Not another neutral eyeshadow palette, oh yes sir and if you are a fan of a do it all everyday appropriate palettes that will see you through most occasions then The Balm Nude'tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette may be worth investigating. Not that I am enabling you or anything like that...
The Balm and Benefit are two brands I always somewhat liken to one and other be it for their cutesy be it for their vintage inspired packaging, fun tongue in cheek names or use of cardboard I'm sure we can agree the brands are somewhat similar. The Balm Nude'tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette comes in just that a cardboard casing which is adorned with vintage pin up ladies and inside features cutesy named eyeshadows. I'm not a huge fan of this style of packaging as it does get grubby rather quickly and it is not all that robust. Now don't get me wrong the eyeshadows are well protected but yeah not the biggest fan. Another gripe is the size of the eyeshadow pans, my gosh are they tiny. I won't lie I did feel a little ripped off when I opened the palette and saw how small they were in real life. Dinky doesn't cover it. On the plus side the compact does feature a large mirror and a duo ended brush.
The Balm Nude'tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette contains 12 small eyeshadow pans in a variety of formulations: matte, metallic, satin and glitter all in a range of fairly neutral shades (a fancy term for lots of brown eh?). I will be truthful and say that the shades on offer within the The Balm Nude'tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette are not ground breaking and you will more than likely have dupes of a good few especially if you have a penchant for warm toned browns and golds. However what I can say with ease is that unlike other neutral based palettes this offering is far more pigmented than I anticipated and does blow other brands out of the water in that aspect. In my opinion there is not a weak shade out of the 12 eyeshadows - sure Serious (matte black) could have been a little more pigmented but if that is my only concern with the colour pay off then we are on to a winner.
Like I said I have no complaints what so ever about the formulation or pigmentation of the The Balm Nude'tude Nude Eyeshadow Palette. Each shade is silky soft to the touch, easy to apply and blend out, has next to no fall out and generally is just a dream to wear. If like myself you have oily lids or simply find eyeshadow doesn't stick around for as long as you'd like then I do recommend teaming the The Balm Nude'tude eyeshadows with a primer. If I skip this process the shades tend to wear for around 6 hours before heaving creasing takes over but with it I experience around 8-10 hours of wear which is pretty good going.
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