A (really) mini-review + swatches!
Hi PD~ I increased my collection of all the neutrals with this product, theBalm’s Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette (this purchase was completely Arabelle’s fault she is a wonderfully horrible enabler). I purchased because it was on sale as a Groupon good, and when Arabelle linked it to me, there was a one time five dollar coupon for any Groupon deal - it was $16 dollars shipped, and I got it in four business days. o_O Good deal since it retails for $36.
I have always wanted some of theBalm’s shadows because of their buttery and silky feel, which this palette definitely contains. And well, it’s neutral and I am me so obviously I needed to purchase. These are really buttery shadows that are a dream to blend, especially some of the darker colors. One of the only negative things I can think is the fact that some of the lighter colors (I’m looking at you, Snobby and Stand-offish) were a tad too soft, so when I went to use it for the first time, the glitters from the colors exploded everywhere. In addition, I had a couple issues with fallout with Stubborn. The brush…is eh. I mean the liner side works nice I guess if you like a larger angled liner brush to apply eyeliner but nothing too spectacular.
It’s a great palette, and if more theBalm palettes appear on Groupon (or at my local Tjmaxx - no seriously check there from time to time, there’s always quite a bit of theBalm products at my local store), I am definitely going to get more. I really like the formula of these shadows, and the pigmentation is great.
Is it a replacement for Urban Decay’s Naked 1 or 2 palette? …well, no. No it’s not. (I only own the Naked 1 palette.) However, if you’re looking for a palette that features more matte shades including a deep burgundy (my favorite shade in this palette - Sexy is truly sexy), I recommend checking this one out. The quality is overall good and the price point is decent as well, even though the pans are smaller than the Naked palettes (0.032 oz vs. 0.05 oz).
Drop an ask if you have any additional questions! o/~