- Sultry is a matte taupe shade – perfect for the crease
- Seductive is a shimmery bronze
- Sexy is a stunning, matte wine red
- Serious is a deep, matte black
- Silly is a glittery brown shade – this one has less pigment than the others, but is still beautiful as a wash of glitter
- Sleek is a matte, very deep brown/aubergine shade
I’m very impressed with these overall! My favourites have to be Stand-Offish, Sultry and Sexy. When I first opened the palette, I thought Sassy and Snobby (the two far-left shades) were matte and I do think this palette could have one or two more matte shades, as I love using them in the crease! Also, the shade Silly (as I mentioned previously) has less pigment than the others and doesn’t show as well when swatched. However, I definitely think this could be brushed over other shadows to amp them up or even just for a light wash of colour. Other than this shade, the others have amazing pigmentation.
The shadows feel very soft, blend really nicely and I love the variety of colours – you can create various different looks with these, from girly and fresh to deep and vampy. I am very impressed by this palette overall and if you’re looking to increase your shadow collection, I think this would be a great way of doing so! I will definitely get a makeup tutorial completed with these and post this soon, for a real demonstration of how they look on the eyes.
I hope you enjoyed reading – let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to review next!