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Monday 29 August 2016

Are Natasha Denona products worth the hype/price?

Natasha Denona, Eyeshadow Palette 02, All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer, Lip Glaze, Rosy Nude, Lip Liner 01, Light Natural, Swatches

I first heard of Natasha Denona late last year when I saw Tati & Jaclyn Hill talk about her eyeshadow palettes in their videos and I thought that the palettes looked beautiful and sounded amazing but wondered how on earth the price could be justified (€239 here). I then started to notice Natasha Denona products crop up on some of my favourite blogs and on pinterest and her signature glowy look had me hooked. I almost placed an order on several occasions but the customs charges were always high and I never quite got around to it. When Beauty Bay announced earlier this summer that they would be stocking Natasha Denona products, I knew that I would succumb and place an order! Beauty Bay have really upped their game this year and stock some amazing brands now and their shipping has improved, thankfully! I'm not sponsored by them - I bought all of these products myself but just wanted to let you know where I purchased them in case anything catches your eye.

The first product that I bought is the All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer Powder. I wanted to try one of the products that she uses in her glowing skin routine and love a good highlighter so this seemed like the natural choice. I bought the shade Light but sometimes wish I had chosen Medium as I think it might work better on my skin. It is priced at €38.50 and contains 10g of product, which makes it the largest single highlighter in my collection. I love the rose gold packaging and it feels pretty sturdy and has a good sized mirror inside the lid. The product itself is really buttery soft, so finely milled that it is a dream to apply and there no chunky glitter particles. It gives a very natural glow to the skin and is perfect for both day and night. It is a champagne, rather than gold colour and would be very suitable for fair to light skin tones, although I am medium and it works well on me. For me, this is definitely worth the hype and I think it would be even more stunning with the cream highlight underneath. Worth the hype? Yes.

Natasha Denona All Over Face & Body Glow 01 Light,  Lip Glaze Rosy Nude, Lip Liner Pencil L1 Light Natural. Swatches

In my next order, I chose some lip products: Lip Glaze in Rosy Nude and a Lip Liner Pencil in the shade L1 Light Natural. The liner is priced at €18, which is not exactly cheap but is €4 less than Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats, which are the only other high end lip liners that I own. It is described as having a creamy texture, but I actually find it to be quite stiff and instead of gliding over the lips, I find that it drags. It is quite pigmented and is very long-lasting but I prefer a softer liner. There are 18 shades available so if you don't mind a stiff liner, then you might want to try these but I'm not tempted to buy another one. Worth the hype? No.

The Lip Glaze is priced at €21.60, which is pretty good for a high end brand, compared to YSL or Dior where glosses are around €30. I chose the shade Rosy Nude from the 21 available shades. It is a soft pink colour, which is perfect for everyday wear. I love the packaging - the white lip and accent is a refreshing change from the usual metallic or black, which most brands use. It has quite a sweet scent, but nothing too over-powering and it is very pigmented, applied smoothly without gathering on the lips like some glosses do and is not at all sticky. It is also hydrating and pretty long-lasting, which isn't very common for a gloss. It has a small brush applicator, which helps with precise application. I absolutely love this gloss and will definitely be adding more to my collection in the future. Worth the hype? Yes.

Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette #02 swatches

Finally, I had to try some of her eyeshadows but there was no way that I was paying in excess of €200 for a palette, even if they do contain 28 shadows so I decided to buy one of the 5 pan palettes, priced at €48. Individual shadows are priced at €27, so this seemed like a pretty good deal. I chose 02 because I loved the warm taupe and mink colours. The individual shadows are (from left to right): 51M Rosewood, 40M Lavender Grey, 64V Shell, 87M Light Coral and 22M Maroon. The packaging is pretty basic, with a white case and clear lid but it doesn't feel overly flimsy. It was love at first sight with this palette - the colours are right up my street and even more beautiful in the flesh. The texture of these shadows is probably the best of every shadow I have ever tried - they almost blend themselves! The pigmentation is excellent (I barely dipped my finger into the shadows in the swatches above), the staying power is absolutely second to none - they literally do not budge at all. There is a very, very small amount of fallout in the pan but not on the undereye area. I really cannot praise these shadows enough and cannot think of a negative about them. I will definitely add at least one more to my collection, but ultimately would love to own one of the pan palettes (roll on that lotto win!). Worth the hype? Hell yes!

Next on my list are more of the face products from the brand: Face Glow Foundation and Face Glow Cream Shimmer to begin with because we all know how much I love dewy skin and I'd also like to try the Contour Powder - everything really! Overall, I am very impressed with the products apart from the lip liner and I know that the love affair with the brand will continue.

Have you tried any Natasha Denona products or are any on your wishlist? Would you ever spend over €200 on an eyeshadow palette? I would love to hear your thoughts on these products in the comments below!

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