Thursday, December 5, 2013

Review: theBalm Nude 'Tude Palette

The Nude Tude eyeshadow palette by theBalm cosmetics retails for $36 and consists of 12 shimmery neutral shades. The colors are perfect for creating beautiful natural looks with the options of darker colors to build a more smokey eye. This palette covers all the essentials for a complete look with light highlights to darker defining shades to add dimension to your eyes. This palette comes with a small two sided applicator brush that are angled ones on both side, one side being stiffer brushes that allows you to precisely line your eyes and the other side is softer to make it easier to sweep across your whole lid and blend out. Each color is given a sizeable amount, however they are a little powdery so it does tend to get messy while using them.

Overall I have to admit I was disappointed with this palette. After seeing so many rave reviews and people swearing by this, I found the quality of the shadows to be lacking. It is absolutely necessary to use a primer and also a base before applying these, if I failed to do both the darker colors wore off my lids after about three hours and the lighter ones were gone within an hour. All the shades are also very sheer, the swatches I have made below were after four trips into each individual color and pressing down hard on my arm to make an impression of the color. The only exception is Sophisticated and Schitzo, those are extremely pigmented, however all the other ones including the darkest, Serious and Sleek, took a lot of building to get any color payoff. Sleek actually has to be the worst because even though it looks so dark in the pan nothing I could do could get it that dark onto my lids.

I think I will find most use out of the lighter shades to use as highlights, however I really struggle with those darker shades because they are just not pigmented enough for me. I will say I did find a deal and managed to snag this palette for $20 flat, but after knowing what I know about it now, I would not have purchased it for full price. With roughly just half of the palette with usable colors, it honestly does not seem worth it to me.

After my experience with this palette I must admit I am hesitant to try any other ones from theBalm. I was eyeing the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette, however after this I think I will try and find a sample in stores so I can try swatching all the colors before I spend my money.

Do you own this palette? What do you think?

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