Time for another review of Natasha Denona products. This time we're talking about the highly anticipated and talked about Tropic Palette. I was immediately drawn to this palette as soon as I seen it. Everything from the packaging to the colors had me sucked in, ready to buy it. So let's get started on what I think about this palette.
This is a new formula all the way through. In previous palettes her weight per shadow has been 2.5 grams. This one is 1.5 grams. However, they have addressed that and due to the new formula the weight is different but there's still the same amount of product in the pans. So the Volume is the same essentially it just weighs differently. Speaking of the formula, that's another reason I wanted this. I really did like the formula in the Holiday releases and I believe that's what is in the Tropic Palette. This is what I've always wanted Natasha Denona eye shadows to be. I just wasn't overly impressed with previous palettes. They weren't different enough to warrant the price. This is different , to me, the mattes to the more "foiled" like shades. I know that plenty of people have said they preferred the old formula but I really feel like this one is better. Everyone is different though!
It's gorgeous. I love the packaging. It's the packaging similar to the Diamond Blush palette. This is plastic with a magnetic closure where the others where a leather and foam situation. Also no insert with the names on it this time. The names are right underneath the shades for you. The mirror is huge in this palette than the other Sunset and Lila palettes, which are the same size as this one I do believe. The layout of the shades are beautiful. You have a bottom row of beautiful bright colors and the other two rows are mostly matte and incredibly neutral. Ranging from warm-cooler tones. That's the biggest reason why I do really like this palette. You still have the option of doing dramatic colorful looks but you also had endless options for doing just a neutral and everyday look. So in my mind, this is a go to palette. The reason I say that is because when you don't see color right in front of you in a palette you typically don't think to grab another palette to give you a pop of color. Therefore, you end up wearing the same eye look all the time. What I've noticed is when I have color in a palette I'm more likely to add in pops of color but again if it only has a few neutral shades, then I'm only going to be doing colorful looks. So I like palettes that have options for both sides. I especially like this because you have more neutrals than brighter colors, but the brighter shades are INSANE with pigment.
You get 15 brand new shades in the new formula which is a "cream to powder" formula combined with the classic formula. You have 1 duo-chrome, 2 sparkling finish, 2 metallic finish, and 10 creamy mattes. The mattes are just stunning. I love them so much. They do so well with a brush and they blend super easy. The others are intense on their own without the help of anything else to increase the intensity. I experience very little, if any fall out. I apply the bold shades with my finger and I have no fall out at all. I prefer to pat shades onto the lid in general. I think you get better application that way. I did use it with a dry brush just to see if it was the same and it done very well with a brush. It had a bit of fallout and I don't think it was as intense as it could've been but still if you prefer a brush then I don't think you'll have an issue with this. You can also use a damp brush with this palette as well. The only shade that I even noticed was different in texture was Coco which is the dark brown. It swatched the same and applied the same but to the touch it was a little drier compared to the other mattes. Each vertical row was laid out for you to be able to do an eye look without having to think about it. Which is nice if you're in a hurry.
About the Shades:
Peach Puff 160CM: warm coral pink with a Creamy Matte finish
Sangria 161CM: deep magenta with a Creamy Matte finish
Fake Tan 162CM: rosy tan with a Creamy Matte finish
Coco 163CM: mahogany brown with a Creamy Matte finish
Sahara 164CM: peach sand with a Creamy Matte finish
Nudist 165CM: soft petal pink with a Creamy Matte finish
Vintage Taupe 166CM: mauve pink with a Creamy Matte finish
Pastel Melon 167CM: pastel peach with a Creamy Matte finish
Gusti 168S: coral pink with a multicolored Sparkling finish
Limoncello 169DC: silvery yellow with a Duo Chrome finish
Mint Frost 170S: frosted blue with a Sparkling finish
Exotic 171M: teal green with a Metallic finish
Laguna 172CM: aqua blue with a Creamy Matte finish
Tiger Lily 173M: royal blue with a Metallic finish
Zena 174CM: vivid lilac with a Creamy Matte finish
Final thoughts.. I love this palette. Of course it's expensive as always with Natasha Denona it's $129. I like it far more than her older formula. I think that's what sets it apart. Nothing about this is a fail for me. I do want to say that if this isn't in your budget don't sweat it. There are shades from JD Glow and Makeup Geek that look very similar even if they don't act the same. Also if you just can't justify that price all at once Beautylish offers flex pay of 3 payments of $43 and you get free two day shipping. This is limited edition but we all know how those go so we'll just have to see if it's actually limited edition or not. It's also Paraben free and Cruelty Free.
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