The Balm – ‘Nude ‘tude palette – Swatches, first reactions and international giveaway! (ENDED)

The lovely lovely people at Birchbox have sent me something rather amazing to review and, not only that, they have sent me a second item so that I can run a giveaway for my fantastic readers (that’s you!).
I’m going to show you the palette and talk, a little, about my first reactions and then you’ll find the giveaway, with the rafflecopter widget towards the end of the post.

The fantastic team have also given me two codes which you can use if you decide to sign up yourself – You can only use one code but they’re both fab – Check my post HERE if you’re interested.

The item that I’m going to be showing you and, then, giving away as a prize to one of you is the ‘Nude ‘tude’ palette by The Balm (Which retails for £26 and is available on the Birchbox site HERE). I’ve used a number of The Balm’s products before and really like them so I was very pleased to be able to try their shadows too – I’ve heard really, really good things about this palette and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

The light was really working against me when I was taking all of these photos – Leading up to me taking them the light was good, and almost immediately after I took them the light was good but whilst I was taking them it was bad; I did my best, though, and I think I’ll be able to show you how lovely this palette is, seriously one of you is going to be So lucky to win this!

 I really love this brand – I love their products and I love their attitude, the whole vintage/retro thing plus the naughty/cheeky names – It really appeals.

The packaging of this palette is good, it’s a cardboard package with a photograph of a beautiful, vintage style room in the background plus there’s a nice, big mirror in there which is always a bonus.

But, most of all, just look at those shades, aren’t they gorgeous! I have a lot of neutrals so it takes something very special for me to feel like it’s different from what I already have but these really are, there’s some totally stand-out, stunning shades in there and I am absolutely itching to get using it!

These three are ‘Sassy’, ‘Stubborn’ and ‘Selfish’ – They are, in all honesty, three of the silkiest, softest eye shadows I’ve ever felt and Really well pigmented – Absolutely amazing formula. ‘Sassy’ will make a gorgeous highlight colour and I can’t wait to try the other two in various different looks; I’m really enjoying pink shades at the moment and have loved taupey shades for a while.

The next three are ‘Sophisticated’, ‘Sexy’ and ‘Serious’ – These aren’t quite so soft but, then, they aren’t shimmers, they’re still very soft for these types of shadow. Only far left looks totally opaque but, then, the other two are mattes and I only wanted to use one swipe of colour so you’d know what they’re really like – For matte’s, though, I was Really impressed with the pigmentation of these. I am quite enchanted by ‘Sophisticated’, too, the fact that it almost looks matte but has that hint of sparkle/shimmer that gives it a real depth, very nice!

This was the point at which the sky got even darker so these shadows didn’t want to shine as much as they should have. These are ‘Snobby’, ‘Stand-offish’ and ‘Sultry’ – The shimmers are a lovely consistency, again, and I like that ‘Snobby’ is quite a different sort of gold from the standard, being such a bright, light shade but I think it’ll look stunning worn. ‘Stand-offish’ is sort of the counterpart for ‘Stubborn’ with ‘Stubborn’ being a goldy pink, ‘Stand-offish’ is a pinky gold. And then there’s another matte shade, ‘Sultry’ is a really nice light-medium brown.

The last three are ‘Seductive’, ‘Silly’ and ‘Sleek’ – With ‘Seductive’ I love that this a bronze but just slightly different from a normal bronze. ‘Silly’ is a very stand-out shade in that the actual shadow isn’t very pigmented but, as you can see, it’s full of gorgeous gold glitter that really brings it to live. Lastly ‘Sleek’ is a really useful dark brown, almost black but still brown.
Ok, so that’s the shadows – In all honesty I am totally in love with the palette; the range of shades and the quality of each one is just wonderful. It’s something which would fit, amazingly, into anyone’s collection!

 Soo… on to the bit you’re all probably excited about, the giveaway!

This will be my first international giveaway so those of you that haven’t been able to enter before can do so this time! I have no idea how much the postage will cost me but I want to give those of you around the world a chance to win something from me and what better time to do it than when I have such an amazing prize!

So, here’s the rafflecopter! The only way of entering that’s mandatory is to be following me on google friend connect (I know not everyone has a profile but it’s really easy to make one as it’s just a gmail/google profile that you need and then it’s easy to follow people as you can see in my post here) – There are other options, too, for further entries, so it’s up to you how many, or how few entries you have:

You need to be over 18 to enter, or if you’re younger then you need your parents permission.
Once the giveaway has ended (In a months time) the winner will be selected at random, via the rafflecopter widget, and I will check whether or not they’ve given me all of the correct information for their entry – When that’s confirmed I’ll contact them and they’ll need to respond within 48 hours or I’ll pick someone else.
Once I have someone’s details I will send it in the post in the best way possible for the funds that I have, but once it’s in the post it’s not within my control! But, most of all, good luck!

This post contains press samples – please see disclaimer here


  1. Macy November 11, 2013 / 10:20 am

    My husband :))

  2. Louisa Garrod November 11, 2013 / 11:01 am

    My 15 month old dancing! I would be grinning if I won this giveaway though!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

  3. lynsey buchanan November 11, 2013 / 11:09 am

    My Daughter

  4. Charlotte November 11, 2013 / 11:10 am

    One thing that's me smile today is (strangely) noticing the trees losing their leaves outside. Means Christmas is just around the corner 🙂

  5. Kate Linay November 11, 2013 / 11:30 am

    My four year old makes me smile and this beautiful give away 🙂 xx

  6. Tess November 11, 2013 / 11:30 am

    One thing thats made me smile today is that its only 18 days until I go on a London shopping trip with my mum! Dont get to see her half as much as I'd like so can't wait for some quality time together 😀

  7. Kate Musgrove November 11, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Getting invited to the Monsoon and Accessorize SS14 press event due to my recent collab then my smile being quickly dashed due to the fact its in London and I have responsibilities that unable me to travel four hours there and again back. Maybe one day xx

  8. patanne1 November 11, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    my grandchildren 🙂

  9. silviabia November 11, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    The new song of The Killers 😀

  10. Lauren November 11, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Seeing a resident open her presents. X

  11. Alice November 11, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Realizing that Christmas is coming soon! 🙂

  12. Gemma November 11, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    Wow this palette is gorgeous, the swatches are just amazing! Thank you for always leaving such great, detailed comments on my blog. For smiling, mine would have to be my OH buying me a packet of Lovehearts sweets to cheer me up – cheesy but cute 😀 xxx

  13. Serena November 11, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    This post, and my friends being silly during lunchtime 🙂

    I would love to win!

  14. Claire does beauty November 11, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    Fantastic giveaway Laura! I would have to say my kids they just brighten my day xx

  15. Victoria November 11, 2013 / 6:48 pm

    My daughter – thanks for the giveaway x

  16. Sharon Taylor November 11, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    My doctor, obviously that sounds weird but it was goodish news followed by good news.

    Fabulous giveaway, I've always wanted to try The Balm products, Stainiac from the Birchbox is the first thing by them I've tried.

  17. Kara November 11, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    My fiance and cat being ridiculously cute together 😀

  18. Cupcake November 11, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    omg this is one of my favourite palettes!I saw it at a friend and i think that the white colour is so perfect!
    I fell in love with it and i want it so bad!!

  19. Amanda Lawson November 11, 2013 / 9:25 pm

    My daughter as always. <3 But something that made me really smile is when she says "Nooo" by making a 'ooo' face and with how she says it is so precious! xD

  20. Nic Nac Noo November 11, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    They are the perfect colours for me 🙂

    My new parcel of stuff from fragrance direct 🙂

  21. ELENA November 11, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    My dog!
    Thank you for the oportunity to win this amazing giveaway (I live in Greece)

  22. Carla Allio November 11, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    My parents' cat, she is a perfect companion when I have to study or do my household chores! I love her!! Thanks for this giveaway!!

  23. laurita November 11, 2013 / 9:55 pm

    just people thanking me for the message i send to all veterans to thank them for their service in the military, I am a Soldeir's Angel and I am proud to be one.

  24. Petra Black November 11, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    My mum bought me a book which I love in English 🙂

  25. Irina G. November 11, 2013 / 10:06 pm

    My Little Daughter.

  26. skinny-donut November 11, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    The videos if veterans coming home to their dogs. Brought tears and joy to my eyes.

  27. Rita Castro November 11, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    My boyfriend and his cuddles 🙂

  28. beautybabbling November 12, 2013 / 1:32 am

    The squirrels in my backyard make me smile. 🙂

  29. Ehara Poetry November 12, 2013 / 1:34 am

    I see my husband sleep like a baby beside me,,always make me smile ! 🙂

  30. nelabratinella November 12, 2013 / 2:12 am

    My 20-month old son never fail to make me smile. Today, I caught him dancing to the tune of a classical music. 🙂

  31. J-Mei November 12, 2013 / 2:39 am

    postcards make me smile today

  32. Divya Asha November 12, 2013 / 3:13 am

    My mom's joke made me smile today 🙂

  33. Lanie Pregoner November 12, 2013 / 4:10 am

    The one thing that made me smile today despite the super typhoon that hit my country (Philippines) is the good news that my relatives living in the affected area are all safe and alive 🙂

  34. Donna Martin November 12, 2013 / 4:48 am

    my mom made a delicious breakfast

  35. Hannah ONeill November 12, 2013 / 7:37 am

    Going outside and it wasn't freezing cold!

  36. Elena Alina Craciun November 12, 2013 / 8:14 am

    I watched an episode of Mad About You as soon as I woke up. That show always makes me smile. 🙂
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

  37. dumplingiow November 12, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Waking up and not having the diggers going on the building site outside

  38. simona November 12, 2013 / 9:41 am

    the sun that shines bright out of my window after the rainy night we've had…….and of course your beautifull giveaway!!thank you!!!

  39. eunna.chae November 12, 2013 / 9:44 am

    my manager treats me cheese cake ~

  40. Hotrod mum November 12, 2013 / 9:47 am

    my other half made me a cup of tea and am drinking it now

  41. Isabel November 12, 2013 / 10:19 am

    My cat woke me up with a hug.

  42. Sophielou November 12, 2013 / 11:36 am

    Thank you so much for this,
    I smiled just at the sun shining 🙂

  43. Kirsty Cooper November 12, 2013 / 11:54 am

    wrapping up xmas presents!! even though i may be a tad early!!

  44. Loris Ayoub November 12, 2013 / 11:54 am

    my children saying good morning ♥

  45. Cris Curran November 12, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    This giveaway made me smile, I love nude eyeshadow palettes!

  46. Karen Cowley November 12, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    So far, my little bunny rabbit, cuddled up to me in bed this morning , love her xxx

  47. Emily Humphries November 12, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    What makes me happy is that it is only 52 days til I go to Paris (AND DISNEYLAND) with my other half weeeeeee xxx

  48. Sofia Gni November 12, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    Ι got a package from I-herb!

  49. Alana Walker November 12, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    My latest purchase from ASOS arrived 🙂 xx

  50. Kat Lucas November 12, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    My husband's silly jokes

  51. Anne Consolacion November 12, 2013 / 3:39 pm

    Humanity. There is mass destruction in Philippines due to the super typhoon and donations and aid have been pouring in from different countries. It gives me a warm feeling. Faith in humanity restored. 😉

  52. Julie November 12, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    My 10 month old daughter, waking up and giving me a toothy grin 😀

  53. Happy Homebird November 12, 2013 / 5:19 pm

    Chocolate flavoured coffee! Love these colours, what a great palette.

  54. Leighlee November 12, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    My 3 cats make me smile 🙂

  55. Cara Howard November 12, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    I go to the same 7-11 each weekday morning before work, and these two guys who own it are always there (older gentlemen). They always make me smile because they call me Mi Amor and Mia. It's so so sweet and always makes me smile!

  56. K. Petrova November 12, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    A joke told by my friend made me smile 🙂

  57. Nicole x November 12, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    My friends made me smile a lot today. 🙂

  58. doli November 12, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    message from my boyfriend 🙂

  59. Denise C November 12, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    My neighbours cat

  60. Nikki Stewart November 12, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    A picture my sister posted on Facebook of my 3 month old nephew wearing his santa hat!

  61. Samra Softic November 12, 2013 / 9:38 pm

    This giveaway hehe 🙂 and my new jacket that I got today :))

  62. saras aisha November 12, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    my boyfriends and of course your awesome giveaway 😀

  63. Mountain Beauty November 13, 2013 / 12:12 am

    The cat doing ridiculously funny jumps chasing a piece of string!

  64. karin November 13, 2013 / 8:16 am

    my grade!

  65. medoKartonski November 13, 2013 / 9:00 pm

    My 2 year old daughter when she was trying to say orange in our (Croatian) language … It's naranđa 🙂 and it's very difficult to say

  66. Justine November 13, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    My friends little boy giving me a hug

  67. Masa Katarina November 14, 2013 / 12:46 am

    The thought that I'm still trying to do what I want and follow my dreams even if the universe doesn't seem to cooperate. That 'wow I'm really not giving up this time' moment.

  68. Jane Eyre November 14, 2013 / 9:53 am

    I've just read a beautiful and funny thing about a prairie dog that has escaped from his enclosure more than 100 times in a zoo in Germany and it made me smile! 🙂

  69. Lulu November 14, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    A lady in the drugstore – she made me a discount))

  70. Federica November 14, 2013 / 11:51 pm

    My family, my lovely boyfriend and my super cute little dog ♥

  71. iulika_ct November 15, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    my pretty little dog 🙂

  72. Sophie Bird November 15, 2013 / 11:44 pm

    Giving my children fake beards for their "Dressing up as a Grown up Day" for Children in Need at school today.

  73. PSyChoPaTh November 16, 2013 / 2:27 am

    Finding food in the kitchen. Not that that is a rare sight but I was hungry. loll

  74. Julia Duran November 16, 2013 / 3:07 am

    I really want that palette! You're very kind for giving it away!

  75. Chloe Squires November 16, 2013 / 4:55 pm

    This is so pretty – would love to win!

  76. rachel0 November 16, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    the beautifully colored leaves swirling against the pale sunrise

  77. jonaaadlove November 16, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    being able to sleep in my own bed after spending months in university dorm, BUT THAT PALETTE THO <3

  78. Laurie Nykaza November 16, 2013 / 10:50 pm

    My daughter today is her Birthday and she almost passed 18 years ago so its a great day

  79. Cagla tasdemir November 17, 2013 / 12:27 am

    A shipping for me.I was waited almost 2 month from America it came today 🙂

  80. Rachel Beltz November 17, 2013 / 5:58 am

    A little girl dancing in the grocery store (:

  81. Alenia November 17, 2013 / 8:19 am

    A sweet message! 🙂

  82. candyooo November 17, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    A nice message in the morning!)

  83. kats love November 17, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    My daughter copying something she must of heard in an advert 🙂

  84. Steph C November 17, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    A Salted Caramel Latte in Costa and a warm mince pie!

  85. Raquel November 18, 2013 / 9:35 am

    The sunny day and blue sky 😀

  86. fullafizzy November 18, 2013 / 10:26 am

    Waking up! I had a terrible night and woke up feeling quite alright!

  87. Emma Southcombe November 18, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    The one thing that made me smile today was lunch 🙂

  88. Ana Airam November 18, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    My friend made my smile alot today 😀

  89. Venera Giannetto November 18, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    My boyfriend made me smile and laugh a lot everyday 🙂

  90. Nóra November 19, 2013 / 9:24 am

    sunshine on my face when I woke up 🙂 i love these mornings

  91. AMANDAAVIS D November 20, 2013 / 10:18 am

    me sneezing and my 2 year old son saying bless you when i said thank you he said your welcome how cute

  92. claire s November 20, 2013 / 4:19 pm

    my dog crawling under the duvet with me to get warm!

  93. Marcella Sampaolesi November 20, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    It would be the perfect gift for Christmas!!!
    Make me smile to stay in front of the fireplace with my boyfriend to tell of the working day!

  94. Veronika November 20, 2013 / 9:42 pm

    A friend of mine made me smile today 😉

  95. Bex November 21, 2013 / 12:36 am

    My little boy telling me he loved me x

  96. Lina Goh November 21, 2013 / 10:39 am

    <3 My fur kid Brownie 🙂

  97. Hannah Goodwin November 21, 2013 / 10:58 am

    Putting up my new fairy Christmas lights in my room!! Let the festive season begin 🙂

  98. Rebecca Scolari November 21, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    When a friend of mine told me that she had started to read a short story I had written and she only intended to look at the first page and she said "I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!" I even gave a little laugh too. It felt so nice that something I had written had made someone so happy and had them so engrossed in the piece I had written that they had to read the whole thing. I'm smiling again. It felt nice.

  99. Julie November 23, 2013 / 12:09 am

    meeting my best friend for a girlie night of shopping

  100. Anda MASQ November 24, 2013 / 1:15 pm

    I smiled today cuz it's still weekend and I can rest (:

  101. Denise F November 25, 2013 / 10:34 pm

    My dog, my best friend, my love, my life, my heart…. he makes me smile everyday!

  102. vintageloli November 27, 2013 / 1:24 am

    Being greeted by a great big hug from the boyfriend after a long day at work.

  103. Sian Anthony November 27, 2013 / 12:16 pm

    Seeing mylittle baby boy 🙂 and my lover

  104. Perava November 27, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    Snow is falling! It's beautiful!

  105. Sekhmet November 28, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    my cats 🙂 always!!
    FB: Harley Quieenn

  106. Nickie O'Hara November 29, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    my husband treating me to some new perfume 🙂

  107. Jayne November 30, 2013 / 10:11 pm

    putting our Christmas tree up

  108. Charlotte Mackie December 2, 2013 / 11:12 am

    the realisation that it's time to be festive made me smile today! season appropriate :3

  109. Erika December 3, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Oh what has made me smile today? My dog, he always makes me smile and he is such a character. Today he wanted a cup of tea and so I made it, he then snubbed it. So I asked him what was wrong and he nudged his nose to his mug bowl (a smaller bowl we had for when he was a puppy) and then to his empty food bowl. I figured well maybe he is telling me something here, so I poured the tea in to the empty food bowl. He wolfed it down! So, long story still long, he made me smile by being such a clever (and cheeky) dog, that he can communicate with me!

    Sorry ramble over 🙂 x

  110. Sadi December 4, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    My niece's smile 😉

  111. Solange December 4, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    Winning my first advent competition

  112. latanya t December 4, 2013 / 8:26 pm

    seeing my son this morning

  113. Megan R December 5, 2013 / 12:55 am

    I set up my Christmas tree today my cat has never seen one before. He really doesn't know what to do and it's funny!

  114. shelagh milne December 6, 2013 / 12:02 am

    My husband attempting to put up the Christmas Tree

  115. Lynda Thomas December 6, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    My son's cute face when he woke up this morning! 🙂

  116. Bloodheart December 7, 2013 / 7:07 am

    The melodrama of my Californian fiance over how cold it is there…I live in Newcastle upon Tyne. lol


  117. cheryl100 December 7, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    going to the christmas markets!

  118. ryanmia02 December 7, 2013 / 8:44 pm

    My daughter telling me she missed me when i came home from work

  119. Christina Dragan December 7, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    My mom surprised me today by making me the most delicious breakfast ever!!!

  120. Shelley Stevenson December 7, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    my pet rabbit chasing my big fluffy slippers around as i walk.. i think she thinks their her boyfriend lol

  121. Emma Lewis December 8, 2013 / 12:12 am

    My cats were playing together earlier, they always make me laugh.

  122. selbya15 December 8, 2013 / 4:05 am

    seeing my dog after a long shift!

  123. Chloe Francis December 8, 2013 / 10:30 am

    knowing that there's only 17 days left until christmas! Xx

  124. annie December 8, 2013 / 11:32 am


  125. matphil December 8, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Seeing my grandson crawl for the first time.

  126. Alice May Evan Cook December 8, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    My little girl giving me big gummy smiles when i got home today 😀

  127. T Iv. December 8, 2013 / 6:58 pm

    A dog with a scarf

  128. zeenie December 8, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    my son singing the wrong lyrics to a song!

  129. cinziar86 December 8, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    i have a friend who really care of me….and this giveaway,of course 😉

  130. aldarrion December 8, 2013 / 8:09 pm

    New songs from my favourite band

  131. sheridarby December 8, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    Going shopping with my handsome son

  132. Alisha Barfield December 8, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    This giveaway and how soon christmas is!!!!

  133. Zoe R December 8, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    My son saying mam your crazy but I love you lol

  134. Twiddle Dee December 8, 2013 / 11:38 pm

    My partner told me i'm beautifull 🙂

    Natalie Gillham

  135. sherri mse fordham December 9, 2013 / 12:26 am

    My 8th month old kitten getting lost- found her INSIDE the christmas tree!!!!!!

  136. jodie harvey December 9, 2013 / 12:34 am

    my 11month old walking across the room on her own, shes been doing small steps for a couple of weeks but today was the first real time shes walked 🙂 proud mummy moment 🙂

  137. Anonymous December 9, 2013 / 12:38 am

    my two parrots

  138. Sunshine Ybarra December 9, 2013 / 2:05 am

    Waking up and still seeing the whole neighborhood decked out in white:)

  139. elff73 December 9, 2013 / 10:05 am

    my puppy going through the night without waking me up

  140. Jo Booth December 9, 2013 / 10:14 am

    doing a good turn for my elderly neighbour 🙂

  141. sheila w December 9, 2013 / 11:19 am

    The sunshine! always lifts my spirits.

  142. hunnycat December 9, 2013 / 12:19 pm

    i got up and my tree was still upright after its first night.. the cat normally has it down by now!

  143. laura avery December 9, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Come down stairs (have flu so been sleeping sep from hubby) find hes washed up 😀

  144. Hannah Weetman December 9, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    My personalised calendar that arrived in the post! xx

  145. ClairejB December 9, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    Being made a cup of tea. 🙂

  146. Bruce December 9, 2013 / 7:10 pm

    my daughter just got some good news in the post

  147. Sam Clark December 9, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    my daughter managing to be good for the entire day! (Gemma clark)

  148. xxxxclarexxxx December 9, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    my son telling me hed missed me while i was at work! x

  149. rah louise December 9, 2013 / 10:18 pm

    getting home from a hard days work. x

  150. Katie Hockey December 9, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    All my friends' Christmas presents came in the post, so I got to wrap them all up!

  151. doli December 16, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    who won?

  152. Pauline Reyes February 27, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Yay! The Nude Tude palette is included in my wish list last December 2013. Sad to say I didn’t get it 🙁
    ~Pauline @Kallony

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