Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette | Review + 3 Looks

Hello everyone!

As most of you know, usually at the beginning of the week I post my weekly Palette Roulette post, where I randomly choose one of the eyeshadow palettes in my collection to play with for all of that week. However, I have been taking a break from that to experiment with a bunch of new additions to my collection.

Last week I did a Flash Review of the Colourpop X Kathleen Lights Dream St. Eyeshadow Palette. This week I will be reviewing the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette. You can also expect a review of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette next week, in lieu of a Palette Roulette. After that we will go back to our regularly scheduled programming, if Easter doesn’t get in the way, that is!

Natasha Denona has definitely been a brand that has caught my eye for a while. Quite a few people rave about her eyeshadow palettes, although, her brand seems to be quite a polarizing one, with her eyeshadows really being the focus of attention. People either love or hate them. I think a large proportion of that hate may stem from the pricing of her products.

Natasha Denona is an acclaimed international makeup artist whose brand is marketed as a luxury one. Most famous for this are her eyeshadow palettes which are usually priced at $162 CAD or $129 USD, with her most expensive palettes costing $305 CAD or $239 USD. I think most people would agree that hundreds of dollars for a 15 or 28-pan eyeshadow palette is outrageous, but still, people love her products.

Most recently, I have come seriously close to purchasing one of these palettes, with the Sunset and Lila palettes really catching my eye. However, I was able to get over that, and have since become disinterested again because of the pricing. Her most recent 15-pan release is the Tropic palette, which is beautiful, but arguably plain. Half of the shades look to be transition/crease colours, with only a few pops of colour to really draw people in. BUT what also came out recently was the Mini Sunset Palette.

At first when I had heard that this was releasing, I literally had no interest. Why? Because I’m back to the mindset of: it’s Natasha Denona, and therefore out of my price range. BUT when my friend told me that it was only $30 CAD, my ears perked up. Even though I knew that this palette was going to have terrible value, it provides a unique opportunity to try the Natasha Denona formula without investing too much money up front, so I did it. Call it splurge if you will.

Packaging and First Impressions

This Natasha Denona mini palette comes in a glossy white unit carton that is very simple in detail. The actual palette is plastic, although it does feel quite sturdy, unlike drugstore plastic palettes that can be flimsy. The lid of the palette is clear so that you can see the shades. Overall, the aesthetic is very clean, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it luxurious.

The shades included in this palette are of course very warm, since this mini palette was inspired by the larger Sunset palette. In this palette are two matte shadows, and 3 metallics, although you will see later that I would argue that one of those metallics is really more satin in formula.

The palette is certainly very small. If you look at the pictures below, you will see a picture of it in my hand to give you an idea of the scale. It is basically just a bit longer than the width of my hand.

unit carton



close up



Price and Quantity

This palette is priced at $30 CAD ($25 USD) and has 0.1 oz of product.

For comparisons I have included a selection of warm-toned high end and luxury mini palettes, regular sized palettes, and larger palettes. Let’s see what’s really going on here!

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product Cost
($ CAD)
Quantity (oz) Number of Shades Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 Violet Voss HG PRO $60 1.2 = value size 20 $50/oz
2 Sephora PRO Warm $85 1.12 = value size 28 $76/oz
3 Huda Beauty Obsessions Warm Brown $35 0.45 = mini 9 $78/oz
4 Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini Eyeshadow Palette $53 0.6 = mini 10 $88/oz
5 Tarte Tartelette Toasted $60 0.636 12 $94/oz
6 Huda Beauty Desert Dusk $85 0.89 18 $96/oz
7 Urban Decay Naked Heat $66 0.6 12 $110/oz
8 Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes $55 0.48 12 $115/oz
9 Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Warm Neutral Mattes 100 0.84 12 $119/oz
10 Smashbox Cover Shot: Eye Palettes Ablaze $35 0.27 = mini 8 $130/oz
11 Natasha Denona Sunset $162 1.2 15 $135/oz
12 Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 28 Green-Brown $305 2.24 28 $136/oz
13 Tarte Tartelette Flirt $30 0.18 = mini 6 $167/oz
14 Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam $55 0.28 14 $196/oz
15 Natasha Denona Mini Sunset $30 0.1 = mini 5 $300/oz
16 Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish “Scandalust” $64 0.21 7 $305/oz

As expected, the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette has terrible value, ranking at second to last place out of 16 eyeshadow palettes. Palettes that are marketed as mini (and therefore labelled as “mini” above) are often pretty terrible value because you are paying for the convenience of having something small. Although, you can see above that there are certainly a few that have good value, and in some cases, value that is even better than regular-sized palettes, such as the Huda Beauty Obsessions and the Kat Von D MetalMatte Mini.

What is perhaps surprising to see is that the larger Natasha Denona palettes are not also ranking last. You do get quite a lot of product for what you are paying, but they are still ultimately very expensive. You will have decide whether you will get enough use out of that palette or not, to justify the purchase. Because even if there is a lot of product included, will you use it all?

Also, can we just talk a second about her website?? I don’t know if you have ever felt the need to go to her website since she is sold in Sephora, but for a brand that is so luxury and so out-of-this world expensive, you would think that she could afford to have a nicer website. It borderline looks like early 2000’s HTML. It looks like a website that I would have made myself in middle school. Like really?? Where’s all that money going??


Here are the claims from the Natasha Denona website:

“The debut of the new mini size eye shadow palette – the extended shade range of the exisiting Natasha Denona Sunset Palette featuring 5 brand new shades.
The color scheme allows to create a whole eye makeup look, including 2 metallics, 2 mattes & 1 sparkling / foiled shade from light to dark.
Compact size, perfect for travelling. 
An absolute must have for every sunset lover.
Shade Description:
Guava – A dirty peach (matte)
Apollo – A bright brick (metallic)
Dirty Mars – A dirty terracotta (matte)
Sun Beam – A rich bronze (sparkling/foiled)
Halo – A warm champagne (metallic)”

Pigmentation and Performance

I’m going to start out by saying that the shades in this palette are certainly nothing that we’ve never seen before. This might possibly be the last warm palette to come out in a sea of warm-toned palettes. We have been absolutely bombarded with this colour theme, and I wouldn’t say that this palette really establishes itself as something new. However, I would say that the shades that are included are truly beautiful and were clearly well thought out.

Guava is the perfect warm-toned shade to build up your crease. You can apply it lightly or build it up as deep as you would like. That is something that you can definitely say about these mattes. They truly are some of the most buildable mattes that I have ever used. To build up the outer corner or the crease even more, Dirty Mars is the perfect shade of deep brown. It adds warmth without pulling too orange, and can really be built up to quite a deep shade, making it not necessary to have a black, or multiple deep shades in this palette. I think some people might feel concern at there only being two mattes in this palette, but I truly think that there is no need for more. The two mattes that were included were perfect to complete full and comprehensive looks.

Sun Beam and Halo are both truly stunning metallic shades, however, these again are not new or ground-breaking. You can see in the pan (above) and swatch pictures (below) that these two are very foiled and textured looking, which gives you a really great effect on the eye. But, I do feel that I have other shades like this in my collection. When swatched, these actually look really similar to the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pots in Park Ave Princess and Top Yacht, but those don’t apply quite as opaque as these shadows do.

Apollo is described as a metallic, but really it looks and performs like a satin. You can see in the pan it definitely doesn’t look the same as Sun Beam and Halo, and when swatched there isn’t nearly as much intensity. That’s not to say that there was anything bad about this shade, I just don’t think that it was described accurately. When packed on the lid, you can really build it up to full pigmentation, but it certainly isn’t as metallic.

I noticed that all three of the “metallics” had some fallout, so that is something to keep in mind. However, the mattes were quite packed (pressed firmly) and didn’t really have any kick back or fallout. That goes to show that shadows don’t have to be pressed lightly to be pigmented (Here’s looking at you Anastasia Beverly Hills).


Even though I don’t think the shades are anything special, I do think that the quality of the shadows is quite good. There really is something special about the blend I got with the mattes. They built up really well, and they blended really nicely on top of each other. Although, I did notice that I did have to spend maybe a little longer than usual blending them. But when I did finish blending, the blend of the mattes was impeccable, and maybe the best I have ever gotten from matte shadows. The shades also don’t get lost in each other like some other matte formulas do. They don’t blend into a muddy mess.

The metallics were of course beautiful. When using metallic shadows on the lid, I ALWAYS cut the crease with concealer. Why? To give those metallics a tacky base so that they adhere better. I do not like wetting my brush, and I almost never do, because when I apply a shadow wet, it gives the lid extra texture and can really make your eyelid look wrinkly and downright awful. This is something that I REALLY experience with Huda Beauty metallics. If you wet your brush with those, be prepared for the most wrinkly textured eyelid ever. But, if you cut the crease with concealer, and press on the shadow with a finger or a brush, you get a smooth lid with really opaque shadow coverage.

These shadows adhered really well to my lid, and after application I didn’t get any fallout throughout the day and I didn’t experience any transfer of the metallic to the upper area of my lid. I only experienced fallout during application.

Below are three looks that I did with this palette. I think that you could certainly come up with more, changing up the shades that you put on the lower lash line, or doing an all matte look, or mixing the metallics together on the lid for a gradient effect. Overall, for a 5-pan palette, I think that you can do a lot.


Shadows Used:
Built up in the crease.
Dirty Mars: In the outer corner and dragged into the crease slightly.
All over the lid after cutting the crease with concealer.


Shadows Used:
Built up in the crease.
Dirty Mars: In the outer corner and dragged into the crease slightly.
Sun Beam:
All over the lid after cutting the crease with concealer.



Shadows Used:
Built up in the crease.
Dirty Mars: In the outer corner and dragged into the crease slightly.
Inner corner.
Apollo: All over the lid after cutting the crease with concealer.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really like this eyeshadow palette. I definitely feel like it is a treat to use, and you can get some beautiful looks out of it. And I have to mention again, the blend that you get with the matte shades is truly perfect, although it does take some time and a light hand.

Ultimately though, I already have a surplus of these shades in my collection, so is it really worth it? I’m not usually one who is afraid to return things, but I don’t think I will be returning it. I don’t think it deserves to be returned, because I think the quality and the performance of the shadows is pretty damn good. It would be stupid for me to return something based on the shades, since I knew what they were when I first ordered it.

When it comes to considering whether you should get this palette or not, you definitely need to think about what you already have in your collection. I bought this palette because it was an inexpensive way to try Natasha Denona shadows. Yes, I already have these shades, but they are also shades that I know I will use. If you already have a ton of these shades, you might want to pass, but I am happy that I purchased it.

I am kind of hoping that she starts coming out with these mini palettes more regularly. If she were to come out with a mini Lila and a mini Tropic, I would probably be all over it. These mini palettes are definitely something that I could see myself collecting, even if they have terrible value. As much as I like to make smart shopping decisions, you can’t let that rule your life and I also like to treat myself every once in a while. If there’s any company about treating yourself, I would say Natasha Denona is one of them lol. And at least Marc Jacobs is still a worse value! lol.

Have you tried or been curious about Natasha Denona shadows? What do you think of the idea of mini palettes? Is it a good way to allow more people to try her products, or does it cheapen the brand? Let me know your thoughts down below!

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14 thoughts on “Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Palette | Review + 3 Looks

  1. Oh yikes, you’re right, her site is pretty bad! 😮
    To me, the shades are so common – and it’s not great value compared to others out there. I wouldn’t buy this myself. It might be worthwhile if you’re looking for a travel friendly palette or to put into the gym bag or something. I do like that you can do a complete look with just this palette.

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    1. I absolutely agree, that shades are almost the most common thing out there right now! And yes, the value is terrible. But, I am pretty happy with it, and am hoping that she comes out with more unique colour combinations in the future! If anything, I think this gave me more insight into why so many people do love her shadows, despite the price!


  2. Her stuff is gorgeous, but I can’t justify the price. 😂 Maybe someday I will be able to buy one of her palettes, but not right now.

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  3. I clicked on the link to her site and cringed so hard, they really need to work on their website. As for her palettes, I can’t justify $300 price tag for eye shadows that are going to go bad in 2 to 3 years. I don’t hit pan on most of my shadows so I just would feel like I’m wasting more money. I would rather spend my money on makeupgeek, ABH, and Melt Cosmetics.

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    1. Haha I’m glad you feel the same way about her website… it’s pretty weird. So true! Who hits pan these days anyways? Especially when you are a collector like us! Thanks for commenting 🙂


  4. $300 an ounce, eeek!!! Though you knew going in the value would be awful so it’s really not all that surprising.
    This is my first time on her website and it’s not what I expected for such a luxury brand at all, get with the times Natasha Denona!
    The last look your posted is my favourite, red eyeshadow looks so beautiful!

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    1. The funny point was that Marc Jacobs was worse, which is almost hard to believe since they are selling those as “full sized palettes” lol. The website is just awful. Like don’t you want my money…? And thank you! It’s funny, one time my professor was having some skin irritation around her eyes causing redness and she was complaining about it and went on to say how she doesn’t know why people would ever wear red eyeshadow and how that’s just terrible. All the while I am like oh yeah that’s just weird, but thinking 🤔 I wear red eyeshadow all the time lol.


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