I have to admit theBalm is quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup brands, they just seem to get everything right. I love the quirky packaging with a vintage design, the mid range prices and most importantly the amazing quality... which is yet to disappoint me. You can imagine my excitement when I spotted theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette* in my Debenhams Beauty SS16 Press Event goodie bag. I have seen this palette around the blogosphere a lot in the past couple of months and it's never received a bad review, so I was eager to give it a try for myself to see what all the fuss is about. This palette is one of the brand's bestsellers and it retails in Debenhams at £30, which is not bad at all considering you get 12 gorgeous shades inside.
The palette came packaged with a mini version of the Put A Lid On It Primer, which I've actually tried before (you can read all about my first introduction to the brand here). It's a great primer I have to say, not quite up there with my UD holygrail, but a fantastic option all the same. I love the unique balm texture, as it blends so smoothly & leaves the eyelid super soft. The important thing to remember with this primer is to let it sit on the eyelids for a few minutes before applying your eyeshadow... this allows the primer to properly set. It keeps my eye makeup looking fresh without smudging or creasing for up to 8 hours which is pretty impressive.
Now onto the most important part of course the actual palette. As you can see the packaging is made from thick cardboard, which feels lightweight yet sturdy at the same time. The magnet keeps the lid firmly closed, so you don't have to worry about any accidents. I'm not sure how well it can protect the shadows if carried around in your bag on a daily basis, but I packed it away with me for my trip to Dublin and it didn't suffer any kind of damage. Inside you have a mini dual ended brush, which I'll be honest is not great (when are the included brushes ever amazing quality though), but at least it's not one of those awful sponge applicators. I guess if you were travelling and you had no brushes then you could make use out of it, but I wouldn't use it otherwise. The palette houses a good sized mirror, always handy to have and a bonus. As you can see the overall design focuses on cute pinup girls with some really playful names for each individual shade.
Of course the actual shades within the palette are the reason why I love this palette so much... they are my perfect combination of neutral shades including both warm & cool tones. The pigmentation is amazing, with minimal fallout and the texture is buttery smooth. The formula blends really well, making smokey eyes a total breeze. Let me just give you a quick overview of each shade so you can get a better idea of the palette overall...
- sassy - a frosted white (perfect for the inner corner of the eye)
- stubborn - a light medium, pinky-peach with a subtle frosty finish
- selfish - a frosted taupe with brown & grey tones
- sophisticated - a warm olive brown with a gold shimmer through
- sexy - a matte burgundy with rich tones of red & brown
- serious - a matte black (great pigmentation for a black shade)
- snobby - a shimmery gold yellow (the only shade that lacks a bit of pigment for me)
- standoffish - a frosted medium bronze with warm brown undertones
- sultry - a matte medium brown with slightly warm tones
- schitzo - a satin warm gold-bronze
- silly - a matte dark red-tinted brown with specks of copper glitter
- sleek - a matte dark brown
So as you can see I'm totally in love with this palette and I have been using it all the time since getting my hands on it a few weeks back. It really is a fab addition to my makeup collection and it has some beautiful shades within. Another amazing product from theBalm which I am extremely impressed with. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this palette... have you tried it yet or would it be something you would like to try?
*PR sample received at press release goodie bag