Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Balm Nude 'Tude Eye Shadow Palette

Hello again!

The Balm is so booming these days, since they finally have a counter in Indonesia. Still in Jakarta though, but at least they're here. My favorite from The Balm is their eye shadow, no offense but i don't think their blush work on me..
i wish their blush will work on me someday!

The Balm Nude 'Tude available on their website for usd 36 (i don't know how much does it cost in their counter in Jakarta), contains of 12 neutral (nude) eye shadows and dual ended eye brush. Cute things, The Balm has 2 type of packaging for Nude 'Tude. Feeling Nice has a room design while Feeling Naughty has naughty girls. They both have the same eye shadow though. Mine is feeling naughty, so i got 6 nudey girls inside..

top : the palette
bottom : palette's cover

Nude 'Tude palette made from cardboard, sleek and lightweight. Very travel friendly.

Behind the packaging, there's a picture of anything inside (except mirror) and ingredients.

The Balm is product of USA and it doesn't contains of paraben.

top :
sassy - stubborn - selfish - sophisticated - sexy - serious
bottom :
snobby - stand offish - sultry - seductive - silly - sleek

the nudey girls with the eye shadows

One side of Nude 'Tude's brush is eyeliner brush.
I've tried to swatch using that brush and above is the result.

Sassy - frosted white, good pigmentation and smooth in texture.
Snobby - shimmery soft gold with leans to yellow, less pigmented, soft in texture.
Stubborn - light medium peach with frosted finish, seems pinker in pan than it really is.
Stand Offish - very soft pink with soft golden shimmer. It's not really opaque but has soft texture.
Selfish - frosted taupe, good opaqueness and is one of my favorite shades in Nude 'Tude.
Sultry - matte warm medium brown. Good color payoff, smooth and is my another favorite.
Sophisticated - shimmery dark brown with subtle warm undertone, like another shades in Nude 'Tude, has noticeable gold shimmer.
Seductive - warm soft brown with soft pearly finish. If you're a neutral lover, it would attract you so much.
Sexy - matte, red-brown shade. Looks red-er in pan than it really does.
Silly - red-brown shade with gold shimmer. Has better pigmentation than "Sexy".
Serious - matte black, not really opaque but buildable.
Sleek - matte dark brown leans to black, more intense than serious.

packaging : 5/5
shades : 4/5
texture : 4.5/5
Overall : Love

The packaging is simple but safe, and it does have a full size mirror. Very helpful. Wide color range also lovely, you can create so many looks with the shades.

btw, have you check my blog-shop? items will be update simultaneously ;)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Beauty Favorites in February

I've mentioned in previous post that i might skip February Favorites, but today i have plenty time for taking picture and blogging.. So there it is :D

It doesn't much, just enough for simple make up look. And of course, Sunscreen to save my precious unchangable skin 。◕‿◕。

They're :
Sunplay Skin Aqua SPF 50 PA++
The Balm Nude Tude Palette
Benefit Box O' Powder in Hervana
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder (inside is a mix between innisfree no sebum mineral powder and Skinfood Buckwheat Loose Powder)
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer

i haven't review most of them, i hope i can do it soon.. My list is getting longer and longer (*/∇\*)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Tarte Exposed and Benefit Dallas, a Comparison

Welcome March!

it's new month already and i totally forget about monthly favorite .. oh well i think i might skip that again .. *sigh*

since i saw several question asking the difference between Benefit Dallas and Tarte Exposed, there i made some comparison for you :D

My Benefit Dallas stay inside Powderazzi set :)

on pan, they look kinda similar, but not the same

Benefit Dallas is natural, dirty rose shade, a lil bit plummy and has a sheen finish. Truthfully, i don't adore it as much as i adore another benefit blushes (let say, coralista, dandelion and hervana). But Dallas has the same texture with another benefit blushes i have, creamy (but sometimes turn powdery on pan), good pigmentation and buildable but lack of staying power.
Benefit Dallas is available on for $28 (7.0 Net wt. 0.28 oz.)

Tarte Exposed is nude, dusty red-pink rose with nearly matte finish. I found it turn a little bit pinky-er on me than before.. It's pretty shade of every natural-earthy girl for anytime. Tarte Exposed has a good pigmentation, very buildable, soft, and i found it last 6-7 hours on me.
Tarte Exposed is available on for $26 (0.2 oz)

* My Comparison *

Shade : Tarte Exposed (Benefit Dallas somehow looks so muddy on me)
Lasting Power : Tarte Exposed (definately)
Texture : love them both
Packaging : Tarte Exposed (more practical)
Price : Benefit Dallas (since it contains more product)
Tarte Exposed = 3.5/5 while Benefit Dallas = 1.5/5

So for me, Tarte Exposed is a big winner. Benefit Dallas' single packaging is pretty, i know, but experiencing from another benefit blushes, they're not the best on travelling. The only good thing about them is portable natural blush that Tarte doesn't have, but it's not a big issue for me.

Price wise, even if Dallas contains more product, i never think i'd ever ever ever finish a blush. Tarte has a good affordable price, but contains less than half product compared to Dallas which make it more expensive per ounce.

What do you think about them? Which one is better for you? :)

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