So it’s time for the final top brands post. If you missed them be sure to check out my top 3 affordable makeup brands in 2018 and my top 3 high end brands of 2018. Now it’s time to dive into some proper luxury items, and talk about my very favorite luxury brands of 2018! So here they are, in to specific order, the best of luxury 2018:
Natasha Denona: I have talked so much about how I love Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes it was natural to have this brand among my top 3 luxury brands of last year. I have said over and over again that my top three favorite brands for eyeshadows are Colourpop, Juvia’s Place and Natasha Denona. If I could only pick one of them I have to say Natasha Denona would be the one I picked. The formula on both the mattes and shimmers/metallics are beautiful but the mattes in particular are so dreamy. Now, the price point is horrific, but I just can’t help but loving her palettes for their great quality.
Charlotte Tilbury: Almost everything I’ve tried from this brand has been a hit! Every product on this picture is well loved favorites. The Hollywood Flawless Filter was a new discovery for me this year, and is absolutely one of my most loved and used product of the year! You can read the full review about that one here if you are particularly interested. The matte red lipstick called “The Queen” is also an absolutely divine shade! And not only are most of the products I’ve tried amazing, but the whole brand has such a luxurious look and feel to it.
Hourglass: This is the final brand, and even though I only own three product the brand as a whole gives such an impressive impression that I am already in love with the brand. This is the kind of brand where you wonder if they can do any wrong at all. I have Ambient Strobe Lightning Powder, a travel size bronzer and a blush from the brand and all of them are big favorites! This is for sure a brand I will pay more attention too in 2019, and hopefully collect more items because all these products are just beautiful!
What would be your luxury brand favorites for 2018? Or just your favorite brand?
Natasha Denona released a beautiful but expensive palette (again) with the Lila palette. You know, something different for a neutral warm-toned palette.
I won’t dwell on weather or not I think the palette is worth the price. We all know they are crazy expensive, and I already discussed if I think it is worth it or not in my Natasha Denona Sunset palette review which you can read here. So lets just have a Natasha Denona review where we just enjoy the palette and don’t worry about the price, shall we?
First of all: Love the packaging. Simple design with a nice purple shade. It feels heavy and luxurious and the pan size is decent. It has magnetic closing, and a large mirror. The black background on the inside is also easy to clean when needed. A+ for packaging!
I love the color-selection, and I do feel the shades are true to the usual Natasha Denona quality. So, if you like purples and browns this is definitely worth an extra look! Lets talk about the shades one by one!
Per Se – This one appear as a matte medium-toned dusty grey purple in the pan but it is so much more brown on my skin. I wish this shade was more true to color, beauce I like to be able to see the shade I will get in the pan and not have a transformation as soon as it’s on my lids. The quality however is nicely pigmented, smooth and easy to blend but does kick up a tiny bit of dust.
Viola – Berry pink toned purple with a pearly sheen. The texture is a bit dense compared to other ND pearls, but the pigmentation is definitely there and payoff on the lid is rich and vibrant.
Amara – Medium toned matte brown with red tones. Super smooth and glides on like butter. Very opaque!
Cyclone – Rosy coppery brown with metallic finish. Opaque color, but slightly less metallic on the lid.
Nude Vino – Warm matte brown. Another smooth, buttery matte but also this appears a bit darker on the lid than in the pan. Blends like a dream for being such a dark matte!
Layla – Dark cool brown with aubergine undertones and pearl finish. Very pigmented and easy to work with.
Amethyst – Vibrant dark purple with some shimmer in it. Needed a little bit of work to build up no full intensity, but well worth it.
Magentic – Metallic, bright fuchsia pink. Very nice pigmentation, but appeared a bit less metallic on the lid.
Magnolia – Warm metallic gold. Rich, creamy and pigmented. Just a lovely shade!
Nude Mauve – Cool-toned matte light brown. Really nice as a transition or crease shade since it blends like butter.
Juneau – Soft beige pink shimmer. Beautiful as an inner corner or brow-bone highlight.
Livid – Brownish purple metallic. Very smooth and pigmented and blends very easy.
Purpure – Coppery red with high shine metallic finish. A tiny bit more dry than some of the other metallics but still good!
Dragon Bite – red coppery base with a gold-green shift. The shade appears much lighter on the eyes and swatched on the arm than what it does in the pan. In the pan it reminds me of MAC blue-brown pigment or MakeupGeek Utopia, but applied it is much more red. It does have the coolest name in the palette! I think this one is really really pretty!
Helio – Warm taupe metallic. Amazingly smooth and easy to blend. Stunning shade!
I am probably a bit biased, because with previous experience with Natasha Denona eyeshadows I have come to realize that they actually have my favorite formula of matte eyeshadows. And the shimmers and metallics are not far behind at all! Quality is unmatched in my opinion.
The composition of the shades is very appealing, but even though it does not look like your typical everyday palette at first glance there are plenty of browns and neutral shimmers to create daytime-looks with. Composition-wise you may argue that it lacks a nice base shade, and a dark matte, and I will agree with you. But on the other hand I don’t need that in every single palette I own (that’s what Urban Decay Ultimate Basics are for!) and I would not want to switch out any of these gorgeous shades for a boring matte beige or black.
I am very happy that I decided to grab this palette, and I absolutely love it!
Natasha Denona really hit a nerve when she created the Lila palette. I am much more drawn to this palette than say the Sunset one (they are both gorgeous though!). I just really WANT to use the shades in this palette to create something. So I created 4 looks using shades from that palette only. Just to have some fun with it and see how it performed.
One of my ways to do research before a review is actually doing exactly this, making several looks with one palette and trying to use as many shades as possible. I just don’t feel like I am able to review a palette properly without testing all the shades on my eyes and felt how they perform on the lid. I can hands down assure you that this palette deserves a glorious review! IT…IS….AMAZING!
So, now let’s take a peak at the makeup looks. Under each photo you get a full product list of everything I used. Hope you enjoy!
Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes are really something else when is comes to price! The eyeshadow-junkie will always find a way to justify the high cost, and the budget minded will always find reasons why an eyeshadow palette can never be worth that much. I guess you can tell which category I represent?
At 129$ a piece the Sunset palette sure is pricey. With a total of 15 shades the cost for each shade is 8.6$, which is not bad at all. But to be real, when you pay for the palette it is those 129$ that burns, not the reasonable price-per-shade cost. So yes, this is way to expensive.
I did not manage to resist though. Mostly because I have one of the 28-shadow palettes from before, and I find the shadows to be nothing less than excellent. Soft, creamy, pigmented, blend-able. Just everything I want in a shadow. So the Sunset palette was an easy choice for me. 15 beautiful shades of my favorite eyeshadow formula is just worth 129$ to me personally.
But lets get on with the good stuff. And with that I mean swatches off course!
I have been playing around with all the eyeshadows. Not only swatching them, but also using them on my eyes. I’ve created several makeuplooks and I plan to bring a few of them up on my blog in a post featuring a few looks with this palette. So I got a fairly good impression of how they perform. If you want to see some of the looks I created you can have a look at this post.
The shade descriptions are in the same order as the swatches!
Atmosphere – Pearl finish red-toned copper. Very pigmented and smooth. Easy to apply and attached to the lid nicely even without a primer.
Sinai – Very warm satin terracotta brown. Nice color payoff. Blend effortlessly.
Ice Gold – Metallic white gold. It has tiny pieced of sparkles in it. Nicely pigmented for being such a pale shade. Had a bit off fallout (if I used a lot, not if I used it just as an inner corner highlight). Very nice shade to use as a brow bone or inner corner highlight.
Mandarine – Metallic bright orange with gold shimmer. When I first saw this I thought “Oh, this shade reminds me of mandarines!” and them I read the shade name. Off course I found the name very appropriate. Intense pigmentation, but a bit off fallout.
Bronzage – Metallic medium bronzy brown. Smooth as butter and very richly pigmented. As with so many of Natasha Denonas metallic or glittery eyeshadows this one has quite a bit of fallout. Make sure to do eyes first!
Volcano – Deep warm reddish-brown with matte finish. Reminds me of chocolate. Very opaque and easy to blend. Just a great matte brown.
Aubade – Warm coppery gold. Metallic shimmer almost foiled finish on the lids. Even thoug it is quite glittery I didn’t have any problems making it stick to my eyes. Really pigmented, and even though I usually wet my brush for these kinds of shades I didn’t have to with this. It does make a bit of a mess in the palette though.
Horizon – Almost matte orange. This is a tiny bit dryer and less pigmented than what I normally experience Natasha Denona shadows to be, so I had to build it up a bit to get the same intensity as in the pan. It is easy to work with and blends nicely so I did actually use it in a lot of different looks even if it is not the most pigmented of the bunch.
Sundazed – Sparkling yellow gold. Smaller glitter than in Aubade, but still it appears a bit chunky at first, almost as it is more loosely pressed. The shade is very rich, but it does have a bit of fallout.
Terra – Semi matte warm toned brown. Almost like a darker version of Sinai. Creamy, pigmented and blends like a dream.
Bermuda – Light matte peach. Silky smooth shade, that works well as a base or transition shade with the rest of the shades in this palette. Not usually what I would go or as a base shade, but with the color scheme with the rest of the palette it works nicely!
Morgana – Shimmery copper coral. Just so rich. smooth and pigmented. Impressive shade!
Panjin – Matte red. A little bit dryer and less buttery than the usual Natasha Denona matte shadows. But still very build-able and easy to blend color. Can easily work the shade up to high intensity.
Igneous – Dark neutral brown with matte finish. Just another very good matte. Very easy to blend even though it is a darker shade.
Sol – Bright matte yellow. Similar in finish to Panjin. Semi-opaque so needed a bit of work to get that full yellow impact. Fun shade!
Overall it is just such an amazing palette. I know 129 $ is really hard to justify, but when I am working with those incredible matte shades and see how effortless they blend without blending away I really feel that the quality is something else. For this price you may argue that every single shade should be nothing less than perfection, and not all of them are to be honest.
Even if I do find some imperfections this quality is up among the best. The Natasha Denona 28 eyeshadow brown-green palette is hands down the best quality palette I own. This one is not exactly that good, but very very close. So I have no regrets spending this amount of products for a palette.
If you really like the color selection and can afford it I would say go for it, because I fid it very unlikely for people to be disappointment. However, if you find the price-tag to be a bit steep there are palettes out there that can give very similar look. With a nice gold and a copper pigment, the “Yes, please!” palette from Colourpop, and maybe “Burning Hearts” from Sugarpill or “Zulu” from Juvia’s Place you are well on your way of duping any looks you can do with the Sunset palette (and to be fair, all those products combined would still be a lot cheaper).
But, if you appreciate a bit of luxury in your life, the Sunset palette is truly an eyeshadow treasure.
I think every sunset-makeuplook-lovers heart skipped a beat when Natasha Denona released the Sunset palette. Mine sure did! Being a huge fan of her eyeshadow formula I just had to grab this to add to my collection. And the palette is so beautiful! I was happy to see that these shades are a dream to work with, as Natasha Denona shadows usually are. The mattes are just unreal!
So I’ve been playing around with this palette and I have some looks I want to share with you. There are off course a whole bunch of different looks to create, to these three are just a taste of what you can do with this palette.
All shade names and additional products used to create the different looks will be listed under each photo.
Shades: Bermuda, Horizon, Panjin, Igneous, Sol, Sundazed, Aubade and Mandarine.
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h – Black.
Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
Maybelline Master Drama Kohl Pencil – Ultra Black.
Zoeva Brow Spectrum – Bro30
H&M Colour Essence Eye Pencil – Goldie Luxe.
This palette definitely is a great palette for summer to create those sunset eyelooks, hence the name of the palette I guess.
Hope you like the looks. And if you don’t own the Sunset palette and find it a bit too expensive you should be able to create very similar looks with the “Yes, Please” palette from Colourpop. You only need an additional matte red shade (and may I recommend Love + from Sugarpill?).
Do you have a favorite look out of these three? I think I prefer the last one myself.
The first of a series of three blog posts where I talk about my top three makeup brands of the year. In this post I will talk a bit about the luxury brands I loved in 2017 and highlight a few of the products I adore from each brand, there are some very excellent products here well worth the splurge of a luxury makeup item! There will also be posts with my top three high-end and top three affordable makeup brands, so make sure to follow my blog so you won’t miss out on my more affordable favorites!
So lets get started and talk about some great luxury brands I recommend you check out! I picked out three brands but they are in no particular order. I just would not be able to rank one brand over the other. So in no particular order, here are my favorite luxury brands of 2017:
Lancôme has always been one of my go-toes when I want a new mascara. They very often work great for me, and I’ve finished a few tubes of Lancôme mascara this year, including the Grandiose mascara (not pictured, it is empty and trashed!) that I loved and will surely pick up again at some point, and the Hypnotic Dolls Eyes which is a great mascara, just a bit too natural for me. The Volume-à-Porter (in picture) is my go-to at the moment. Lancôme mascaras in general often seem to be a safe pick for me. They don’t always become my very favorites, but they are always great mascaras!
The Teint Idole Ultra Wear is a foundation I only tried recently, and it is clearly among my all time top three foundation. I actually went through half the bottle already. Supreme staying power and georgeous on the skin!
Not to mention that Lancôme blushes have been my favorite luxury-brand blushers for years. If you should try only one luxury blush this should be one to consider.
Not surprisingly, Guerlain is here too! I am a passionate collector of their limited edition mètèorite pearls and terracotta bronzers and I have quite a few of them. These are not however everyday products, to be fair many of them are considered collector pieces and are untouched to maintain pristine condition, so those products alone are not enough to bump this brand on a top three list.
My hole grail foundation is though! I purchased this during the summer, and I am absolutely blown away. To me, The Lingerie de Peau foundation is perfection. I don’t throw around the phrase “holy grail” all that often, but this one truly is. If I could only wear one foundation for the rest of my life I would be completely content picking this, and just forgetting about the rest!
Their liquid lipsticks also have a beautiful non-drying formula. I picked up two shades, Tempting Rose and Charming Beige, and they are such beautiful everyday colors that lasts a long time and feels super comfy. I will definitely pick up more shades, I just wish they would expand their color selection because I feel that the 7 shades they have to offer are not nearly enough.
Lastly, Dior needed to be included. I always tend to enjoy their face products and lip stuff. Their highlighter and bronzers from their Nude line have a special place in my heart and we go back for years. Their loose setting powder is wonderful, and I also enjoy their eyeshadow palettes. Thinking about it, I don’t think I have any misses from Dior. They are just a solid brand that works for me.
One of my new discoveries are the Dior Liquid lipsticks that they released this year. I picked up the shade 999, which is their classic red shade (they have it in a bullet lipstick as well) and is fits the season perfect right now. So pretty!
I also need to cheat a bit and mention Natasha Denona! The reason why this brand is not on my top three list is because I’ve only tried their eyeshadows, and I only wanted to include brands I’ve tried and loved several different products by. But I did purchase my first Natasha Denona palette this year, and now I have collected three of them; The Brown-Green 28 shadow palette, the Lila palette and the Sunset palette. I hope to pick up some more during 2018. These are my absolute favorite eyeshadow formula that I’ve ever tried so I just had to mention them.
What are your favorite luxury brands? Let me know!