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Wednesday 6 March 2019

The Hype Is Real #5 Natasha Denona Eyeshadows

Natasha Denona eyeshadow review, Are Natasha Denona eyeshadows worth the hype?

Welcome to part five of my 'The Hype Is Real' series and this time it's all about Natasha Denona eyeshadows. The rest of the Natasha Denona makeup line is priced similarly to Nars/MAC etc but when it comes to eyeshadows, the only similarly price brand that I know of is Pat McGrath. Initially, only the 28 pan palettes were released but with a price tag of over £200/€200, there was no way that I would invest in one without trying the formula, despite the rave reviews. Luckily, her 5 pan palettes were soon released, which were still pricey at £41, but more affordable so I decided to go for it. Since then, she has released mini palettes, priced at $25, which makes the brand much more accessible. I now have 10 Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes (one was kindly sent to me when I somehow made it on to her PR list, which I am convinced was a mistake because it was a one-off!) and I want to tell you why I believe that the hype is real with these eyeshadows.

If you don't know anything about Natasha Denona, she was born in Croatia and raised in Germany. She was dancer and then a model, all the time having a great interest in makeup and eventually became a makeup artist, before starting her own line. I first became aware of her through her line of glow products - regular readers will know that I am a sucker for anything that promises glowy skin so I bought pretty much all of the products in that line. I then started to see a lot of YouTubers raving about her eyeshadows but because it was a sudden influx of reviews, I had to wonder if it was because they received them for free or would they spend their own money on them. I trust Tati's opinion and that's why the eyeshadows stayed on my mind and firmly on my wishlist but I knew I wouldn't start with a large palette - now I kinda wish I had because I would love one! But that's just greedy considering how many of her eyeshadows I now own. 

There are 13 colour options available in the 5 pan palettes, so that was where I started and from first use, I was blown away. I know that the packaging of these palettes isn't to everyone's taste as it's pretty basic but you have to remember that this line was created by a makeup artist, probably with other artists in mind, therefore clear lids would be appreciated so you can quickly see the shadows and which palette you want to use. 

The reason that I was blown away from first use is because every aspect of the shadows is top notch. The pigmentation is insane, the texture is literally creamy, the wear time is excellent - they do not budge until removed and the shadows pretty much blend themselves. Whilst the colour selection in some of the palettes may intimidate those who aren't experienced in using eyeshadows, there is really no need because the shadows are so easy to work with.

I know that the price tag of £41 may seem excessive for 5 eyeshadows but these are pretty big shadows - there is 12.5g of product in each palette, as opposed to 5.2g in a Charlotte Tilbury quad, for example, which is priced at £39.

The quality of the shadows in the larger palettes (Sunset and Lila) is exactly the same as those in the 5 pan palettes and I love that the large palettes have a plastic insert to prevent the shadows being damaged by the mirror/lid but also to prevent them transferring to the inside of the lid. (Reviews here and here). I have three mini palettes and the quality has improved with each one. Mini Lila was a little inconsistent in terms of texture, but Mini Star and Mini Nude are more comparable to the larger palettes - pigmented, creamy and easy to work with.

If  you want to try Natasha Denona eyeshadows but are unsure where to start, her Camel palette would be a good choice because it's a universally flattering neutral palette. (Review here). I personally have my eye on her Gold palette!

I really doubt that anybody would be disappointed by a Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette - yes, they are expensive but they absolutely live up to their hype.  Have you tried them?

Shop Natasha Denona on Cult Beauty and Feel Unique.

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All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. The Sunset palette was kindly sent to me. Opinion is always my own. Affiliate links may be used.

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