Hey everyone! Long time no see, truly! Today I am bringing you a review of Natasha Denona’s newest eyeshadow palette, Sunrise! I was instantly intrigued by this palette because one, the new smaller size and the associated smaller price, and two, because of the colour scheme of course! I’ve never totally decided which eyeshadow shades are my favourite to wear, but I think this palette perfectly embodies them. Peaches, reds, purples, yellows. Does it get much better than that?
Packaging and First Impressions
This palette comes in a hard palette that is about 2/3 of the size of ND’s larger eyeshadow palettes. The front is a matte red metallic and the back is a soft touch plastic. Inside you have an edge-to-edge mirror that is really quite large, and 15 pans of eyeshadow that are certainly smaller than those in her larger palettes, but are still larger than other comparable eyeshadow palettes.
The colour scheme of this palette ranges from champagnes, yellows and peaches to reds and berries. As for the formulas in this palette, there are seven creamy mattes, four metallics and three duo chromes.
“Inspired by the warm glow of a morning sunrise, this impeccable palette contains shades of warm sunny yellows, crimson corals, earthy browns and powerful pinks and fuchsias, all made to melt together in perfect harmony.
The Sunrise palette is featuring 15 brand NEW shades including ND’s iconic formulas packed with the highest quality ingredients to create buttery soft shades that blend seamlessly to achieve vibrant, ultra-pigmented, long lasting looks.
The ICONIC Duo chromes, velvety mattes, and sparkling metallic textures will elevate your senses and empower you to create your very own radiant works of art.”
Natasha Denona offers shadows in five different finishes: cream to powder, creamy matte, sparkling cream to power, metallics (with three different types) and duo chromes. This palette comes with creamy mattes, a variety of metallics and a few duo chromes.
There are definitely some marked differences between the metallics. On Natasha Denona’s website it is stated that the three types are: foiled rich in texture, satin-soft finish, and sparkling with varying sizes of crushed mineral pearls. It is not stated in the shade descriptions of this palette as to which metallic is which, but I have labelled my estimates below in brackets (including on the duo chromes since I feel their texture fits in with the sparkling type of metallic).
Poppy: Crimson bronze metallic (foiled)
Citrine: Warm yellow matte
Phlox: Burnt warm crimson metallic (foiled)
Awakening: Lavender nude duo chrome (sparkling)
Laurel: Peachy champagne metallic (satin)
Aster: Violet mauve duo chrome (sparkling)
Glory: Fuchsia matte
Azalea: Pink copper duo chrome (sparkling)
Morgan: Pastel coral matte
Agate: Champagne apricot metallic (foiled)
Clove: Dark maroon matte
Carnelian: Burnt light orange matte
Jasper: Bright terracotta matte
Morning: Light apricot matte
Day Spring: Nude bronze metallic (foiled)
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $86 CAD ($65 USD) and has 0.67 oz of product. It isn’t listed how much product is in each pan, but the amount included in her larger palettes is 0.08 oz per shadow, so it can be estimated that these pans are about half that size.
To compare the value of this palette to others on the market I chose high end palettes that seemed to include a similar colour range. However, I would say that this colour range is mostly unique, so there aren’t really any direct comparisons.
Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:
|Quantity (oz)||Number of Shades||Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product|
|1||Violet Voss Hashtag||$60||1.2||20||$50/oz|
|2||Huda Beauty Obsessions Neon Orange||$37||0.45||9||$82/oz|
|3||Huda Beauty Desert Dusk||$85||0.89||18||$96/oz|
|4||Natasha Denona Sunrise||$86||0.67||15||$128/oz|
|5||Natasha Denona Sunset||$170||1.2||15||$142/oz|
|6||Viseart Petit Pro 5 Soleil||$40||0.28||8||$143/oz|
|7||Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette||$61||0.4||5||$153/oz|
|8||Viseart Warm Edit||$50||0.28||12||$179/oz|
Overall, the value of this palette is pretty mid-range. Remarkably, it has the best value out of all Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes, regardless of the size! So this size is definitely a good buy if you are wanting to try the ND formula. I am definitely hoping she produces more at this size. As for the other palettes, they of course don’t exactly have the same colour range, even if they do have a better value or are more affordable. I feel like the Huda Beauty Neon Orange obsessions is like a brighter version of this palette, but it doesn’t accommodate neutral looks like ND Sunrise does. If you want a mini of this palette colour story, I actually feel like the Viseart Petit Pro 5 Soleil seems like a good candidate! You get a yellow, some purples, reds and even some neutrals! The value isn’t as good, but of course the initial purchase price is lower.
Pigmentation and Performance
Overall, I am pretty happy with this palette. There are some pros and cons, but ultimately I have really enjoyed using this palette and it can produce some really fun looks that work year-round.
My favourite part about this palette are the creamy mattes. I think it is accurate to describe them as creamy, and the pigmentation is perfect! Honestly, I actually feel surprised with how pigmented some of the shades are as I apply them. For example, in the pan Morgan looks like a light peach, so I didn’t have very high expectations for much colour. Well boy was I wrong, as this shade turns up quite bright and pigmented on the eye (similar to the swatch below). Moreover, the mattes just blend so well. I haven’t had any issues with application, and the shades mix together really well. In the first look I have shown below, you would never know that I used the shade Glory, which is a bright fuchsia purple, because the eye look just looks yellow and orange/red. Well that orange red was the result of applying Glory on top of the two yellow shades, Citrine and Carnelian. So instead of colours getting muddy, or not blending together well, you do get actual colour mixing, which makes blending so much easier.
My least favourite part of this palette are the metallics that seem to come across as the “sparkling” formula. Those are Awakening, Aster and Azalea. I just don’t love these. They feel dry and flaky, so they aren’t as easy or pleasant to apply. Additionally, they seem to have less base pigment, with those “crushed mineral pearls” just floating around (obvious in the swatches). So it does take more work to get full pigmentation. Don’t get me wrong, you can absolutely make them work, and it’s not that hard with the right technique (packing on to a tacky concealer base, with a finger and/or a wet brush), but it’s just not as easy as other metallic formulas. So perhaps these shades are best as a topper? I just wish these shades had the foiled metallic base PLUS those crushed metallic pearls. Why not have a pigmented base plus the sparkling elements? As for the other metallic shades, they are all good, except for Laurel. I think that Laurel is the “satin” formula, so it is more lacklustre. But it is good if you are going for a less sparkly look.
So let’s get into the eye looks and I will let you know all the shades used and my thoughts on each shade as we go through. Each look was created on a set concealer base, although I always apply metallics on top of unset concealer.
Citrine: Crease/transition and lower lash line. This is a really great light matte yellow shade that has good pigmentation. Yellows are often pretty lacking in pigment, but this one is good!
Carnelian: Crease and outer lower lash line. This is a medium matte yellow with a touch of orange. Again, this shade has great pigmentation!
Glory: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is a bright fuchsia purple matte that has incredible pigmentation! This shade is borderline neon! As you can see in this look, when I applied this over Citrine and Carnelian, it resulted in a neon red/orange, so it blends very well!
Clove: Outer corner. This is a deep purple red matte that adds a tiny bit of depth to the outer corner. I feel like it didn’t add a ton of darkness on top of other shades, so I would be curious to see how it performs on its own. It could probably be pretty intense when used directly on top of a tacky concealer base.
Agate: Inner lid. This is a foiled white metallic with a light gold flip. I like how much brightness this shade adds to any look.
Azalea: Center lid. This is a sparkly peachy orange shade. This is one of those crumbly shades, but you can see that I was able to pack it on enough to get full coverage. I do this by pressing it on unset/tacky concealer and also by using a wet brush.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Rockstar” is on the waterline.
Morning: Crease/transition. This is a light yellow beige matte that has fairly light pigmentation, but I enjoy it for blending out the periphery of mattes. And you can actually see it in the eye look, it’s just light.
Morgan: Crease and outer lower lash line. This is that shade that looks like a light peach in the pan, but really packs a punch on the eye. Stunning!
Jasper: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is a bright terracotta orange matte that adds a decent amount of depth to the eye.
Clove: Outer corner. Again, you can tell that this shade does add a tiny bit of depth, but it really doesn’t get deeper than that.
Agate: Inner lid.
Day Spring: Center lid. This is a copper foiled metallic. It actually doesn’t look very foiled here, but it did in person.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Alkaline” is on the waterline.
Morgan: Crease/transition and lower lash line.
Glory: Crease and outer lower lash line. Look how vibrant and practically neon this shade is!
Clove: Outer corner.
Awakening: Inner lid. This is another crumbly sparkling shade that is a nude pink. In the description it says it has a lavender flip, but I don’t think it is super noticeable on the eye.
Aster: Center lid. This is a purple blue duochrome. I love these kinds of shades, I just wish that this wasn’t the sparse formula with low base pigment. It does come across nice and sparkly though! So the result on the eye is nice.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Heartless” is on the waterline.
Morgan: Crease and outer lower lash line.
Glory: Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Clove: Outer corner.
Laurel: Inner lid. This is a light gold satin metallic shade that I previously mentioned as a little lacklustre. It still packs on nicely, and adds some brightness to the eye. You can also see that it does look slightly metallic, even if it isn’t foiled.
Poppy: Center lid. This is a ruby metallic. This is the metallic formula that I really love from ND. Fully pigmented and super smooth, so it applies easily.
Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shade “Mr. Bing” is on the waterline. PS, this was my first time using that eyeliner and I think it is garbage, despite everyone raving about those liners.. It hardly applied.
Overall, I have really enjoyed using this palette and I think you can get some really beautiful looks out of it. While I don’t love some of the metallic shadows, it’s really not that big a deal because you can still get them to perform really well. Again, perhaps the purpose of this formula is to be more of a topper, but as you can see you can certainly build them up.
The one shade that I haven’t used in this palette is Phlox, and I am left wondering why both Poppy and Phlox were included in this palette. They are so similar! Yes, Poppy is slightly deeper and Phlox is slightly brighter and has some orange in it, but I have a hard time believing that they would appear very different on the eye. I must admit, having similar shades in a palette is a pet peeve of mine, but to be fair I haven’t used both of them yet. My next test will be to use both of them in a look and see if they do appear different.
As for the price and whether this palette is worth it, it’s all going to depend on you. For whatever reason I’ve been on a bit of a luxury trip lately, and I can’t seem to stop buying ND products. I do for the most part really love how ND eyeshadows perform, especially the mattes. It’s actually kind of hard to find pigmentation this good sometimes, depending on the shade. To me, this palette is worth it. It’s fun and you can definitely get a good variety of looks. If I were to compare this palette to another that is similarly priced and has some similar shades, like the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk, I would 100% buy ND Sunrise. The pigmentation in Huda Desert Dusk is nowhere near the quality you get in ND Sunrise.
Have you tried or plan on trying this palette? Which look is your favourite?