For the past year, Natasha Denona has slowly and surely taken the makeup world by storm with her eyeshadows specifically. Then she went on to release, God bless her, special palettes like the Star Palette was released around the holidays I think. Now she's released the Sunset Palette. Which as you can imagine with the name, is just a dream for warm, foiled, summer makeup. The palette doesn't disappoint for the group that loves a warm eye. It's beautifully laid out and the palette itself is sturdy and lovely with it's copper/bronze casing
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To speak on Natasha herself, she's a world renowned makeup artist. She's worked with every big brand for fashion shows and campaigns, along with every well known photographer and major magazines. She's known to be very innovative with her makeup approach. I tend to call that "not following the rules" of makeup, and I love that as that is my own motto. She came on the scene in 1996 as a makeup artist. In 2002 she launched Natasha Denona Makeup Academy in Tel Aviv where she teaches her method or style of artistry to new MUA's which she then goes on to support in their work later. She then went on to create her makeup line which is based on extensive scientific research and development. Her line focuses on not just skin tones and types but people all around the world and their needs when it comes to makeup thanks to her experience and individual method of approaching makeup. So therefore giving the makeup community/market and people across the board something to work with where other areas would fall short.
So I'm not gonna waste your time I'm just going to give you my thoughts on this and the information. It's $129, available at Beautylish (sold out at the moment) or Sephora (also sold out currently, so sorry). It's expensive, yes, but if you go with Beautylish you can do 3 payments. Here's where the bonus comes in you're getting 15 shadows that are 2.5 g each. Most shadow singles are around 1.7 or 1.8 g and I think MAC is even less. So you're total weight in grams for the shadows will be 37.5 g. Now, no matter how you cut it you're still getting a lot of product but if you want to go individually, it's a little under $9 per shadow where ABH shadows are $12 for 1.7 g and Makeup Geek is $6-$10 for 1.8g depending on what finish you get. So it is a big chunk to buy it all at once but if it's something you know you'll use and you want something nice but not ridiculously big like her HUGE palettes, then I would tell you to invest and get it.
Price aside you have a fantastic mix of mattes, high shimmer/foiled, and a new duo chrome formula in two shades. They're extremely pigmented and the duo chromes especially, impress me. Everyone says ND shimmer finish shadows can't be beat, they're correct. I've not seen anyone do it better. The mattes had some people less than enthused in earlier palettes but I think that's was reformulated late last year (without talc) and I find them very very nice in this palette. Only one is a touch dry (Vulcano) but performs insanely good.
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Here's the parts that I don't like. The white shimmer shade (Ice Gold) just doesn't perform like I would like, although it does much better with a brush than I thought it would. I still don't care for it mainly due to the color though, I would've preferred anything I think other than a white. I wish there was an beige or ivory toned matte just for all over the lid but I can live without it.
I really enjoy the dark brown (Igneous) as the darkest shade because it's cool toned and it's lovely. All the matte shades are very nice actually including the nearly cherry shade (Panjin) in the bottom row. The insane foiled shades are just that, insane. They're high shine, high pigment. You could catch a wi fi signal off that. The duo chromes I love in such a way that is almost shameful. They just weren't what I expected. You see so many very very pale and light duo chromes and the darker ones are always the same colors and shifts. I thought the two that are in here were going to be the same as that, like I knew what shade they would be but they surprised me and went more in depth and were so noticeable that I fell in love even harder. For that I love it even more. The vivid matte yellow (Sol).......yes, so much yes. Hard to pull off but gorgeous when you do.
The palette closes magnetically. There is a lot of orange in this so if that isn't your thing then I would avoid it. Overall it's my favorite palette I've seen to date from this line and coming in at a close second to Modern Renaissance from ABH. My rule with eye shadow palettes is that I have to use 80% or I won't even think about buying it. I can honestly say I will use about 99% of this. I know some of you are going "yeah right, no way you stick to that rule", no I do all the time. I do love color though so I guess that's why I do use 80% of the shades in a palette.
I'll drop in some swatches for you and pictures of am eye look with it. I do believe this is limited edition. The Star Palette is still available so this might be the same case. Also, these are going to be finger swatches. I do agree with people who say that brush swatches are a better grasp on the actual pigment but personally, every shimmer, duo chrome, foiled shadow or metallic I tend to apply those with my finger. I always have. It works better for me so the brushes I use are for matte shades and usually in the crease or for defining the outer eye or lower lash line. Meaning that I'm not going to be packing a matte shade in my crease with a brush. I'm going to blend it out, blow it out, make it less pigmented than it is, with a fluffy blending brush. Probably wouldn't recommend using your fingers if you're working on a client but as it's just myself I'm cool with it.
There is no primer being using for these swatches below.
1st row from top to bottom:
Second Row: Top to Bottom
3rd row Top to Bottom:
I'm now going to give you the official shade descriptions from the website along with the ingredients.
THIS PALETTE INCLUDES THESE SHADES:
MICA, ZEA MAYS STARCH [ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH], SILICA, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, STEARYL STEARATE, CERA ALBA [BEESWAX/CIRE D’ABEILLE], METHICONE, MICROCRISTALLINA CERA [MICROCRISTALLINA WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE], BEHENIC ACID. May Contain/Peut Contenir +/-: CI 77891 [TITANIUM DIOXIDE], CI 77499 [IRON OXIDES], CI 77492 [IRON OXIDES], CI 77491 [IRON OXIDES], CI 77742 [MANGANESE VIOLET], CI 19140 [YELLOW 5], MICA, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, TIN OXIDE. May Contain/Peut Contenir +/- CI 77491 [IRON OXIDES], CI 77492 [IRON OXIDES], CI 77891 [TITANIUM DIOXIDE], CI 75470 [CARMINE], CI 16035 [RED 40], CI 77499 [IRON OXIDES], CI 19140 [YELLOW 5]. MICA, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TIN OXIDE. May Contain/Peut contenir +/-: CI 77491 [IRON OXIDES], CI 77891 [TITANIUM DIOXIDE], CI 77499 [IRON OXIDES], CI 75470 [CARMINE]. MICA, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, CETEARYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SILICA, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, ACACIA DECURRENS/JOJOBA/SUNFLOWER SEED CERA/POLYGLYCERYL-3 ESTERS [ACACIA DECURRENS/JOJOBA/SUNFLOWER SEED WAX POLYGLYCERYL-3 ESTERS], QUARTZ, TIN OXIDE. May Contain/Peut Contenir +/-: CI 77891 [TITANIUM DIOXIDE], CI 77491 [IRON OXIDES], CI 19140 [YELLOW 5], CI 16035 [RED 40], CI 75470 [CARMINE],
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