Because I have green eyes, I love purple shadows but it is very difficult to find ones that tick all boxes - pigmented, don't fade when blended, long-lasting and not chalky. When I saw Natasha Denona's Lila palette, which was released last summer, I instantly wanted it but I just couldn't justify the price when I already had so many palettes. Luckily for me, I received it for Christmas and the person who gave it to my said they bought it during the Sephora sale, where they got 20% off the price so it is worth keeping your eye out for those sales that happen twice yearly as far as I'm aware because 20% certainly takes the sting out of any price tag.
|Please excuse my dodgy swatches! I need to place a Swatch Perfect order A.S.A.P. Swatches are completely unedited so you can see the true colour.|
The palette contains 15 eyeshadows in both cool and warm tones of pink, purple, plum and browns in a variety of matte, duo-chrome and metallic finishes. Each shadow contains 2.5g so there is quite a lot of product in the palette. You will have heard me rave about the Natasha Denona eyeshadow formula several times on the blog (here, here, here and here) because they are pigmented, buttery soft, easy to blend and long-lasting so I had very high hopes for this palette.
On the top row from left to right are:
Per Se: matte, slightly cool purple/taupe/deep grey - not quite as buttery soft as other Natasha Denona mattes but not dry. Very pigmented, easy to blend and long-lasting.
Viola: metallic berry-toned purple. Soft and creamy in texture, a pleasure to apply and blend. Long-lasting - doesn't fade or crease on my primed eyes for a good 9 hours.
Amara: matte red-toned brown. Pigmented, non-powdery, easy to apply and blend and long-lasting.
Cyclone: mid-copper duo-chrome. Pigmented, yet I find that it applies best either when patted on the lid with finger-tip or with a dampened brush. Stunning, intense colour.
Nude Vino: Matte neutral dark brown. Pigmented, easy to apply and very long-lasting.
The middle row from left to right:
Layla: Brown with a hint of grey and a slightly metallic/sheen finish. Buttery soft, intensely pigmented, blends very easily and long-lasting.
Amethyst: Metallic bright violet-purple with a hint of a blue tone. Cream soft, pigmented, easy to apply and blend, long-lasting - dreamy!
Magnetic: Metallic bright fuschia that it intensely pigmented, opaque, easy to blend and very long-lasting.
Magnolia: Metallic gold-toned copper. Smooth and soft in texture, easy to apply and blend and long-lasting.
Nude Mauve: Matte taupe-brown. Pigmented, smooth, soft - easy to apply and long-lasting.
The bottom row from left to right:
Juneau: Metallic pale pink-purple. The only shadow in the palette to disappoint me slightly because it had to be layered to be noticeable.
Livid: Metallic plum-brown duo-chrome. Soft, finely milled, smooth, pigmented - easy to apply and blend.
Purpure: Metallic burgundy toned copper. Buttery soft, intensely pigmented and a dream to blend.
Dragon Bite: Metallic coppery-red with a green shift duo-chrome. A little lighter when applied than in the pan, however intensity could be built up with a damp brush. Soft texture and long-lasting.
Helio: Metallic nude with hints of taupe and rose gold. Pigmented, finely milled, smooth, soft, easy to apply and blend and long-lasting.
I adore this palette - the purples and violets are exactly how I wanted hem to be and I love the pink and plum tones. The golds and coppers are somewhat mis-placed, albeit stunning shadows. Of course, I wish there was a matte black but that's something I wish every palette had. It has lived up to my expectations in terms of pigmentation, texture and longevity and is one that can be used all year round.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Lila palette? Do purple and plum tones appeal to you?
Thanks for reading!