Natasha Denona Metropolis Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

01/22

Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis | Look Details
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis | Look Details
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis | Look Details
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis | Look Details
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis | Look Details
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis | Look Details
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette

Metropolis

Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with an assortment of shimmers and mattes from pale, shimmering peach to murky olive green to inky blue.ย  There are enough shades and differences in finishes/depths that the palette is versatile and workable on its own, though I caught myself wanting some cooler-toned shades (even if not strictly cool-toned… but other than orange/brown for transition and crease shades) to avoid doing a similar look.

It contains “midi”-sized shades (0.048 oz. each) so that the palette itself is the same physical size as the full-sized, 15-pan palettes are. I love that the brand has been moving in this direction, as for consumers, the full-size tends to be far more product than an individual can use up in a reasonable length of time. The original 28-pan palettes (with full-sized pans) are $230 a pop, so this is a great departure. It’s still expensive for a palette, but I think this is a better balance of total cost vs. product weight.

The overall quality of the palette is there, and I think that from a quality standpoint, some of these are the best that the brand has released. Most shades were richly pigmented, while any that deviated were still medium to semi-opaque and buildable in coverage.ย  They were easy to apply, blendable, and long-wearing (eight to 10 hours) with a few shades having minimal to moderate fallout. Just swatching through it, I thought it might be one of the best palettes from the brand, and after working through all of the shades, it is up there.

Let’s Talk Cream-Powders

First and foremost, the majority of the matte eyeshadows in the palette are in the Cream-Powder finish/formula, so they’re more of a hybrid between cream and powder eyeshadows–more emollient with light to moderate creaminess (deeper shades seemed to have more slip), never powdery, have a denser, firmer feel to them, and tend to sit more smoothly on the skin.

The downside to Cream-Powders is that they can take a bit longer to blend or may not build up as easily (without some movement) as true powders. In the past, I’ve been a fan of the Cream-Powder formula, though I know it has not been a favorite for everyone. The ones included in the palette seemed to be more yielding, less firmly pressed, and they were easier to work with on the whole. Aside from the deeper hues, just working with them (not touching the pans), I don’t know that I would have known they were a Cream-Powder hybrid. I also haven’t seen any “hard pan” develop over time (and I have gone and used my fingertips to swatch a few half a dozen times each just to see!).

Aside from a few shades, I actually didn’t find them to work that differently for me in practice; I still used typical eye brushes and didn’t have to opt for flatter shapes or synthetics (like you might for a true cream eyeshadow). I was able to use fluffier, more feathery crease brushes and apply and diffuse shades in my crease just as I would a normal powder eyeshadow. The finish is more forgiving if you have minor dryness or flakiness on the lids compared to powder.

Dupes Within Dupes?

There were a few instances where the overlap between shades felt unnecessary. I reorganized the palette via our Color Stories tool, and it made it more apparent where the overlap existed.

Shades like Fuse, Rust, Blaze, and Penny were grouped together (make sure to view the original swatches at their full-size resolution, which does show the differences better); they differed tonally leaning more golden or more orange/red or they were more metallic or more sparkling, but they felt far too similar to be included in a single palette to me.

This was true with Chrism and Stain, where Chrism was slightly more golden/yellower and lighter compared to Stain but so close that it did not seem necessary to have both in the palette.ย  It would have made a little more sense if they were different finishes, but they were both Cream-Powders.

Tonally, Enigma (cooler, bluer) and Symbol (warmer, more teal) (see comparison) differed visually on the eye, but I think that Symbol could have been lighter and brighter, between the depth of Jubilee and Enigma, so that it added more versatility to the palette.

Of course, if you have a few of Natasha Denona’s palettes, there are plenty of dupes between this and past releases (see individual dupe lists below).

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01/03

Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Rust (249M)

Rust (249M) is a deep copper with warm, rusty (ha!) undertones and a sparkling finish. It had opaque pigmentation in one layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin, but there was slight fallout during application. The consistency was smooth to the touch, creamy without being too dense or thick in the pan, and remained blendable on my lid. It wore well nine hours before creasing faintly on my lid.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Diisostearylmalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

01/02

Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Troop (250CP)

Troop (250CP) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyesahdow had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with ease along the edges without the product losing its intensity. The texture was smooth, more firmly-packed in the pan but not too dense that it became stiff to work with. I had no trouble picking up product and applying with regular brushes/techniques (like I would for powder eyeshadow) despite it having a Cream-Powder finish. This shade lasted well for nine and a half hours before fading visibly on my lid.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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01/03

Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Orium (251DC)

Orium (251DC) is a bright, medium gold with strong, warmer copper undertones and cooler, green-gold shimmer and sparkle paired with a very reflective, high-shine metallic finish. The texture felt cream-like, so it was dense enough to hold all of the sparkly bits with the rest of the product for very minimal fallout during application (used dry with a brush!).

It had opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly and blended out with ease, but some of the sparkle did diffuse a little too readily so I’d recommend using smaller brushes to ensure precision. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before I noticed a bit of creasing and a smidgen of fallout over time.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

01/03

Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Shield (252M)

Shield (252M) is a soft, olive green with warm, muted undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that felt luxurious but never felt too emollient or looked too thick on my lid. The eyeshadow applied evenly and looked “melted” against my skin, so it was shiny without being overtly shimmery. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

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01/02

Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Ripe (253CM)

Ripe (253CM) is a rich copper with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and blended out nicely along the edges on my lid. The consistency was smooth, velvety and more substantial so there was minimal powderiness in the pan. It lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading on my lid.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

01/02

Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Stain (254CP)

Stain (254CP) is a medium orange with warm undertones (balanced between red and yellow) and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that sat well–it almost looked “melted” after the initial application. It had a smooth consistency that had light slip but never felt too emollient or wet, so while it was a Cream-Powder, it was really easy to work with and pick up with even fluffy brushes. It stayed on nicely for nine and a half hours before I saw light fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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01/03

Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Mace (255M)

Mace (255M) is a medium, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was smooth, creamy without being too dense or emollient, and blendable on my skin. It had rich pigmentation that went on evenly and wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

01/02

Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Rope (256CM)

Rope (256CM) is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, but it was blendable and diffused well on my skin without losing its intensity. It lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

01/03

Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Fuse (257M)

Fuse (257M) is a rich, molten gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish with faint sparkle on top. I’m not sure why it doesn’t look as smooth swatched on my arm as it did on my eye, but it actually went on very smoothly with a bright, reflective finish but still held its richer overall depth, so it wasn’t quite as similar to other golds by the brand. The eyeshadow felt lightly creamy, soft and yielding but not prone to excess kicked up in the pan. It had opaque color coverage in a single pass, which stayed on nicely for nine hours before creasing slightly.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci (77510).

01/02

Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Lethal (258CP)

Lethal (258CP) is a brighter, yellowy chartreuse with warmer, olive undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, though it needed a second layer to build up to full coverage. The eyeshadow felt dense, smooth, and more firmly-pressed in the pan, but it picked up well with a brush and diffused effortlessly along the edge–it was easier to blend than most mattes (even ones that I’d consider to be quite blendable!). It wore well nine and a half hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

01/03

Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Penny (259M)

Penny (259M) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and lighter, brighter gold sparkle throughout its metallic finish. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin with light fallout during application. The texture was dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan, and it had enough creaminess to keep most of the sparkles embedded with the rest of the product. It lasted well for nine hours with slight fallout over time.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

01/02

Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Chrism (260CP)

Chrism (260CP) is a light-medium orange with warm, slightly yellower-leaning undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, moderately dense texture that had a touch less slip–felt a bit heavier on the Powder than the Cream portion–but still sat exceptionally well on bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color. The opaque coverage stayed on well for nine hours before fading noticeably on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

01/03

Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Aqueous (261M)

Aqueous (261M) is a medium-dark blue with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This applied best by patting and pressing it onto the lid and then gently pulling it across to spread out the coverage, as it minimized fallout but also gave it the pressure necessary to smooth it out from the get-go. The consistency was creamy with moderate slip–it could have been a Cream-Powder really!–but very rich in pigment and had excellent 10-hour wear before creasing a touch.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

01/03

Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Queen (262M)

Queen (262M) is a pale peach with strong, warm golden undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin but had a touch of fallout if I wasn’t careful with my initial placement. The eyeshadow built up coverage with a second layer and blended out nicely along the edges. It lasted well for nine hours before I noticed some fading.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).

01/03

Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow

Blaze (263K)

Blaze (263K) is a bright, golden copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin–it seemed to “melt” slightly after a couple of minutes.

There was light to moderate fallout depending on how much product and how patient I was with application, but even with care, there was a light amount, so I’d recommend doing eyes first or using a dampened brush or fingertip for application to further minimize (beyond taking more care). It stayed on nicely for nine hours before creasing on me but didn’t seem to have ongoing fallout issues.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Silica, Mica, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

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Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Noble (264M)

Noble (264M) is a golden taupe with warm, brown undertones and dirty, olive overtones paired with a smooth, pearly sheen. The eyeshadow was intensely pigmented with a creamy, rich consistency that felt like silk but didn’t have so much slip that it became hard to use with brushes. It wore well nine hours on me before there was slight creasing.

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

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Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Imperia (265M)

Imperia (265M) is a deep gold with moderate, warmer undertones and a metallic finish. It was a “cooler” gold compared to the typical gold, which tends to lean more orange, but this didn’t lean green enough to be “cool” to my eye. It had an incredibly smooth, cream-like texture that held together beautifully, so it applied evenly with opaque coverage but no fallout. It lasted well for 10 hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

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Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Royal (266CP)

Royal (266CP) is a deep, almost grass-like, green with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with little effort. It swatched and appeared lighter than it did in the pan, which was as expected based on its finish. The texture was smooth to the touch, emollient but not too slippery, and definitely felt like a hybrid of cream and powder. It stayed on nicely for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Crest (267M)

Crest (267M) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more frosted finish. It had good color coverage, but it needed a second layer or to be applied with a dampened brush for full coverage. The texture was soft and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it so there was a touch of fallout during application. It wore well eight and a half hours before fading noticeably on my eye.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

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Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Enigma (268CP)

Enigma (268CP) is a deep, inky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that built up to mostly opaque coverage, but I felt like there was always a bit of translucency there. It was such a deep, yet vibrant, shade that I felt like the missing opacity was hard to see in person (especially when paired with other shades). The consistency was creamy, emollient, and thin, and it felt more emollient than most of the other Cream-Powders in the palette.

I was able to apply with typical brushes and didn’t have to modify my tools or technique, but it was a little harder to blend out compared to other shades in the palette. I also felt like it worked best applied without primer, and I’d apply this first and then layer more traditional powders on top of it, though it was certainly workable in reverse. It lasted nicely for 10 hours on me before I noticed creasing.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Pure (269CP)

Pure (269CP) is a light-medium, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade had excellent color payoff that applied evenly and blended out almost effortlessly. The texture felt smooth to the touch, creamy without being too emollient, and it melted onto my skin for a particularly flattering finish. It stayed on beautifully for 10 hours before fading visibly.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Azoic (270CP)

Azoic (270CP) is a light, golden brown with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. What I’ve noticed about the Cream-Powder finish is that it seems to add a richness to the shade when swatched, even though the actual color appears lighter than the pan (true of most cream-based products, whether eyeshadow or lipstick). The texture felt smooth, lightly emollient but picked up well with fluffy and dense brushes. It applied evenly and blended out beautifully with little effort. It wore nicely for nine and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Jubilee (271M)

Jubilee (271M) is a deep, emerald green with cool undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had more finely-milled shimmer and more of a sheen than a more overtly shimmered or sparkly finish compared to most of the metallic finishes in the palette. The color payoff was opaque in one pass, which applied well to bare skin and remained blendable along the edges without losing depth. The texture was smooth to the touch, creamy without being too slippery, and easy to work with. It lasted beautifully for nine and a half hours on me before creasing noticeably.

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

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Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Symbol (272CP)

Symbol (272CP) is a deep, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, but I’ve found that these inkier, Cream-Powder shades retain some translucency–almost like a watercolor effect–when applied and blended out. The texture felt more emollient and leaned into the cream part of the formula a little more than most of the other Cream-Powder shades in the palette (but comparable to Enigma).

I worried it was going to be difficult to apply with regular brushes, but it actually picked up with even more feathery crease brushes and blended out without too much effort. I actually found blending to be easier with a fluffier brush but for the most intensity, a denser-packed brush (like a pencil brush) worked best. It stayed on well for 10 hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

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Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Rhizome (273CM)

Rhizome (273CM) is a bright, tangerine orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the few traditional powder matte shades in the palette, but it felt velvety and smooth without being powdery in the pan. The eyeshadow was nearly opaque in its pigmentation and adhered well to bare skin, while I had no trouble diffusing the edges. It wore well for nine hours before I noticed some fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

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Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Claret (274M)

Claret (274M) is a rich, medium-dark red with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even application of color that was easy to blend out. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and yielding without being powdery, and I appreciated that it wasn’t so emollient that it became difficult to apply with brushes (without sliding around). It lasted well for nine hours before fading visibly on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

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Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow

Helena (275K)

Helena (275K) is a medium-dark coral with strong, warm orange undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle. It had opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin, as the eyeshadow went on evenly and blended out with ease but did not result in fallout or sheerness. The texture was smooth to the touch with moderate slip–it felt more silicone-like to me but was easy to work with. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

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Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Antique (276CP)

Antique (276CP) is a rich, medium-dark brown with warmer, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency felt lightly creamy in the pan, but it also had a more silicone-like slip to it, so I felt like it embodied the concept of Cream-Powder quite accurately. I had no trouble picking up product with even fluffier, crease brushes and applying and blending out the color on my skin. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly on me.

Ingredients

MICA, DIMETHICONE, SQUALANE, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/ISOPRENE COPOLYMER, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, LAURETH-4. +/-: CI77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) , CI 77491/ CI 77492/ CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77510 (FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE), ULTRAMARINES CI 77007.

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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 you are deserving of the 24 hour nap you’ll need after this. I’m very excited to have ordered this now, as all the shades seem to be well-formulated (which is almost unheard of in a palette this big). Can’t wait til it gets here so I can play! ๐Ÿ™‚

Are the cream powder mattes anything like the old MUFE Satin Artist Shadows? I know more powdery shadows are liked right now, but I’m always on the look out for a similar formula because I found them easier to use.

They’re less dense, thinner, more cream-like – on the average – like the way Enigma feels is nothing like any Artist Shadow at all.

Thanks for the reply!
I’m intrigued by the formula, and I like her colour schemes so I’m always tempted to try it’s just hard to make the jump for such pricey eyeshadows when there’s so much out there for cheaper (not to mention I have enough!)

I was going to ask the same question! Thanks for the feedback, Christine. Love the look of these mattes – although I wish that olive shade was a bit less yellow LOL. But I’m gonna get the palette. Looks like a great value for what we are getting.

WOW, so many A’s and so few eyes. Beautiful palette and it has been getting a lot of love on IG and YT. It might be worth it to me just for the green/gold eye look you did, Christine! All of the eye looks are spectacular but you know me and my green’s. I noticed the same issue as far as several shades being dupes of each other and since that seems to be something my mind is picking up on right now, I have to stand back and ask myself whether they are so close as to make it not worth paying for the same/similar shades. I know that they are not the same and when swatched next to each other, they appear different but when blended on the eye, they frequently look the same. I am glad to hear that these were mostly different in actual use, which is where it counts. In the past ND shadows have not been my favorites, ranking down there with CT, but maybe it is time to give the brand another try.

I wish it was a bit less gold/copper/orange in places since the brand has done those in the past. Like it would have been cool to see a mix of fall tones – plums, mustards, greens, olive browns, some taupe.

Seeing all the swatches now, I realize just how much overlap/repetition there seems to be within this palette. I see a few shades I really, really love and some that surprise me in how different the swatches look from the colour in the pan (not in a good way – Lethal; in a breathtaking way – Symbol, Enigma and Royal – all 3 looked pretty black in the pans but yield these amazingly rich shades of blue and green – WOW). But at $170 here in Canada, the repetition of colours and the abundance of shades I don’t really like mean this is a “no” for me. Some gorgeous shadows here, though.

Thank you for mentioning the dupes within the palette! I’ve watched a couple review videos and I can’t believe no one has mentioned that the palette has four identical warm bronzes and two identical oranges. Dupes within palettes is my pet peeve, and your swatches directly contributed to me not buying this palette and therefore not being annoyed every time I used it. So thank you!

I don’t know that I’d say identical, but they are similar and possibly too similar to be in the same palette – but I can definitely see how they are different, even if minute!

Ah good to know! I think I have a harder time distinguishing between your swatches on my computer than someone in real life would, and I’m glad people who buy this won’t be stuck with shades that are 100% the same.

I don’t need this, but I really want it. I think it’s utterly beautiful. I’m going to pass, though. I don’t need it. But this is one of the few releases for the holiday season that I’m loving.

I’m still not sure where I stand personally – it’s great quality and I enjoyed using it, but I’m still not sure I’m sold on the scheme in total!

I know, it’s weird – I can look at a palette photo (like this one) and go, eh… and then I see swatches and I’m suddenly all aflutter.

I saw BH Cosmetic release the Ibiza palette on Beauty Bay, didn’t think much of it and was initially all set on Colourpop’s So Jaded – hunted out swatches on both and then I did a complete 180 and changed my mind! Your swatches of SoJ kind of sealed the deal but I should get the Ibiza tomorrow, so fingers crossed I made the right call ๐Ÿ˜€ (plus it was cheaper, score!)

So many reviews discuss the palette as being pigmented and as a brown skin girl, I am definitely here for it. I am also okay with the lack of those really light transitional shades. Some palettes have so many that I just skip the palette altogether. I feel brands add similar shades assuming those will be the ones we will run out of first. Since it is LE, I do think it’s okay for the repeats so that you can still create some of your favorite looks even if you finish some shades. Of course, collectors definitely do not want repeats since the likelihood of hitting pan is almost non-existent. I am planning to pick this up in the next Sephora sale. Really glad to see it performed will.

As a pale girl, I find those lighter transition shades sort of useless as well as they were too dark or murky on my skin and have to go into a single pan shades al the time to finish a look. Bring on the colour I’d say!

I’m also surprised this is LE because I can see this palette as a staple for people of all skin tones.

I have mixed feelings about this pallet
On one hand the dupes are numerous and irritating and one of my pet peeves with large pallets..
In the other hand I love the more unusual olives like Troop and the super deep greens and Teals , and that inky blue . !
I am also looking at Pat McGraths new Blood Moon palette .too many choices .

I wasn’t able to see the Metropolis in person like the Pat McGraths Blood Moon palette, which had 4 shades on the right side of the palette are shimmer bombs which I like, but the rest are sort of *Meh* seen them before (3 matte browns for transitions and 2 shimmer basic shades) with a pop of olive green.

The tones with the Metropolis are more everyday wear for me compared to the rest of her colour stories in her palettes, so I’m leaning hard into getting this one. But I’m going to wait for the next Sephora sale as the palettes are so agreeably expensive for both brands in CAN pricing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think it’s worth it if you can see yourself using the tones overall so the “extra” almost dupes won’t hurt in this case. It’s the first Natasha Denona palette I’ve been excited to try since the Sunset palette years ago and I’m still frustrated with the too many matte browns in that one. lol

I’m curious if we will get more 6 pan palettes from Pat McGraths as those holiday one are really usfully for me.

I seriously have no idea whatsoever how you managed to get this review upbso quickly for this behemoth of a palette, but however you did it deserves much praise and kudos! Now, as for the palette, I’m just not into a 28 or 30 panner. Especially when there are dupes within dupes for more than a few shades. I just cannot justify getting this one. Or, at least right now, I’m not thinking of doing so. I’ll give Natasha Denona this, the quality is downright near perfect across all the shades!

Entering the dupes is probably the more tedious part of these mega palettes! The review is long, but it’s entering 500-800 dupes in one sitting that is harder, haha!

Wow! 28 shadows and not a single one below A-! She slayed this one! I stayed up till midnight to order it and I canโ€™t wait to play with it, especially after reading your review. Between this and Biba I think Iโ€™m set on shadow for the year lol! Thanks Christine!

What a mammoth effort it has been for you to review this one Christine!
I do agree with you that there are quite a few dupes of shades within the palette and it could have been reduced by a third. You would certainly never run out of gold shades here.
It’s a fabulous palette, exceptional quality based on its size. There is lots to love here.
Will I purchase it? Probably not as it would be incredibly expensive here, so I will just buy the dupes of the shades I love and don’t really have.
Thank you so much Christine.

First, you deserve all of the awards for doing this so quickly. Second, so many dupes! I absolutely do not need this palette but I really love her cream powder matte formula. Itโ€™s a definite maybe for me. I definitely wouldnโ€™t spend full price for this because of all the dupes.

As always, the level of detail you put into these reviews is sooo great and helpful. I love the color story of this palette, but completely agree that it needs less oranges/browns and more contrast. It’s nice that you can still use a normal fluffy-ish brush on the cream-powder shades though. Ughh I think this is the first time I’m legit interested in a ND product.

I was really happy that I didn’t feel like I had to adjust my technique for most of the Cream-Powder shades – they definitely sit differently on my skin compared to traditional matte (or at least, they are friendlier to lid textures on average) – but it wasn’t like they were fussy to work with.

This palette is an excellent example of why I’m buying less makeup (to illustrate my answer to your recent question about buying makeup). Taking out the odd and few blue, green and black, there’s too much warm orange/copper/gold/red/brown that look pretty much the same. Perhaps there are slight variations in the shades but most people who see these various colors on the eye won’t notice the minuscule differences. I do appreciate that it gets such high grades as perhaps ND can apply that capability and experience to coming up with a unique, manageably sized, reasonably priced palette.

Christine you are amazing for setting up this review. I am so in between WANTING this and not NEEDING this.. Anyway, I have to wait till october when it comes available at Beautylish, so I have a few weeks to think about it some more. I love the colors, the quality and the packaging, but 4 repetitive shades, and 2 oranges.. I think I already know the answer whether or not I am buying…

This has a small handful of very dark pan colors that swatch lighter, but even so, Lethal is *NOTHING* like what it looks like it should be based on how it appears in the pan.

I’m so happy this palette scored so well. I just can’t justify buying it because of all of the repeats and the copious amount of dupes I have for many of the shades, as much as I love it. You’re right, Christine, plums and taupes would have been a beautiful addition to this palette to replace some of the repeat shades.

I love how you reorganized the palette using your color stories tool! It’s so helpful to see all the shades organized by color. I feel that there are too many that are similar in this one to justify making a mega palette.

Usually i’ve no internet at all in ND since they are for me too much overpriced. However, when i saw for the First Time the photo of this palette, I started ti restrain myself becaused I love the image so much, even If I thought that palette costed still to ti much, an un reasonable expensive product. Fortunately, After you review this palette doesen’t appeal me anymore, so no Temptation to di some foolish expensive shopping that I would likely regret in future.
Basically this palette has Indeed an excepionally High quality, but what does not appeal me it’s that from a Total 28 pans there are no more than 5-6 differenti colors (bronze, goldish green, Yellow Gold, olive, teals and warm terracotta) and I have dozen of dupes for Watch of them. No way that i’m going to spend over than 100 dollars for 6 colours I’ve already have. Thank you Christine for your valuable and trustful analysis

I thought for sure that this was going to be my first large ND purchase, but upon close inspection, I think I have to pass. I love the swampy greens and teals, but the lack of cool/neutral matte shades to pair them with will ensure that I will not reach for this enough to justify the cost. Considering the overlapping shades, as you pointed out, Christine, I think all signs point to waiting got the palette that is “just right”.

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