Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Gold

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.20 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that features an assortment of gold-inspired shades. The palette is divided into cooler, warmer, and more neutral undertones, though I’d still say it’s a very warm-toned, yellow-toned palette overall. The “coolness” really comes in through the two teal shades in the palette, and then two of the “gold” shimmers have green leanings. I think that the depths and undertones of the mattes make it more diverse in practice than it may initially appear at a glance, but I know I would have loved to see a bit more diversity or more inclusion of gold, as it’s more bronze/brown to me. I’d love to have some cooler or olive-toned golds (almost like antique pewter or tarnished gold or platinum) in the palette. The majority of the eyeshadows performed as marketed–pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing–though there are two glittery shades that are better as layering/top coat type shades (intentionally so) which may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

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Lime Chrome

Lime Chrome is a bright, medium gold with a gold-to-green metallic shift. It had opaque pigmentation with a soft, slightly loosely-pressed texture that was blendable and easy to work with without having to use a dampened brush to get an intense, brightening effect out of it. I found that it shifted green noticeably (without contorting myself) but it was still gold-to-green so it didn’t just appear green all the time either. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before creasing very faintly.

Python

Python is a deep, bluish-teal with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was slightly firmer and almost had a touch of slip to it–it felt a little more like a satin-matte powder-cream hybrid in that sense. While it was denser and firmer, it wasn’t stiff, so I was able to pick up product with my dry brush but did find it took a bit more effort (or a denser/stiffer brush) to diffuse the edges. This shade stayed on well for nine hours and left a faint stain behind.

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Sparks

Sparks is a pale, white gold with warmer undertones and a glittery finish. It seemed to have more of a transparent base with lots and lots of flecks of finer and larger glitter/sparkle. The consistency felt more loosely-pressed and textured based on the larger sparkles and glitters in it. The eyeshadow had medium to semi-opaque “coverage” from the sparkles, which applied best with fingertips or pressed on with a flat, synthetic brush. It is part of the Sparkling finish family, which is typically designed to be sheerer/more of a “top coat” or layering shade. I didn’t get much fallout during the application process, but there was slight fallout over the eight and a half hours it lasted for.

Aria

Aria is a soft brown with warmer undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow felt soft, velvety, and was blendable on my lid with very little effort. It had rich color payoff that adhered evenly to bare skin and wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Cava

Cava is a light-medium, golden copper with flecks of copper and gold sparkle. It had a semi-sheer base with more medium to semi-opaque “coverage” from the shimmer and sparkle, and it was listed as a Sparkling finish, which tends to be sheer (intentionally). The consistency felt wetter with more slip but I could feel how much glitter was in it, so it didn’t feel smooth to the touch (but not gritty or clumpy). This shade had finer shimmer and micro-sparkle, which helped it apply better to the lid with a dry brush, though fingertips and dampened brushes yielded more coverage and smoother application. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours with slight fallout over time.

Aurora

Aurora is a blackened teal with fine, multi-colored pearl and larger flecks of sparkle. It had medium coverage but appeared darker and less blue/teal applied with a dry brush. The consistency felt drier and more firmly-pressed in the pan, which I think contributed to the color when applied. It was easier to work with and appeared a bit truer-to-color (but never quite as bright/teal as it appeared in the pan) if I used a dampened brush. The drier texture also made this shade harder to diffuse and blend out along the edges. It lasted well for eight hours but had slight fallout over time.

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Dijon

Dijon is a deep, mustard yellow with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was so warm and yellow that it almost approached olive-green tones to my eye. The consistency was velvety and soft with a smidgen of powderiness in the pan, but the eyeshadow applied with rich, opaque pigmentation to bare skin and blended out with ease. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before it started to fade noticeably.

Oro

Oro is a rich, deep gold with warm, orange undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The eyeshadow yielded opaque pigmentation in a single layer–a little went a long way, you definitely didn’t need as much as a typical eyeshadow, even ones that are pigmented!–with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that was dense without being too thick. It applied evenly to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges. This shade stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours on me before creasing very faintly.

Log (Igneous)

Log (Igenous) is a deep brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque color coverage that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out with little effort. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery nor too firmly-pressed in the pan. I didn’t have any trouble applying less and building up coverage for those who prefer to build up their pigmentation. It lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

Varis

Varis is a rich bronze with warm, golden overtones and reddish undertones paired with a metallic sheen. The consistency was lightly creamy, dense but not stiff, and smooth to the touch. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with little effort along the edges. It wore beautifully for eight and a half hours on me.

Brass

Brass is a rich, greenish-gold with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was creamy, moderately dense, and thicker than most of the shades in the palette, but it actually applied exceptionally well to bare skin with rich, opaque color payoff in a single layer and no fallout (despite the sparkles!). The edges remained blendable, but I noticed that it did cause some of the sparkles to move around though not much in the way of fallout. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours with a touch of fallout over time.

Sand Stone

Sand Stone is a light brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency was soft, velvety, and a smidgen powdery in the pan but it didn’t appear dry on my skin and blended out with ease in practice. It lasted for eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

Alchemist

Alchemist is a rich, golden copper with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and dense but not too thick or stiff to work with using a dry brush. The eyeshadow applied well, blended with minimal effort, and wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Teak

Teak is a light-medium brown with subtle, warmer red undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely on me. The texture was soft, velvety, and blendable without being too thin or too dense, which made it workable without a primer but still easy to diffuse the edges of. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Aurum

Aurum is a light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in one stroke, and the color applied evenly to bare skin with good adherence. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and denser but not thick or stiff to work with, so I didn’t have any trouble picking up product with a dry brush and getting it to translate on my lid. It blended out easily and lasted well for eight and a half hours on me.

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Biba Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Biba Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Biba Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Gold Eyeshadow Palette | Look Details

Natasha Denona Lime Chrome Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Lime Chrome Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Lime Chrome Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Python Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Python Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Sparks Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Sparks Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Sparks Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aria Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aria Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Cava Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Cava Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Cava Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aurora Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aurora Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aurora Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Dijon Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Dijon Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Oro Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Oro Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Oro Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Log (Igneous) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Log (Igneous) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Varis Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Varis Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Brass Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Brass Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Brass Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Sand Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Sand Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Alchemist Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Alchemist Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Teak Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Teak Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aurum Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aurum Metallic Eye Shadow

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow, surprise, but glad. Sadly, too many dupes, so I’ll be hoping for the cranberry palette to do as well.

Just like I thought, I can dupe out this entire palette about 5 times over, which honestly is really sad b/c it shows that I own too much makeup. The only shade I cannot dupe is the Lime Chrome shade which I once I get my hands on the PM Bronze Seduction palette, I will be able to. Gorgeous palette, but I will be skipping.

Truly, I did NOT want to like this palette. But I’ve fallen very hard for it in spite of myself. Oy vey! Bad enough that I’m planning on buying PMG Mothership V during Rouge in November. Probably a bunch of Nars, too. I really didn’t need to far in deep for another super expensive palette! Perhaps my ex was right about one thing, that I have expensive taste… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Very excited by how well this performaned. I thought this was a limited edition one, though. Thatโ€™s definitely a positive piece of information too. Yay!

Christine how do you think it compares with her other palettes/formulas? I have the Star, which I love, but the 28-pans have been a bit of a disappointment – the mattes are tough to work with..

I think the mattes are consistent with the last palettes she has released (over the last couple of years), and the shimmers are less creamy, on average, compared to the original 28-pan palettes.

Back from Europe, YAY!! It probably sounds ungrateful but I am happy to be home. It was great but a long 5 weeks. Anyway, I feel so far out of the loop with regards to makeup and the holiday releases. I will take some time to go back and review a few weeks of posts so that I know what I should be concerned about in the world of makeup. This palette is beautiful and your eye looks are really stellar. I am afraid that these shades are just not ones that look good on me. Whatever my undertone actually is, it doesn’t look good in these shades. I am glad that it scored so well for those who want to pick it up.

A short story from my trip to Europe. My daughter and I went to Harrods in London and we were overwhelmed by all the makeup. I was looking for foundation as the one I brought with me was quickly running out. I took Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet in the shade 12 Beige Rose which is a cool undertoned foundation. I went to the Chanel counter and the sales associate told me that 12 Beige Rose was the wrong shade for me as it is cool undertoned and I am warm toned according to her. Before purchasing I decided to walk around a little and see what is available, bearing in mind that whatever I purchased needed to be available in the U. S. I went to the By Terry counter and the associate told me that I was cool undertoned and wanted me to try their stick foundation. I let her apply some and walked around with it the rest of the night. I went back the next day to see about picking it up and there was a different SA there. She told me I was warm undertoned. Honestly, how did I change undertone three times within 15 feet? Anyway, purchased the original shade of Chanel that I have been using!!

Welcome to my world. I’ve had MUAs tell me I should wear nothing but good and silver, MUAs tell me I should wear wines and burgundies– all of this on my eyes. One tip– I got the Viseart concealer palette because under-eye concealing and color correcting is super important for me. And through that I have figured out that my skin tone actually does shift with sun exposure, the weather, blood flow, tiredness etc. In other words, being at fair neutral, I can basically use one out of five correctors in that palette depending on the day. Concerning this palette. I did order it which now I am regretting. It’s probably going to be too orange.

Shame, if I were in a position to splurge, I would definitely snag this up. The tones are all flattering to me, and could definitely see myself getting a lot of every day wear potential out of this as well as for events.

Hey Christine! I’m going to ask you the dullest question of all so please bear with me. ๐Ÿ™‚
I’ve been wanting to see for myself what the natasha denona hype is about, so I’ve been waiting for something to catch my eye, so that i can finally try her formula.
But lately with her hit and miss palettes I’m confused. Is her formula worth the hype? Like i understand the hype about pmg a little, i own all her smaller palettes and an eye kit from before, and i see the value there. The formula is super easy to work with and delivers very well, the colors in the ultravoilet eye kit that I have are super unique and deliver something that i didn’t have in my collection before. But with Natasha Denona I can’t decide. Are her shimmers really the best in the market?
Sometimes i see her palettes and wonder, i better buy some colourpop metallic and super shock shadows… they’ll probably perform as well.
I’m sooo confused! Please help. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this palette is so beautiful, but… I have strong dupes for 9 of the shades (including the two blue/greens) and in some cases, the dupes outperformed the ND shadows. So, I guess I’m skipping this one. So far, the holiday releases have mostly been a bust for me – not really seeing much that I really *have* to have. Some of this has been me, starting a new job and being a little more conservative with the eye makeup, and some of it, I think is just that I have soooo many neutrals and golds. Guess I’ll hold onto my points and my gift cards for now..

A beautiful palette, but so many of the golds are very similar to each other. And I agree with you Christine, some antique golds or olive golds would have given this palette more depth and dimension. It’s sad that the teal shade was poorly pigmented.

I really want this palette. Itโ€™s perfect for my NW 25 skin tone as the palette appears โ€œwarmโ€
That said, I will pass due to my budget constraints. (Boo hoo)
I bought a mini โ€œStarโ€ ND palette that just came out for Holiday 2018. I am in love with those colors, The quality of the shadows are superb – both mattes & Shimmer.
Great palette from Natasha Denona!

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