This has been the year of nude palettes, and let me tell you, I could not be happier. Today’s post features The Balm’s Nude’tude Eyeshadow Palette. I have been using this palette to create an everyday natural eye look as well as nighttime looks.
At first glance, I have to hand it to The Balm: they have the cutest, not to mention sleekest, packaging. This palette is very straightforward. It has a total of twelve shadows, a dual-sided eyeshadow brush, and a huge mirror, and that’s it. I hate when companies have different compartments for a brush and a mirror–it just makes the product bulky and difficult to travel with. This nude palette closes magnetically and comes with a sleeve so that the product will not accidentally open when traveling. Although this palette is very simple, The Balm added a nice touch of artistry with 6 “naked” ladies that are covered up by the eyeshadows.
Moving on to the product itself, this palette consists of a nice mixture of light, medium, and dark shades, as well as a variety of shimmer and matte shades. The quality of these shadows are on par with high end brands, such as Urban Decay. They are extremely silky and super pigmented! I think that the color selection in this palette is better than Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. The range of colors as well as the finish makes this the only palette you need if you want to create an everyday natural eye or even a smoky night time look.
Swatches (from left to right): Sassy, Snobby, Stubborn, Stand-ofish
Swatches: Selfish, Sultry, Sophisticated, Seductive, Sexy
Swatches: Silly, Serious, Sleek
Sassy: A white shimmery shade that is a great highlight for the brow bone as well as an inner corner color
Snobby: A shimmery golden, champagne color
Stubborn: A shimmery medium pink
Stand-offish: A pinky-peach shimmery shade. A great all-over-the-lid shade or a highlight for the brow bone
Selfish: A medium shimmery taupe shade
Sultry: The perfect matte brown
Sophisticated: A medium brown with flecks of gold shimmer. This is great for a crease color. Use with Selfish and you’ll have a gorgeous everyday combo
Schizo: A shimmery gold-brown shade
Sexy: A matte plum color
Silly: Sparkly deep plum. Has flecks of silver and pink shimmer. Great crease color
Serious: A matte black
Sleek: A matte dark brown
The light and medium colors are great for daytime wear and the darker colors, Sexy, Serious, and Sleek, are all matte and double as an eyeliner. Not all eyeshadows make appropriate eyeliners, but because these eyeshadows are so silky, they work beautifully. These eyeshadows have a great color payoff. For this palette, a little goes a long way.
What are your favorite nude palettes? Comment below, and maybe I’ll do a review on it.