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Natasha Denona Safari Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

01/19

Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari Palette | Look Details
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette

Safari

Natasha Denona Safari 15-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.20 oz.) is a new, limited edition all-matte eyeshadow palette with a mix of neutrals and earthy pops of color (like blue and green). The performance of the eyeshadows was quite good, particularly for mattes and without requiring the use of primer to get even/opaque coverage. I found that most shades applied better in practice than they swatched (and part of that is likely due to my forearm being much drier than my eyelids). I can see this palette pairing well numerous shimmer-dominated palettes we’ve seen over the years, including the brand’s own 28-shade palettes.

Also: It would be great if brands spent a little more time ensuring that their product names were respectful to any themes or places that they are inspired by. A palette inspired by a safari could have easily stayed within a flora/fauna realm of names instead of extending into using the names of ethnic groups (Amhara and Maasai) that are used without context (just seems like exoticizing the theme).

Safari
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
91%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Malia Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Malia Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Malia Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Malia Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Malia Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Malia Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Malia

Malia is a soft, pinky beige with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation that adhered fairly well to bare skin but did seem to cause other shades to turn a bit grayish (not completely, though) as it had some fallout during application, so when I worked with it on my brow bone, I preferred to apply it first. It had a velvety, soft, and blendable texture that was slightly powdery overall. It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed some fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Malia
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Fata Morgana Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fata Morgana Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fata Morgana Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fata Morgana Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fata Morgana Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Fata Morgana Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana is a deep blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was nearly opaque in a single layer, which applied fairly evenly to bare skin but took a bit more effort to diffuse and blend out along the edges compared to the best-performing shades in the palette. The texture was smooth, velvety, and didn’t have fallout during application. It wore well for nine hours on me before it started to fade noticeably on me.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
92%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Rhino Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhino Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhino Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhino Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhino Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Rhino Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Rhino

Rhino is a faded, medium-dark green with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had medium, buildable color coverage that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges. It seemed to darken a bit and often looked warmer (and less greenish) on me in practice, likely due to my undertone. It had a lightly powdery consistency in the pan, but it didn’t result in fallout concerns. This shade lasted nicely for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Rhino
8
Product
8
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
83%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Stone Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Stone

Stone is an ultra-light, bluish-gray with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was semi-opaque in a single layer, but it was buildable to full coverage with two layers. It had a soft, velvety consistency that was smooth and blendable with just a touch of powderiness in the pan. It wore nicely for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Stone
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Savanna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Savanna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Savanna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Savanna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Savanna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Savanna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Savanna

Savanna is a medium-dark olive green with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, but it did seem to darken about a shade deeper within five minutes of application. The texture was soft, velvety, and just a little powdery in the pan but applied well and did not have any fallout while still blending out easily. I noticed that it appeared a bit faded after the eight-and-a-half-hour mark.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Savanna
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Aya Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aya Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aya Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aya Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aya Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Aya Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Aya

Aya is a soft beige with warm, peachy undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color payoff with a smooth, slightly denser consistency that was thicker but not powdery or too firmly pressed in the pan. It applied evenly to bare skin but had slight fallout if I wasn’t careful about tapping off the excess product prior to laying it down onto my skin. It wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Aya
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Thorn Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Thorn Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Thorn Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Thorn Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Thorn Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Thorn Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Thorn

Thorn is a medium-dark, reddish brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow was richly pigmented where a little went a long way. The texture felt soft and velvety to the touch–dense but not too thick–and remained blendable on my skin without a primer. It lasted well for nine hours on me before I noticed any fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Thorn
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Desert Date Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Desert Date Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Desert Date Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Desert Date Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Desert Date Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Desert Date Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Desert Date

Desert Date is a medium orange with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in a single layer, which applied evenly to bare skin. The texture was lightweight, smooth, and velvety without being powdery or too firmly pressed in the pan, so it remained blendable but had good adhesion without a primer. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Shea Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shea Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shea Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shea Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shea Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Shea Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Shea

Shea is a medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, velvety, and blendable on my lid, though it seemed a bit more prone to absorbing any natural oils on my skin but did not do that consistently (go figure!). It had opaque pigmentation that lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before starting to fade noticeably.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Shea
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Tribe Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tribe Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tribe Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tribe Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tribe Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tribe Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Tribe

Tribe is a rich copper with warm, orange undertones and a matte finish. It was intensely pigmented with a denser, smooth consistency that was substantial without being heavy or difficult to blend. The eyeshadow adhered evenly to bare skin and diffused easily along the edges. It wore well for nine hours before I noticed any fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Tribe
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Lotus Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lotus Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lotus Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lotus Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lotus Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Lotus Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Lotus

Lotus is a muted, medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was semi-opaque and buildable. It had a soft, lightly powdery texture that was a little thinner compared to other shades in the palette, but it was blendable and didn’t have much in the way of fallout. It lasted for just over eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Lotus
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Amhara Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Amhara Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Amhara Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Amhara Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Amhara Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Amhara Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Amhara

Amhara is a muted, medium-dark orange-brown with soft, rusty reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer that was buildable to full coverage with a smidgen layered on top. The consistency was smooth, velvety and blendable without being too soft or too firm in the pan. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me before fading slightly.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 75470 (Carmine).

Amhara
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Maasai Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Maasai Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Maasai Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Maasai Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Maasai Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Maasai Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Maasai

Maasai is a muted, medium-dark reddish-berry with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was good, though it needed half of a layer more to get to opaque coverage. It had a soft, fairly smooth consistency but wasn’t quite as finely-milled compared to the other shades but smoother than most red-based shades like it. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely. It stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed signs of fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines).

Maasai
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Voodoo Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Voodoo Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Voodoo Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Voodoo Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Voodoo Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Voodoo Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Voodoo

Voodoo is a faded, deep plum with warmer undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage if desired. The texture was soft, slightly powdery in the pan, but surprisingly, it didn’t sheer out too easily on my skin and didn’t have issues with fallout when blended out. In some ways, it was easier to work with than if it had been extremely pigmented as it made it easy to get contrast without overdoing it. This shade lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before I noticed some fading.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines).

Voodoo
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

01/02

Natasha Denona Tamarind Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tamarind Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tamarind Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tamarind Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tamarind Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Natasha Denona Tamarind Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Tamarind

Tamarind is a medium-dark peach with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with less than half of a layer m ore. The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable without being too soft or too firm in the pan, which made it easy to work with. This shade wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. +/- May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines).

Tamarind
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
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About the 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 information, please check the FAQ.)

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Oh gosh, I was afraid this would rate well and it did, and the shades I love the most also rate well, and I can’t spend this much on a palette but I really want to, because the shades. They’re dreamy!

No, I’m going to resist. I have to resist. I can make a palette of dupes for less money and I really have to be frugal. So I ask that anyone who splurges on this palette enjoy it double for me.

Maybe one with grass stains?! I can’t say I’ve seen a rhino truly close enough to articulate their exact coloring but definitely they seem grayish to brown-leaning taupe!

The more I see it, the more I like this palette, and I would get use out of quite a few of these shades. But I can’t see myself spending THAT much money on an eyeshadow palette. (Though you could look at it as $8.60 per shade, which is not very much when you think about how much single shades usually sell for. But still…$129 is a lot of money!)

Thanks, as usual, for being culturally sensitive even if it’s “just makeup,” some would argue.

The names “voodoo” and “tribe” in a safari themed eyeshadow palette made me cringe, and you even pointed out more.

It would come down to the shade – like an A is an A, you know?

They are very different palettes, not just in color scheme, but in finishes, so I’d recommend going through both and trying to envision what looks you’d be doing from both or which one meets your needs more.

I like Natasha’s formula better (personally). I used to want the mothership subliminal so badly, and it is a wonderful feeling formula compared tcourse normal eyeshadows! but after swatching and using Natasha’s formulas pat’s mattes seem chalky to me and her shimmers seem gritty.

It’s all personal preference tho, but I would be team Natasha lol

I like this but I can’t bring myself to pull the trigger: even if the price point became midrange. The names are just too off putting even though I like the color story

This is a pretty palette that I won’t be buying. I am really sideeying ND for those names, though. Natasha Denona is Israeli and Amharic is the native language of many Ethiopian-Israelis, who are not treated particularly well by Israeli society. This whole thing feels very sketchy – it’s not just exoticizing foreigners, it’s exoticizing other Israelis.

Well, I mentioned something similar in a previous post; however I don’t have the negative perspective of it. Why do we assume because some or even perhaps many Israelis treat them poorly that she isn’t in some way honoring and bring their people to the light? How many people even heard of the Maasai or Amhara before seeing this palette?

We know that because there weren’t Maasai and Amharic people at the helm of the project. Therefore it’s just another way to capitalize off of someone else’s culture without their permission. Naming a group on a makeup palette doesn’t provide material benefits to the community in any way. Sticking the names of entire groups of people in a palette with various animal and plant objects conjures up a lot of negative feelings for people of color who have been compared to animals throughout all of colonial history.

Man I’m going to really have to think hard on this one. After trying Subculture I realized this type of color story is INCREDIBLY flattering on my olive toned skin! But…the shade names… as a Chinese American seeing this time of exoticisation is so annoying and frustrating, especially by Caucasians who have historically treated us very poorly (1980s ban on Chinese Americans from buying houses, anybody? Japanese intern camps??). I’ll really have to consider this carefully… I am glad to see that the shadows perform well though. It was just so frustrating to wrestle with Subculture…

It is definitely a lot easier to use than Subculture, and I’d say that was my initial worry – that it would be harder to blend than past ND mattes.

I was just wandering through the comments trying to figure out how similar these palettes (Viseart dark mattes vs Safari) are… Some of the dark shades seem very alike, but I didn’t see them listed in the dupes at all!?

Thanks for pointing this out! VERY helpful!!!! I think I haven’t quite figured out how to use your site yet… Maybe it’s the tiny phone screen I’m using… LoL

You’ll also want to click “view all dupes” as well, sometimes the lists have over 50 dupes that I’ve entered. The top 10 show but the rest are on a separate page. Hope that helps! 🙂

You can compare any two palettes I’ve swatched by going to Dupe List > Compare Any Two Palettes.

I have to say… Your site is phenomenal!
Now that I’m seeing (like I just opened my eyes and noticed!?) the menu, I’m incredibly impressed!
I always look for your reviews, but I’ve never gone deeper into your other functionality!
I can tell you’ve worked hard at this!

Wow! This palette looks gorgeous! I love every color in it, & the fact that it’s all matte. I have enough shimmery eyeshadows. So pricey though. But, worth a look.

I will! I am so very tempted. I’m sure I can add my shimmery shadows from other brands that I have, if I want to. But, I like an all matte look on my eye from time to time. And, the fact that this got a high grade, & I’ve heard so much about ND eyeshadows, especially her mattes. I’ll let you know then, if I try/but it. Love your eye looks with this palette.

Personally I am not a fan of an all matte palette, but I would say this one is much better than I originally thought it would be. The smokey blue and greens are hard to get right and the brand has done a good job on this.

I love the color story of this palette! Thankfully, ND is very much out of my price range because I can’t support the problematic names. I’ll want for the Bad Habit dupe thank you very much.

I have dupes for every shade, except for the first down row which makes this an easy skip. I’ll just have to shuffle through my stash if I want to make a safari themed look. I’ve got to be more selective in what I allow in my stash b/c I’m seriously overloaded.

This is a lovely colour selection. But I will pass on this because I have the Viseart dark matte, grande pro vol 1 and warm matte. I can dupe most of the palette with a formula already working for me and all shadows have been depotted so really…I can even recreate the layout lol!

Thank you to address the matter of the names in such a sensible way!

I could not help myself I bought it right away. I am in love with her formulations and the artist manner in which she plans the colors for a palette. This one may end up being my favorite of all time because I am matte shadow junkie. I don’t know how I feel about the shadow names. I don’t view Natasha herself as an insensitive person, but I do think that it is worth it even to smaller brands now to have a diversity marketing team to help with issues like this. I love the eyeshadow!!!

Nothing new, I think. All of these eyeshadows are present in most collections of makeup lovers. I think they seems different because the eyeshadows have a different organization / arrangement.

Are you using any base? I have seen some mixed reviews (but very… different? like REALLY good or REALLY awful) and am wondering if there are any commonalities!

As usual, you create beautiful looks and make all the colors look very usable. Thank you. I HAVE to ask – what lip products (i.e. lipstick/gloss/liner) did you use in these photos? The color and texture look stunning! I’ve been looking for something like this forever.

Some YouTubers had issues with this palette, claiming it’s patchy. It looked to me like a blending/technique issue. Did anyone find any patchiness at all?

I revisited the palette myself after seeing some people have poor experiences, but I couldn’t replicate (I tried to do similar combos/placements), so I am curious to hear from more people how it went for them (either way!).

I wound up pulling the trigger on this one because I destashed my Subculture palette and have grown much more fond of matte eyeshadows. It’s my first Natasha Denona product and I am SO HAPPY with the formula. I watched reviews and saw that some people had issues, but I’ve had none. I always use MAC Painterly as a base set with powder. Most of the shadows do take some building, but my experience was the same as yours; they blend beautifully and I’ve had no issues with patchiness on any of the colors I’ve used so far. The only thing that I struggle with is color combinations, and since this palette seems to have had little to no popularity among the beauty community, I’m having a hard time finding inspiration online. I wish the layout was a bit more cohesive (for instance, the blue and pink are beautiful together, but are so distant from one another in the palette; I would have never thought to use the two together if not for ND’s tutorial on the look).

I’d say if you’re not going to use every shade in a palette, don’t buy it and find singles/dupes instead for the shades you’re drawn to. Eyeshadows last for YEARS, and it personally hurts me to find that I’m not using what I’ve put my money towards.

Thank you for sharing your experience with the palette, Sam!

I do feel like this palette is a good complementary palette, though it can be used on its own, since it is all-matte and more subdued, so a lot of shades will work as transition/crease hues with one’s fave shimmers.

I’m one of the people who struggled with this palette. I found the shades patchy, balding in spots, and muddy. I love mattes so I got it right away. I always use a primer and I do not set it typically. For this palette I tried concealer, primer, and setting/not setting in different combos. I changed up my brushes. I did find it looked ok (not great) with lighter fliffier brushes ie my Wayne Goss brushes. If I tried to pack on color with a dense brush (Sonia G), that’s when it got patchy. And once it was patchy and balding I couldn’t get color to stick to that spot to build. I was doing ok with the Wayne Goss brushes. What made me return it is that the colors got really muddy. I couldn’t put together any looks I liked. So I played with Viseart Dark Mattes because a lot of colors are so similar and it was night and day. Viseart was vibrant and buildable and the colors stayed distinct. It broke my heart that this palette didn’t work for me because I loved the colors and love mattes. And I’ve loved some of the looks people have created online. But I prefer my MAC and Viseart shadows so much.

Thank you for sharing your experience, Shelley, but especially giving us more insight into what your routine is, how you tried to use it, etc. I wonder if there’s an ingredient that reacts to certain skin types or something in the actual formula because it’s so odd that some people have no trouble and others have tons of trouble! There are also some in-between, too, but all in all, strange.

When I got the 28-pans I went through the same ordeal. Some mattes went on patchy and I couldn’t get the vibrancy do finger swatches. Just before I returned them I finally “understood” ND shadows: she uses her fingers. These are finger shadows. If you pick up the color with your finger and place it, it’s remarkably vibrant on the lid. Even the shadows you marked as sub-par, Christine. The trouble is, I couldnt get the control on my left side – so it’s reqlly a palette for applying shadows to others. I noticed on YouTube the people who got the best results didn’t treat them as shadows but rather, as pressed pigments. They stamped and pressed the color into place instead of blending it around. I don’t know about longevity of the look but that’s at least how you could get opacity from them.

Luckily, I can get most of the shades in the 28-pans to work fine for me with brushes as my biggest issue was longevity over all else with the original 28-pan palettes! If I could only apply with fingertips, I’d be so sunk! My fingertips are too big, LOL.

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