Hello lovely ladies,
Today, I have for you an eyeshadow palette from Natasha Denona, a brand introduced on IMBB by Neha earlier. You would have seen a lot of hype online around the brand and the eyeshadows, what with their 28-pan palettes costing about $280! That’s seriously huge!I obviously did not pick up a 28-pan palette – No-no-no-no-no-no!! Instead, I went with a couple of the 5-pan palettes. Let’s see how this one performed 🙂
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Palette 02 contains the shades:
- 51M Rosewood
- 40M Lavender Gray
- 64V Shell
- 87M Light Coral
- 22M Maroon
About Eyeshadow Palette 5:
This pro-quality palette features five pans of ultra-pigmented eye color in a variety of unique finishes. The breakthrough formula glides smoothly across lids, delivering vivid color payoff with a buttery-soft feel.
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Why It’s Special: Create high-impact looks with the breakthrough formula, packed with super-concentrated pigments and finely-milled minerals. Moisturizing botanical oils create a creamy texture that sweeps over delicate skin without any fallout.
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How To Use:
Dip an eye shadow brush or your finger into the pan and sweep across lids. Size: 12.5 g / 0.4 oz
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The first thing that catches your attention is obviously the packaging. I am a sucker for good packaging. However, if minimalistic packaging helps bring down the end price of a good product to me, I’m all for it, obviously! The packaging on this palette is a clean white plastic – a bit like drugstore stuff. Honestly, even drugstore stuff has better packaging nowadays. There is a see-through plastic on top – helps you identify the palette in a glance assuming you have more than one of these. It doesn’t look like too much thought went into the packaging because there is space for a brush – even when there is none included. And honestly, the length of the quint, doesn’t even allow you to put your own brush in. So, I just don’t get it! The plastic looks like it could easily crack with a fall , I am of course, not testing that hypothesis! 😉 The individual pans have decent size and have a small space on the top right corner, which looks like a space to put your spatula in – in case you want to depot it. Again, not trying that either.
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My Experience with Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 – Palette 2:
Natasha Denona eyeshadows come in the following finishes:
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1. Soft/Shimmery satin texture
2. Pearly Texture
3. Metallic Texture
4. Velvet/Matte Texture
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Each palette contains a mix of shades – more or less in one theme – but varied finishes. However, each palette may/may not have all types of finishes in it. Some basic information on the eyeshadows, in case you are keen to buy them. They come in 4 different packaging:
1. 28-pan palette – There are two 28-pan palettes which cost about $280. There is a blue and purple theme one and the other is a green and brown theme one.
2. There are these 5-pan palettes. There are about 13 variants in this. To the best of my knowledge – no shade repeats itself in another 5-pan palette. They have a mix of textures but predominantly in the same colour scheme.
3. There is one 10-pan palette with only metallic shades.
4. You also have the option of buying singles to create your own palette, but the singles are priced at $25-$28 each – which in totality will cost you a bomb!
So, to me, a 5-pan palette seemed a good place to try out these eyeshadows.
Back to the product in hand, this quint that I am reviewing today, has a rose gold theme. There are 5 shades:
• 51M Rosewood
• 40M Lavender Gray
• 64V Shell
• 87M Light Coral
• 22M Maroon
The “M” after the number stands for “Metallic” and the “V” stands for “velvet/matte.” So, this quint has 4 metallic shades and a matte one.
- 51M Rosewood – This one is a medium dark purple with rosy undertones. Extremely smooth and very pigmented.
- 40M Lavender – This one looks like a tad bit lighter version of Rosewood with a touch of taupe in it. Again, extremely smooth and pigmented.
- 64V Shell – This one is a medium mauve brown with a matte finish. It was smooth to touch though felt a tad bit crumbly when swatched. I’ve heard that the Natasha Denona mattes aren’t the best, which may be true. However, this particular shade wasn’t half bad. It actually went off smoothly and had good color payoff too.
- 87M Light Coral – This one is again a metallic finish – a peachy gold with a frosty feel.
- 22M Maroon – Another metallic shade. This one is berry hued purple – a deeper version of Rosewood.
Texture: All the shades feel very smooth and swatch nicely. The metallic ones are almost creamy – it does not feel like powder at all. You actually feel like you are dipping your finger into a cream product. It’s almost like a wet pigment. The colors work better with a stiffer, flat brush than a fluffy brush. I advise using a flat brush for the metallic shades, instead of the fluffy ones, not because of pigmentation, but because of the texture of the product. Despite the wet pigment feel – there is absolutely NO fallout.
Coming back to the one velvet/matte shade. Like I mentioned earlier, this too was extremely smooth and blended well though it is a bit crumbly. So, when you dip your brush in, it does kick up a lot of product. And tapping it off, disperses into the air. So, if you do not tap off the excess, it is quite likely to result in fall out.
Pigmentation: Pigmentation is spot on, especially of the metallic shades, a little goes a long way. You get exactly the colour which you see in the palette.
Staying Power: I have tried the shadows with and without primer. On my oily lids, I get about 6 hours of wear without a primer. I have really oily lids. With a primer, it stays put for 8-9 hours. The beauty of the shades is that despite the creamy texture of the product, it does not transfer across on the upper lid, which can be a cause of concern for people with hooded eyes and neither does it crease.
Pros of Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 – Palette 2:
- Super pigmented.
- Extremely smooth, creamy texture – though a powder product.
- Look and feel is like a wet pigment but with zero fallout.
- Long wearing.
- No creasing.
- Does not transfer.
- The colors blend easily and work well together.
- The colors blend easily and work very well together.
- Does not irritate my eyes.
- Good to have a matte transition shade included in the palette.
Cons of Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 – Palette 2:
- The packaging is a bit of a downer.
- The palette is a bit too monotone, which does not allow too much variation in the looks that you can create.
Is it a complete palette?
I appreciate the inclusion of a mid-tone matte brown in the palette which obviously helps with transition and gives this palette a more cohesive appeal. So, you don’t need to carry a matte palette with it. However, the shades Rosewood and Lavender Grey are so close to each other that it kills you. You may be able to see the nuance of the color difference in the swatches, however, once applied, the difference is moot. Another deeper or different shade could so easily have been added in this palette. It would have given the palette much more versatility. Also, Maroon is the darkest shade in the palette. So, that’s as dark as it can go. For medium dark to dark skin tones, this may not be the palette. You do see a lot of monotone quads/quints in the market. However, for it to really work well, you do need distinct variations in the colour. For example, if it’s a purple quad – like Guerlain Les Violets – the colours range from pink to purple to violet to grey, distinctly different, yet in the same tonal family. So, once applied, they give a distinct depth and variation – apart from ensuring that the palette has versatility, which is not the case with this palette. At $48, the quality is there in the product, but it doesn’t seem your money’s worth; I would say “not enough bang for your buck.”
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