Beautylish opened up a “secret shop” to sell early stock of the Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes they’ll be selling starting next month. The shop was to be open for 36 hours, and access was granted via email if you had signed up for email alerts. I was able to grab the Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 28 in Purple-Blue, which retails for $239 with 28 shades at 0.08 oz each. The shadows should be back on Beautylish sometime this month.
This eyeshadow palette is really beautiful. The outside packaging is a white soft/squishy plastic material with visible threading (with a feel similar to the Laura Mercier Artist Palette). The brand name “Natasha Denona” is indented into the material, as well as what appear to be little football shapes. The inside of the palette is harder black plastic. There is a mirror, and there’s a plastic sheet that is attached to the palette, covering the shadows. It appears to be removable with scissors.
Then, the shadows…
They’re just stunning.
There are 6 matte shades: 11V Steel Blue, 24V Aubergine, 84V Powder Blue, 89V Koh Tao, 65V Smoke, 01V Navy. Two were fairly difficult to swatch, requiring several passes to not appear so patchy – 24V Aubergine and 01V Navy. Some of the patchiness of Aubergine translated onto my eyes, but it wasn’t terrible.
There are 3 satin/slightly shimmery shades: 28V Electric Violet, 82V Nina’s Orchid, 03V Deep Pacific. These shades and the mattes all have the “V” in their color number, and I’m not exactly sure what the letter means.
The shades with the “P” label are pearly shades, so they are quite shimmery, but will not be as in your face as the metallics. There are 4 of these shades: 32P Deep Slate Gray, 75P Satin Skin, 70P Cool Plum, 23P Smoky Plum. I really liked 70P Cool Plum as a transition shade between a heavy metallic on the lid and a matte shadow in the upper crease. In any other palette, these would be the most intense shades you have,
but of course, there is another level in this palette.
Finally, there are 15 metallics, all labeled with “M”: 51M Rosewood, 80M Piggy, 40M Lavender Gray, 11M Metallic Steel Blue, 38M Gray-Brown, 22M Maroon, 60M Golden Rose, 63M Oxide, 09M Quick Silver, 52M Golden Beige, 92M Petroleum Blue, 12M Glaze, 49M Vintage, 05M Calypso, 04M Chromatic. There is a variety in textures among these metallic shades. For example, 04M Chromatic is almost chunky, with 05M Calypso Blue being slightly less chunky, and most of the rest are smooth.
|Natasha Denona Purple-Blue, row 1 swatches: 28V Electric Violet, 82V|
Nina’s Orchid, 51M Rosewood, 80M Piggy, 40M Lavender Gray, 11M Metallic
Steel Blue, 11V Steel Blue
|Natasha Denona Purple-Blue, row 2 swatches: 38M Gray-Brown, 24V|
Aubergine, 22M Maroon, 60M Golden Rose, 63M Oxide, 84V Powder Blue, 09M
|Natasha Denona Purple-Blue, row 3 swatches: 32P Deep Slate Gray, 75P|
Satin Skin, 52M Golden Beige, 70P Cool Plum, 92M Petroleum Blue, 89V Koh
Tao, 03V Deep Pacific
|Natasha Denona Purple-Blue, row 4 swatches: 12M Glaze, 23P Smoky Plum,|
49M Vintage, 05M Calypso Blue, 65V Smoke, 04M Chromatic, 01V Navy
These shadows are very intense, so they can easily transfer onto my upper lid with my very hooded eyes. However, primers seem to really help; NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base did an especially great job of holding everything in place all day. Furthermore, using a satin/shimmery shade in the crease to transition between the ultra-metallics and a matte really helped as well, plus offered interesting dimension.
A lot of people complain about fallout, but I’ve only encountered that with the slightly chunky shades like 04M Chromatic, or if I picked up too much product on my brush. They blend fairly well too, with the exception of 24V Aubergine and 01V that went patchy on me.
So much in love. These shadows are incredibly intense and are so beautiful. They last all day with strong pigment and are easy to work with. Plus, I’ve found a new primer that really keeps my shadow on all day (>14 hours). I really want the Green-Brown palette as well, but the price tag is a little too high for me to do that anytime soon.
Update: now available at Sephora!