The Look and First Impressions: theBalm Nude Dude

theBalm Nude Dude

theBalm Nude Dude palette*

theBalm LOVES to nude it up. Nude ‘Tude, Nude Dude, Meet Matte (Nude)…. You’ve got to wonder what the dress code is over at theBalm HQ. Meet Matte (Nude) is one of the most versatile and all round excellent palettes I own, and I’ve got high hopes Nude Dude will prove to be just as well-loved in my palette stash.

theBalm Nude Dude
theBalm Nude Dude

Nude Dude comprises of four matte shades and eight shimmer shades, ranging from gold and taupe tones to mauve and burgundy tones. One of the things I love the most about theBalm is that you never have to fear their shimmer products – just like the powder in Cindy-Lou and Mary-Lou, these shadows are finely milled so you end up with an eye look that spells ‘soft and subtle sparkle’ and not ‘blazing disco ball’. Although the disco-ball-as-eyeshadow look can be preferential in some situations, such as… the 90’s.

theBalm Nude Dude Swatches

L to R: Fearless, Flawless, Firm, Fabulous, Faithful, Fit


theBalm Nude Dude Swatches

L to R: Flirty, Friendly, Fierce, Feisty, Funny, Fine


The Look

I’m a complete sucker for mauvey purply tones, so I gravitated to them first. One thing I noticed straight away with this palette is it has A LOT of kick up due to the soft texture of the shadows – to the point where I was grateful that I’m an ‘eyes first’ girl when it comes to makeup application, because there was no way a pre-applied base would have survived the fallout cleanup. But moving past that, the shades come up beautifully on the lid – which I LOVE because I’ve been lured in by eyeshadows that apply nothing like what they appear in the pan, those eyeshadow liars.

theBalm Nude Dude Swatches

Using Flirty, Friendly, Fine.


Next up were the gold and brown shades.

theBalm Nude Dude Swatches

Fearless, Flawless, Faithful and Fine as an eyeliner


The verdict? I’m a fan. These are super pretty, wearable shades that blend like a dream and translate well from pan to eyelid. Just make sure you’re tapping off all the excess shadow before applying, or apply your base after you’ve finished your eyes.

theBalm Nude Dude Swatches

No no, don’t tell me, beautiful right??


Are you a theBalm fan? Do you think you’ll pick up Nude Dude? Let me know in the comments!

  • Dani – KaBOOM! Cosmetics

    Oooh I like it! I’ve been lusting over the Balm’s nude palette collection for ages and I think this might be “the one”! I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I don’t own one of their palettes already

    Dani | KaBOOM! Cosmetics

    • Angie

      Bad beauty blogger! Kidding :p I liked the look of the Nude ‘Tude palette but not enough to grab one, and I’m glad I didn’t because I know this one would get much more use, definitely ‘me’ shades hehe :)

  • Liyana Aris

    I’m a BIG fan of The Balm. I own all of their Shady Lady palettes, Meet Matt(e) and Nude’tude but it never felt enough. I was waiting for the right time to buy Meet Matt(e) Nude but I didn’t even know The Balm has released Nude Dude! Gotta save up more for those two then.

    • Angie

      I just noticed the Shady Lady palettes recently and they look fabulous as well, theBalm are kind of overwhelming us with all this choice! :)

  • Diana P.

    I used to want the first palette so much, but this one is something else!
    Beautiful looks, I love them! :D

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

    • Angie

      Thanks! I think this one’s going to be on very high rotation for the foreseeable future! :)

  • Sheri

    Ooh the shades look gorgeous on! I own the Nude Tude, and I’ll have to agree about the super soft, fall-out worthy texture. Tbh, I prefer my matte shades but the shades themselves are really nice. Haha but that name tho.. nude dude. *snort*

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Angie

      Hehehe I made the mistake of googling ‘Nude Dude’ without ‘theBalm’ or ‘palette’ in the search as well. What has been seen can never be unseen lol

      • Sheri

        ROFL I’m dying

  • Sylvia Said

    Yes, beautiful! Your eyes are gorgeous~ Such funny and cute packaging <3

    She Will Be

    • Angie

      I think theBalm are the masters of cute packaging along with Benefit, and I love me some cute packaging! Aw thanks! xx

  • Vanessa

    SCANDALOUS!! I’LL DEFINITELY BE PICKING UP NUDE DUDE….(mostly for the packaging, BUT ALSO BECAUSE I’M LOVING THE SHADES IN THE FIRST SWATCH SET) Love both looks you’ve created, especially the first one!

    • Angie

      Why thank you! Glad I have provided some enabling assistance today, my work here is done ;)

  • natalie

    HAHAHA omg the names!!! i really like the color “firm” but it’s so awkward to say! these look like a dream though, i have yet to try the balm but i want this so bad!!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

    • Angie

      Hehehe yep ‘Firm’ is a bit of an awkward one! Oooh definitely try them, I’ve yet to be disappointed by any of their products x

  • Bonnie

    Gorgeous! I love both the looks you created :) :)

    • Angie

      Thank you!! xx

  • dannifred

    i’ve never tried this brand but the colors look great, love what you did with it!

    xx danielle //

    • Angie

      Thank you! :) x

  • Wild Hearts + Green Tea

    I can’t help but find this palette a little funny, and I’ll definitely be picking it up! The shadows look awesome and the looks you created are beautiful :)

    • Angie

      It’s definitely a fun palette, and I’m using it everyday at the moment so it’s definitely getting a work out! Thank you! x

  • Annabel

    This is certainly a lovely nude palette, and a bit different from most!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Angie

      It really is lovely! x

  • Lisa Salvatore

    I love the colours in the palette


    • Angie

      Me too, I’m using it everyday at the moment! x

  • Melane

    Oh love the second eyelook, such lovely shades! This is a really nice palette :)

    Pure Perspective

    • Angie

      It’s definitely my new fave! x

  • Catherine Macarounas

    Love the look you created! I like how this palette has some purple shades as well, might have to go into DJs to have a swatch :)

    • Angie

      Thanks! It’s fabulous to use, I’m still obsessed!! :)

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  • Jasmine Huston

    This palette is just too pretty. I’m such a sucker for this kind of packaging, it’s too cute not to grab. I haven’t even seen this in stores yet (if it’s even in stores yet haha) but I’ll definitely be picking it up! You created some gorgeous looks, too!

    Sweetaholic Beauty