Sadly, I dropped the palette and broke one of the shadows. Because butterfingers…

Happy Thursday, Kumquats!

Yes, I know – it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  Life has been a little crazy lately, as I’m getting ready to move, and locking down the new digs was taking up all my attention.  In the same vein, in the interest of saving some dough, I cut my pixie myself this month!  Hearkening back to my high school days, I just took a clippers to it. Classy, I know.

Now all that’s left is to take care of those absurd roots…


I know, I know – those roots are crazy. They’re almost a Look at this point..


I’m a fan of doing my own hair, when I can get away with it. The cut is hardly perfect, but it will do until I can justify paying my usual arm and leg for getting it done in the salon. I always do my own colour, since I’ve had actual formal training in that arena.  And I am sooo overdue at this stage, my roots are like half the length of my hair!

But anyway.

Today I’ll be doing a long overdue (story of my life this month) review of the Natasha Denona 5 Eyeshadow Palette #08 that I’ve been wearing in so many recent posts.  I’m a huge fan of her shadows, lipsticks, highlighters and contouring products – and this palette is no exception.


Natasha Denona 5 Eyeshadow Palette #08

The #08 5 Eyeshadow Palette is a gorgeous combination of green-taupes, pinks, and gold-taupe shades that I cannot get enough of lately.  These shadows are so incredibly pigmented and blend-able that even on mornings when my blending skills are sub-par, I find it virtually impossible to screw up and get a patchy look.




While it’s easy to both blend and sweep on a nice, clean line with the dark shades in this palette, there is quite a bit of fallout with both the duochrome pink, and light golden-taupe shadows. This is fairly common in foiled/glitter shadows, however.  The light pearl pink highlight shade is nice and smooth, like the darker ones – so it’s a bit of a trade off.  I find if I wet the foiled shades, it cuts the fallout by at least a half, and the colours are much more intense to boot.


The pink duochrome especially benefits from a wet application


These palettes are not cheap at $48 a pop – so are they worth the price?  In my opinion, the duochrome pink with gold shift, the two green-taupe shades, and golden-taupe transition shade are unique enough to definitely make it worth the cost, especially when you take the quality of these shadows into consideration.  They last all day on primed lids, even on warm days when the rest of my face is sliding off like some kind of psychedelic video played during an In-a-Cada-Da-Vida performance by Iron Butterfly.  The only trouble I have is, like with all eye products, the inner lid can crease and rub off due to my perpetually runny eyes – which is admittedly a problem with my eyes more than it is a failure of the eyeshadows.



I find that if I reapply to this problem area midday, then things tend to stay in place at that point.  I particularly love this palette because the colours work great with so many different looks – I can pair them with a red lip, a coral shade, a pink, or a nude – and it all looks good. Plus, they’re a great alternative to the ubiquitous sunset colours we are seeing everywhere now.

If I were to compare these shadows to anything, they are very similar in quality and texture to Pat McGrath eyeshadows.  They are almost as good as my Viseart shadows, but those have less fallout.

Overall, I’m extremely pleased with this palette – I don’t have any other similar colours in my collection, and the high quality is undeniable.

What I’m wearing in this post:

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Do you own any Natasha Denona eyeshadows? What do you think of them? Leave me a comment below!

Stay beautiful, guys.

XO – Monday