Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan of Natasha Denona eyeshadows and I have more palettes from her than any other brand. See posts here, here, here and here. I also have some of her cream shadows and really like them, although they are quite subtle and I know that some people have said that they dry out quickly, however I have found that once the lid is closed tightly, they don't dry out. When she recently released her chroma crystal liquid shadows, I was instantly intrigued and decided to buy one and want to share my thoughts with you today.
There are five shades available and I decided on Zone, which is a true gold shade. Each shadow contains 8ml of product and is priced at £22 - not the cheapest but nothing from Natasha Denona is and it's better value than some other high end brands. When I'm using a sparkly eyeshadow, I tend to favour cream or liquid over powder as I find that there is less chance of particles falling into my eye. I also think that they make my lids look smoother. There is no doubt that this eyeshadow is sparkly and the formula is quite smooth. It's moderately pigmented and I find that layering can make it prone to crumbling so I personally think it works best as an eyeshadow topper or for just a light wash of sparkle on the eyes.
I like the packaging - a clear tube so you can see which shade is inside (handy if you own more than one) and the gold lid and base look luxurious. So far, so good
The problem that I have found is that the applicator is quite a tight fit for the neck of the bottle, which means that there isn't a lot of product on the applicator. I understand that the opening is quite small in order to keep the product fresh, however because it narrows at the top, it's hit and miss as to how much is on the applicator when its taken out. Coupled with that, the applicator feels quite fragile so if you wiggle it too much, it feels like it might break, in which case the product inside would be wasted.
I have other liquid shadows (the Stila Magnificent Metals, for example) where this isn't an issue because the opening isn't as narrow but there is still no waste. I understand the need to keep the product from drying out but it's a fine line between doing so and not being able to get much product out. I think possibly tube packaging would have worked better.
As you can probably tell, I'm not the greatest fan and will stick to her powder shadows in the future as she has that formula down completely.
Available from Cult Beauty.
Have you tried these shadows? What is your favourite brand of liquid shadow? I'd love to hear!
Thanks for reading!