October 2, 2014

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

the Balm Nude Dude

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 Balm Nude Dude Volume 2

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette

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 Balm Nude Dude Palette

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette9

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette10

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 contents

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Contents

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette swatches

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Faithful, Fearless, Fabulous, Flawless)

the Balm Nude Dude Palette Swatches

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Flirty, Firm, Fit, Fietsy)

the Balm Nude Dude swatches

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!

the Balm Nude Dude fotd

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette fotd

(Wearing Funny and Fearless)

the Balm Nude Dude Palette fotd

the Balm Nude Dude Eye Palette ford

(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!

Muse Approved.

the Balm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette is available now at kohls.com and will be shortly at thebalm.com.

Will you be purchasing it?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • chibi639

    Not gonna lie, I only want it for the sake of having a matching set with Nude Tude. I feel the shades are lovely but very dupeable for anyone with at least a moderate shadow collection. But dat packaging! Shut up and take my money!

  • Elle

    Is this comparable to the Lora Unzipped palette? They look close from the photos.

  • Paula

    Can you compare this with the 1st one? I already own it and I’m thinking if I should or shouldnt get this one (:

    • maritza

      i was thinking the same thing a review side to side to compare nude tute and nude dude would be great

  • Renu

    I need a Nude Dude in my life (pun intended)! Those are gorgeous shades, especially Flirty, Firm, Fit and Feisty. I’ll skip another neutral palette instead another time. Thanks for the gorgeous swatches, Musey. Everything except for Fearless should look okay on my skintone.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I don’t like TheBalm packaging but those swatches look really impressive!

  • Quinn

    shadows look good, but that packaging is gross :/ do not want. Gonna skip this one.

  • Christina D.

    I’m a big fan of theBalm and I LOVE this packaging! I am so tired of seeing half-naked women. Besides, I am a fitness junkie, and it makes me glad to have some hunky beefcake on a product designed for women. I have Nude Tude and I really don’t get why there are female pin-ups but Nude Dude makes up for it! And oh yeah, I really do love the shadow colors.

  • Sippe

    Definitely going to get this palette!Lovely colors and the packaging is sweet 🙂 I do have the Nude Tude.

  • Andy

    Hi, for your future posts, can you post the swatches in order from left to right? It’s confusing to see swatches that mixed up. 🙂

  • janechemi

    I’m not a fan of the packaging but I love the shadows. I’m going to wait and hope they release it in the people-less packaging like they did with the nude tude palette.definitely don’t want naked men on my makeup.

  • Yelitza

    Hi! Muse I fell in looove with your spider necklace Wick-edly bootiful!

  • zFashionizta

    I like the colors in this one more than the first one.
    I love the packaging from the Balm (occasionally it is reason I buy their products) unfortunately I’m not a big fan of their cosmetics.

  • Ketaki

    I too felt the colors in the pan look similar to the nude tude. But the swatches made a difference,loved the colors. Earlier i wasn’t a fan of The Balm products but recently hautelook had the balm on sale and i m glad i picked up the nude tude and the highlighters.
    Since i got the nude tude on Hautelook at half price I don’t think i would buy this product right away(Except if i have kohls cash or some coupon code)
    Can you compare the shades to Naked 3 ? I just thought there might be some dupes 🙂

  • Shortylegsbeauty

    I really love the look of the palette and the shadows…. gonna be completely honest though, I want it so that I can have this and Nude Tude in my collection 🙂
    I really love the shadows in this palette though but I feel like some of them remind me a bit of shadows from Naked 3 🙂

  • Jazmine

    Can you describe the colors? I know they’re self explanitory but yeah 🙂

  • kim

    i own the nude tude and i love it because of its nice package and the quality. i really need the nude dude as well. not just because of the naked men 😉