Monday, 4 April 2016

CULT OR NOT: THE BALM NUDE'TUDE, IS IT WORTH THE HYPE?

Hello Monday :) I hope you had an amazing weekend ! I come to you today with an eyeshadow palette review as I know you like these posts. In my first ever Cohorted box I received theBalm Nude'tude palette which I have been after for what seems like a very long time. Is it truly worth the hype? Let's see shall we?




Packaging gets a huge plus from me. It's hardened cardboard which I prefer as it's light, durable and travel friendly. It also hosts a nice mirror inside which is always a welcomed travel friendly addition. The design shows a picture of a perfect 'blogger friendly' bedroom and inside (as it's the 'naughty version') eyeshadows cover naked ladies body parts ;) I really adore theBalm vintage pin up packaging as it's fun and girly and in my opinion empowers women. Palette holds 12 shadows, 8 shimmers and 4 mattes as well as double ended brush, which I don't use as it's not the best quality. It's not terrible but I have plenty of better brushes to work with. 

Shades:

Pro’s
Con’s
creamy & blendable
some fallout
can be used wet & dry
no beige/white matte shade
packaging with mirror
price
design
only one transition shade


Sassy- frosted white, great pigmentation, beautiful highlight shade
Stubborn- light to medium peach with light frosted finish, good pigmentation, lovely all over shade 
Snobby- medium yellow with metallic finish, good pigmentation, not my favourite shade based on colour onlybut works as highlight shade well
Stand-offish- warm medium bronze with a lot of metallic shimmer, great pigmentation, beautiful shade



Selfish- metallic finish taupe, great pigmentation. Great shade for taupe (mushroom like) lovers.
Sophisticated- warm dark brown with bronze shimmer, great pigmentation
Sultry- warm medium brown with satin semi-matte finish, lovely transition shade (only one in the palette which is a shame)
Seductive- medium to dark bronze with metallic gold shimmer, great pigmentation



Sexy- matte dark plum/burgundy, beautiful shade, superb pigmentation - my absolute favourite in the palette 
Silly- dark brown with red undertones and copper shimmer, good pigmentation but a lot of fallout
Serious- matte black, one of the blackest black I've seen, great shade
Sleek- very dark brown, matte finish, great pigmentation



Overview:

I really enjoy using this palette. Shades are super blendable, mattes work beautifully, even with a little fallout. I'm totally in love with Sultry & Sexy from mattes offerings and Sassy & Stand-offish from shimmers, but if I have to be honest I've seen better shimmers with less fallout with shades from Makeup Revolution. Mattes, however are brilliant to work with. I miss a white or beige shade, which makes this palette not complete in my opinion, as there's no shade to set your primer and under brow with. You will need a separate shade to complete a look. This palette is called brilliant for daytime looks, however with only mattes being on a darker side, I find it's a better palette for more evening/sophisticated looks, but that's only my personal opinion. Is it worth it's price? Well, quality is definitely similar to Naked palettes which are similar in price point, so I understand the hype around it. However it is most definitely the palette you can live without as it's not complete without a matte beige. For non palette enthusiasts and looking for one and only palette - this is definitely one which you can pass on. For the rest of us, the eyeshadows lovers - you will most definitely find shades here you will fall in love with.



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