When I saw the preview of Natasha Denona's Camel Palette, I couldn't resist ordering! I love everything about her eyeshadows - the pigmentation, texture, blendability and wear time. The shade selection also really appealed as they looked pretty much like my everyday colours.
I know that some people moan about the packaging of Natasha Denona 5 pan palettes and I can understand that it isn't particularly fancy but I like the clear lid as I have a number of her palettes so I can easily see which one I want. The Camel Palette contains a combination of both matte and metallic shades. All are pigmented and all have that buttery soft texture that Natasha's shadows are famous for.
|Completely unedited. Please forgive my blurry swatch!!
From left to right we have:
Arrosto: Medium-dark brown matte.
Dune: Metallic peachy-ivory shade.
Safari: Medium clay matte.
Copper Stone: Golden copper metallic.
Zand: Medium warm clay matte - similar to Safari but deeper.
I find that Copper Stone applied best either with my finger or a flat shader brush sprayed with Fix + or similar. All of the others apply and blend really well with any fluffy blending brush. The key with Natasha Denona shadows is to just tap your brush very lightly in the pan as they are very pigmented and you can always build them up if you want to intensify your look.
I love the shade selection in the palette because it works for both day and night, for subtle to dramatic looks. It's neither too warm nor too cool toned - it's perfectly neutral in my opinion and I could see it suiting all eye colours. I am very tempted to bring it on holiday in a few weeks but I am trying to only bring one palette and will definitely bring Born To Run but even if I don't bring it, it will definitely get a lot of use when I get home as I can see these shadows working really well with a tan. Overall, I am glad I bought it and it will be getting a lot of use!
So after the hit that is the eyeshadow palette, I want to share my thoughts on the Sculpt & Glow Palette. I had my eye on this for a while but could never really justify the purchase as I already own a few contour palettes, and to be honest, they don't get as much use as they should. Then I saw it on Jade's blog sale and she was selling for less than half price so I jumped at the chance. I love the reflective gold packaging and inside are three cream products and three powders. I love the layout of the palette and the fact that there is a plastic lid over the cream products in the top row to protect them.
The creams have a beautiful texture - creamy, as you'd imagine, but not greasy, easy to blend and they look natural on the skin. The Highlighting Cream is perfect for use under the eyes or below the cheekbone and above the jaw. It doesn't actually highlight in a glowy way but it works in contrast to the cream contour. The Japanese Pressed Powder below the highlighting cream has a soft, finely milled formula and it just sets the highlight in place - even I (with my Sahara skin) can use it in the under eye area. The Contour Cream blends beautifully into the skin to add a natural contour - I prefer gentle definition these days to a Kim K style contour. It's the perfect balance between warm and ashy and creates a nice shadow. For me, this palette could be perfect but it just isn't and the problem is exactly what I had with her contour powder last year (post here) - there is simply no pigment in the contour powder. It is actually baffling to me how they could have the same issue as with the individual powders. Last year, they contacted me to say that there was a problem with a certain batch and they sent a replacement, which is pigmented but how could this happen again and with an expensive product? It means that this palette isn't complete as I need to use a separate contour powder or bronzer to complete my makeup. Yes, I'm aware that this is a total first world problem but it's disappointing in a palette that is priced at £76.50. I've never had an issue with her powder eyeshadows - in fact, they are probably the most pigmented on the market so this is an issue that needs to be rectified. The Face Glow Cream Shimmer is a hit - a beautiful pale gold/champagne colour and it catches the light beautifully without looking too intense. Of course to increase the intensity, the All Over Glow Shimmer can be layered over it. I already own this in single form and am happy to report that the quality and texture is equally as good. This is a sophisticated highlighter - no chunks of glitter and it doesn't look like it is just sitting on the skin.
It's a beautiful palette but the contour powder lets it down. I don't like being negative about a brand that I love as much as Natasha Denona but I am always honest, which regular readers will know.
Are you tempted by either of these? Have you been disappointed by a brand you love? I'd love to hear!
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