I recently realised I had enough points on my Birchbox account to purchase something I had been eyeing up for ages. The Balm Nude ‘tude eyeshadow palette. Ever since I watched Estée from EssieButton use this palette in a get ready with me and I saw the swatches on her blog I knew I had to have it. Now that was over a year ago, so I have been holding out for a long time! I’m pretty impressed with that actually. Even though I already have more than enough neutral eyeshadows to last a life time I am really excited to play with the colours in this palette, especially Sexy and Silly which I think will be perfect for Autumn/Winter.
Now lets get on with my first impression and swatches.
When I unwrapped the palette from the bubble wrap it came in I was impressed with how light the palette is considering it contains 12 shadows and a double ended brush. The palette is made of cardboard and has a magnetic closure to keep it closed. It has an outer cardboard sleeve too which I think will be useful for travel so you can be extra sure it won’t open and your shadows will get smushed (yup thats the super technical way to describe broken eyeshadows!).
Inside is a pretty decent mirror, the 12 shadows and a brush. The shadows are beautifully pigmented and have a buttery texture. I was actually shocked with how pigmented the black shadow (Serious) is. It blows MAC’s Carbon out of the water. The brush is double ended and on both ends the bristles are angled. I am not sure I would use this brush everyday as it is quite small, however when I am travelling I am sure this will come in handy.
Sassy is a frosted white shade and is unlike anything else I have in my collection. I think this will be perfect for a bold inner corner highlight.
Stubborn is a peachy pink satin. It will be a great lid shade for everyday as it is not too shimmery but it will still reflect light making the eyes look more awake.
Selfish is a taupe that leans more towards the brown side. It has a subtle frost finish and will made a great lid colour for a cooler smokey eye.
Snobby is a yellow gold shimmery shade. I don’t believe I have a similar shade in my collection. It will really bring out the colour of blue eyes.
Stand-offish is a shimmery rose gold peach shade (great description there!). This will be excellent for those days when I look like I haven’t slept all night to brighten up my eyes.
Sultry is a medium warm brown matte which will be a great crease colour and transition shade when using the darker shades in the palette.
Sophisticated is a cool dark brown with gold shimmer. This shimmer is finely milled so there should not be a problem with fall out when applying this shade.
Sexy is a gorgeous matte burgundy. I cannot wait to try this shade out for an Autumn inspired eye look. It is richly pigmented
Serious is the most pigmented black I have ever come across. A light had will be needed with this I think. It will work well as a liner but also to deepen and smoke out looks.
Seductive is a a warm medium bronze shade with a cross between a satin and frost finish.
Silly is a dark brown that leans towards the warm side with coppery gold shimmer running through it. This colour is probably the least pigmented in the palette as it is quite sheer when swatted, however over a base such as MAC Constructivist Paint Pot it may work better.
Sleek is a highly pigmented cool toned dark brown. Like Serious this will work well as a liner for a more natural look or could be used to deepen the crease and smoke out looks.
|Without Flash L – R: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious, Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly, Sleek
|With Flash L – R: Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious, Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly, Sleek
Overall I am very impressed with the quality of the shadows in this palette. The palette weights 11.08g and costs £26.00 from Birchbox UK. That works out at £2.17 per shadow (not including the free brush) which is a great deal when you think that each shadow is approximately 0.9g and compare that to a MAC eyeshadow which is £13 for 1.5g. The pigmentation of these shadows on the whole is fantastic and the range of colours you get allow you to create lots of different looks, from natural everyday to deep and smokey.