Natasha Denona True Gold, Antique Olive, Smoky Quartz, Umber Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Natasha Denona Umber (78M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Umber (78M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow ($29.00 for 0.08 oz.) comes in 66 shades with four distinct finishes (Matte, Duo-Chrome, Metallic, and Sparkling). 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. 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). The wear has ranged from five to eight hours, depending on the shade. Primer helps with longevity, adding two to three hours to the shade’s no-primer wear time, but they seem like shorter-wearing eyeshadows compared to most powder formulas I’ve tried.

Check out my first review for more depth about the formula as well as a pricing breakdown for singles compared to palettes.

True Gold (20M) is a bright, sparkling antique gold with hints of green and a cooler champagne sheen. It is a chunkier shade that really has to be pressed and worked into the skin to avoid adding texture to the lids, thickening, as well as to manage the excessive amount of fall out during application. Once in place, it can look lovely, but it can take a little effort; if used with a slightly dampened brush, I found it helped a lot to apply more smoothly without the work. The color started to crease on me after seven hours. NARS Pygar (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Sleigh (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Olivine (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Smashbox Platinum (P) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). Tarte Chrome for the Holidays (LE) is warmer (80% similar). NARS Kauai #1 (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Antique Olive (14M) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly loose in the pan, so it was easy to get too much product on the brush and have fall out during application so use less than you think you’d need with this shade. The color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. Makeup Geek Jester (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Fig (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoky Quartz (43P) is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a subtle, gray overtone. The color payoff was great with a really smooth, cream-like consistency that applied well to bare skin and lasted for eight hours before creasing. Urban Decay Chronosphere (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is less pigmented, warmer (90% similar). MAC Moodmaker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Umber (78M) is a dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, blendable consistency that wasn’t too soft or too firm, and it applied with the same intensity on bare skin as seen in the pan. The color started to crease on me after seven and a half hours of wear. Viseart Copper (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Lie Low (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Antiqued (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Natasha Denona Sparkling Eye Shadow True Gold (20M)
B
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
83%
Natasha Denona Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow Antique Olive (14M)
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
87%
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Smoky Quartz (43P)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Umber (78M)
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
92%

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Natasha Denona True Gold (20M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona True Gold (20M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona True Gold (20M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona True Gold (20M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Antique Olive (14M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Antique Olive (14M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Antique Olive (14M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Antique Olive (14M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Umber (78M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Umber (78M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Umber (78M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Umber (78M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow
True Gold, Antique Olive, Smoky Quartz, Umber Eyeshadows, Sephora Flirting Taupe Eyeliner

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow
True Gold, Antique Olive, Smoky Quartz, Umber Eyeshadows, Sephora Flirting Taupe Eyeliner

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