A look at theBalm N*de'Tude neutral eyeshadow palette

A few weeks ago, I received an email from Trina Morgan of Beautylicous Reviews saying I had won her giveaway. I was so excited - it was the first time I have ever won any giveaway. And, the prize was a BH Cosmetics palette. Perfect for my not-so-comprehensive eyeshadow collection.
Unfortunately, she found that the BH palette wouldn't ship internationally. But she was so sweet about it,  sent me a $25 gift card and told me to buy whatever I wanted. I nearly went ballistic with all the makeup goodies and spent about three days narrowing down my choices, finding out who would ship internationally.
I wanted to get a palette, since that was the whole point of the giveaway. I was about to choose between a Too Faced natural palette and a Coastal Scents palette, but casually glanced towards "Customers also bought". Then, I saw it - TheBalm's N*de'Tude palette.
After treating myself to the Balm Jovi palette from TheBalm website launch 50% flat off sale, I cannot tell you how fabulous their shadows are. I was so thrilled to find an original N*de'Tude palette (here's how to spot a fake) and I put in an extra amount to cover the shipping, and the palette arrived today.
Sorry for the shadow on the lower half. I didn't realise that the lid was half open and the light was behind.
The packaging simply wowed me. It looks like the wrapping of a most delicious bar of chocolate. Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? It is cardboard, but looks very sturdy, and has a slipcase and a magnetic lock. Look at those shades and their names. There are mattes, shimmers and one glitter. All perfect for everyday looks. There are two versions of this palette: "naughty" and nice. This is "naughty". The shades are exactly the same but "naughty" has the risque background :)
The shades are named Sassy (shimmery white), Snobby (shimmery yellow gold), Stubborn (a peachy pink), Stand-offish (pinkish bronze), Selfish (a beautiful shimmery taupe), Sultry (matte medium brown), Sophisticated (shimmery deep brown), Seductive (shimmery golden-brown), S3xy (deep matte burgundy), Silly (deep brown with maroon and copper glitter), Serious (matte black) and Sleek (matte black-brown). 
The double-ended brush is quite good for a palette, when you consider the quality of brushes generally enclosed. One end is similar to TheBalm's Shady Lady brush, good for lining. The other is dense-but-fluffy, good for base and contour.
I have done a preliminary finger-swatch. The shades are silky and buttery and the pigmentation is insanely opaque, even the matte shades, without primer. No fallout noted, except with the glittery Silly. At first glance, my favourite shades are Standoffish, Selfish, Seductive, Sophisticated and S3xy.
Thank you so very much, Trina. It was an awesome giveaway to win, and you have been incredibly generous xx
For those who want swatches, they will come up soon. Maybe a comparison post with the ubiquitous Urban Decay N@keds. Once I get my fill of just looking at this palette. 
  1. awesome!!! I am so J of you Renu :) ;)

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    1. Lol I'm lucky I won and that Trina was so generous!

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    1. I know...I need to stop stroking the palette and opening and closing it aimlessly. The magnet thingy is going to stop working if I don't.

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  3. Lucky you winning the giveaway! This is an awesome pick. I love the packaging on this and the colors look great. I can't wait to see some swatches up!
    Have a great day!
    Danielle
    http://kalamityjanekosmetics.blogspot.com

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    1. I adore TheBalm's packaging so much I buy anything of theirs! Hope you're well x

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  4. Congrats :) All the shades are beautiful..

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    1. Aren't they just! And completely different from the other nudes I own!

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  5. Oh! You lucky!! I've been dying to get my hands in this one!! Cant wait to see ur swatches and reviews!
    xx
    TiTi's Corner!

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    1. I hadn't bought it, because I thought there were too many nudes around and I prefer colours anyway; but the gift card did me in! And now am wondering how I lived without this so long :S

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  6. Wow those are beautiful shades and I just love the little sayings under the shades so cute lol. Im so happy you are happy and I congratulate you once more. What a great selection.

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    1. Thank you so much; I'm still pinching myself and looking at the palette. It's all down to your generosity xx

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  7. It is awesome! And that reminds me, I think the gift for d maybelline contest I sent u is still in the office after the courier guys returned it. Will surely dispatch it again tomorrow. Sorry...

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    1. Gosh I'd completely forgotten about it! Did you hear from Maybelline then? Wow!

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  8. I've had my eye on this for a while and this post has edged me towards it even more :D xxx

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    1. I'd go so far as to say it is the best nude palette!

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  9. i m loving the packaging it comes in!

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  10. Congratulation ReNu this palette looks fantastic!!

    Jac x0x

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  11. I can't tell you how much I love my Nude 'Tude palette. I'm considering buying a backup for when I hit pan in mine!!! ;)

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    1. Oooh you're someone after my own heart! I want one for travelling, too!

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  12. I had never heard of this brand before but I absolutely adore this palette!
    The sexy, selfish and silly eyeshadows are fabulous!

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    1. They are of very good pigmentation, quality and staying power as well!

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  13. Aprajita TrivediMarch 26, 2014

    wow soo ....appealing !!!

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