Natasha Denona Star Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Star Eyeshadow Palette ($169.00 for 1.44 oz.) features 18 eyeshadows, all of them new, with a combination of four finishes. There are two new finishes: Creamy Matte (CM), which is supposed to an improved version of the matte formula, and Crystal (K), which is supposed to have a “sparkling, star-like shimmer.” The brand’s eyeshadows are supposed to be “long-lasting” with “strong color payoff” that “will not crease” and “easily adhere to the eye–without having to use primer.” The Creamy Matte formula is denser than the regular Matte formula, and it seemed to be more pigmented with less sheering out, but they tended to darken on the skin and did not layer as well with each other. Two shades were almost clumpy in texture (Phoenix, Electra) and were messy to use–even over primer, they were extremely difficult to build up or blend out without using lighter shades to help. The Crystal formula has large, chunky sparkle, which didn’t really bind with the base color, so there is a lot of fall out during application and moderate fall out during wear (less than anticipated, actually).
I would recommend using these eyeshadows with a damp brush and/or over a glitter adhesive for better coverage, as they look more like layering shades on their own (regular primer was not enough to combat the issues). Though the Creamy Mattes are denser, they are still rather thin and have a more powdery feel compared to the Metallics, Duo-Chromes, and Crystals that they do not blend and layer as well. I had the best luck using a Metallic shade and really diffusing it and sheering it out well past where I wanted it to be, and then layering a Creamy Matte over it, but if I laid down a Creamy Matte first, the Metallic, Duo-Chrome, and Crystal shades would not stick on top of them.
The staying power without primer was between six and eight hours before creasing/fading, and with regular eyeshadow primer (Smashbox 24HR), six to nine hours–excluding glitter fall out. You will want to apply your eye makeup first, and then wipe away fall out. I had more success removing more of the glitter fall out with an actual wipe rather than a brush (or loose powder, then a brush), as the flecks were hard to brush away for me.