Natasha Denona Cream, Indian Gold, Satin Tan, Sienna Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona Sienna (50M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). There’s not a lot of different between the latter three finishes, as they’re frosted to metallic. According to the brand, the eyeshadow formula is supposed to have “full, rich and intense color that won’t fade out, be “long-lasting,” and smooth. I’m working my way through the range now, and I have tested a little less than half (but I have chosen some selectively–the biggest troublemakers, different finishes). The majority of the shimmery shades were very pigmented with a soft consistency that was something just right and other times a little prone to crumbling/loosening in the pan, while the mattes were smooth but quite powdery, which resulted it color that didn’t adhere to bare skin as readily. The texture of most shades is soft, blendable, and most of the shimmery shades I’ve tested applied well to bare skin. The wear was fairly consistent, but there was some variance from shade to shade (which didn’t seem related to finish). I think the matte eyeshadows performed better in practice as the color built-up well, but they are the weakest in the range. Some of the shimmery shades wore seven to eight hours on me while some that I have tried have creased after five to six hours. I have tried a few (not all) over primer (NARS Smudgeproof), which does help prevent creasing for longer (two to three hours longer), but they still wear shorter than other powder eyeshadows.

The eyeshadows can be purchased individually or else available across pre-made palettes (one that holds 10, two that hold 28 each, and 13 5-pan variations). If you’re interested in trying the brand’s eyeshadows, I think the 5-Pan Palette might be the way to go, as you don’t have to put down a lot all at once but still get more value than if you purchased them individually. The bigger drawback of the larger palettes is that they’re not really cohesive palettes; they seem to be just a large grouping of warmer vs. cooler shades. Here’s a breakdown of cost:

Cream (21S) is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable on the lid. The eyeshadow was soft, smooth, and not too powdery or too firm, which made it easy to work with and apply as it blended out well. The color started to crease after seven hours on me. LORAC Moonlight (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Sea Shells (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Sugar (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). LORAC Opal (LE) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Guerlain Les Precieux #3 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Thunderstruck (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Mystere #2 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Posh Pedigree #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Poesie #2 (LE) is darker (90% similar). MAC Photosphere (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever ME512 Golden Beige (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Dior Exuberante #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). Guerlain Ors et Merveilles #3 (LE) is darker (85% similar). LORAC Sand (LE) is darker (85% similar). MAC Ricepaper (P, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (P, $5.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Bathwater (LE, $18.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Colour Pop Crimper (LE, $5.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Indian Gold (44M) is a muted, light-medium gold with strong brown tones and a metallic sheen. It had great color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that applied well to bare skin. The color started to crease after six and a half hours of wear, unfortunately, which made it a shorter-wearing eyeshadow (on average) for me. Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Greenluxe #2 (P) is more shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Cashmere (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Fringe (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Disney by Sephora Charming (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Laura Mercier Sugar Frost (P, $28.00) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Gold #4 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Viseart Montaigne (P) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Cream (21S)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
86%
Permanent
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Indian Gold (44M)
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7
Application
5
Total
87%
Permanent
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Satin Tan (58P)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%
Permanent
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Community Faves | February 1st through February 6th

Here’s a look at our community’s favorites from the past week! :) Any new favorites that you discovered this week?

Most Loved Products

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01. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

B+

02. NARS Goulue

Read the full review from the link below. Read full review.

A-

03. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Fatale

Tom Ford Orchid Fatale Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a dark berry-red with cool undertones and faint fuchsia shimmer. Read full review.

Most Wanted Products

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01. NARS Laguna

Laguna Bronzer is a medium-dark tan brown with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. Read full review.

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02. Tom Ford Beauty Platinum

Tom Ford Platinum Cream Color for Eyes ($45.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium-dark taupe brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted sheen. Read full review.

A-

03. Colour Pop Stingraye

ColourPop Stingraye Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ($6.00 for 0.11 fl. oz.) is described as a "cool-toned mauve brown." Read full review.

Most Loved Looks

Tom Ford Ravageur & Stolen Cherry Patent Finish Lip Colors

Tom Ford Ravageur Patent Finish Lip Color

Tom Ford Ravageur Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark copper-red with warm undertones and a faint dusting of gold micro-shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage that went on evenly and smoothly while feeling comfortable and hydrating while worn. The color wore for over eight hours while the glossiness lasted for five hours on me. I couldn’t think of any dupes for this one–doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of darker, warmer copper/reds in gloss form like this shade.

Tom Ford Stolen Cherry Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a bright, medium red with neutral-to-cool undertones and a light shine. This was the least glossy of the eight shades I tried. It had mostly opaque coverage, applied well, and lasted for hours and hours, but I wish it had more of the high-gloss shine of the other shades. This looks like a soft satin after four hours of wear. Urban Decay 69 (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty No Vacancy (P, $52.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Victoriana (LE, $15.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). NYX Apple Crisp (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Tease Don't Touch (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC RiRi Woo (LE, $15.00) is darker (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #400 Four Hundred (P, $38.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Ruby Woo (LE, $15.00) is brighter, glossier (90% similar). MAC Tenor Voice (LE, $15.00) is lighter, brighter, glossier (90% similar). Anastasia Socialite (P) is warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Rouge Parade (920) (LE, $30.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (90% similar). MAC Send Me Sailing (LE, $15.00) is darker, more muted, glossier (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

FORMULA OVERVIEW | Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color ($52.00 for 0.07 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “lip stain with an ultra-glossy finish” that has “intense, vibrant color” and “long-lasting high shine.” The formula feels lightweight, almost watery, when initially applied but thickens and feels more like a moderately tacky gel after thirty to forty seconds. It had great staying power with the glossiness lasting for six hours and the color itself still going strong eight to ten hours later (after two meals and coffee)–by the end of the day, it has more of a natural sheen to it (like a lip stain) but looked even. I would forget that I was wearing it, which is a testament to how comfortable and hydrating it was throughout the day. The coverage is nearly opaque but has that slight translucency that you would expect to see in a lip stain. I didn’t experience feathering or bleeding on these two shades. It has a strong, vanilla cake scent–not your typical vanilla but something sweeter–and noticeably stronger than other Tom Ford lip products. The formula reminds me of products like YSL Glossy Stains, Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer but with a slightly thicker consistency. It’s a click-style product with a flocked, slanted applicator where the liquid color flows from. I’m not particularly fond of the applicator, though it is not rough or hard to use, but the flocking makes it harder to get really precise, clean edges (sometimes I felt like it gave a more jagged edge).

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Tom Ford Beauty Patent Finish Lip Color Ravageur
A
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
10
Application
5
Total
93%
Tom Ford Beauty Patent Finish Lip Color Stolen Cherry
B+
Product
8
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9
Application
5
Total
89%

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Introduction to Dior

Introduction to Dior

I’m new to this brand. Where should I start?

A Few Notes | Dior frequently reformulates their products and discontinues older lines; as a result, I have found myself with very few lipstick shades to recommend that actually exist (a mental note has been made to consider to trying a few in the future). Most of their lip products have a floral/rose scent. They also are a brand that tends to have primarily limited edition blushes and highlighters with a limited permanent range (none that exist permanently now I have tried!).

They are famous for their Diorshow mascara options, while most of their liquid foundations have fairly favorable reviews to my knowledge, but I haven’t tried any of their current formulas in awhile. I am actually more curious to find out what Dior fans would recommend as so much of what I’ve tried from Dior in recent years has been limited edition (I try to only recommend currently-available products).

What would you recommend to someone just trying Dior for the first time?

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