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Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates | Monday, 14 July 2014

Real vs Fake TheBalm Nude'tude


Hello beauties,

Around 3 years ago I bought TheBalm's Nude'tude palette because so many people were raving about it, and it was around that time that I started experimenting with makeup. Back then TheBalm wasn't available here in the UAE and the palette was only available on Souq.com.

I really didn't like the palette at first, the shadows were blotchy, chalky, not pigmented, you name it! But people still raved about it and I didn't understand why. Long story short, I googled it and found out my palette was fake. Let me tell you, it is the worst feeling especially since it wasn't cheap. I bought the fake one without knowing from Souq.com for AED 100. And recently it was on sale on Alshop.com for AED 89 so of-course I bought it and I've been in love with it ever since.

I will be comparing both palettes, going over the packaging, shadows, and some extra details.

Packaging:

Front:
Top: Real TheBalm Nude'tude
Bottom: Fake TheBalm Nude'tude

Size, font, and placement of the words is the same in both palettes but the colors are different. Real one has a sepia color/effect and the fake one is greyish.

Back:
Top: Real TheBalm Nude'tude
Bottom: Fake TheBalm Nude'tude

Packaging from the back is very similar in both. Slight difference in the placement of the words next to the word Nude'tude. Color of the palette is the same but the fake one is old so it looks dirty. The real palette has a barcode on the top right corner and the fake one does not.

 Real TheBalm Nude'tude
 Fake TheBalm Nude'tude
Top: Real TheBalm Nude'tude
Bottom: Fake TheBalm Nude'tude

The ladies in the real palette are fair skinned and in the fake palette they look orange, haha.

Love the packaging of the palette though!

Brushes:

Top: Real TheBalm Nude'tude Brush
Bottom: Fake TheBalm Nude'tude Brush

The brushes feel pretty much the same. The original brush is a few cm shorter than the fake one and the font color is different as well.

Swatches:

Shadow swatches side by side
NO FLASH
Left: Real TheBalm Nude'tude Brush
Right: Fake TheBalm Nude'tude Brush

Shadow swatches side by side
WITH FLASH
Left: Real TheBalm Nude'tude Brush
Right: Fake TheBalm Nude'tude Brush

Again, shadows in the fake palette are not pigmented, blotchy, so hard to blend...no wonder I hated the palette at first. The real shadows are so buttery, smooth, super easy to blend, and they look amazing on the lid. But honestly, for a fake palette it is actually not very bad. You'll see in the individual swatches below that some colors are so close. Keep in mind however that although they may appear pigmented they don't transfer properly onto the lid and you have to build them up.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Sassy
'Sassy' is so pigmented in the real Nude'tude, complete opposite of the fake Nude'tude. This shadow was one of the reasons I hated the palette so much at first. I'm very pale so I use white or light creamy colors to blend out mistakes on my eyes and this shadow never did its job. The real palette however has the perfect buttery, white eyeshadow.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Snobby
Again, same thing over here. Snobby is very creamy and smooth, whereas it was not in the fake palette - but not bad pigmentation for a fake palette.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Stubborn
Here it gets weird. 'Stubborn' was light and more of a highlighting pink shadow in the real palette. However, it was very pigmented (yet chalky) with an orange base in the fake palette. Both good for different purposes, I guess.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Stand-offish
'Stand-offish' in both palettes is close in color just different in finish, one has more of a satin finish(fake) and one is more shimmery(real).

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Selfish
'Selfish' is very pigmented in the real palette, and while it is pigmented in the fake palette the color does need building up.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Sultry
Love 'Sultry' as a transition color in the crease! It is so smooth and blendable in the real palette and the complete opposite in the fake palette. 'Sultry' in the fake palette is also more of an orange toned shadow and it literally crumbs when you touch it, you can probably tell from the picture above.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Sophisticated
'Sophisticated' looks more pigmented on the right finger but actually the both transfer equally on the lid. 

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Seductive
Both shadows here are beautiful, honestly. Even when transferred onto the lid they look gorgeous. 'Seductive' in the fake palette even has this foil effect which I love.

With shadows like this one and 'Sophisticated', you'd never think you have the fake palette because they are actually good. Its just in the the real palette ALL the shadows are good shadows and not just a few.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: 'Sexy'
When I first bought the palette it was this shadow that I was looking most forward to, and oh boy it was horrible. It wasn't pigmented and I couldn't even build it up - it was just too patchy. The real shadow on the other hand is heaven! My favorite shadow in this palette!

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Silly
Lovely brown shadow with finely milled gold glitter. But very meh in the fake palette.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Serious
'Serious' is very intense in the real palette and blends out like a dream, amazing for a smokey eye. In the fake palette, it was pigmented yet very hard to blend out.

Left finger: Real Nude'tude - Right finger: Fake Nude'tude
Shadow: Sleek
'Sleek' looks pigmented on my right finger but it barely transfers. Again, in the real palette, its buttery, pigmented, blends out easily, and perfect for a smokey eye.

So yeah, thats it!

I really recommend this palette. Its just as good as the Naked Palettes! TheBalm have amazing products in general and this palette is on top of the list. But then again, whoever made the fake palette did quite a good job, ha.


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12 comments

  1. Thanks for this babe! www.CanadianSassySally.com

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  2. OMG I cant believe you fell prey to this too! I ordered Nude Tude from Souq and immediately returned it. When the package came and I started playing with the palette I instantly felt something was not right. Thank God Souq took it back and asked the seller for a refund. Phew!

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    1. i ordered this from souq.com too and today it arrived and i just asked them to return my money back, lets see what will happen

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  3. This happened to me recently. I bought some benefit products on souq. Fake as a three dollar bill. So upsetting. Returned a week ago. Don't think I'm ever gonna see my money back :(

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  4. Wow. No wonder you got on to Naznin's favorites post in July! I can see the hard work you have put into making this post! So informative! Subbing to your blog! Thank you.
    Do check out my blog too. Hope you like it!

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  5. I remember sending an immediate purchase request to souq.com... so glad it never came in!! Thank you for this review xx

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  6. I bought a palette on Souq 5-7 years ago for triple the price and realized it was fake. I called up Souq and tried to contact the seller but there was no use. That left me with such a bad impression about the company that even now I avoid it and ask others to do the same. In fact, I stopped shopping on Sukar.com as soon as I saw the Souq.com logo. Since then, I have shopped zillions of time online and Souq.com is the only that I had a horrible experience with.
    A friend of mine recently ordered a laptop on Souq and received a refurbished one. Thank god it was COD so she never paid the guy. So they haven't changed yet.

    Souq has forever lost mine and my family member's business. They have the worst customer service I have ever dealt with.

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  7. Really good review. I am thinking of buying this...such beautiful colours
    :)

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  8. This is really good post! I liked that you show how big the difference is between fake and real! Praise the Nude'tude. Love that palette!

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  9. Also the seductive shade is called 'schitzo' in the fake palette. I too fell prey to a similar scam whilst shopping on souq.com. I was looking to get my hands on the lorac mega pro palette last year and was so excited when I found the palette on souq.com. I was a bit skeptical but since the palette was so marked up (almost 3 times the original price) and had 4 star reviews, I decided to give it a go. My sister wanted the palette too so I bought two! Once I received the palette, it looks extremely similar to the real ones I had seen on youtube videos. However, it was obvious there were some quality issues not to mention the color 'lilac' was spelled 'ulac'. I googled it and realized I had received a fake palette so I contact souq.com for a refund. I also left reviews on the product mentioning that the palette was fake. However, souq removed my reviews because they were 'complaints' and not 'product reviews' and the palette continues to be sold on the website with 4 star rating despite my various complaints!! I'm sure more people will be unknowingly falling for this scam. However, souq did let me send the palette's back (not even swatched) and I did received my money back within a month. However, I will never buy branded makeup items from souq.com again! Better to pay a bit more on trusted makeup selling websites than regret getting scammed.

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  10. Hi, great post :) I just bought The Balm Meet Mattetrimony palette from a Balm Kiosk at the mall. I think its not a fake but the shadows seem a bit scratchy and powdery. I paid equivalent of 42$ and I am very confused whether it is a fake or not. Do you have the Mattetrimony palette?

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    1. Hey, I have it and it is my favorite from The Balm. I bought it off their official website. Maybe yours is defected? Visit their kiosk again and swatch it another time, hopefully they can exchange it.

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