How to do the perfect nude makeup : Nude Dude Vol. 2 Palette by The Balm Cosmetics

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Hello everyone !

If there is one thing I love to do is to test new make up brands, until I find the perfect ally for a particular purpose.  Particularly when it comes to eyeshadow palettes.

The perfect palette for nude make up

Since a few years, I’m really into nude make up. Therefore I tried a lot of different palettes, even if my taste evolved and there are some of them that I won’t use anymore.

My last purchase is a product from a brand I wanted to try for a long while :

Nude Dude Vol. 2 by The Balm.

It was the Christmas gift I made to myself (⌒▽⌒)☆ So I have it since a few months already, so I had some time to try out all the colors.

Now the ultimate question : Is it the perfect palette ?

Let’s start from the beginning, the packaging. I don’t know if you know the brand, but they have a retro style with a lot of humor.  Déjà rien que le nom de la palette. Et quand on l’ouvre on comprend encore mieux.

One of my friends thought that I got a custom made palette when he saw the packaging. Because of the pin-up like woman on the top lid, and also because of the naked men with towels inside, this could totally be my own idea it’s true  (≧∇≦)/

But no, it exists and you can get it ! I laughed so hard because of the packaging, and now each time I use it it makes me smile. All the products of this brand have this kind of design. Retro with a humoristic touch. I love it.

Now let’s talk about the product itself.

The palette carries 12 eyeshadows. 8 iridescent ones and 4 matte.

This is one of the reasons why I bought this palette. I also use the Tartelette in Bloom one, which carries mostly matte shadows, and as I don’t have any other one for now, I needed one that carried mostly iridescent shadows.

This is good news for thes ones among you who are not fans of matte shadows. I like both, but if I have to choose I would go for iridescent. But most of the time I like to combine them.



I always use the same method for my make up :

  • Light color on full eyelid,
  • Medium color on outer half of eyelid,
  • And to finish, a darker color on the outer corner of the eye.

These shadows are very pigmented, I love them ! I heard a lot of positive reviews about this, and I’m not disappointed at all.

I tried to swatch the palette, but it’s the first time of my life I did this so it sucks a little haha. And the colors don’t look the same when applied on eyelids.

It lasts the whole day without fading, I tried without setting spray to make sure.

The colors are very beautiful, mostly brown tones, which are my favorite. Colors you can find on men after all (ノ^∇^)

For those who give importance to the ethical side of a brand, The Balm does not test on animals. Products are also talc and paraben free.
But they are not vegan, because some of them contain beeswax or carmine.

Read this blog by Cruelty Free Kitty who emailed The Balm about this.


My make up example, with Besame Cosmetics lipstick, eyeliner and mascara.

Want to get the palette ? Just click on the picture below ! 

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