It took me a while to buy my first Natasha Denona palette because they are quite expensive, but I’ve been hooked ever since, and I rarely skip a new release. ND eyeshadows are now the ones that I reach for the most.
The formula is very unique, it feels creamy, and it applies and blends very well. It also wears beautifully without fading or creasing but make sure to use a primer underneath, especially if your eyelids tend to be oily. The colors are very rich and pigmented, except for the Sparkling shades, which are described as sheer and can be used as toppers to add more sparkle to the eyes. I find it very important that the quality of the eyeshadows is consistent, so you can be sure that every palette will be just as amazing as the others.
There are five different finishes as described on Natasha Denona website:
- CP – Richly pigmented wet powder formula that is easy to blend.
- CM – ND’s Signature matte formula is creamy to the touch and seamlessly blends on the lid.
- CK – Sparkling cream powder finely milled pearls and crystals for a dazzling diamond-like sparkle effect. Sheer finish. Can be used as a topper.
- M – metallics in multiple textures:
- Foiled rich in texture
- Satin-soft finish metallic
- Sparkling-contains varying sizes of crushed mineral pearls for a dazzling effect.
- DC – Duo chrome- shade shifting pearls with a metallic finish.
Natasha Denona offers so many different palettes that I’m sure some will catch your eye, no matter what type of makeup you are into.
Some are neutral everyday palettes (Biba Eyeshadow Palette, (Mini) Glam Eyeshadow Palette, Camel Eyeshadow Palette, …). Some palettes mostly contain neutral shades and also offer a few pops of color that are great for different looks (Metropolis Eyeshadow Palette, Mini Zendo Eyeshadow Palette, Sunset Eyeshadow Palette, …). Some are full-on bright, and colorful (Sunrise Eyeshadow Palette, Mini Tropic Eyeshadow Palette, Love Eyeshadow Palette, …). There’s definitely a lot to choose from!
All palettes contain a nice combination of mattes and shimmers, so a full look can be achieved with each palette, even minis (but more on the size later). I really like it because some color combinations encourage us to step out of our comfort zone and make a bit bolder looks. A lot of inspiration and ideas can also be found on Natasha Denona’s Instagram.
There are many different sizes. The largest palettes contain 28 colors, and the smallest have 5. Some palettes contain 2.5 g per pan and others contain 0.8 g per pan, so there’s a lot of variety.
If you’re looking to buy just one palette to use every day, then I’d suggest choosing one of the full-sized ones that offer more variety. But I also love the minis, because they don’t take up much space and are great for storing in an easy to reach place, and of course, they’re also perfect for traveling.
Minis are the ones that I use the most since I can always keep them handy, and even though they contain less product, there’s still enough for frequent use. Choosing one of the minis is probably a great start if you don’t want to splurge too much. Just to warn you – you’ll probably want more soon! 😉
It’s hard to choose a favorite because I genuinely enjoy using them all. Still, if I had to pick only one, I’d go for Metropolis Eyeshadow Palette. I like it the most because it offers a lot of variety. It mostly contains neutral colors, but there are also some fun, bolder shades. From the minis, I’d pick Mini Star Palette for the same reason as before. It contains three neutral shades for everyday looks and two fun colors to spice up any look.
Have you tried any of the Natasha Denona palettes? Which is your favorite? Are there any that you’re still wishing to get?