theBalm Nude’tude Eyeshadow Palette

Nude eyeshadow palettes are my weakness and I can never have enough of those. I find them effortlesly beautiful and versatile – you can play up your lips whilst eyes remain demure and even the most basic makeup looks fab with lightly contoured eyes and cheeks. Nude palettes are the little black dresses of the make-up world. I still have to complete my UD Naked collection and even though I am faithful to things that serve me well, my wandering eye has been picking up some other ‘nude’ eye candy along the way. The biggest contender in this race of neutrals must theBalm Nude’tude Eyeshadow Palette

Popularne palete sjena u ‘nude’ nijansama tj. boji koze i neutralnim, zemljanim tonovima su moja slabost i mislim da ih nikada ne mogu imati previse. Smatram ih fantasticno nosivim i ‘zahvalnim’ za koristenje. Bilo da isticete usne npr.crvenim ruzem ili zelite u potpunosti neutralan, prirodan look – malo njeznog konturiranja oka cini cuda za sveukupan izgled. ‘Nude’ palete sjena su poput malih crnih haljina u kozmetickom svijetu. Tek trebam upotpuniti popularnu UD Naked kolekciju te, iako sam vjerna paletama koje posjedujem i kojima sam zadovoljna – moje nestasno oko je ipak upratilo jos par paleta koje su pravi kozmeticki slatkisi. Najozbiljniji igrac koji pretenduje na mjesto omiljene paletice sjena za oci je upravo theBalm Nude’tude paleta sjena za oci.

If we compare theBalm Nude’tude Eyeshadow palette visually and design-wise to the Urban Decay Naked 2 or Naked 3 palettes I own, my conclusions are that they have very similar dimensions in length and width of the casing. Nude’tude is perhaps a few mm shorter but it’s also thinner and more compact. It’s made out of strustured cardboard (magnetic close) and the fun, retro design is very alluring. It also has a bigger, more useful mirror than Naked palettes. You get 12 shades in all aforementioned palettes. Quantity-wise, you get 15,6g (12 x 1,3g) of eyeshadows in a Naked palette while you get 11,08g of eyeshadows in the Nude’tude palette (12 x 0,92g). Have in mind that there is a difference in pricing – Naked palettes cost $60 (BeautyBay) while Nude’tude costs $36 at www.vivadream.com. Additional info: Nude’tude comes packaged in a ‘sleeve’ and did you know that this palette comes in two design variations on the inside? There is a Naughty and Nice version. Edit: I was so tired but what I wanted to say with my chaotic sentence is that I would have loved to have received the Naughty version of the palette (sexy ladies and all). You also get a two-sided eyeshadow brush but I don’t use it as I’ve found my match in the Real Techniques brushes.

Ukoliko usporedimo theBalm Nude’tude paletu glede dizajna i dimenzija sa Urban Decay Naked 2 ili Naked 3 paletama koje posjedujem, zaista dijele mnogo slicnosti po pitanju duzine i sirine samog pakovanja. Nude’tude je mozda za par milimetara kraca no istovremeno je tanja i kompaktnija. Ambalaza je napravljena od cvrstog kartona (sa magnetnim zatvaranjem) i zabavni, retro detalji koji su na njoj oslikani svakako su prijatni oku. Unutar palete se nalazi prilicno veliko i korisno ogledalo, ipak vece od onog kakvo mozemo naci kod Naked paleta. U svakoj od njih dobijete 12 nijansi sjena za oci. Po pitanju kvantitete (kolicinski), dobijete 15,6g (12 x 1,3g) sjena u Naked paletama dok u Nude’tude paleti dobijete 11,08g sjena (12 x 0,92g). Pri ovoj racunici morate na umu imati i cjenovnu razliku. Dok Naked palete kostaju cca 88KM (npr.preko BeautyBay stranice), Nude’tude paleta kosta cca 52KM preko www.vivadream.com stranice. Dodatne informacije: Nude’tude paleta dolazi upakovana u zastitni ‘rukav’ od tankog kartona no da li ste znale da unutarnji dizajn palete dolazi u dvije varijacije – Naugthy i Nice? Edit: bila sam toliko umorna i dekoncentrisana no ono sto sam zeljela reci svojom messy recenicom jeste da bih voljela da sam dobila Naughty varijaciju palete (sa seksi damama). Ipak, ni ova Nice nije toliko losa. Takodjer unutar palete dolazi i dvostrani mini kist za sjene koji, iskreno govoreci, ne koristim. Mnogo mi vise odgovaraju Real Techniques kistovi u tu svrhu.

All trivia aside, how do these eyeshadows perform? You get 4 matte (Sultry, Sexy, Serious, Sleek), 7 metallic hues (Sassy, Stubborn, Snobby, Stand-offish, Selfish, Sophisticated, Seductive) and one shimmery (Silly) of which all are very pigmented and extremely creamy and blendable. Longevity is impeccable as I find these eyeshadows to last entire working day with a primer and at least 6h-7h without one. You’d think matte shades are chalky and hard to work with but they’re not. Perhaps ‘Sexy’ can produce a bit more fallout than usual if you pile it on but I believe it’s not a big deal. The best bit, for me, would be the rich, well combined yet unlimiting array of colors. That’s where the Nude’tude stands out from all the Naked palettes. It doesn’t confine you to a single theme (only mattes, only shimmers, only pinks, only cold browns, only warm browns etc.). It’s said that Nude’tude caters mostly to pink undertones. I believe this is a myth – the same with the UD Naked 3 palette. My neutral to warm undertone works fine with both. With Nude’tude, you get an array of shades with which you can create lots of different light, shimmery looks but also really smoke it up with the shades on the right side. My most favorite shades must be ‘Selfish’, ‘Sultry’ and ‘Seductive’ while I’m not so hot for ‘Silly’ due to chunky shimmer. 

Na stranu sa konkretnim i zvanicnim podacima, vjerovatno vas zanima kako su se sjene iz ove palete pokazale na djelu? Unutar palete dobijete 4 mat sjene (Sultry, Sexy, Serious, Sleek), 7 metalik sjena (Sassy, Stubborn, Snobby, Stand-offish, Selfish, Sophisticated, Seductive) i jednu shimmerastu (Silly). Sve sjene su izvrsne pigmentacije i jako su kremaste pod prstima te se blendaju sa lakocom. Trajnost je izvrsna posto sa bazom za sjenu traju cijeli dan na kapcima a bez pomoci baze, odlicnih 6h-7h. Pomislile bi da ce sjene mat finisa biti praskaste i zahtjevne, no to uopste nije tako. Eventualno bordo nijansa ‘Sexy’ moze da se rasipa nesto vise od ostalih ukoliko je nanosim u bogatim slojevima. Ipak, mislim da se ne radi o problematicnoj karakteristici. Ono sto je mozda i najbolje glede ove palete sjena u mojim ocima jeste bogat, dobro uskladjen no ne i ogranicavajuci izbor nijansi. I upravo se na tom polju Nude’tude paleta izdvaja od popularnih Nakedica i njima slicnim paletama. Jednostavno niste ograniceni na samo jednu tematiku (samo mat ili shimmeraste sjene, samo ruzicasti ili zemljani tonovi, hladne ili toplije nijanse smedje i sl.). Nezvanicno se sapuce kako Nude’tude paleta odgovara vecini tonova koze no da ipak ljepse pristaje tenu ruzicastog podtona. Licno mislim da se tu radi o mitu, bas kakav je slucaj i sa UD Naked 3 paletom. Moj neutralan do topli podton uopste ne cini otezavajucu okolnost pri njihovom koristenju. Kod Nude’tude palete imamo na raspolaganju dijapazon boja sa kojima je moguce kreirati dosta svijetle, shimmeraste/metalik look-ove ali i nesto tamniji, vamp look uz pomoc nijansi sa desne strane palete. Meni najdraze nijanse su ‘Selfish’, ‘Sultry’ i ‘Seductive’ dok mi je najmanje draga ‘Silly’ zbog krupnijeg shimmera.

I’ve decided to create a make-up look with this palette paired with my cherished theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer. It was also a great opportunity to try on some falsies I was intrigued by. More about those in the next post. I’ve used YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (B50) as a base. Bourjois Happy Light Creamy Concealer under my eyes, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer on the tops of my cheekbones while NYX Powder Blush in Taupe was used for light contouring. Eyebrows were filled in with the Revelique Eyebrow pencil in Brown while theBalm Nude’tude palette was used on my eyes. A mix of ‘Stubborn’ and ‘Selfish’ was used as a base all over the lid. ‘Sexy’ and ‘Sultry’ contoured the crease while ‘Silly’ and ‘Sleek’ lined my upper lash line and the outer ‘V’ of the eye. I’ve used Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Definition mascara and Ardell Double Up Demi Wispies to finish off the eyes. Juicy Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick in 1-2-3 Soleil is on my lips. Hope you like the review and the look I created!

Odlucila sam da kreiram make-up look koristeci upravo paletu o kojoj vam pisem ali i spojiti je sa meni dragim theBalm Mary Lou Manizer iluminatorom. Ovo je takodjer bila idealna prilika da isprobam i par neobicnih laznih trepuski koje imam u zalihama. Nesto vise o njima cu vam pisati u narednom postu. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat tecna podloga (B50) je koristena kao baza. Bourjois Happy Light kremasti korektor je nanesen ispod ociju, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer iluminator na vrh jagodica dok je NYX Powder rumenilo u nijansi Taupe koristeno za blago konturiranje. Obrve su popunjene sa Revelique olovkom u nijansi Brown a theBalm Nude’tude paleta je koristena za oci. Kombinacija nijansi ‘Stubborn’ i ‘Selfish’ je koristena preko cijelog kapka. Nijanse ‘Sexy’ i ‘Sultry’ su koristene za konturiranje pregiba oka dok su ‘Silly’ i ‘Sleek’ koristene uz gornju liniju trepavica i preko vanjskog ‘V’ dijela kapka. Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Definition maskara i Ardell Double Up Demi Wispies lazne trepavice su koristene kao posljednji detalji kod sminkanja ociju. Socni Bourjois Shine Edition ruz u nijansi 1-2-3 Soleil sam koristila na usnama. Nadam se da ce vam recenzija biti od koristi a da ce vam se look dopasti!



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