My name is Jenn, and I purchased a $169 eyeshadow palette.
I think they should whisk me away to Makeup Addicts Anonymous after splurging on the Natasha Denona Star Eyeshadow Palette. In my defense, I was able to use a 20% Sephora Friends & Family code and I had a gift card. That brought the total down to around $100 – justifiable, right?!
Naturally, I needed the Star Palette. It’s a wonderful, on-trend selection of 18 shadows with 4 finishes – two of them we’ve seen before, and two that are new.
The Metallic (M) shades and Duochromes (DC) are oldies but goodies. I’m a huge fan of the high shine and beautiful pigmentation. They make for excellent lid colors. The new finishes are Creamy Matte (CM) and Crystal (K).
I was not a fan of Natasha’s previous matte formula. They were difficult to blend and ended up very patchy. This made the use of my huge Palette 28 for a complete look unobtainable. I always had to grab another palette to lay down a matte base before choosing a lid color from the palette. The new Creamy Mattes are fabulous. They are very easy to use: smooth, pigmented, and blendable, with only a few exceptions.
The Crystals are much less effortless than the new Creamy Mattes. They lack a strong base color, so the large flecks of glitter are left on their own to make a huge mess. Don’t get me wrong; they are incredibly sparkly with a ton of dimension. They are just prone to fallout and require a sticky base to make them work – not something anyone with little time wants to deal with. They’re also pretty difficult to pick up on a brush. For someone like me with limited lid space, using my fingers is a challenge.
Following are swatches of each half of the palette in direct sunlight. If you want to see live finger swatches, or more thoughts about the price, see the embedded YouTube video at the bottom of this post.
Left half of the palette:
Swatched left to right:
- Spectrum 101 K: Deep antique gold with a Crystal finish
- Earth 102 CM: Dark chocolate brown with a Creamy Matte finish
- Bellatrix 103 M: Rose gold with a Metallic finish
- Flesh 104 CM: Warm peach with a Creamy Matte finish
- Orion 105 DC: Deep blue brown with a Duo-Chrome finish
- Gemma 106 CM: Mahogany brown with a Creamy Matte Finish
- Atria 107 M: Copper orange with a Metallic finish
- Titania 108 CM: Taupe brown with a Creamy Matte finish
- Cosmo 109 K: Vintage brass with a Crystal finish
Right half of the palette:
Swatched left to right:
- Diadem 110 CM: Warm taupe grey with a Creamy Matte finish
- Vega 111 CM: Soft tea rose with a Creamy Matte finish
- Galaxia 112 K: Sheer icy white with a Crystal finish
- Phoenix 113 CM: Brick red with a Creamy Matte finish
- Supernova 114 DC: Silver taupe with a Duo-Chrome finish
- Electra 115 CM: Deep plum with a Creamy Matte finish
- Polaris 116 K: White gold with a Crystal finish
- Atik 117 CM: Sandy beige with a Creamy Matte finish
- Rhea 118 M: Peach gold with a Metallic finish
The Creamy Mattes tend to kick up a bit of powder. A few of the Creamy Mattes are more like satins, and do not kick up much powder: Gemma, Phoenix, and Electra. Phoenix and Electra are not quite as blendable as the other shades, and can end up looking a bit patchy. This is typical for reddish shades. I can make them work, as long as I don’t try to put them all over my lid.
The Crystals are very soft and delicate – the Crystal Spectrum arrived broken. I called Sephora, and they sent a replacement that arrived the following day. A+ customer service! The other Crystals make me pretty nervous, because they seem very delicate. I would not recommend traveling with this palette.
I’m happy to have this palette overall, though I do think it lacks a decent brow bone color, inner corner highlight, and perhaps a darker brown/black for liner/even more depth. I won’t reach for the Crystals too much, but I’m really glad to have workable mattes in the same palette as Natasha’s gorgeous Metallics.
I’m enjoying this palette! It’s really beautiful and I like using it. I’m relieved that I didn’t pay full price because my budget doesn’t allow for such huge purchases all the time, especially lately. You can purchase this palette for $169 at Sephora or Beautylish.