This is the eyeshadow palette to rule all eyeshadow palettes. And no, it's not from Urban Decay.
As much as I love minimalist, clean packaging I am also a total sucker for cute stuff too. This is why The Balm has always been one of my favourites.
Between calling their eyeliner "Schwing!" to liquid lipsticks with names like "Meet Matte Hughes," there's always an element of tongue in cheek about everything they do. But just because something looks good doesn't mean it is good. Thankfully, though, our eyeshadow palette of the week, Nude 'Tude (€35) is a winner all round.
In it, you'll find twelve shadows: eight with shimmer and four mattes. From the top L-R there is; Sassy, a shimmering pure white; Stubborn, shimmering rose; Selfish; shimmering mink; Sophisticated, gold/brown; Sexy, a matte deep plum/burgundy; Serious, jet matte black.
Continuing on from L-R on the bottom, we have; Snobby, shimmer champagne gold; Stand Offish, pearl pink; Sultry, matte camel; Seductive, bronze; Silly, glitter brown; and then finally Sleek, a dark chocolate.
While a lot of the paler shades have shimmer in them, they aren't too glittery. I think this helps to stop this from potentially being a very "tween" kind of eyeshadow palette to something anyone could use. I created a simple day eye makeup look to show off how the paler shades can look when blended out. Above I've used Stubborn as a base shade, blended out in the crease with Sultry (matte camel), Sassy (white pearl) is in the inner corner of eyes and then I used a little of Sleek (chocolate) along the lash line.
Above I've used Stubborn as a base shade, blended out in the crease with Sultry (matte camel). Sassy (white pearl) is in the inner corner of eyes and then I used a little of Sleek (chocolate) along the lash line.
To bump up the volume a bit and test out the pigment of the deeper shades, I created more of a night time eye. I worked with Sexy (deep plum/burgundy) as a base shade and added a little of Silly (brown) and Serious (black) in for more definition. You can still see the slight shimmer of the paler shade in the inner corner, but it's not too white, just enough to catch the light.
Overall, these shadows perform really well. There's little to no fallout, and the pigment is strong, plus they blend like a dream. For €35 you get a lot of potential looks, and it'll do you for day to night, desk to dance floor and beyond.
Do you like the look of this eyeshadow palette too?