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June 8, 2014

theBalm Nude 'Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette Review

I made a fairly large Birchbox points order, and felt like I had to start beefing up my palette collection. This was just one of the palettes I grabbed, but theBalm's Nude 'Tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette is such a great value at just $36, which is relatively inexpensive for a palette of this size and quality.

There are two versions of it, the Naughty or the Nice version. I think Birchbox only carries the Nice version, which is just basically the design inside on the palette. The Nice version depicts the boudoir scene shown below, and the Naughty version has some nude ladies on it that are covered only by the eyeshadow pans!

The palette is made of cardboard, has a mirror inside, includes 12 eyeshadows and a small angled double-sided brush. The inside can get quite dirty from the shadow dust, but it's fairly easy to clean.

The brush is actually not bad as a lower lash brush to blend out some of the shades almost as an eyeliner. I don't do it too much because it can be difficult to get a thin enough line without it looking like I have huge bags under my eyes. My lower lashes are in a spot where it makes it difficult to blend out without going too far down, and once that happens I have a tendency to look like a zombie. But this brush worked well to keep me from looking like a zombie which was nice!

All 12 shadows are personalities/attitudes that all start with "S". I had a funny time telling B I was wearing Sassy, Stand-offish, Stubborn, and Sexy for a look one day! He got a kick out of the names, especially considering some of them totally describe me at times! Sassy, Stubborn, Silly, yep all me!

Shades shown over primer, 2 swipes. L to R, top to bottom: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious, Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly, Sleek

Sassy - A shimmery white, perfect as a brow highlight color. It's very smooth and creamy, and blends well.

Stubborn - A pale neutral pink, also smooth and creamy. Goes well with Sexy as a corner crease color.

Selfish - A shimmery gunmetal bronze color. Looks beautiful with Sophisticated in the crease.

Sophisticated - A dark cool brown, with gold flecks in it. 

Sexy - Definitely my favorite color of the palette, a dark matte almost eggplant color. Looks awesome as a crease color for most other shades in the palette.

Serious - A matte black that I find is pigmented, but blends out fairly easily. Needs to be built up to be a true black.

Snobby - A shimmery gold yellow, probably the warmest in the palette, and also my least favorite. Not a fan of warm yellows for my pale skin.

Stand-offish - A shimmery rose champagne color that is crumbly almost. Definitely the one with the most fall-out problems. Is also a great brow highlight color though.

Sultry - A warm matte brown that looks nice with Seductive, or just used in the crease with something else.

Seductive - A shimmery bronze that looks good with Silly in the crease.

Silly - A dark purple-black almost, with gold flecks. Looks very nice as a darker outer corner color.

Sleek - A very dark purple/brown/black. Definitely not a true black, but more like a purple brown. 

I haven't had a chance to try looks with every color, but the pinks and purples are my favorites. Snobby will probably get very little use, and same with Serious and Sleek. I probably would not pay full price for this palette as I found the shadows to be quite easy to blend out into nothing, requiring more color when applied without a primer. I do like the shades though and like I said, I love the Sexy color so much.

Stand-offish is incredibly crumbly and when used as a lid color can cause quite a bit of fallout. But otherwise all the shades are good quality and very creamy feeling. But like I said, without a primer they all have a tendency to blend out into almost nothing, and then require more product to get the look you were going for. So beware of that, and use a primer if you don't want that kind of look.

Conclusion: Do I think this is a must-own palette? No, but if you love palettes, can't get enough of them like me, this will be a great addition to your palette collection. And if found with a discount or bought on Birchbox with points, it's a no brainer, especially for the neutral eyeshadow junkie!

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