The Natasha Denona Sunrise palette was the first larger mini palette that we’ve seen from the brand. We have previously seen the 5-pan palettes with mini sized eyeshadows, but nothing with the amount of shades like the Sunrise palette.
Now, even though they are called “mini” they are not really that small. The regular pan size of Natasha Denona eyeshadows is pretty generous, so these mini shadows are still larger than the regular Anastasia eyeshadows. But it gives you the chance of picking up the amazing Natasha Denona eyeshadow formula for a more reasonable price. Well, 65$ is pretty expensive for a palette, but it’s still cheaper than the 129$ you have to pour out to get the regular sized 15-pan palettes.
The design of the palette is very clean and minimalistic. Inside you get 15 gorgeous shades inspired by the colors of a sunrise, hence the name. This is a nice complimentary palette to the Sunset palette by Natasha Denona. They do have a similar vibe to them, but I don’t feel like they overlap, but they do compliment each other and are nice companion palettes.
The palette has 7 mattes. The Natasha Denona matte formula is amazing! They blend so easy and are so smooth. They just feel like quality in a way that is hard to describe. So far I haven’t been able to critisize any of her matte shadows, I have loved them all, but this time I was left a tiny bit dissapointed. Most of the shadows worked as I have learned to expect from Natasha Denona, but one shade “Clove” I found to be a bit patchy. Still a workable shade, but you just don’t expect to have any trouble with Natasha Denona mattes. You pay too much for them, so Clove left me a bit dissapointed I have to say. The rest of the mattes I was very happy with. I want to particularly mention “Carnelian” and “Jasper” which are the most delicious mattes I can imagine. And such beautiful colors. So, overall the mattes did pretty well, only 1 out of 7 dissapointed. However, the price tag considered none of the shades should have been dissapointing!
The 8 remaining shades are shimmers, among them some lovely duochrome shades. Most of these shadows are opaque or at least semi-opaque and are easy to build up on the lid. One exeption is “Aster” which is a bit more sheer. This is a gorgeous duochrome that is just lovely as a topper shade. So that it’s a bit on the sheer side is actually an advantage. It really transforms the look, and give it a lot more dimention when just a bit of this shade is patted over the lid as a finishing touch. There is a bit of variation in the shimmer shades, because some are more loose than others. Typically the more sparkly shades are a bit more loose, while the regular shimmer shades have a bit more firmness to them. I preffered using a damp brush with the more loosely pressed shades as I found that they appeared a bit more shiny and sparkly.
As usual with Natasha Denona eyeshadows there are surprisingly little fallout. Even with the more loosely pressed or darker shades the amount of fallout was aboslutely at a minimum. I find this to be the case with the majority of Natasha Denona eyeshadows. You don’t really get much fallout, and they look almost freshly applied to the eyes all day. Even without a primer they don’t seem to fade on me much during the day.
The composition of colors is also lovely. I didn’t thing there were any repetitive shades. And while working with it I did not really miss any shades either. You have more than enough options to complete several looks withouth reaching into a different palette. The shades go so nicely together, it’s easy to combine them to create looks, and you have enough depth and variety to get a bunch of different looks.
If you like the warm sunrise colors this really is a lovely palette. With the exeption of “Clove” I loved every shade. I hope to see many more palettes with this size in the future! Yes to more minis!