Natasha Denona Icy Nude/Pink Champagne Mini Diamond & Glow Review & Swatches
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.
Looks Using this Product
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.
- ColourPop Double Down (LE, $10.00) is darker (90% similar).
- MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is cooler (90% similar).
- Anastasia Wish (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).
- KVD Beauty Gold Skool (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar).
- NABLA Cosmetics Ozone (P, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Persona Laguna (P, $24.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Melt Cosmetics Morning Star (P, $39.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Urban Decay Oasis (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).
- Too Faced Rainbow Strobe (LE, $30.00) is darker (90% similar).
- KVD Beauty Helix (LE, $30.00) is cooler (90% similar).
Looks Using this Product
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.
- ColourPop U Got Mail (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Sydney Grace Pink Razz (LE, $9.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
- ColourPop At First Blush (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Too Faced Peach Pop (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).
- Sol Body Wild Orchid (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Fenty Beauty Sangria Sunset (PiP, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).
- Clionadh Aether (P, $12.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).
- ColourPop GOAT (LE, $10.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (85% similar).
- Natasha Denona Pink and Golden Champagne (PiP, $42.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (80% similar).
- Huda Beauty Proud Pink (P, $25.50) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
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Awesome to see the swatches, and your review, Christine!
I have the ND Mini Blush & Glow and love it, so I ordered this version (it’s on its way).
I don’t mind the small size, I can work with that, and I never get through a blush these days it seems.
They are good for travel and at $23 CND, I’m happy with the great quality!
Since it’s just a duo, I feel like it is also easier to turn the brush or keep a side on the left/right edge (as appropriate), but hey, if they were singles, you’d probably be spending $60 for two shades so $19 is infinitely more accessible and nobody’s running through this in a month.
It just arrived and even though it was going to be no-makeup Monday, I had to do a partial and test this duo out.
It really is gorgeous! Squeee…
I keep turning my head in the mirror to catch the Icy Nude wet shine shift on my cheekbones.
I’m so relieved and glad that these at least look the same as the OG from Darya! Mine arrives tomorrow, and I’m very excited to see how it looks on me! The Nude Mini was in my cart, but didn’t make it to my order being placed. Just didn’t see any reviews on it yet, so I took it off….later that night, Mel Thompson (aka Puffin’s Wife) did a review/tutorial on it, and I was so mad at myself for my last second removal of this wonderful little mini. Arrgghhh!
I could have written this comment except for the fact that I received mine last week. I love it and I’m looking forward to picking up the Nude palette in my next order. I’ve bought more makeup because of Temptalia and Mel than any other influencer/YTer since I discovered them.
I wish they would have duplicated the cream formula from the Darya Palette. I don’t understand why they are calling it the same shade when it’s a different formula. The one in the palette is under the little protective cover because it’s a cream! Why redo it as a powder? Idk, it’s my favorite product I’ve used this year, but I don’t love lugging the whole palette around with me, so I purchased the mini. Would have preferred a single, though.
I enjoy the version in the Darya palette quite a bit, but the version in the mini has the same color, applies easily, and lasts for the same length of time so tweaking the formula doesn’t bother me personally, thankfully! The original was creamier (but looser to me) but I don’t think it’s an actual cream? Natasha Denona’s instructions on how to use call it the “Duo Glow Powder.”
The standalone Duo Glows are here: https://natashadenona.com/products/base/highlighter/duo-glow/ (also indicate that it is powder)
I have the single duo glows also, and find the texture completely different compared with the one included in the palette. I have always applied it like a cream (with my fingers or a synthetic brush) as when I purchased it, it said “three cream formulas and three powders” somewhere that advertised it. So I suppose I assumed that was the case. Maybe I am wrong? It happens a lot! Anyhow, I’m glad the formula is still high quality and I’m glad I purchased it. Thank you for reviewing it!
I’m not sure! I don’t have the standalone Duo Glows to compare to myself but good to hear that they feel different. I wonder if it said something different at launch vs. now (I just looked what’s on ND’s site, Beautylish, and Sephora).
who knows? I guess the only part of makeup that really frustrates me is the lack of consistency, so that’s why I get perturbed over it;) thanks for the info, as always!
And ND is (in)famous for changing formulas these days 🙁
I’m so glad to see that the colors are the same as in Darya, and that they got good grades. I ordered this the day it released, but I’ve been afraid to wear it till I saw your review.
Sigh! I love shimmery blush and this pink! I already have the dupe PV Mirror Mirror though. I wish that ND would come out with another mini highlighter-blush combo so I could have easily make a shimmery blush in another shade. For some reason, it’s hard for me to find shimmery blushes that work for me…
I already have the Darya palette, & love it so much. But, traveling with it is a pain, for sure. Maybe I should pick this duo up, since it has the pink champagne that I use often in my looks when I’m not doing bronze or corals. Idk.
It’s good to see that both sides of the duo are pretty equal in terms of quality. They are both quite popular shades and at this price point, I think it is a bargain if these shades work for you.
I love this shade combination from the Darya palette and will enjoy having a small version for travel.
I did not purchase the Darya palette (could not do justice to all). This looks like a beautiful paired down option. Tempting.
I think Pink-Champagne is really the most unique in the palette, and Icy Nude is fun to have in such a small size — a very wet-looking (albeit glittery) highlight. It’s definitely Pink-Champagne that has me particularly enamored with the Darya palette (and then I use other shades i it). Without it, I don’t know that I’d reach for it quite as often!
What a pretty duo.
I’d probably use it as an eye shadow duo as well. I’d love that pink on my lids.
This goes to the wish list I just went through, removing everything DCed and LE from a long time ago. Guess I have to fill it up again. 🙂