Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

01/06

Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5
Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5

Palette 03

Natasha Denona Palette 03 Eyeshadow Palette 5 ($48.00 for 0.4 oz.)

Back story: I purchased all of the 5-pan palettes a few months ago to re-review because if there’s a brand that has a more constant, evolving formula… it is Natasha Denona (the ingredient list is substantially different today compared to the original release and even from a few years ago). I have better experiences with the more updated formulas, so it seemed like a good way to test the current formula as well as get updated swatches. This week, the brand is running buy one, get one free on the 5-pan palettes… so… here we are… frantically reviewing them! Leave a comment with which one of the original 13 you are most desperate to see re-reviewed, and I will endeavor to make it so!

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01/02

Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Steel Blue (11V) Matte Eye Shadow

Steel Blue (11V)

Steel Blue (11V) is a muted, medium blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had medium color coverage that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage with a second layer. The texture was finely-milled, smooth, and almost velvety, but the Creamy Matte formula is superior to this one because this shade had a tendency to sheer out and had some fallout during application. I’d recommend using a lighter hand to minimize fallout (as well as excess kicked up in the pan). It lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.

The newer version seemed a bit darker and less cool-toned, and while it had a more finely-milled, silkier feel to the touch, there was still a similar level of powderiness and a tendency to sheer out. The newer version was still quite a bit better than the one I had previously (which was rated an F).

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.08 oz. - $362.50 Per Ounce

The majority of the brand's eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.

The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they're applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.

Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted--it is a bit more yielding now.

Browse all of our Natasha Denona Matte Eye Shadow swatches.

01/03

Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Chromatic (04M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Chromatic (04M)

Chromatic (04M) is a bright, light silver with cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer with a fairly smooth, lightly creamy texture that was dense without being overly emollient. The denseness helped bind the larger sparkles with the rest of the product so there was very little fallout. It wore well for eight and a half hours on m and had a smidgen of fallout over time.

It appeared slightly deeper with more dimensional shimmer/micro-sparkle through it, so it looked more metallic. The texture felt a bit more sparkly to the touch, so not as “smooth” in that sense compared to the original, and it also had less slip (in a good way, in my experience!).

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.08 oz. - $362.50 Per Ounce

The majority of the brand's eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.

The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they're applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.

Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted--it is a bit more yielding now.

Browse all of our Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow swatches.

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01/02

Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Metallic Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Metallic Steel Blue (11M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Metallic Steel Blue (11M)

Metallic Steel Blue (11M) is a muted, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a soft, metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque color coverage in one layer, which could be built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer more. The consistency was smooth to the touch, but it was a little dense and somewhat firm, which made it work best with a flat, synthetic brush and pressing/pushing motions on the lid to get an even lay down of product. It stayed on nicely for eight hours before fading visibly on me.

The color was just about the same (possibly a smidgen darker), while the texture was more blendable, slightly softer but not as thick/heavy on. It was similar to the previous version in terms of overall performance, too.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.08 oz. - $362.50 Per Ounce

The majority of the brand's eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.

The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they're applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.

Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted--it is a bit more yielding now.

Browse all of our Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow swatches.

01/02

Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Smoke (65V) Matte Eye Shadow

Smoke (65V)

Smoke (65V) is a muted, deepened bluish-gray with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had decent pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with less than a second layer. The texture was lightly powdery in the pan, but it applied evenly and blended out without too much effort. It lasted well for eight hours before showing signs of fading on my eye.

The newer version was grayer, cooler-toned, and a bit darker. It blended out more readily, lasted longer, and felt silkier, but it had a similar level of powderiness.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.08 oz. - $362.50 Per Ounce

The majority of the brand's eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.

The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they're applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.

Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted--it is a bit more yielding now.

Browse all of our Natasha Denona Matte Eye Shadow swatches.

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01/03

Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Natasha Denona Cloudy Blue (17M) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Cloudy Blue (17M)

Cloudy Blue (17M) is a medium, cooler blue base with warmer, green-to-gold shifting shimmer that gave it a more frosted finish. The texture was drier with light dustiness, and it definitely felt “dried out” compared to the original, but with a dampened brush, I was able to get more depth and better application. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer but there was a bit of fallout. This shade wore well for eight hours on me before fading visibly.

This was one of the few shades that I felt went backwards, even though it lasted better on bare skin, the coverage was weaker with a drier texture that didn’t adhere as well as the older formula did for me. It lost some of its dimension as a result, too.

Formula Overview

$29.00/0.08 oz. - $362.50 Per Ounce

The majority of the brand's eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.

The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they're applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.

Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted--it is a bit more yielding now.

Browse all of our Natasha Denona Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow swatches.

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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I was so hoping that this one was going to do better than it did. It appears that I can just drag out UD Naked Smoky along with either Freeze or Shattered to get what I was hoping for from this. Thanks for saving me $’s!

Whilst I like the shades choosen for this one, I feel that the quality is lacking here. It doesn’t seem as good as other versions of the mini palettes. The Metallic Blue shade was my favourite. Matte blues are very difficult to get right.

I’m glad this one reviewed better. I think the shades in it are really pretty. I find these kind of bluish grays and silvers flattering on me, so I’m considering this one for the future.

These shades are gorgeous and unique, especially cloudy blue – a stunning duochrome. I wore it from the 28-pan a few days ago – most of these metallics perform best with finger application and sometimes foiled. Don’t even bother with brushes on the non-mattes – go in with fingers! You can actually go in with fingers on the mattes too, just be sure they’re clean so you don’t hardpan them too quickly.

Christine for some reason the summary emails go out with the previous ratings for the ND shadows. Steel blue shows up as the D it rightly deserved in the 28-pan but for someone just getting the summary, they may not realize it actually did better in this iteration. This also happened with another palette and suspect it’s a more global issue of having the same shadow name but a new formula and no way to distinguish in the system.

Hi Valerie,

I already replied to your previous comment earlier today – I let my developer know, but unfortunately, not every error can be cured immediately and takes time to remedy! Thank you for understanding.

So great that you are re-reviewing these older 5-pans. Thank you so much! I had actually gotten three of them at various Sephora sales– and this is one of them. I basically got it for the Cloudy Blue– such a unique color. But now I know there is no point updating the palette as the earlier version of this shade is better.

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!