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. Colour Pop Sleigh (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Pygar (LE, $25.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Shiny Happy (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC Olivine (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Snow Flurry (LE, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar). Lancome SoHo Lights (LE, $19.00) is more muted, less shimmery (90% similar). Ardency Inn Heaven (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Metal (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Platinum (P) is warmer, lighter (80% similar). Tarte Chrome for the Holidays (LE) is warmer (80% similar). Too Faced Tinsel (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). NARS Kauai #1 (P, $25.00) is more muted, darker, less shimmery (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). Inglot #412 (P, $6.00) is brighter, lighter (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Fig (P, $9.99) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Smashbox Safari (LE) is darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stardust #2 (P) is darker, less shimmery (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). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is darker (90% similar). MAC Moodmaker (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Grand-Palais (P) is lighter (90% similar). L'Oreal Quartz Fume (P, $5.99) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). YSL Saharienne #4 (P) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Quiet Type (LE, $16.00) is warmer, less pigmented (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Mademoiselle #4 (P) is cooler, less pigmented, darker (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D640 Golden Snake (P, $21.00) is warmer, lighter (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #6 (P) is darker (85% similar). MAC Soft Steel (LE, $22.00) is cooler (85% similar). Inglot #422 (P, $6.00) 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). Make Up For Ever I606 Pinky Earth (P, $21.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Lie Low (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Abyss (LE) is cooler, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Boy Band (LE, $5.00) is brighter (90% similar). MAC Eclair (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Milani Bella Bronze (24) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Benefit Dandy Brandy (P, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Stila Metallic Bronze (LE, $18.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Truffle (P, $12.00) is warmer, lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Le Metier de Beaute Axiom (LE, $30.00) is warmer, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia NYC (LE, $12.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). NYX Bedroom Eyes (P, $6.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Antique Bronze (P, $12.00) is cooler, less shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Synergy (LE, $21.00) is lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Silk Robe (LE) is cooler, lighter (85% similar). Inglot #421 (P, $6.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Antiqued (P, $16.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Natasha Denona Sparkling Eye Shadow True Gold (20M)
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total
Natasha Denona Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow Antique Olive (14M)
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Smoky Quartz (43P)
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow Umber (78M)
A-

Permanent

9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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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