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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: theBalm Nude 'Tude Palette

A few weeks ago, theBalm was on Hautelook and I knew going into things that if they had the Nude 'Tude Palette, I was going for it. I've seen the bambini palette, Shady Lady 2, and Shady Lady 3 in stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls, but have never been able to find the Nude 'Tude Palette. So, when theBalm was on the Hautelook agenda, I jumped on it. I reeeeeally recommend you do the same when they are on in the future (and I always let you know when they will be on a day or two in advance, so you should subscribe! ;) )

There are two versions of this palette, this one, and one where the shadows are conveniently placed over the most private of a group of girls' areas. Racy, no? One of the many reasons why I love theBalm. 

The left 6 swatches

Left to right: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry
 This is the lighter side of the palette with a few dupes from the Urban Decay NAKED Palette. Sultry is identical to Buck, Stand-offish is a little more peach than Sin. While Stubborn is closer in that it's more pink, it isn't quite as pigmented.

The left side

From the left: Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious, Schitzo, Silly Sleek
Again, there are some Urban Decay NAKED Palette dupes here. Sophisticated is very close to Darkhorse and Schitzo is slightly more gold and less brown than Smog. But, thats where the dupes end. 

Some of the glitter from Silly got into Sexy, Serious, and Sleek. In reality they are all matte and such an asset to have in a neutral palette. In fact, that is the one thing I would have done differently with the NAKED Palette. Buck and Naked are amazing matte colors, but I would love to have more! Nude 'Tude gives you those mattes and then some. Another thing this palette gives you is some color while still staying fairly neutral. 

I'm sure I don't even need to say it, but the quality of the shadows is consistent with those I've previously seen from theBalm. Smooth, pigmented, they apply evenly, and they feel like buttah. This palette is available for full price ($36) at theblam.com, sometimes at various discount stores (mentioned above), and occasionally on Hautelook. The latter two options are fairly unreliable, but I fully recommend this palette even if you can only find it for full price.

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