TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette Looks


Several friends here have been raving about TheBalm’s Nude Tude palette and asked if I would be adding looks for it onto the site. With as many great things that I kept hearing about it, it was only natural for it to get its own post! πŸ˜‰ After using it a few times this past week, honestly, I’m only semi-impressed by it.

What you see in the below swatches are how the eyeshadows SHOULD appear on the lid, and several of them do transfer well. However, there are a good many that lack great pigmentation and also had quite a bit of fallout during application and throughout the day. I was most least impressed with: Silly, Sleek, Selfish and Stubborn. Poor pigmentation, no real lasting power, quite disappointing. Despite those four, the other eyeshadows in the palette were pretty good and didn’t give me the troubles these four did.

Click here to see the dupes for this palette.

Please note: You may notice in the below looks I’m favoring my right eye. I received a bug bite below my left ear that I appear to have had an allergic reaction to, which has in turn left that eye a tad irritated and swollen. So, I couldn’t create as many looks with this palette as I would’ve liked to today. As soon as it’s healed, I’ll be adding more to this post. All better! Thank you for the well wishes, everyone!

(Top Row, L to R) Sassy, Stubborn, Selfish, Sophisticated, Sexy, Serious
(Bottom Row, L to R) Snobby, Stand-offish, Sultry, Seductive, Silly, Sleek

33 thoughts on “TheBalm Nude ‘Tude Palette Looks

  1. You created some beautiful looks. Are there any Mac or other dupes for these? I don’t have this palette, but I have soooo many other ones. Thank you! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Mona!
      Oh most definitely! I would say this is a highly dupeable palette! I’ll sit down with it later this week and see if I can put together a post with dupes of it to help you, and any of the other ladies, out. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for asking!

  2. Hi Z,
    Mona beat me too it! πŸ™‚ This looks highly dupable. Maybe I’m wrong. Sorry about the bite sweetie! I had something bite my cheek about month ago and it swelled up. Nasty things need to leave us alone! Feel better soon! πŸ™‚ Oh! I have to tell you about the packaging for my Jane Iredale order. I opened the box up and I smelled something good. I thought what is this? It’s not perfume. It smelled too fresh. Outside the pink tissue paper, which seemed to be wrapped perfectly, was a dried sprig of lavender! What a nice surprise. I haven’t had a chance to try the mineral foundation yet, but when I do I’ll let you know. I also bought a Josie Maran mineral foundation at Sephora.

    1. LOL! Right?! Mean ol’ bugs! Ha!
      Sorry to hear about yours too! πŸ™

      I would say this palette IS highly dupeable. I’ll have to sit down and find out which goes with what and how they compare to some of the other eyeshadows I already have. I can already say that Snobby is close to Goldmine, and Stand-offish is close to Naked Lunch.

      Oh, your Jane Iredale package sounds lovely! Now I am most intrigued! Usually when a company takes the time to make their packaging that lovely, the products are of equal quality. Can’t wait to hear what you think! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  3. Sorry to hear about your bite, Z. A student of mine woke up with a hugely swollen lip and it turns out it was a spider bite (this is Canada – we don’t have those seriously evil spiders that the southern US has bur still, this reaction was quite alarming). I have the Nude Tude palette (from when Sophisticated was still called “Schitzo”) and I have found most of the shades (except Silly) to have really good pigmentation. Ditto Selfish, which is pretty much the reason I bought the palette. I have never used Snobby or Sassy; I wish they’d included shades that would have worked better for me as highlighters but I still like this palette.

    1. Hi Mariella,
      Are you liking any new make up or anything you’ve come across lately? Also, I was curious if you have the Lorac Unzipped palette? It’s supposed to lean cool in its eyeshadows. I’ve purchased it but haven’t used it yet. Big surprise there! Too much make up or I should say eyeshadows. Still looking for a good fair foundation. Anyway, I know Z is going to do a Spotlight on the palette this year (I think). πŸ™‚

      1. Karah, I’ve ventured into Hourglass shadow (a costly venture but a happy one) and picked up the Guerlain Les Fumes quad recently as well and while it is also way price (though I got it for free with my SDM points), it is SO lovely! I’m going across the border in a few weeks and I’m hoping to get (or at least check out) UD Snare, which is only at Sephora stores inside JC Penney or at the UD site (which, so far as I know, doesn’t ship to Canada). Foundation-wise, it’s still Guerlain Lingerie de Peau for me, though you might want to try UD Naked. I’ve tried it and liked it and it comes in a very wide range of colours.

    2. Oh, ouch! πŸ™ That would definitely be alarming! That’s what my husband thinks it was too; I’m off to the Doc in a few minutes to find out what can be done, if anything. It’s not looking any better with each passing day, unfortunately.

      When I first tried Selfish, I instantly thought of you! Hee hee! I wish it showed up better on my skin. I agree with the lack of highlighters too; one white shimmer shade and that’s it? *sigh* I am anxious to keep going with it!

  4. Even though you didn’t care for the palette, I love the looks you came up with. I’ve been looking for new ways to use this palette. Thanks Z!! Hope your bite heals up soon!

    1. Thank you, Lisa! I haven’t given up on this palette yet; I’m sure it’ll just take some more time for me to like. I generally am resistant to non-MAC eyeshadows at first. LOL!

      The eye is getting better, slowly but surely! πŸ˜€

  5. KeysofFreedom Alliance


    Dear Z,
    Sorry to hear that you are so disappointed with this palette. I have personally loved it and am not allergic to a single color in it. I find that the colors all stay and they are buttery soft to use.

    BTW do you own, or have you ever used the MAC FOREST GREEN Pigment. If I recall you mentioning about MAC having a lack of greens. This particular Green is totally gorgeous and is available as a sample on ACW –—Forest-Green.html

    1. Hey babe! Oh, that’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear you found one entire palette that doesn’t irritate your eyes. πŸ™‚
      I do own Forest Green! Love it! GREAT color! πŸ˜€

  6. I am so glad I didn’t get this….after all it looks like so many shadows I already might have. Looking forward to your dupes and hope your eye gets better soon πŸ™‚

  7. Z, this is so helpful!
    I am not that experimental when it comes to my eyeshadwo because most of the times, I don’t have the time to try something and remove it if I don’t like it…
    So I always ended up using Stubborn on the lid, Sultry in the crease and Sleek as an eyeliner… BUT NOT TODAY =) I am wearing Look #1 today =)

    I am very much looking forward to the Dupe post and of course to more looks!
    I hope the bite you have heals soon!

    1. Oh YAY!!!!!
      I’m so anxious to create more looks with this palette for you and the other ladies! πŸ˜€
      The combo you named sounds beautiful too – will have to add that one on – thank you!

      Thank you! The eye is getting better! πŸ˜€

  8. Dear Zabrena,

    I have this palette and I had no Idea how I could combine the eyeshadows. Thank you sooooo much. I love you. You are the best.

      1. <3 However, I have tried last day one of the looks. As you said, the color payoff of the eyeshadows are not so good. Not like MAC or Makeupgeek eyeshadows.

        1. I’m disappointed πŸ™ . The browns and greys don’t look like brown or grey for example. They look on my eyes darker. The color on the eyes is not the same like in the palette I think.

        2. Hi Evrim!
          Yes, sadly, I very much agree with you there. The colors don’t translate well to the lid and they are rather poor in pigmentation. πŸ™

  9. So Happy to see the combinations, I’ve had this pallet for a while now, and have only used the light colors for highlighting my brow bone and tear dot. I will try a look today… πŸ™‚
    I am new to your site and I love it so far, can’t wait to see the Lorac Pro Pallet Combinations Thank you! πŸ™‚

  10. Ah well glad it’s not just me who has had problems with this palette… ive found many of the shades simply do not show up! Some of the darker colors are buildable , but considering the price of a palette like this, I expected better! Have you tried anything else by the Balm? I was interested in the Meet Matt(e), but after being disappointed in the Nude Tude don’t want to buy anymore the Balm! πŸ™

    1. I quite agree πŸ™ Glad to know it wasn’t just me who thought that!
      I do have the Meet Matt(e) palette and will be featuring it later this month, I think.
      If it’s not this month then it’s next, but that’s the only other palette I have from theBalm at the moment.
      Honest review to come! πŸ˜‰

  11. I have to agree with your assessment of this palette. I purchased it on HauteLook for a good bargain but was disappointed when it showed up. It has been languishing in my stash, but I will need to do looks 2-7 and 9 for sure. Poor palette needs some love.

  12. All these looks are B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!!
    Do u think the palette is worth the money or would t be better to just look for mac dupes? xxx <3

  13. Haven’t you been a busy makeup guru, even doing new looks with palettes you don’t like at all. I love this palette; I’m sure there are those who love the Naked Basics and Glinda palettes too and so we’re all benefiting from you doing these.

    1. LOL! I try! πŸ˜‰ No worries my dear; even if I despise a palette, I’ll always update it! I still want to do more with it in the future as it hasn’t reached its “full potential” here yet! πŸ˜€

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