Natasha Denona Icy Nude/Pink-Champagne Mini Diamond & Glow ($19.00 for 0.141 oz.) includes a highlighter and blush, both of which originally appeared in the Darya palette. I found that the color/finish was similar to the originals, though the texture of the blush wasn’t quite as soft and creamy by touch (but applied and blended out the same), while the texture of the highlighter was a very slightly creamier. The pans are like oversized eyeshadows, so if you tend to use medium to large-sized, fluffier brushes, you may find the pans too small. A tapered highlighter brush fit well within the pan, and the blush brushes I tend to use fit as well, though they’re a little smaller (by preference) than “average” would be my guess.
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Icy Nude is a pale, golden beige a sparkling finish. It had medium pigmentation (and it appeared semi-opaque in the brand’s promotional swatches the first go-round) that was surprisingly blendable on my cheeks, so it had an even distribution of sparkles across my cheekbone. The particles were more fleck-like, so they were flatter and adhered better to the skin, though there was slight migration/movement of the sparkles over the nine hours it wore for. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and thinner–almost like a lightly emollient, translucent base with lots of sparkle.
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PiPPermanent in Palette.
Pink-Champagne is a deep, cotton candy pink base that ran a bit cooler, more blue-based, paired with warm, golden shimmer that gave it a metallic finish. It had rich color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out with ease. The texture was soft, smooth, and lightly creamy without being too thick, though it wasn’t quite as soft–felt less cream-like–compared to the original version in the Darya palette. However, the texture in the duo would make it easier to apply less (or ensure one doesn’t over-apply); ultimately, it didn’t feel like a better/worse situation, just that they weren’t the same but actual application and performance were. The blush stayed on well for nine hours before fading noticeably.
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