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Warm Eyeshadow Palettes from Marc Jacobs, Urban Decay and Natasha Denona

March 30, 2018

Warm Eyeshadow Palettes Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Scandalust, Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat and Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette

Happy Friday! Quick roundup today of three warm-toned eyeshadow palettes that some of you have been curious about. I’m more of a neutral lover when it comes to shadows although I do love warm bronze and golds and soft peachy shades too. The warm eyeshadow trend has been super popular for a few years now and I’ve learned to embrace it. There was a day I though I’d never wear an orange or warm brown shadow but I’ve found with some layering they can make some really nice eye looks.

Today I have a review and swatches of three palettes including the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palette in Scandalust, Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat and Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette. Also shown in top photo is a miniature Louis Vuitton perfume, Wayne Goss Brushes #7 and #4 from his Anniversary Set Volume 2, Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 410 Corail Naturel.

A quick look at them all in direct sunlight where you can see the shimmer a bit better:

Warm Eyeshadow Palettes Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Scandalust, Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat and Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette review and swatches

Up first is the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Palette in Scandalust. I’ve had this one for a while since the new palettes launched. My go-to is still the neutral option Glambition (review and swatched here) for a perfect everyday kind of look. Scandalust is a lot warmer but still very wearable for me. I like to mix the shades from both palettes sometimes. Scandalust has ultra smooth rich pigment that feels like velvet. Pigment is really good and easy to layer.

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust

Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust swatches

Shades include from left to right:

  • Hot Pants is a soft shimmery cream
  • At the Office is a medium mauve-nude matte
  • Cause a Fuss is my kind of shimmering peach with champagne shimmer
  • That’s Why is a matte brown
  • They Call Her is a shimmering copper orange
  • Little Miss is a matte plum brown
  • Scandalous is a wine pink red matte

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Next is the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat. I’ve always thought that the Urban Decay matte shadows in their Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics Palettes have been among the best. The Naked Petite Heat also has excellent texture and pigment although some of the shades aren’t quite as pigmented as the other two. The color payoff is still really really good with smooth application. Alone it’s a bit too warm for me but I like to mix in a little from Naked Basics to neutral things out a little. The soft mattes are perfect layering and blending shades for days where you feel your eye color might be too neutral or cool. The warmth adds depth and life to the look.

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Palette Review and Swatches

Shades include:

  • Inhale pale ivory shimmer
  • Vibrate light-medium beige
  • Hot Spell soft warm brown
  • Wild Thing matte orange
  • Heist matte warm brown
  • Strike deep cocoa matte

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Finally the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette which is probably he cutest eyeshadow palette I have ever seen! It’s miniature size with tiny pans. This one has excellent color payoff on all the shades. It has a mix of mattes and shimmers with no glitters (yay!). It is very warm and alone too warm for me to wear. I do like it for layering with other palettes though. To some I know this may be too complicated but I find for the most part I’m layering shadows anyways so I don’t mind pulling from a couple palettes.

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette review and swatches

Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette review and swatches

Colors from left to right:

  • 175CM Guava is a matte soft brown
  • 176M Apollo is a metallic deep red
  • 177 CM Dirty Mars is a matte warm brown
  • 178M Sun Beam is a metallic warm gold
  • 179M Halo is a sparkling ivory champagne shimmer

Overall thoughts are that the quality, pigment, color payoff, blendability and lasting power on these palettes are all excellent. That being said, Scandalust is the only one I can wear on it’s own. The other two I need to layer with others but for me the Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat is just what I need to warm up an eye look.

In terms of comparisons to other warm-ish palettes, I find the NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette to be more wearable for me although it’s a different kind of warm. It’s got a warm rose vs a warm orange theme. The NARS NARsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette is the perfect warm neutral palette for me as it has a wide range and includes enough neutrals for me to layer with warm colors. I also find the Pat McGrath Eyeshadow Palette in Bronze Ambition to be more in the warm-neutral category which I really adore.

For those who want to know which eye brushes I like the best, a comprehensive roundup of my favorites in my Favorite Eye Makeup Brushes and Tools post.

You can find the three palettes out now at all counters and online.

Marc Jacobs available at Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Marc Jacobs Beauty.
Urban Decay available at Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta Beauty and Urban Decay.
Natasha Denona available at Sephora.

The three palettes featured were press samples sent for review consideration. As always all opinions my own.

 

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Natasha Denona Spring 2018

January 26, 2018

Natasha Denona Spring 2018 Diamond and Blush Palettes | The Beauty Look Book

Natasha Denona Spring 2018 has two new stunning palettes called Diamond and Blush ($89 each for 6 x 7 g/0.25 oz) and three new shadows called Duo Chrome Top Coat ($28 each for 0.2 oz/ 6 g). The collection is all about the glow with multi-dimensional finishes and textures. I think highlighters and glow are here to stay for quite some time!

Duo Chrome Top Coats

Up first are the Duo Chrome Top Coats which are similar in packaging to the Crystal Top Coats from holiday. The new ones for spring have a more finely milled shimmer with a clear duochrome finish while the Crystal ones were more sparkly. Finish and texture is cream to powder and for me these are best applied with the fingers dabbed onto the lids. Pigment is sheer to medium but buildable. For me the Spring Duo Chrome Top Coats are too trendy for me to pull off. There are three shades:

Natasha Denona Spring 2018 Duo Chrome Top Coats | The Beauty Look Book

  • Brown Mauve/Purple is a mauve pink with purple shimmer
  • Burnt Terracotta/Green is a yellow terracotta that flashes green
  • Lavender/Gold and Silver is a pale lilac lavender with gold and silver shimmers

The only shade that had fallout on me was the lavender one. The others went on the lids smoothly and blend well together. Even though the Crystal Top Coats are a lot more sparkly, I feel like I can wear those because the bases are more neutral.

Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Top Coat and Crystal Top Coat | The Beauty Look Book

Diamond and Blush Palettes

The Diamond and Blush Palettes are absolutely gorgeous! After seeing them in action on Natasha Denona’s Instagram @natashadenona I was a bit worried these would be way too intense on the shimmer and color. You can definitely apply them and build intensity for a stunning glow, but if you’re like me and prefer a more conservative look the good news is you can blend and sheer out the products for a more natural looking finish. First I need to take a moment to say how pretty the packaging is. The pink is the prettiest shade of pink! The tops of both palettes are identical but they are almost holographic in the labels – you can see below just different angles with the light hitting shows different variations!

Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush Palettes | The Beauty Look Book

Each palette has three different finishes Diamond, Blush and Glow and each finish comes in a Cream and Powder form (6 colors total per palette). Darya is the pink option and I’m completely obsessed with the colors. Everything blends out beautifully on the skin and you can control intensity or sheerness easily by layering and blending. Top pink is Darya. Bottom peach is Citrus.

Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush Palette Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Darya – Pink Tones

Natasha Denona Darya Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches

Darya colors and descriptions:

  • Diamond Glow Cream Base is a smooth champagne shimmer
  • Diamond Powder is a glittery sparkling champagne with silver flecks (best for me worn on eyes)
  • Cream Blush is a soft coral pink with a very subtle sheen
  • Powder Blush is a coral pink
  • Duo Glow is a pink gold duo chrome cream to powder feeling highlighter
  • Glow Extreme is a shimmering  sparkly champagne

Natasha Denona Darya Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches:

Natasha Denona Darya Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Look below featuring:

Natasha Denona Darya Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Citrus Palette – Coral and Peach

Natasha Denona Citrus Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches

Citrus descriptions:

  • Diamond Glow Cream Base is a bronzey tan shimmer
  • Diamond Powder is a sparkling gold
  • Cream Blush is a coral cream
  • Powder Blush peachy gold shimmer
  • Duo Glow iridescent yellow
  • Glow Extreme shimmering tan/bronze sparkle

Natasha Denona Citrus Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches:

Natasha Denona Citrus Diamond and Blush Palette Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Look below featuring:

Natasha Denona Citrus

Based on the product descriptions I thought the Palette Duo Glows would be similar to the individual Duo Glows she launched last year. I found them completely different in finish/texture so instead I’ve compared the individual Duo Glows to the Powder Blush in the palettes (hope that’s not too confusing). I also pulled a couple of her individual Glow Powders to compare below.

Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush vs Duo Glow

Natasha Denona Diamond Blush, Duo Glow and Glow

Natasha Denona Spring 2018 Diamond and Blush Palettes | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line: very much on trend but not too trendy for me (yay!). I 100% recommend the Diamond and Blush Palettes. The glittery diamond powder is a bit much for my face but I can wear it easily on the eyes as an accent or shadow. Since there are lots of sparkles and shimmer flecks with the Diamond Powder and Glow Extreme there will be some fall out if you apply with a brush. It’s easy to clean up though and once everything is on the face it pretty much stays put. I love that the palettes are glowy but the creams aren’t too emollient so they don’t get oily (at least not on me).

For me the Duo Chrome Top Coats are a pass simply because I don’t wear those kinds of colors. Yes I’m a bit boring when it comes to eyeshadow, but what can I say, neutral is how I like it.

You can find the Natasha Denona Spring 2018 collection at Sephora and Beautylish. Definitely check out the tutorials and swatches on @NatashaDenona Instagram because it will give you a better idea of how much pigment you can build.

 

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Natasha Denona spring collection provided courtesy of the team for review.

 

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Natasha Denona Holiday Collection 2017

October 29, 2017

Natasha Denona Holiday Collection 2017 Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Natasha Denona’s holiday collection this year focuses on eye makeup with two Eyeshadow Palette 5 shades ($48 each, 5 x 0.08 oz/ 2.26g, made in Italy) and a new eyeshadow formula called Chroma Crystal Top Coat ($28 each, 6 g/0.2 fl oz, made in Italy). Her eyeshadows have been among the bolder options on the market with beautiful textures, shimmers and intense pigment and I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve tried from her line. In general the overall look and feel of her eye makeup is bolder than I normally gravitate towards but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a lot of her palettes, in particular the Palette 28 in Green Brown (swatched here with two eye looks) and her Star Palette (reviewed here). Her All Over Glow Face Shimmers are some of the prettiest I’ve tried as well (all three swatched here). Even for the conservative makeup wearer there is a lot to explore and have fun with.

Natasha Denona Holiday Collection 2017 Review + Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Up first are the two Eyeshadow Palette 5 options in Joya and Aeris. Both are just so so pretty. I rarely wear red or wine colored shades on my eyes unless it’s in a palette and there for blending or adding depth the the shadows. I’ve been incorporating a lot of warmer coppery shades into my beauty routine here and there. I still can’t pull off a lot of the reds or oranges but with some blending I’m always surprised how pretty the effect is if you layer shadows. For those not familiar with her shadows the names have numbers and letters in them. The letters indicate the finish. This season she has a new Cream Powder formula CP which is intense and a hybrid of her signature shadow with a new creamy like finish. They’re ultra pigmented, super smooth and are very easy to blend, layer and mix. Natasha Denona shadows are among the very few powder formulas I find adhere and glide onto bare unprimed lids with 100% perfection.

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 in Joya Aeris | The Beauty Look Book

Joya has:

  • 135 DC peach-gold  is a sparking peach rose gold shimmer
  • 136 CP fuchsia is a sheer matte creamy pink
  • 137 CP gold is a sparking metallic cream powder gold
  • 138 M red grape is a metallic red
  • 139 CP star bronze is a pigmented metallic bronze shimmer

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 Holiday Edition in Joya | The Beauty Look Book

Aeris has the following shades below, if you mix the blue with a matte red you get a pretty brown shimmer:

  • 140 CP nude is a pigmented nude champagne with silver sparkles
  • 141 K red bronze is a shimmering red bronze with gold shimmers
  • 142 CM burnt terracotta is a sheer matte terracotta
  • 143 CP ice blue is a sparkling cool blue with tons of sparkle
  • 144 CP peach bronze is a sheer peachy bronze glitter

Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 Holiday Edition in Aeris | The Beauty Look Book

Up next are my favorites which are the Chroma Crystal Top Coats. I’m not a fan of glitter in general because of the chunky texture and fall out. Plus as a conservative makeup wearer I find it can be over the top for many occasions. There have been a couple exceptions. I’ve been a die-hard fan of the Tom Ford Cream Powder Eye Duos and these Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coats have joined the beauty look book glitter approved club. They have a unique creamy finish that has an almost wet feel. I like using the fingers to apply. They’re super soft to the touch and even though there’s visible sparkle chunks there is no chunky feel, very minimal fall out and they’re super easy to apply. I like dabbing them on the lids. You can wear them alone or over other powder shadows. They have impressive lasting power and as the day progressed with these I didn’t experience glitter falling on my cheeks. I cannot pick a favorite as I think they’re all phenomenal, but I do really love Peach.

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Colors are:

  • Nude is a shimmering champagne with cool-silvery sparkles
  • Bronze is a medium soft peachy bronze
  • Grey-Brown is a neutral cool grey brown sparkle
  • Peach is a soft peachy shimmer

Swatches sometimes don’t show the glitter well so I have two sets:

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Swatches next to Tom Ford Cream + Powder Eye Duos Golden Peach and Young Adonis. If you simply can’t bring yourself to wear glitter or feel that it’s not suitable for your makeup style or work environment, I’d recommend you check out the Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Colors. I held out on these for a long time because in general I find Chantecaille to be overpriced for what you get, and I’ve been underwhelmed by most of her makeup items. These however are really really good. I’m obsessed with Copper.

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat Review Swatches vs Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color and Tom Ford Cream Powder Duos | The Beauty Look Book

A quick eye look with Nude and Bronze, it’s actually a lot more sparkly in real life but this was the best I could do to photograph it on the eyes:

Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Top Coat Review Swatches | The Beauty Look Book

Bottom line lots to love, especially for the upcoming holiday season. I am completely in love with the Chroma Crystal Top Coats and highly recommend you check them out or put them on your wishlist. They’re supposed to be multi-use so you can also add them on top of lipstick as well, I have not tried that, but for now I really love these on the eyes.

You can find the Natasha Denona Holiday 2017 Collection available now at Sephora and Beautylish. Do you have any Natasha Denona favorites?

Holiday collection provided courtesy of Natasha Denona.