Happy Hump Day, beauties! It’s no secret that I’ve got a serious addiction to eyeshadow palettes. There’s just something so tempting about a gorgeous set of shadows. So, when theBalm released a spinoff of their famous Nude ‘tude Palette, I knew I had to try it. Nude ‘tude has been in my beauty arsenal for years, so I couldn’t wait to compare it to Nude Dude!
Each palette retails for $36 and can be purchased online at thebalm.com. They come with 12 neutral shades, and feature a mixture of matte, satin, and shimmery finishes. The palettes are sleek, great for travel, and include a large mirror, and a miniature double-ended eyeshadow brush.
First up, is the palette that started it all – the Nude ‘tude. This palette features 12 easy to wear shades that range from soft yellow, to rich burgundy. All of the lighter shades are easy to swatch, creamy, and feature wonderful color payoff, while the darker shades are a bit drier (though still very pigmented).
Sassy, Stubborn & Selfish
Sassy is a creamy white satin with great pigmentation. It works really well as an inner corner, or brow bone highlight.
Stubborn is a soft seashell pink with light (but buildable) pigmentation. I love this all over the lids for a natural daytime look.
Selfish is a creamy taupe with excellent color payoff. This is a great lid shade!
Sophisticated, Sexy & Serious
Sophisticated is a warm brown with tiny golden shimmer. It’s nicely pigmented, and great for the outer corner.
Sexy is a rich matte burgundy with a smooth texture. It has wonderful pigmentation, and it works well all over the lid or in the outer corner.
Serious is a deep black with tiny pink shimmers, though they blend away completely once on the lids. The texture is drier than the others, but the pigmentation is nice, and it’s easy to work.
Snobby, Stand-offish & Sultry
Snobby is a soft yellow with a creamy texture, and light color payoff. It’s a great highlight or all over lid shade.
Stand-offish is a satin champagne pink that has a really creamy texture and amazing color payoff. It’s my absolute favorite shade in this palette!
Sultry is a soft matte brown with a smooth texture. It has buildable pigmentation, and works well as a crease or transition shade.
Seductive, Silly & Sleek
Seductive is a bronzy gold with a smooth texture and great color payoff. It’s a great lid shade!
Silly is a darkened plum with pink shimmers. It’s not the most pigmented when swatched, but it works well when packed onto the outer corner. Like Serious, the shimmer disappears once blended.
Sleek is a rich brown that has a dry texture. It’s nicely pigmented though, and it’s great for darkening the outer corner.
Now let’s move on to the most recent Nude release – Nude Dude! This palette also features 12 easy to wear shades, that range from light beige to warm rosy brown. Every shade features a creamy texture, easy to work with pigmentation, and they don’t leave behind a lot of fallout.
Fearless, Flawless & Firm
Fearless is a soft creamy beige that works wonderful as a blending shade.
Flawless is a soft brown with buildable pigmentation. It works great as a crease, or transition shade.
Firm is a smooth light bronze that looks beautiful all over the lids!
Flirty, Friendly & Fierce
Flirty is a rosy pink with a creamy texture and great color payoff, it’s so beautiful all over the lids!
Friendly is a deep eggplant purple with intense pigmentation, it’s great for the outer corner.
Fierce is a satin black with tiny silver shimmers. It’s not the darkest black, but it’s nice for the outer corner.
Fabulous, Faithful & Fit
Fabulous is a creamy white that is very similar to Sassy from the Nude ‘tude palette. It has a creamy texture, and also works well as a highlight or brown bone shade.
Faithful is a soft gold that has a slight resemblence to Snobby, though it’s more of a satin finish (and it’s not as yellow). It works great all over the lids, and has nice color payoff.
Fit is a rose gold that has a great texture and great pigmentation. It’s a stunning lid shade!
Fiesty, Funny & Fine
Fiesty is a matte rosy brown with a creamy texture. It works beautifully in the crease, or as a transition shade.
Funny is a creamy warm brown with reddish undertones. It’s an excellent crease shade!
Fine is an intense darkened purple that works great in the outer corner. It’s slightly drier than the others, but it works well on the lids.
I absolutely love these palettes! Both are them offer stunning neutrals, and only one shade is similar (Fabulous and Sassy). With the Nude ‘tude you’ll get more traditional neutrals like soft pink, warm brown, and taupe. With the Nude Dude, you get warmer more rose toned shades. Each palette features creamy textures that are easy to work with, though the Nude Dude has less drier shades than the Nude ‘tude. Either way, I think both palettes are an excellent addition to any makeup collection!
But, if I had to choose just one, I would choose….Nude Dude! The mixture of golden and rosy shadows is unlike another other palette I own. Plus, the textures of the darker shades are smoother and creamier!
Do you own any of theBalm palettes? Which one is your favorite?
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