the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2 is a new permanent eyeshadow palette that the Balm has introduced for Fall/Holiday 2014 that contains 12 shades of shadow, a brush, and a full size the Balm Body Builder Mascara. Yes, this is kinda a Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2 of sorts!
I think everyone gets terribly excited when the Balm launches a new eyeshadow palette! For myself, I know I was very excited about the Balm Nude Due Eyeshadow Palette because it housed a ton of pretty natural shades but also because I can grab it up easily at Kohl’s! Don’t worry it’ll be available on the Balm’s website shortly and but as of now it’s available at kohls.com and will pop up in store soon as well!
I sure do miss the Balm at Sephora but I’m every so delighted they are available at Kohl’s now! Sometimes it’s nice being able to grab your fav brand in store versus waiting for an online shipment ya know?
The original palette had featured a pin up girl design which also follows through on the front of the new palette however, inside, you’ll find some pin up guys! You’re either going to find the palette completely cute or completely tacky. Personally, for me, it’s a little of both. My mind is that of a 13 year old boy so I had that moment of giggles erupting when I saw the pictures of the “dudes” inside! My girl side was all “awwww such cute packaging” but my inner boy side was like, “there are near naked people on this palette!”. There’s a generously sized mirror inside the palette as well as a dual ended shadow and liner brush. I thought the liner side of the brush very handy but the shadow brush was a little too small for all over lid use. The palette is made from a sturdy cardboard and features a magnetic closure.
The original palette featured some very pretty shades of gold, taupe, and neutral browns with a good deal of shimmer. The new palette has a wide range of natural shades along with some sultry richer browns in a mix of matte and shimmer formulas. At a glance the shades looked chalky but they actually apply and swatch beautifully although they are quite powdery and crumble easily. Colors are nicely pigmented with a velvety texture and the mattes have a very silky, soft, easy to blend texture. There’s a lot more variety in terms of color here as you’re getting some basic nude shades but there are also stand out shades like a soft rosy matte, a pretty golden purple, and even a beautifully reddish brown. All the colors performed solidly! There isn’t one shade here that had me thinking, “Oh this is dry” or “Oh this is chalky!”. The texture is very soft, very easy to blend, and quite pigmented. The only issue that might be a problem for some is the softer texture translates into a good deal of powdery dust up when a brush or sponge is swiped across the surface of the shadows. Aside from this all of the colors were beautifully formulated.
the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette
the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette
the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Faithful, Fearless, Fabulous, Flawless)
the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Flirty, Firm, Fit, Fietsy)
the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Fine, Funny, Friendly, Fierce)
Of course, if you’re a color lover you might not love the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette! Or perhaps you felt happy enough with the Nude’Tude Eyeshadow Palette’s shade selection but were hoping for a follow up that included more color this time around! I’m personally happy with these shades as they are wonderfully rich colors for Fall looks and will easily work for daily work looks! But if you’re wanting lots of color, this isn’t the palette for you sadly!
(Wearing Funny and Fearless)
(Wearing Flirty and Feisty)
All in all the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette was quite lovely. the Balm rarely disappoints and I’m positive this palette is going to win a ton of hearts and fans!
Will you be purchasing it?