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theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Hey guys! I’ve been gone for the past few days due to some life stuff. It didn’t help that the first tornado of the season for me came along last Wednesday. It was surreal because the sirens did not go off until after my FIL called us to ask if we were in a safe spot already. But while it did land in our town, it wasn’t in my immediate area. I’m just glad it wasn’t a strong one like the May 20th one from 2 years ago. Moving on, today’s post is on an eye shadow palette that I’ve been testing for the past few days. Here’s theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette.

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette (in shade)

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette (direct sunlight)

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette (close-up)

The packaging for this is the nice version. There is a naughty version too with girls on the palette with the eye shadow shades strategically placed over their bodies. Both versions contain the same shades, only the packaging appearance is different. At $36 for 0.382 oz of product in 12 different shades, this palette is actually more versatile and affordable than I originally thought. It’s much bigger too. I balked at the price of this for the longest time because I thought the sizing of this palette is about half of what it really is. I thought it’s a more compact palette and didn’t think that it warranted the price tag. When I got it, it was larger than the regular size Hershey’s chocolate bar. This slim palette comes with a dual-ended eye shadow and liner brush. I actually liked that it’s not a foam applicator but an actual brush. The palette itself is made of sturdy cardboard. I just make a note to avoid getting it in contact with any liquids as it’s something I don’t think about with non-cardboard palettes. The first shot above shows the palette in a cardboard sleeve bearing the same design as the actual palette. I kept it to provide more protection to the palette. The palette has a magnet enclosure. While most of the shades are quite pigmented, they are inconsistent in terms of texture. Some are slightly sheerer than others and little bit on the chalky side. I have this issue with Sultry for sure. Silly applied a little patchy for me when swatched on the arm but fared better when I applied it on my eyelids. I was originally worried about Sexy and Serious but it proved to be unwarranted (at least as a liner). Both performed nicely as a liner on my water line. I was actually very impressed that at the end of the day they stayed put with minimal wear. The way it wears actually gave me more of a smoky look than the dreaded raccoon eyes. I’m sold at this point. The lighter shades like Sassy, Stubborn and Stand-offish can definitely be used to highlight. Swatches below are shown from left to right and top row then bottom row. I used 2 swipes of each shade to show texture differences and consistencies.

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette (in shade)

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette (direct sunlight)

theBalm NUDE ‘tude® Nude Eyeshadow Palette (with flash)

Overall, a good palette for the price you’re paying and the quality you’re getting. This palette is available at wherever theBalm products are sold including Beauty Bridge.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test from Beauty Bridge.*

Sinful Colors Petal Be The Day

Hey guys! It’s the middle of the week again. This week’s sure flying by fast for me. The weather will start changing today and we’re officially more or less in tornado season here. Temperatures will dip for a much cooler weekend. Enough of the sad news, here’s Sinful Colors Petal Be The Day.

Sinful Colors Petal Be The Day

Described as “royal blue and purple confetti “, this is one of the 3 shades from their Boomblast Glitters Collection. I expected the base for this shade to be more milky and opaque. It’s a wee bit “clearer” than I thought but definitely not a clear base. The glitters in this shade come in 3 different sizes and are lavender and light bluish that’s more like periwinkle than anything else. The smallest sized glitters are round while the other larger sizes are hex shaped. Formula is pretty good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Petal Be The Day (in shade)

Sinful Colors Petal Be The Day (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Petal Be The Day (close-up)

I actually like this shade more than I thought I would! For a more opaque milky look, layer this over a lilac crème or even try laying on another coat or 2. It’s a buildable shade.

Sinful Colors is available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. They’re usually priced at $1.99 but you can score some for as low as $0.99 each when there is a BOGO promo or some special pricing on these.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Zoya Delight Swatches

I managed to get an entire collection in this past weekend and it just so happens to be from Zoya. I really like these shades a lot as they are very Spring-y and perfect for Easter. In random order, here are swatches for Zoya Delight Collection.

First up is my favorite, Daisy.

Zoya Daisy

Daisy caught my eye immediately being that it’s a bright yellow shade. This is one of the few yellows I’ve seen done right with a shimmer finish. It is described as “a refreshing lemon merengue yellow metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash”. The shimmer looks like it’s a hint of green or silvery green. I find the formula for this really good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Daisy (in shade)

Zoya Daisy (direct sunlight)

Zoya Daisy (close-up)

Next we have Lillian.

Zoya Lillian

Lillian is a pastel blue shade that’s a bit light for the Easter theme but works perfectly as a Spring shade. It is described as “a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish”. Formula is good and more opaque than I thought. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Lillian (in shade)

Zoya Lillian (direct sunlight)

Zoya Lillian (close-up)

Then we have Leslie.

Zoya Leslie

Leslie is a pretty purple or lilac shimmer that glows. It has a silvery green shimmer that ends up giving this shade a bit of a duochrome finish. This is described as “a soft spring lavender metallic with an energizing turquoise flash”. Formula is slightly creamier than the others in this collection. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Leslie (in shade)

Zoya Leslie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Leslie (close-up)

Next up is Tiana.

Zoya Tiana

Tiana is the green version of Tiana in color and finish. It is described as “a pistachio gelato green in a glossy cream finish”. I find it to be more sheer than I thought it would be but the formula is self-leveling. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Tiana (in shade)

Zoya Tiana (direct sunlight)

Zoya Tiana (close-up)

Up next is Rayne.

Zoya Rayne

Rayne is the blue version of Leslie. I am loving the shimmer in this shade. It’s like it has a hint of green in it. It is described as “a dewy, spring blue metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash”. Formula is beautiful as with most from this collection. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Rayne (in shade)

Zoya Rayne (direct sunlight)

Zoya Rayne (close-up)

Last up is Eden.

Zoya Eden

Eden is a bright pink shade that lots of little girls would love in their Easter basket! I love how creamy and glossy this shade looks. It is described as “a classic spring flower pink in a glossy cream finish”. Formula is just like Leslie — really nice and creamy in application. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.

Zoya Eden (in shade)

Zoya Eden (direct sunlight)

Zoya Eden (close-up)

I love all of the shades in this collection. I’m disappointed when companies tend to play it safe and redundant with their Spring collections. The only thing that is possibly redundant in this collection is that there are 2 blues. Maybe they could’ve swapped one for orange but Zoya has several good orange shades already.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Sinful Colors Zest Of Times

Hey guys! It’s a brand new week and I’m trying to kick this nagging cough to the curb before it gets worse. A decent amount of people I know are sick, getting sick or got sick recently. At least I know I don’t have the flu (crossing fingers!). The weather this past weekend was so nice. It was warmer and the sun was out for a good amount of time. I was able to catch up with taking pictures for the blog. Here’s Sinful Colors Zest Of Times.

Sinful Colors Zest Of Times

Described as “lustrous magenta”, this is one of the 3 shades from their Citrus Twist Collection. This stunning shade is a little bit on the sheer side, but that’s to be expected for a shade with a glass fleck finish. While the sun was out for majority of Sunday, it was a fight to chase it on Saturday and these shots were taken that day. Formula is pretty good and it dried pretty fast compared to other shades I have from this brand. Shown is 3 coats with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Zest Of Times (in shade)

Sinful Colors Zest Of Times (direct sunlight)

Sinful Colors Zest Of Times (close-up)

This shade makes me want to pull out all of my glass fleck shades and play with them!

Sinful Colors is available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. They’re usually priced at $1.99 but you can score some for as low as $0.99 each when there is a BOGO promo or some special pricing on these.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Finger Paints Still Life Strawberry

Hey guys! This week has been very busy. I’m looking forward to my upcoming trip that’s our honeymoon technically. I scheduled it to coincide with our first anniversary and I’m really looking forward to it! Today I have the last of the 10 new shades Finger Paints released for 2015 as part of their core line. Here’s Finger Paints Still Life Strawberry.

Finger Paints Still Life Strawberry

Still Life Strawberry is a magenta (or even fuchsia) version of Sterling Sculpture. I tend to think fuchsia is brighter and magenta leans more towards red so it’s darker. It’s a glitter shade that’s made up of magenta hex glitters in different sizes suspended in a clear base. It’s a very simple shade, but you can definitely jazz up a regular mani with this easily. Formula is good and it dried pretty fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Finger Paints Still Life Strawberry (in shade)

Finger Paints Still Life Strawberry (direct sunlight)

Finger Paints Still Life Strawberry (close-up)

This shade should now be available in Sally Beauty Supply stores and online for $5.49.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

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