I have three brands I always mention when I talk about brands that make my favorite eyeshadows. They are Colourpop, Juvia’s Place and Natasha Denona. Now there is a huge difference in the price tag of luxurious Natasha Denona and very affordable Colourpop and Juvia’s Place, but to be completely honest I do think Natasha Denona is the better of these three. Now is it THAT much better to be worth the price. Well, No. But I really like the eyeshadow formula so much that I think it’s worth it to me. Should you save up your hard earned money or just eat rice for a month to get one of these? Absolutely not! You can absolutely get excellent quality for a low cost. But if you are financially comfortable to try them out I don’t think you will be disappointed. At least I am a big fan, and have always been really enjoying using these shadows.
The packaging is a bit different. This time it’s a plastic palette and I have to say I think it is a bit of a disappointment. The old leather bound palettes felt much more luxurious. This one is easier to keep clean though, and one really great thing is that the palette is magnetic and you can pop out the eyeshadows if you want to bring a few of them when traveling. There is one hole for each shadow on the back side so you can easily pop them out. The rest of the time they seem pretty securely attached so that’s pretty neat. But the plastic feel to the palette does not reflect the high price. I think this would have been so much nicer with a metallic blue leathery finish as we got in the Sunset and Lila palettes.
But the inside counts the most off course. One of the things that made me really drawn to this palette was the mount of mattes. Natasha Denona palettes, at least the bigger ones, tend to have a large amount of shimmery shades but not that many mattes. Which is a bit of a shame since the matte ND formula is what eyeshadow dreams are made of. Hands down my absolute favorite formula! So I really like that there is a nice selection of basic mattes in here because it will pair well with my other ND palettes, especially the Brown-Green 28 eyeshadow palette that barely have any mattes. The bottom row is also eye cathcing! I mean, I have a weakness for blue and green eyeshadows so off course I am excited about these shades.
There are also some quite unique shades. Like the Lavender matte shade “Zena”, The yellow sparkly lid topper “Limoncello” and the gorgeous “Mint Frost” that may look like a regular shimmery pale blue, but this one is so much nicer. Almost like a foiled shadow.
Overall, I am pretty happy with the selection of shadows. It does lack a proper dark matte. The mid-toned brown “Coco” is just not that deep. But after all this is a summer palette. We can save those dark looks for winter and fall right?
The quality of the mattes are just perfection in my eyes. I can’t really put my finger on why, but they are just so lovely and somehow better than other smooth, creamy and blend-able mattes. But these mattes are not my favorite for no reason off course. If I should point out one thing though it would be that “Fake Tan” and “Sahara” is kind of similar, especially on the eyes, and I would have preferred a different shade.
But this palette has received some criticism for their standout shades, like “exotic” and “tiger lily”. I don’t think these are bad by any means, but I kind of get where the criticism comes from. They are not one swipe, full on pigment with a buttery texture. They do need a bit of work, and for this price you could argue that you should not have to work a bit. Actually the palette should kind of clean your house, walk the dog and pick up the kids form kindergarden. Or at least apply as effortless as possible. The formula is just a bit different on these two shades. I found that while using a bit more pressure and a flat synthetic brush I could quite quickly build up the shade to look like they do in the pan. So they are not bad, they absolutely work, but I agree they could have been a bit more effortless.
Personally I am happy I got this. One reason is that I collect makeup and I love the matte formula and the color selection. The other reason is that I can afford it without any problems. I would happily pick up another ND palette. But I kind of feel that it’s a bit hard to recommend this. I mean if you know you can afford it and you know you want it then go for it. But if you think it’s too much money to spend on an eyeshadow palette there are so many great formulas out there that are affordable without compromising the quality.
The big Natasha Denona palettes are luxury items. If you want some luxury in your life then they are fantastic, but if you just want some good makeup then this is to excessive.
Would I buy it again? Yes! Because Natasha Denona is my favorite eyeshadow formula, but I would highly recommend trying out the smaller palettes to be sure you will be happy with them before picking up a big one.