The palettes themselves are well known for having scantily clad women and men illustrations next to the shadows. At first I thought it looked slightly tacky and cheap but as I've gotten to know the brand and the palettes, I've grown really fond of the design.
I have to make this one tiny point because the feminist inside me would be upset if I didn't. The difference in choices for words for male and female is slightly offensive and playing up to stereotypes. The men have been given adjectives that are mostly positive personality based and the women are portrayed as bitches or sexual objects. SIGH.
For example, you see Fearless, Faith and Fabulous for males and Stubborn, Selfish and Stand-offish or Sexy and Seductive for the females. This may be down to the lack of adjectives to be found to align with the alliteration, I don't know. Considering the palettes were probably targeted at women more than men, it seems a bit odd to use those choice of words.
That being said, the brand has a retro/50's theme running through it so perhaps they were trying to portray women in the same light as they did back in the day. The Nude'tude palette is also a play on the word "attitude" and I suppose some of the adjectives are ones you could describe an attitude. I may be stretching here but hey, I have to justify spending this money somehow!
Anywho regardless of their portrayal of women and men and their standing on social stereotypes, theBalm produced some excellent eyeshadow palettes. The shadows are definitely the most buttery eyeshadows I own.
The two palettes are fairly similar. The two range from light to dark shadows from left to right with a mixture of matte and shimmer shadows. I have found all of the shadows so far to be very easy to blend and very pigmented. Have I mentioned that they're incredibly buttery? There is a little bit of fall out, but by this point I just expect it from eyeshadows. I make sure to use an eye primer and do it before my foundation.
Flawless & Sultry and Firm & Seductive are the two eyeshadow combinations that I consider to be very similar. Those two colours are probably the most used in my palettes so I suppose it's not the worst idea to have the two in both. It saves people from buying both palettes! Unless you're me who REALLY needs both.
The left hand side of the palettes are easy to wear for daytime makeup and the right hand side are perfect colours for a smokey look. Does anyone else get a bit confused at the fact that there is often a black eyeshadow in a NUDE eyeshadow palette. Not complaining, just saying.
Both of the palettes come with a double ended brush, which is pretty much useless to me, and a big mirror which I like. They are both made of cardboard packaging which makes it easy for them to be carried around and they don't take up too much space. They have an inbuilt magnetic system so the palette closes properly and the shadows don't fall out.
Out of the two, I think I would say that Nude Dude is my favourite. Fit and Flirty have to be my favourite colours from the two palettes. I prefer the design on the front of Nude Dude as well. I find the Nude'tude cover is a little bit too busy.
I hope you enjoyed the post! If you were thinking of getting one of the palettes (it is not possible to have too many nude palettes) then I hope I helped you make a decision.
What are your favourite eyeshadows? Which one is your favourite palette? And of course, what do you think about the adjectives used? Do you think it is offensive to women? Do you care?
If you do choose to comment, then I look forward to hearing your opinion!
Love G xxx