Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette ($36.00 for 0.382 oz.) contains twelve eyeshadows inside a slim palette with a dual-ended eyeshadow/liner brush. There are two variations, though both have the same eyeshadows inside–one is “Feeling Naughty” (which is the one pictured in this post) which features nude women with eyeshadows covering various parts, while the other is “Feeling Nice” that has no nude women at all. Each eyeshadow is about 0.032 oz.

  • Sassy is a frosted white with good color payoff and a buttery, smooth texture. It reminded me of MAC Forgery but with a much, much better texture. theBalm Lab Coat is also similar but has a more metallic finish.
  • Stubborn is a light-medium peach with a soft frost finish. It looks lighter swatched than in the pan because of the frosted finish. It’s a frosted version of MAC Nubile. Urban Decay Scratch is pinker.
  • Snobby is a gold shimmered medium-dark yellow. This shade was a bit sheer and dry, yet powdery; it didn’t bind as well as I’ve come to expect from theBalm. It’s a lighter version of Chanel Blazing Gold. It is similar to Urban Decay Eldorado.
  • Stand-offish is a light-medium bronze-shimmered brown with warm, red undertones and a frost-metallic finish. It was smooth and had good color payoff. Urban Decay Spotlight is similar in lightness but is much cooler-toned–way less golden.
  • Selfish is a frosted taupe–it’s brown and gray; very mushroom-like. It was very smooth and easy to work with, plus it had good pigmentation. It’s much warmer and browner compared to Urban Decay Mushroom. It’s more like a frostier version of Bare Escentuals Wanderlust. NARS Grand Palais is a bit warmer. MAC Satin Taupe is redder and darker.
  • Sophisticated is a dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a bronze shimmer. It had nice pigmentation and applied smoothly. It is a bit cooler-toned compared to Urban Decay Darkhorse with less of a gold shimmer/sheen, but they are similar.
  • Sultry is a warmed-up, medium brown with a satiny finish. It has a very soft texture, which makes it easy to blend, but it is just on the edge of being too soft so it can sheer out if you are heavy-handed. It is a little lighter than Urban Decay Buck. Bare Escentuals Namaste is darker and redder. MAC Moleskin is more red-toned. MAC Wedge is a touch darker.
  • Schitzo is a warm, golden bronze-brown with a soft, pearly finish. It’s less than a frost, more than a satin. The texture is very, very smooth with good color payoff. MAC Amber Lights is a shade that gives me a similar vibe in terms of color, but the finish makes them so distinct (plus, Amber Lights has much more copper). MAC Tempting has a darker overall color but similar golden bronze sheen. The brown shade from Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone is similar, actually.
  • Sexy is rich burgundy with hints of red and brown and a matte finish. It has good color payoff (especially for a matte); the texture is a good balance between soft and matte–not too dry that it’s stiff, but not so soft that it’s powdery. MAC Festive Delight is much redder and lighter. Make Up For Ever #131 is less brown.
  • Serious is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It had surprisingly good pigmentation for a matte black, though it could be more intense–it looks much blacker in the pan than it does swatched out. MAC Carbon is less pigmented/intense. Make Up For Ever #4 is much darker.
  • Silly is a red-tinted brown with flecks of copper sparkle. This shade was the most disappointing in the palette–the payoff was very soft and sheer; it seemed more like a layering shade than something that could stand on its own. This was the only shade I had concerns with fall out. Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette has a slightly similar shade, though it’s glittery and more ruby-shimmered.
  • Sleek is a dark black-brown with a matte finish. It is more intense than Serious, actually! It had good color payoff and was soft enough to blend but not powdery. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this–I had a lot of darker browns but nothing as dark as this.

It’s packaged in theBalm’s usual cardboard outfit, which makes it lightweight and droppable (I dropped it from four feet over tile and everything was pristine). It has an outer sleeve of thick cardstock that has the exact same design as the actual palette, which can be kept or recycled; it’s kind of like a protector–think the jacket of a hardcover book. Inside, there’s a full-length mirror that spans the inside of the lid, and then below are the twelve eyeshadows and dual-ended brush. The palette has a strong enough magnet that the palette seemed to have no problem staying closed.

Overall, the quality is high and consistent with theBalm’s eyeshadow formula (which is one of my favorites). I only had major issues with Silly, which was much sheerer and drier than any of the other eleven shades, and then very minor issues with the softness (which led to slight sheerness) of Sultry. When applied, the concerns I had about Sultry disappeared, though, while Silly just never quite worked out. The other ten eyeshadows, though, were excellent–soft, smooth, buttery, and pigmented.

This palette is similar in size to Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palette, and the theme of nudes/neutrals is similar, but there isn’t much overlap in the shades themselves. This palette is $12 less but each shadow is also less (0.032 oz. vs. 0.05 oz. in the Naked palette), and while you do get a brush in this palette like Naked, you don’t get a miniature-sized primer. Let’s just assume that you really care most about the eyeshadow portion and anything else is a bonus; Naked is $80/oz. while Nude ‘tude is $94/oz. They’re both great deals either way, but Naked is still more bang for your buck; note, of course, if you’re more concerned about total cost (for those who are unlikely to finish an eyeshadow pan), then Nude ‘tude is 25% less at $36.

I think a comparison between the two is valid, but the colors are not the same, so they are still two different palettes more than they are the same. Those who wished there was more color variation, less warm-toned shades, or more matte finishes in the Naked palette might find this one more to their liking.

The Glossover


Nude' Tude

This is a great palette that's neutral, not necessarily nude--it has really wearable colors but enough shade variation to yield many looks and not just ones that are all brown. The darker shades can also double as eyeliner in a hurry.











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theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Sassy Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Sassy Eyeshadow

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theBalm Stubborn Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Stubborn Eyeshadow

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theBalm Snobby Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Snobby Eyeshadow

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theBalm Stand-offish Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Stand-offish Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Selfish Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Selfish Eyeshadow

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theBalm Sophisticated Eyeshadow

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theBalm Sophisticated Eyeshadow

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theBalm Sultry Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Sultry Eyeshadow

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theBalm Schitzo Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Schitzo Eyeshadow

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theBalm Sexy Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Sexy Eyeshadow

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theBalm Serious Eyeshadow

theBalm Nude 'tude Eyeshadow Palette
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theBalm Silly Eyeshadow

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theBalm Sleek Eyeshadow

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170 thoughts on “theBalm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Kary

    OMG. I NEED this in my life. Like, yesterday! <3

  2. Chez

    it looks like a lovely palette but I believe I have alot of similar colors in my collection… :(

  3. ugh. is it weird i want this despite having the naked palette. because of the matter and cooler toned shades :(

    • I don’t think that the two palettes overlap very much in terms of the actual colors, so no! :)

    • Maureen

      This is a lot of browns and pinks; Naked is a lot of bronze and gray. And this one’s prettier. :)

      • Pappetee

        I agree with you, Maureen! Also, I think this is a versatile palette as you can do a lot of smokey eye browns and blacks and it’s lovely to see shades of taupe, pink and yellow. Ty so much for featuring this Christine! :-)

  4. Mel

    I think I’ll hold out for Naked 2, nice palette though.

    • sarah

      sorry for my ignorance, but what do you mean with naked 2?

    • Mango the mango

      Naked 2? UD is making another Naked palette?!? =D

    • Emma

      ….there will be a Naked 2?!?!

    • Nesita

      I didn’t know they were releasing a new one. Is it confirmed or is it just a rumour?

      • Pleinair

        i think she meant it like “if UD would ever make a Naked version 2″ 😀

        • Jenn

          No there is an actual Naked 2 palette coming out, either December or beginning of January, it has been confirmed by head UD Makeup artist. Also a matte palette too.

    • Malene

      UD is coming out with another naked palette! This one will have lighter colors. I think it will be hear more about it some time after Newyears! So ive been told.

    • kristina

      I actually the actual naked palette two last weekend. I wasn’t supposed to but they switched few colors and the packaging is different. it says NAKED 2 on the front and the package is a bronze color and it’s no longer a velvet material but more metalic. i dont remember the specifics but for sure they took out the gray color and replaced with another. it’ll be out around december i think.

      • Slava

        OMG that sounds like classic UD style, doesn’t it? Switched out a few colors, only? So now well get all the baked ones in there and maybe two new shades? They really should have made it more cooler toned since the first one was mostly warm.

        • kristina

          i dont remember exactly but i remember it being pretty similar to the first naked. i think there are youtube gurus who are currently getting ready to promote it. I saw a girl taking pictures or recording a video with it and she looked like a youtube guru. she said they can’t say anything till december.

        • Sash

          I actually have seen pics of the palette. I can confirm the metal tin and that is says Naked 2. It’s packaged with some small sample too, but it does not appear to be a primer potion, unless its a whole new bottles for that too. Colors I can see: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, chopper, tease, darkhorse, suspect, a grey one, a shimmery light grey one, a pinkish one (I’m pretty sure it isn’t toasted, the lettering is too short of a word), hustle (at least I think it is, if not, a very similar color, just like the one before it that looks similar to toasted), then a black shadow.

  5. Ashley Sarah

    This sounds like a great palette. I do like the colors that are in it as well. I love the swatches of Sultry and Sexy. I would definitely buy this if I could, though the fact it’s not Limited Edition is always nice!

  6. Jade

    Is this permanent?

  7. Dominique

    I wish they would have gone a little more ethnic with the girls on the packaging. Theres too many beautiful skin tones not to.

    • Meredith

      I kind of agree… especially considering the shades go from light to dark with each girl behind them, yet the women all stay the same very light skin tone (it’s the first thing I noticed). I wish retro-cutesy packaging was a little more “for everyone” in general.

      Regardless, these shadows look nice! I really want to try theBalm.

    • Karyn

      Same, but I’ve come to the conclusion that anyone not Caucasian is persona-non-gratia at these vintage inspired companies :/ It’s sad.

      That being said, the palette does look different enough from Naked to possibly justify its purchase. Thank goodness it’s LE though, I can hold off.

    • ^ this. The shadows themselves look divine, and I love the shade range, but it would have been nice to see some visible minorities in that mix!

    • Allie

      Definitely agreed.

    • Jilliterate

      Second this.

    • Laura R

      excellent point. i wondered why it felt like something was missing.

    • Devi

      That is true. They pulled last names from different ethnicities for the Meet Matt(e) palette, so I get where you’re coming from.

    • Maureen

      That’s actually a really good point. It might be worthwhile to write a letter to them to politely request it. I bet they’d keep it in mind if they make something like this again.

    • erin

      came in here to say this! perfect opportunity to show off some other skin tones!

    • ElisaLoveWestIndies

      100% agree!

    • Ruby Woo

      I really want this palette, but the lack of ethnic minorities on the packaging prevents me from purchasing. There were/ are Asian, Latino, and black pin ups. I suggest you write them a letter- I did.

      • Alyssa

        How does not featuring of minorities turn you off from a product? It’s just the packaging they’ll probably start turning different colors anyways when you begin to use the palette and the dust from the shadows settle on it. If it is a good product, that one thing shouldn’t be a deal-breaker; it’s not like theBalm is targeting only white women and men, it’s just a product.

        • MJ

          Please try to understand and relate with other people. Whenever you turn on a TV or open a magazine it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll see white women, but not women of other races… and this palette is another sad case of that. Just because you don’t understand why it’s disappointing for other people doesn’t mean it’s not a big deal. And “It’s just the packaging they’ll probably start turning different colors anyways when you begin to use the palette and the dust from the shadows settle on it”?! What the heck, so once the packaging starts getting DIRTY it’ll cater more to women of other races?! Offensive…

  8. You now what this is an Excellent palette despite the Silly shade being a tad sheer

  9. Nicole R.

    I’m so glad I ordered this, I was a bit reluctant because I ordered it before you made a review. Thanks Christine, I feel better now!!!

  10. LOLLIE

    the packaging makes me blush, lol epic cuteness

  11. Laura

    Not to be a complete nitpick, but it’s “schizo” not “schitzo.”

  12. Raquel

    woow that package is just so funny!! it’s beautiful!
    but the cover is a little disappoint though…

    too bad each eyeshadow is so tinny, i guess..

  13. Mariella

    I really like TheBalm products that I’ve had so far and love the look of this palette. I only hope they get it in Canada – so far, none of the palettes since The Balmbini have come to my neck of the woods and I could almost cry when I read about people getting them for next to nothing at TJMaxx or Target. I may have to take a trip over the border because this palette is just the sort of thing I LOVE…Selfish, Sophisticated, Schitzo and Silly almost have me reaching through the screen to grab them!

    • Have you tried emailing them? I asked them about not having a store locator and they said customers should email them – and then they’ll reply with local availability. I know they do a ton of global distribution, actually!

      • Mariella

        I can get the regular line of TheBalm products, just not these new releases. Not sure if London Drugs carries the latest palettes but the stores near me (PharmaPlus) don’t seem to get these items. I might give the name of the palette to the cosmetics SA there next time and see if it can be ordered for me.

    • Sari

      I live in Alberta and they carry theBalm at certain London Drugs locations :)

    • ElisaLoveWestIndies

      Where do you live in Canada? Last week, i’ve seen a corner “the balm” in one Jean Coutu (the one who is near from Acadie Subway); i was the first time i saw this palette in Montreal

  14. The images of nude women is kind of a funny idea! LOL.

  15. Heather

    Do you know if this palette will be sold at Sephora or Ulta soon? I’ve never purchased from theBalm.com before. I usually like to buy things in person.

  16. Christine

    Has anyone seen this guy pop up at TJ Maxx? That’s where I got The Balm & the Beautiful palette & I’d be over the moon if I could snag this one there as well :D.

  17. silleaves

    I LOVELOVELOVELOVELOOOOVVE the packaging! (As I always do with theBalm.)

    It’s so fun! Though I do agree with Dominique that they should have done different skin tones on the girls.

  18. I love the packaging! I think it’s so cute. I need more eyeshadow like I need, well, something else I have too much of, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting it!

  19. I love the packaging! I’m unsure as to whether I’d actually buy it though as most of my eye shadows/palettes are nude/neutral ones so I’m not sure I really need or would use another! x

  20. Laura R

    i find the packaging hilarious! that said, i have dupes of most of these (and just splurged on the Muppet palette) so won’t be getting it.

  21. Mango the mango

    Loving how cheeky this is! I feel like this is mischievous without being in-your-face-scandalously-SEXXAY!!! *cough cough G-Spot Deep Throat cough*

    Christine, did you drop it by accident, or as part of some GLADOS-style thorough testing? 😉

    • No, I drop products I review here – that’s part of the packaging score. I drop from 1 foot, 2 feet, etc. When you do it in increments, you can tell when the impact is getting to be too much – powders may crack a little or separate from the edge of the pan – compared to just slamming it down from 4 feet or something :)

      • Mango the mango

        I am equal parts highly impressed and mentally wailing, “Noooooo!!! Not the LE stuff!!!” Kudos to your dedication, I know I couldn’t do that! *cuddles palettes protectively while husband looks on bewildered*

        • Realistically–from a more personal perspective–I’m never going to use everything I have, since I’m always testing something new (whether it’s a new seasonal product or a product I just haven’t gotten to, lol!), so it’s really not a big deal :) I also toss 5-10 products in a makeup bag and shake, rattle, and roll!

  22. Liz

    This is everything I wanted the naked palette to be!

  23. Sass

    Reminds me of how that Sephora VIB Too Faced palette in terms of packaging. I’m loving that Sexy shadow.

  24. Amy Em

    Thank you for doing a “drop test”!

  25. Sarah

    This. Is. AMAZING!

  26. sam

    just saw this on thebalm.com earlier today and thought i’d pick it up, but decided to wait for your review. good thing i didn’t get it- i have similar colors to all of these! thanks christine :)

  27. Kristina

    Do you know if this will be sold in Sephora also?
    & when is the Naked Palette 2 scheduled to come out?!

    • I believe Sephora is no longer stocking theBalm, and I don’t have any information on Naked 2 at this time. Last I checked, UD would not confirm or deny.

  28. OMG I don’t even have the naked palette YET and know I need both. Awesoooooome colors!!!!

  29. Jaime

    glad i held out on getting the naked palette now!

  30. K7P*

    I love love love the packaging!!! It’s just too cute!!! The colors that stand out the most are Sexy & Selfish! I think i’ll have to buy this with the next Sephora VIB sale. =)

    • I don’t think Sephora carries theBalm any more!

      • Gina

        Really? I’m looking at theBalm on Sephora right now. Are they going to stop carrying it soon? That would be such a bummer, since I rarely buy from the actual brand website unless I really, REALLY like the brand.

        • All of the displayers in stores were pulled awhile ago, and none of theBalm’s new products have been added – I think one of the last new things that went up on Sephora was Shady Lady Vol. 3, which was probably at the beginning of this year.

  31. Maureen

    DAMN, I want this!

  32. Maguire

    this palette looks gorgeous, but i have a few problems. first of all, why is “schitzo” used as an adjective, like “sexy” or “silly”? that’s offensive to people with a serious mental disorder, in my opinion. and why are all the cute little girls on the packaging white? come on, theBalm. am i the only one who has an issue with this?

    • sophie

      Absolutely not – I definitely raised my eyebrows at “schitzo” (it’s not even spelled correctly, for Chrissakes). It’s not cute, it’s offensive and ignorant.

    • Alice

      Not at all. I found the term quite offensive and it’s really put me off buying the palette.

      Using a mental disorder that destroys lives of the victim and their friends and family as a “fun” word to describe a mood?

      Very, very poor taste.

    • Eva

      I felt the same way! I really didn’t want to be a Debbie Downer about this palette but I really don’t think being put-off by the name “Schitzo” is nit-picking. In my opinion it’s almost hurtful on a different level than, say, cultural insensitivity (like the MAC Rodarte fiasco) because it invokes a mental illness that can’t be cured. Schizophrenia is relatively rare but theBalm hits close to home here because of friends and family members of those affected. It’s not even cheeky or racy, it’s just sad.

    • Ria

      No, you’re not the only one. I think it’s distasteful at best, and highly insulting at worst. It just trivialises and ridicules mental illness. I didn’t like the brand much anyway because of their irritating packaging and image, and now I’m completely off them.

    • Bridget

      I hear you on ‘schitzo’ being insensitive. Does anyone remember way back in the day when Urban Decay had lipsticks called Skitz-O-Styx? The National Alliance on Mental Illness was very vocal against them. I’ll be e-mailing them about this unfortunately named shade. Too bad, there are some pretty shades.

    • Alice

      I still can’t quite get over the fact that they actually thought it was okay to name their shade “Schitzo.” How ignorant can you get?

      If they don’t reply to my Facebook comment I will email them. This is totally unnecessary and ridiculous. It’s 2011 – we should be making positive progress and ending the stigma around mental health issues. Not using illnesses as adjectives and promoting stigma. I am disgusted.

    • Carrie

      I found this really offensive too and in poor taste. I just got the muppets palette and love it, but don’t plan on buying anymore of TheBalm’s products after this. I can find plenty of good make-up elsewhere that doesn’t poke fun of mental illness.

    • Jennifer

      As someone who is working as a counseling intern for my masters with the mentally ill, for the most part, individual’s with Schizophrenia, this blew me away. I’m not usually someone who gets “sensitive” about things like this. But really? An eyeshadow with a name that’s definitely referring to a common misconception about a serious mental illness? I think that’s poor taste. Seriously.

    • Alice

      I received an email from theBalm in response to my complaint, in which they stated that the name would be changed for the next run of palettes :)

  33. Alison

    Om nom nom! Is this permanent?

  34. Hilary♥

    O-M-G. I absolutely want this!! I already have the Naked Palette but I can’t help loving this palette to bits – love all the shades, so cool! ♥

  35. Jamie

    I’m SO glad you gave this such a good review…I have been looking forward to this palette! :)

  36. Leo

    The retro packaging is super cute.

    A little off topic, but could you please please please tell me which pink lipstick the middle swatch is in this post? It’s like my dream color!


  37. Chrissy

    Oooh, this is gorgeous!!! Love every color! Very nice! Selfish, Sophisticated and Silly are my favorites!

  38. Love it! The packaging, the names, the colours, everything about it is amazing

  39. Lovely !! I’m still one of those very very few who don’t own the UD Naked Palette and might just opt for this one. Instantly fell in love with shade ‘sexy’. Great post as always :)

  40. Ruca


    *crossing fingers that this will show up @ TJ Maxx like the rest of my TheBalm palettes and overshadows have*

  41. Rebecca

    I recently won this palette in a HaLLowEEn dog photo contest with thebalm and I’ve been watching the shipping progress closer and closer to my home. Your review has just got me more excited!!! I can’t wait to test all the beautiful colors myself.

  42. K

    god i love the design of the palette itself, the Balm is great at that.

  43. Gina

    I hope this becomes available at Sephora soon! It looks like it would be a great gift for my younger sister, who loooves neutrals.

  44. Lisa

    Wow, I almost want to buy this just for Standoffish. Does anyone know any good dupes?

    I also want to mention that you actually get MUCH less product with this palette than naked because TheBalm eyeshadows are very soft. Quality is excellent but you pick up quite a bit of powder with every application. I used Mischevious Marissa everyday for a few weeks and the dip in my pot is quite huge — to the point where I am scared to continue using it in fear I’ll run out! I don’t really have that issue with Urban Decay eyeshadows (of course they run out, but they take much more time to do so)

    • Lisa

      oops, sorry, sorry, didn’t read all of the description before I jumped to the main point and swatches =D I see the dupes now.

  45. shontay

    Now this is a neutral palette I can get behind. I am not at all impressed by Urban Decay’s Naked Palette.

  46. I don’t like admitting this often, but I was really unimpressed by Urban Decay’s Naked palette. Everyone online (and especially on MUA) loves it, but I was so disappointed. I felt like the colors didn’t work on my very fair skin, and what was worse, I felt like a lot of the shades were too similar in color. Also, UD’s Primer Potion irritated my eyes. :(

    This palette sounds (and looks) like everything I wanted Naked to be! I love your swatches, Christine. The colors are all in the neutral family, but there’s genuine variety to be found! I’ve never worn anything by theBalm, but I’m very tempted to order from them. Thanks for this review! <333

    • Don’t feel too bad, I’m not head over heels for the Naked palette either. The colors are beautiful, but I have so much troubles with fallout. I’d rather use my Too Faced Natural Eye palette, the colors are just as nice and I’m not left with tons of shadow under my eyes!

    • Veronica

      I have very fair skin, and I thought the Naked palette worked fine with my complexion. :( I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you!

      I do second your sentiment about the greater spectrum of color here, though. I love the subtlety the Naked palette allows for, but this could definitely be used to step into more daring territory when needed!

  47. Beverley

    i love love love the balm. it’s such a consistent brand and the urban decay palette doesn’t have that taupe color that i want so much :)

  48. So cute, love the packaging! The colors look really great too.

  49. Saffy

    WANT. That’s all. I hope I can find this in Canada.

  50. Yet another, MUST HAVE, on my wishlist! sighhh, this is soo pretty…I really don’t need it, but I want it haha :)

  51. Carrie Ann

    What a cute palette! The colors look great.

  52. yehudis

    is it limited edition? when and where will it be available?

  53. Melissa

    Naked wannabe.

  54. Packaging win! I love a palette full of wearable colors.

  55. malia

    wow, these look so nice (except Silly)… I wonder if Sultry would be matte enough for a blonde brow shade?

  56. Becca

    I already have the NAKED palette, and more neutrals than is good for my health, but I still want this :) but because they don’t sell at sephora, I don’t really have an opportunities to get it…. :(

  57. Coco

    This palette is so adorable!! I think I’m going to pick one up yay :]] Thanks for the swatches!

  58. Liz

    Looks very nice, but I have similar colors. I’ll just keep on using the Naked Palette, but the shadows are lovely.

  59. Veronica

    Schitzo? Seriously? The colors look beautiful, but man is that a tacky choice of name.

  60. Kat

    This is so coming home with me, I love it! I’m so glad it’s not limited edition.

  61. Violet

    I really like Sexy, but I wish there were some mattes.

  62. I don’t mind the nude women at all (although I definitely think it’s a good choice to have an alternative version available for those more conservative than myself), but some of the names…irk me for some reason (particularly Schitzo, which, um, isn’t even spelled correctly).
    Also, the eyeshadows are nice, ha ha.

    • Melody

      I know what you mean. The one thing that offended me a little bit was “Schitzo.” I didn’t even think about naked women being offensive. I suppose it does make sense to have alternate packaging in case someone wants to gift it and doesn’t know how the recipient would take it.

      • Jen

        They do have alternate packaging on thebalm.com. The naked ladies is the “Naughy” packaging, and the “Nice” unit is a sort of a boudoir motif. Same exact eyeshadows, but more conservative/liberal packaging depending on your personal tastes =D

  63. Gorgeous, Gorgeous! Yes, the colours may be similar to things I already have but the pin-up girl packaging is making this a MUST HAVE for me!

    If I find this in, or available to, Australia, it’s mine, mine, MINE 😀

  64. Angelic Mariposa Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    I really love theBalm’s eyeshadow formula’s so I ordered it but if I see this in TJMaxx or Marshalls I will FREAK!! I think it’s terrible how theBalm has sold seconds of theBalm and the Beautiful, Meet Matte and the blushes and still expect people to pay full price when they finally decide to release TB&TB.

  65. i’m not one to fuss over a nude shadow let alone a palette but i waaaaant this! love love the packaging too!

  66. there’s only 1 word to describe this palette – GORGEOUS :)

  67. I sure hope this pops up at my local TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. I just picked up the Balm and the Beautiful palette on Monday at Marshall’s and I love it! The Balm has really impressed me!

  68. Melody

    This palette is super cute! Kinda weird to me that they felt like they needed to have a version without nude women. Seems a bit puritanical. But anyway, I love the color combinations. Like you mentioned, I feel like the Naked palette has too many warm shades, at least for my complexion. Glad it’s not limited!

  69. Jenelle Hickey

    Do you know where I can contact them to see where they sell their products in Canada? I can’t seem to find an email on the website. Thank you :)

  70. Stephanie

    Sultry will look G O R G E O U S as a blending “best friend” color !

  71. Sexy Sadie

    Wonderful, but too much frosty shades.

  72. Natalie

    I want it so badly for the adorable pinup packaging, but I already have similar colours to almost every shade already in my stash :(

  73. Ruthless

    What marketing genius thought “Skitzo” would be a good name for an eyeshadow?

  74. Daisy

    I absolutely love this little palette. They made it really easy to create a simple and sexy smokey eye. I did a wash of Stand-offish on my entire lid and buffed some Sultry into the crease just to give it some definition. With the eyeliner side of the brush (which I love) I did a smudgy line of Serious and popped a little bit of Snobby under my brow as a highlight. I got so many compliments on my look and this palette is just a doll.

  75. Adrianna


  76. Thank you for all of your time and effort into this..!~

    Have you done a review of the Naked palette..? Also; Is there more than one naked palette..?

    Thank you!

  77. Nancy

    Is it better then the UD Naked Palette? I own 3 Naked palette’s and in my opinion it is ok..

  78. Becca

    omg. when i saw stand-offish, i just- aah. i die.

  79. Jenn

    Stand-offish looks like an exact dupe to all that glitters. Are they similar?

  80. mallory

    is this not at sephora?

    • Sephora doesn’t stock theBalm products that are new – I think they’re just selling through old stock or maybe just a few SKUs!

      • I’m a makeup artist at Sephora and sadly we don’t carry the balm anymore in store :( It’s still on the website, but not sure how long it’s gonna be carried. I purchase most of the products at TJ MAXX. They release limited edition sets at TJ and it seems like Sephora online has most of the old skus. We’ll see what happens with the brand. I’m assuming it’s gonna be online only for now.

  81. Jordan

    Does anyone think getting this palette is good even if you have the naked palette already? I really want to try this because it has a few different shades than the naked palette but if they are so similar maybe i’ll forget this one. Is it still worth getting?

  82. K7P*

    Took advantage of their black Friday sale and bought this!!! For $24.66, you can’t beat that!

  83. i just purchased this on hautelook! I can’t wait

  84. AidaOsterberger

    I bought this on Hautelook this morning (kind of an impulse buy) at a great price and I’ve checked your review afterwards. Boy am I happy with your review :). Now I’m so looking forward to getting this… Only wish Hautelook wasn’t so terribly slow at shipping orders…

  85. Heda_94

    hey, can someone tell me where i can find both versions in Germany?

  86. I just received it it from Hautelook! I am so glad I listened to Christine and got it. All these eyeshadows are perfect for me and they work on anybody! I recently used it to create a look on my sister. This palette is fantastic.

  87. phillipsea20dc

    I received mine from Hautelook last week! One thing that is different is one the shadow’s names-  they no longer named the shadow “Schitzo” anymore and have renamed the shadow “Seductive”.  

    • jeneyg

       @phillipsea20dc I’m glad they changed the name. It is a bit insensitive when you think about it.

      • phillipsea20dc

        @jeneyg yes I agree I’m glad they switched it and plus seductive seems so much more attractive for this palette than schitzo! ^_^

  88. VioletStevens

    OMG I want this. I’ve been looking for a nude palette and I like these colors better than naked. Is it still available in stores??

  89. artemis

    so yummy , love the colors 😀

  90. alexy11

    Really buetifule

  91. alexy11

    Very nice

  92. ingerasata

    I was lucky to spor this on Hautelook a couple of months ago and I’m glad I bought it. I absolutely love this palette. It was my first TheBalm purchase, but it really got me hooked on their products. Since then, I got a blush in Down Boy, a setting powered Sexy Mama and today I ordered the Shady Lady trio deal. I’m very happy with this brand.

  93. mimigolitely

    Nordstrom is now carrying the brand if you are interested.