Natasha Denona Blue & Gray Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) 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.

Steel Blue (11V) is a muted, medium-dark blue with strong gray tones and a mostly matte finish. It was very soft but quite powdery, which resulted in sheer, uneven coverage when applied to bare skin–this one is imperative to apply over a good base. It seemed to have faded after five and a half hours. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 14 (LE, ) is more pigmented, warmer, better quality (90% similar). MAC Blk-ish (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Sky (Cool Mattes 2 #7) (P, )(90% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (DC, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop True Blue (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Linger Softly (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Storm (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC A Sprinkle of Blues #2 (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery (85% similar). NYX Leather and Studs (P, $4.50) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Hello Kitty Playdate (LE, ) is warmer (80% similar). LORAC Denim (LE, $19.00) is cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Lavender Gray (40M) is a medium-dark, bronzy taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The consistency was very soft, lightly powdery (a bit loose in the pan), but it blended out well and still had really good color payoff that didn’t sheer out easily. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours before creasing. MAC Force of Nature #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip #3 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Snowdusk (LE, $20.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Until Dawn #1 (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Pat McGrath Inferno (PiP, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Glam Girl (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #8 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Clarins Rosewood #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Daydream (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Ulta Taupe (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rose Cashmere #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Lancome My French #6 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D562 Taupe Platinum (DC, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sable (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Minx (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Dragonfly (P, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Mugshot (PiP, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Hourglass Smoke (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil et Lune #2 (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Quick Silver (09M) is a medium-dark, silvery gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a fairly soft, blendable texture that was a little dusty overall. This shade wore well for eight hours on me. Dior Blue Garden #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Au Fil de L'Eau #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). KVD Beauty Cathedral (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tory Burch Beauty Stone Cold (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Be My Bow (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Mindfiles (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Tin Man (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Abracadabra (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Jardin Perdu (Left) (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Smoky #3 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME108 Steel (DC, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bao Bao's Jewels #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Storm Cloud (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Buxom Cool Caviar (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Lancome Nuit (PiP, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). Anastasia Denim Smokey (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). Make Up For Ever 18 Golden Grey (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Slanted (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Make Up For Ever I112 Chrome (DC, $21.00) is lighter (80% similar). Anastasia Blue Flash (LE, $12.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Koh Tao (89V) is a muted, medium powdery blue with cool undertones and a matte finish. While the eyeshadow is incredibly soft and smooth, it kicks up a lot of excess and is hard to apply evenly, as it sheers out due to the powderiness in the texture. It is not a shade that is really wearable without a good base/primer in place. It faded after six hours of wear. Inglot #369 (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I212 Periwinkle (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sydney Grace Oasis (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sydney Grace Perfect Storm (P, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). KVD Beauty Waters (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). ColourPop Taco (LE, $6.00) is lighter (85% similar). ColourPop Lost and Found (P, $4.50) is brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Triennial Wave (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl #2 (DC, $2.29) is darker (80% similar). Coloured Raine Jet Set (DC, $6.99) is darker (80% similar). MAC At the Turntable (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar). ColourPop Starry Eyed (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Winkle (DC, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Smoke (65V) is a muted, dark bluish-gray with cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had decent color payoff, but the more powdery consistency made it hard to apply and blend on the skin without it becoming patchy (another one that needs a primer to be usable). It wore for six and a half hours on me. NARS Transvaal (P, $25.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Make Sure (PiP, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Quintessence #9 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #26 (P, $6.50) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Dagger (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Fata Morgana (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter, cooler (85% similar). NYX Shameless (P, $4.50) is darker (85% similar). Sydney Grace Interstellar (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Nehru (DC, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). ColourPop Sporty (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Grey Horizon (LE, $17.00) is darker (80% similar). Natasha Denona Python (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). Sydney Grace Reaching Zenith (Deep) (PiP, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Crow's Nest (LE, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Chromatic (04M) is a bright silver with cooler undertones and a metallic sheen with slight sparkle. It had good color payoff with a really soft, slightly loose consistency that applies best with a firm, flat brush and then really packed on rather than blended (you may get a lot of fall out otherwise). It started to crease after seven hours on me. Tarte Flask (P, $14.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). NARS Creeper (LE, $25.00) is more muted (95% similar). MAC Silver Coin (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Clionadh Icicle (P, $5.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever 1 Frozen Silver (P, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). Dior Volcanic #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Sterling (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever ME116 Silver (P, $17.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). Dior Trompe L'Oeil (011) (LE, $31.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #2 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Ice (43) (P, $30.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (90% similar). MAC Tattle-Tale (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Slush Fund (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Cassette (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Illusion (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Indica (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). MAC Guise (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Silver Coin (LE, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar). Dior Moonlight #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Drippin' Diamonds (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Metallic Steel Blue (11M) is a muted, smoky blue with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff, though consistency was a little drier and looser, so it really had to be patted onto the skin and slowly buffed in to minimize ragged/uneven edges. This shade started to crease after eight hours of wear. Illamasqua Alluvium (P, $25.50) is less shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NARS Underworld II (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Jazz #3 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Celestial Peak (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Denim (LE, $18.00) is darker (85% similar). Clarins Jade #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Fyrinnae Mermaid Masquerade (P, $8.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Viseart Sapphire (PiP, ) is more muted (85% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2 #24 (PiP, ) is darker, brighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Moon's Reflection (DC, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). YSL Wet Blue (10) (P, $30.00) is lighter (80% similar). MAC Love Cycle #1 (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Steel Blue (11V)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
D
D
6
Product
6
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.3
Longevity
3.8
Application
66%
Total

Lavender Gray (40M)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
A-
A-
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

Quick Silver (09M)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
C
C
7.3
Product
8
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.8
Longevity
4.3
Application
76%
Total

Koh Tao (89V)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
F
F
5
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
3
Application
57%
Total

Smoke (65V)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
B
B
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.8
Texture
7.8
Longevity
4.8
Application
83%
Total

Chromatic (04M)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
B+
B+
8.8
Product
9.8
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.8
Application
88%
Total

Metallic Steel Blue (11M)

PiPPermanent in Palette. $29.00.
B
B
8.3
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

See more photos & swatches!

Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Lavender Gray (40M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Lavender Gray (40M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Lavender Gray (40M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Lavender Gray (40M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Quick Silver (09M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Koh Tao (89V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Koh Tao (89V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Koh Tao (89V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Koh Tao (89V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Eyeshadow
Quick Silver, Chromatic, Metallic Steel Blue, Smoke, Steel Blue, Koh Tao, L’Oreal Cobalt Eyeliner

Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Eyeshadow
Quick Silver, Chromatic, Metallic Steel Blue, Smoke, Steel Blue, Koh Tao, L’Oreal Cobalt Eyeliner

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

18 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

Of all these, only Metallic Steel Blue is remotely tempting. I have some dupes for that beautiful Lavender Gray shade, so I’m set there. Also with having UD Naked Smoky Palette and a single of MAC Nehru, I’m good. Even though Naked Smoky probably isn’t the best smokey palette in the world, it does work well with a good base, pretty much like these, but less expensive in the end.

oh ditto!!!! total gorgeousness. I was really sad at the performance on Steel Blue as well. It makes such an interesting transition colour that can work really well with both warm and cool looks.

I used the Swatch tab to look at her Matte shadows, and so far, they are all horrible (lots of C/D/F) , even the neutrals didn’t score well, the highest scoring Matte so far was a light brown at B-, which is sad at this price point. So I wasn’t holding out any hope for the matte blues. I do like the Metallic Steel Blue, and it got a decent score. but not sure if this formula will hold up on my oily lids, even with primer. I got an early access email to shop from Beautylish last week, but they are only selling Pre-Made 5 pans, so if I want to do a Custom Pan, I need to order direct from the ND website, and they don’t accept returns, so I would be out about $50 if they don’t work out. I do like there are a lot of unique colors in her range, so will need to think about this…

Oh correction, ND website does accept returns within 30 days of delivery, BUT the product has to be un-used and un-opened, and customer has to pay return shipping charges. So if I open it, test it, and it doesn’t work out, I still can’t return it (sigh)

The only decent shadow is really Metallic Steel blue – the rest are either really poor or eminently dupable. What dud that Steel Blue colour is. A gorgeous eye look Christine!

I really like Quick Silver, Chromatic, and Metallic Steel Blue. I really wish that Steel Blue and Smoke performed better. They would be beautiful colors on me.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!