Always excited to see what Natasha Denona launches! From day one I’ve loved the unique and personal touch she’s added to all of her palettes. Today I have a look at her Retro Eyeshadow Palette ($65, available at Sephora). The color scheme has a mix of pinks, purples, silvers and sparkles for a burgundy mauve eye look.
The Retro Eyeshadow Palette has 15 shades. There is a mix of velvety mattes, duochrome sparkles, shimmers, and sparkle toppers. Color payoff and performance is true to her usual style – great pigment, smooth texture, easy to blend and layer colors. I think this one has a really nice range and variation of light, medium and deep shades.
I’ve always been a neutral eye person or one who likes golden bronze tones. Purple isn’t really me, I don’t think I can pull it off well like many of my other beauty friends. I think there are plenty of non-purple tones in this palette to create a more neutral look but I did create a purple mauve look just for fun.
Colors in this palette:
Glitz is a sparkling pink gold
Andy is a soft light mauve
Jude shimmery taupe silver
Mod pale off white pink matte
Vivenne pale medium dusty pink
Groove deep plum
Opart bark brown
Psychedelic sparkling glitter pink
Go-Go medium warm pink matte
Patty pretty warm shimmer copper pink
Swing shimmery plum
Nude Mauve greyed-mauve matte
Rebellion deep plum red
Helio sparkling taupe
Amara matte plum brown
My favorite shades in this palette are Glitz and Helio for ones I think are the most unique and prettiest!
Natasha Denona recently launched her Mini Love Collection with new shades for eyes, lips ad cheeks. I’m thrilled to be able to share a look at the new collection today! She also added new shades of pencils in her I Need a Nude Lip Liner formula and I hauled a few colors from Sephora.
Natasha Denona Love Cheek Duo
The Natasha Denona Love Cheek Duo has a soft cream blush in a pink coral cream and an iridescent pink gold shimmer. The cream dries down to a soft matte finish and while it’s more of a baby pink on me once blended it looks more natural and soft. The shimmery highlighter has a beautiful multi-dimensional sheen that flashes pink and gold without being too glitzy.
The product description says the Cream Blush in the Duo is the same as the cream from her Diamond and Blush Palette Darya (reviewed here). I pulled mine out to compare even though it’s pretty old and the colors are identical on my skin. The Highlighter in this Duo is similar to the Duo Glow in the Diamond Palette but the one in the new duo pulls more pink in undertone.
Up next is her Mini Love Palette. I love her mini eyeshadow palettes because they come with perfectly coordinated colors for a complete look. The colors in this palette all perform beautifully – there is a nice mix of mattes and shimmers. Quality and performance wise colors blend nicely, they’re pigmented, lasting power is good. I just didn’t like the colors for me. I personally do not like purple eyeshadows for me. They don’t mix well with my olive complexion.
Colors include a sparkling mauve pink, matte mauve, deep matte plum, shimmery pale pink and shimmery rose pink.
I Need a Nude Lipstick in Amorosa
For the lips there’s a new lip color called Amorosa which is a nude pink. Her nude lip colors come in a wide range of options and undertones, many are too light for my complexion, but I really like the look of Amorosa! It’s a nude pink and gives me a true-nude lip look. It is better if I pair it with a slightly deeper lip pencil and blend but I’ve swatched it below by itself for you to get an idea of how it looks. It’s creamy, opaque and has full coverage.
Last but not least as a nude lip lover I hauled some of her I Need a Nude Lip Pencils. Formula-wise they’re perfect. They have a smooth texture with high pigment and a natural matte finish. They’re not drying and glide on the lips perfectly. Lasting power is phenomenal and stays put for hours without budging or fading.
Color-wise I think these are best when used as a lip liner and combined with a lipstick + gloss. I know many of you like to use liners as a line and fill kind of product, like a lip crayon. For me these nudes pull too nude if I apply all over the lips. If you go to her Instagram @natashadenona and look at her Live Swatches highlights she has really helpful demo, application tips and live swatches.
For color selection nudes can be tricky depending on your skin and natural lip tone. A lot of nudes that I like don’t always work for you especially if you don’t have warm olive tones like me. My pigmented lips vary in color day to day. Sometimes they’re pink, other times they’re more purple, other days they look more brown. For me these lip pencils look really similar on my arm. If you look at the swatches on the @natashadenona Instagram Highlights you will see the colors have more variation on lighter skin tone.
She has her lip pencils labeled with a color code to distinguish the undertone (NP = neutral pink, NB = neutral beige). Colors I bought (please note they look so close on my arm in the photo but there are differences in undertone, especially when on the lips):
NP1 Natasha – light neutral mauve pink
NP2 Ilona – light medium pink brown
NP3 Julia – medium pink
NB2 Noa – medium beige
NB3 Dana – cool beige brown
The two that worked best for me are Ilona and Julia, but they pull very light on my complexion. The Pat McGrath Permagel Lip Pencil colors in Done Undone or Buff or Structure work better for my lip tone and complexion for a natural lip (swatched here) – but these have more color while the Natasha Denona Lip Pencils are nudes just as the name implies. Below wearing
That wraps my look at the new items from Natasha Denona! You can find her new items available at Sephora and Beautylish. Hope you found these swatches helpful. Did you check out anything from her new launch yet? What did you think?
Mini Love collection provided for review. Lip liners purchased by me.
I have a new Natasha Denona haul with her latest launches! As usual she has some stunning new palettes and a new glow highlighter. So many of you are really excited about the Glam Eyeshadow palette and asked for swatches. I’m thrilled to have them up for you today.
The Natasha Denona Glam Eyeshadow Palette is one of her smaller 15 pans similar to her Bronze Eyeshadow Palette versus her larger ones like the Biba Palette. On my skin tone Glam is a neutral-cool palette with a wide range of textures. It has a great mix of mattes and shimmers and in this one she labeled each color for placement such as Center Eye Lid, Outer Eye Lid, Crease, Transition etc.
Middle Row: soft medium matte brown, medium matte pink cocoa tan, deep matte cool brown, shimmery silver, shimmery cool silver
Bottom Row: metallic pale gold, medium shimmery brown, shimmery cool champagne, metallic taupe and shimmery champange
Texture is smooth and easy to blend. I adore her shimmers and metallic colors – I think they apply so beautifully on the lids and layer on top of mattes in the most exquisite way. Mattes are best for smoking or using all over the lid – they may apply streaky on the arm/hand but blend nicely on the eyes.
I really love this one! If you own a lot of neutrals I suspect you will have repeats in your stash. I do like the convenience of having so many shades in one palette. You can really create a full eye look with the palette. Other similar palettes like Tom Ford Nude Dip or even the First Frost have a similar vibe and tone – but I often have to add liner or a dark matte eyeshadow to line or add depth.
Her new Mini Zendo Eyeshadow Palette is absolutely gorgeous! I love her minis because I find them really convenient and easy to use. I also think she comes up with the most beautiful color combinations. When I first saw it I didn’t know exactly how to use it as the metallic silver/green/taupe threw me off – it’s stunning but I wasn’t sure how to apply it with the other colors. I followed one of her tutorials on her Instagram highlights @natashadenona and found it really helpful for placement and order of application. With some blending and layering I added the green shade last as a topper and it gave the eye so much depth and glow.
I Need A Nude Glow Highlighter
I wasn’t planning on buying this one but I saw it at Sephora and had to have it. Her I Need A Nude Glow Highlighter is a single champagne nude highlighter with a soft candlelit glow. On my skin it pulls warm and gold. Metallic highlighters usually show or emphasize texture on my skin but this one has a smooth finish and makes the skin look almost like glass. Color-wise I don’t think it is the most unique. I found it similar to the one from the Tan and Bronze Glow Palette.
Swatch comparisons to a few other formulas below:
I Need A Nude Lipstick in Andrea
There are two new lipsticks in her latest holiday launch and I opted for the I Need A Nude Lipstick in Andrea. Colors this pale are usually a nightmare for me to wear or pull off. Her tutorials showed it looked pretty on a wide range of skintones so I was willing to try it. I have slightly mixed feelings. Formula and coverage-wise it’s really really good. It has smooth opaque coverage without any streaking or caking. Color-wise it’s a little too pale and light by itself, but for me light colors are always tricky. I applied it by itself below – if I added a deeper liner like MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl or Stripdown and added a bit of gloss I think I could make it work.
Overall I love everything. I think the Glam Palette is a lovely addition to her lineup and if you have been wanting a neutral-cool palette this is a great one. I do think her Mini Zendo Palette can be a bit tricky to apply with color placement but I highly recommend you watch her tutorials on her Instagram Story Highlights – it’s so inspirational with her color combinations and I love watching her technique!
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Glam Eyeshadow Palette provided for review. Other items Zendo Palette, I Need a Nude Glow Highlighter and Andrea lipstick purchased by me.
The Natasha Denona Bronze Collection just launched with some of the most beautiful summery bronze shimmers I think I’ve ever seen. She created some truly beautiful colors for this collection and I think everything is just so stunning and unique. In the collection we have:
The Bronze Eyeshadow Palette has 15 colors with a mix of mattes, sparkles and shimmers. This one comes in one of the smaller-pan size options and is priced at a lower price point of $65 (versus the larger 15-pan variations like the Biba Palette or Gold Eyeshadow Palette which retail for $129). Her eyeshadow palettes are on the more expensive side, but when you break it down to price per pan I think her prices are pretty reasonable given the fact you get 15 shades in a large sturdy mirrored compact.
Color-wise I find there is quite a bit of variation among the colors which makes for an endless amount of combinations. I am particularly smitten with the bottom row of shimmers – they have the prettiest mix of colors with a beautiful sheen. It’s hard for me to find a palette where I like every single color – this is one of those palettes. The sparkles in this one are wearable – they aren’t too glitzy or sparkly for me. Mattes are buttery smooth. Shimmers layer and blend beautifully.
True Copper – sparkling warm copper
Suntan – matte warm brown
Sundown – medium yellow brown matte
Deep Dive – deep eggplant brown shimmer
Rhodium – gorgeous purple shimmer with silvery violet flecks
Magma – matte reddish brown
High Degree – red copper shimmer
Alloy – sparkling bronze shimmer
Ridge – matte mustard
True Bronze – shimmering bronze gold
Gloaming – shimmery red with gold shimmer
Palladium – warm pink taupe shimmer
Bliss – duo chrome red pink gold shimmer
Silk – sparkling glittery champagne
Beach – warm matte sand nude
Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette
The Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette is a 4-pan cheek palette. To me this one is all about glow. It has two cream colors called Bounce Creams. The Bounce Cream Glow is an iridescent duo chrome opal gold shade and the Bounce Cream Blush is a medium tan shimmer. These have a very soft almost semi-matte feel (similar to the Westman Atelier Eye Pods). They’re creamy but not too creamy. Shimmer is ultra fine and smooth with the creams and give the skin a smooth glow.
The Super Glow Bronze is a shimmery warm bronze. It’s too shimmery to be a bronzer and too warm to be a blush.The Super Glow Nude is a shimmery metallic sandy gold. I think it makes a stunning glow palette for summer. You can wear it on the cheeks or eyes anywhere you want a highlight.
I just applied the colors from the palette on the face without any added bronzer or blush so you could get an idea of how it looks on the skin by itself. For a complete look or everyday wear this is more of a highlighting palette to be rather than a bronzer palette like the Tan Bronze and Glow Palette she launched last summer (reviewed here).
Swatches side by side
Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss Balms
There are three new shades of Lip Oh-Phoria Gloss and Balms. Tan Nude is a beige tan with subtle gold flecks (on my lips it turns more milky/peachy). Caramel is a sparkling caramel brown with gold shimmer. Chestnut looks like the perfect color for fall – it’s a deep brown with a hint of shimmer. Pigment and coverage is medium with these. They have a high shine and smooth finish. Similar to the other colors in this formula they have a minty scent and subtle taste. Since they’re balms the lasting power isn’t going to be super long. They’ll fade but they’ll fade nicely.
Look 1 below wearing Tan Nude Lip Oh-Phoria
Foundation – Tom Ford Soleil Glow Foundation in Natural 6.0
Powder – Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Medium
As a huge Natasha Denona fan I think the Bronze Eyeshadow Palette is the stand out in this collection. It’s warm but not too warm for me (no matte reds). I think the deeper shades pull the look together. I personally love the new Bronze Cheek Face Glow Palette but I have a slight preference for her original Tan Bronze and Glow. The Lip Oh-Phoria colors are all on the brown side which can be tricky to pull off sometimes. I like the look of Tan Nude although it surprised me because it turned more peachy on my lips than it looked in the tube.
I have a roundup of some Natasha Denona haul picks I’ve acquired recently! Most were purchased by me with a couple items sent in PR. We have swatches plus thoughts covering these items in today’s review:
The Mini Glam Eyeshadow Palette was launched earlier this year and it’s a super cute mix of neutrals. For those who can’t do the warm eye trend, this has a really nice mix of colors including a shimmery soft bronze, matte camel, shimmery olive/taupe, matte brown and glistening neutral-warm champagne gold. The colors are easy to wear and layer for an everyday look. If you pack on more of the matte brown you can get a more smokey effect. Lasting power and pigment is excellent.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Foundation in Dusk
Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Concealer in LM14
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in Medium
Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush in First Love
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel
Natasha Denona Mini Glam Palette all shades
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Zero
It Cosmetics Lash Blow Out Mascara
Marc Jacobs Poutliner in Nudist
Natasha Denona Lip Oh Phoria on top in Nude
Top by Everlane
Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette
The Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette is a unique mix of green, olive and pinks. I looked at the @natashadenona Stories Highlights and tried to copy her tutorials with this one. They’re super helpful and easy to follow! I tried to recreate the one with just the pink shades and the olive matte as a liner.
Colors in the palette are a glittery pink/violet/blue top coat, shimmery olive silver blue mix, matte olive, matte warm pink, shimmery light pink. I really love the color mix here!
The Mini Bloom Blush is mini but mighty. It’s super pigmented and glowy pink coral with loads of shimmer but you can blend/sheer it out. Even just a little dab of the brush picks up a lot of pigment. If you want something a little less intense but similar in color the NARS Orgasm X Blush is very similar in my opinion. I did swatch comparisons below to other Natasha Denona blushes and shades from a few palettes I thought were similar. The swatches below will show that the new Mini Bloom Blush is the brightest and most pigmented:
Love Glow Cheek Palette
This Love Glow Cheek Palette is the first cheek palette I’m not crazy about from Natasha’s line. I really loved the Tan Bronze and Glow and Bloom Blush and Glow SO much, I was excited about this one that launched around Valentine’s Day. Pigment, blendability and texture are excellent with this one. The only reason I don’t like it is I find it too dramatic and intense with the glitter. It photographs BEAUTIFULLY but in real life it has that blinding highlight and glitter. Your mileage may vary depending on your makeup look preference.
Lip Oh Phoria Lip Gloss
Last but not least are three of her Lip Oh Phoria glosses. These are hybrid balm/glosses with a high shine. To me they’re not super hydrating like I’d expect from a balm, but they are definitely not drying. I love mixing and layering these over lipstick or liner. The Nude is a pale milky nude with a tiny bit of shimmer. Mauve is a cool toned nude mauve pink. Duo Chrome Coral is a high shine coral loaded with gold reflective shimmer. I find they last longer than the average gloss on my lips and I just dab a little and blend with my fingers.
You can see Nude and the Coral on my lips if you scroll up earlier in the post.
Swatches below: Nude, Mauve and Duo Chrome Coral
Overall some lovely launches from Natasha Denona. I really love how she creates unique products and colors. I always look forward to what she’s coming out with next and I love her tutorials on her Instagram page! I really love the new mini eyeshadow palettes as I think the colors are unique. The mini bloom blush is quite intense so I don’t think it will be for everyone. Lip glosses are really lovely but only if you can wear lighter shades and mix them.
I hauled my items from Sephora although some things might temporarily be sold out from the sale. I’m hoping they will restock!
Natasha Denona Love Glow Cheek Palette and Lip Oh Phoria provided for review. Other items purchased by me.
I’m hosting another giveaway today! I have an extra Love Glow Cheek Palette because I bought one as well. ONE follower will be selected to win the Love Glow Cheek Palette and the Love Glow Eyeshadow Palette. To enter for a chance to win simply complete at least one of the steps in the widget below. The more steps you complete the more entries you get. Not sponsored or affiliated. Because of shipping restrictions these days this one is going to be US only (18 years or older). Giveaway runs through 5/5/2020 11:45 PM EST. I’ll pick a winner and e-mail them within 48 hours after the giveaway. Prizes usually ship within one week.
Natasha Denona recently launched her Tan Bronze and Glow Palette ($55) and it’s summer perfection! It was an easy decision to order sight unseen. She has the best tutorials and sneak peeks on her Instagram page. I think her product reveals are super fun to watch as well. This is a four pan compact with creams and powders. The texture is excellent for the different formulas, pigment is smooth and easy to apply. It has the prettiest finish with phenomenal lasting power. For those who don’t like glitter this one is a win as it has no glitter in it. I think it will suit a wide range of skin tones.
The Tan Bronze and Glow compact is the same size and design as her Bloom and Blush Palette (which I still adore). I really like this size because it’s easy to travel with and also easy to hold. The Tan Bronze and Glow Palette has a similar clear protector over the creams shades so the powder debris doesn’t cross over into the pans.
Colors and formulas in this palette include:
Glow Cream Base is the perfect neutral champagne tan shimmer, looks ultra natural on the skin, I wish she made this this in a full size option!
Super Glow is a shimmery gel powder which has a yellow peach gold metallic sheen
Blush and Bronze Powder is a warm bronze matte with pink tones
Glow Impact Powder is a metallic pale gold
Colors will differ depending on how light or deep your skin tone is. If you’re fair to light colors will show up more bronzey/golden and if you’re deep colors will contrast more with your skin to look paler. On my medium skin this adds a beautiful bronze and glow in the best way ever.
Overall a really pretty option for summer and even with all the other bronzer and highlighter options for me it’s a must-have. You can wear on both eyes and cheeks. It gives the perfect soft bronze and glow in one. I love layering all the shades together but you can mix and match with your other blushes or just wear a couple of the colors. Lasting power was really good and it stayed put without budging all day. I love that it has a matte shade alongside shimmers.
I bought mine at Sephora. Also available at Beautylish. Have you tried this one yet? What did you think?
Natasha Denona launched her beautiful Biba Eyeshadow Palette ($129) and it’s a beautiful! It’s an all neutral 15-pan eyeshadow palette with a mix of satins, shimmers and mattes (no glitters). It has a very unique powder texture that feels satiny and soft to the touch. Pigment is excellent across the board with very easy to blend textures. Biba pulls neutral but still has a mix of warm neutral and cool neutrals – there are enough colors in here to give you a wide range of complete eye looks. You can find it now at Sephora and Beautylish.
I’ve played with this palette for about a week now and think it’s a beautiful option for those who want a little bit of everything in a neutral palette. Lasting power is really good – stays put on top of a cream shadow base, doesn’t budge and layers beautifully.
Rustic is a metallic bronzey shimmer (LOVE this one)
Prairie is a matte mustard brown
Coco is a satin matte brown
Freckle is a neutral peachy matte
Shine shimmery champagne gold
Pasha is a matte reddish brick brown
Monroe is a shimmering champagne
Rayon is a satiny soft pink
Buff is a matte satin warm antique pink
Tone is a warm brick matte satin brown
Seed is a matte chocolate deep brown
Tor is a soft matte grey
Sculpture is a pale light grey matte
Spot is a matte deep black smokey color
Tusk is the perfect light beige matte
I swatched the palette and just realized I forgot to include one shade Coco (dark matte brown, third one on top row). I’ll re-swatch larger swatches once I receive my replacement camera flash in the mail (that was the item that broke), but you can scroll down for all 15 shades in the comparison photo.
14 of the 15 shades (will be updated, my apologies!)
I did a poll on Instagram stories asking which palette you wanted me to review, this one or the new Chanel. It was really close and most of you preferred a review of the Chanel Les Beiges Les Indispensables instead. I will have a full Les Beiges review coming up very soon but here are quick side by sides if you want a look:
Some of my camera equipment broke this past week so I wasn’t able to shoot detailed looks. I managed one on the eyes with a layered mix of Shine, Pasha, Coco and Buff.
Bottom line a solid A+. It’s beautiful, performs well, blends and layers with perfection and has every color you can think of for any neutral eye look. There are also enough colors that can take your neutral look to the next level for a smokey neutral too!
The Natasha Denona Biba Eyeshadow Palette runs at $129 for 15 shadows. You can find it now at Sephora and Beautylish. If you’re shopping the Sephora Beauty Insider Event this is a beautiful one to splurge and save on!
It ends tomorrow May 6th with the following codes:
Rouge Members receive 20% off purchases with code HEYROUGE
VIBs receive 15% off with code HEYVIB
Beauty Insiders receive 10% off with code HEYINSIDER
Have you tried any of Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes? If you’ve been waiting for a neutral non-glittery one this is a great one to check out!
Natasha Denona Biba provided for review. One also purchased by me.