Hey everyone! Happy February! Today I am bringing you my review of the Natasha Denona Love palette. This arrived at my doorstep on Thursday, and I have done my best to use it as much as possible in the last couple of days in order to give a thorough review. When I saw that another one of her 15 pan mini palettes was being released, I knew I needed to get it. I absolutely loved Sunrise, and the price is much more manageable than that of her original-sized palettes.
Packaging and First Impressions
This palette comes in a hard plastic palette that is about 2/3 of the size of ND’s larger eyeshadow palettes. The front is a pink glossy creme and the back is a soft touch pink 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 reds to pinks and purples with a few golds thrown in. This palette colour story is definitely a V-day dream, and is a colour scheme that very few other mainstream companies have even come close to. As for the formulas in this palette, there are seven creamy mattes, two cream to powders and six metallics that have different textures. These shadows do not have a scent.
“Become infatuated with the captivatingly romantic Love palette by Natasha Denona. 15 brand NEW shades of Natasha’s signature eyeshadow formula in pinks, mauves, purples, corals, silvery neutrals, rich burgundy’s and a ﬁery red that melt together in perfect harmony. This seductive palette can be used for playfully bold creations or effortlessly wearable everyday looks.
Made with the highest quality pure color pigments, dazzling chroma crystals, and luminous mineral pearls, for maximum color payoff with minimal effort. Shades and formulas were hand designed by world renowned makeup artist Natasha Denona. Buttery smooth, hydrating eyeshadow formula wears beautifully on any skin type and skin tone.”
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, two cream to powders, and a variety of metallics with 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).
First: Peachy beige creamy matte
Lifetime: Warm gold (sparkling)
Heartbeat: Deep maroon creamy matte
Transparent: Nude pink ivory (sparkling, perhaps satin?)
Trust: Deep plum creamy matte
Heart: Crimson red creamy matte
Giving: Coral with a pink duochrome finish (sparkling topper)
Pure Love: Warm plum with blue reflects and a duochrome finish (sparkling)
Commitment: Deep eggplant cream to powder
Blind: Silver (foiled)
Soul: Deep dusty rose creamy matte
Passion: Deep burgundy with pink sparkles (sparkling)
Intense: Warm pink creamy matte
Valentine: Baby pink creamy matte
Dream: Iris violet cream to powder
Price and Quantity
This eyeshadow palette is priced at $87 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.
While I usually do a price comparison to other similar palettes on the market, I honestly can’t think of any palettes that even compare in terms of colour scheme. What other brand has made such an “on the nose” V-day palette, featuring reds, pinks and purples together? Not many, and not any that compare well, in my opinion. So instead I have just done a comparison to other sizes of Natasha Denona palettes so that you can see that this smaller version of her original eyeshadow palettes is actually the best value out of them all!
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||Natasha Denona Love||$87||0.67||15||$128/oz|
|2||Natasha Denona Lila||$170||1.2||15||$142/oz|
|3||Natasha Denona Cranberry Palette||$61||0.4||5||$153/oz|
Pigmentation and Performance
Overall, I am fairly happy with this palette. However, there are some inconsistencies in the matte formula, within the palette, and compared to her past palettes like Sunrise.
My favourite part about Sunrise was her creamy mattes. They were very pigmented and very easy to work with. I had zero issues with blending. While the pigmentation is again, great in Love, I had a few shades that I struggled to blend if they were the first to be applied to the eye. Notably, Soul and Heart. Now, even though they didn’t blend well with first application, they actually did blend out just fine if you added another shade to help it along, and used a great brush. My favourite brush that saves almost all blending disasters is the Hakuhodo J5522. You will see in my finished looks below that the blending looks just fine. So, while inconsistent, the shades are definitely workable, and the pigmentation is there for sure. It is however, disappointing since I know that all of the mattes in Sunrise were of impeccable quality. This also concerns me for future releases.
While I did not love the sparkling formula in Sunrise, I actually didn’t mind it in Love, and this is why. After a little trial and error, I found that I can make these shades opaque when applied over a glitter glue. Personally, I like a full impact metallic, and when these are just applied on top of concealer, you don’t get that (see below looks 1 and 3). You get the light base shade coming through with a bit of sparkle on top. When applied on top of a glitter glue, that tackiness really grabs maximum pigment and sparkle, giving you full impact, similar to what you see in the pan. The shade that is most like a topper is Giving, as it has very minimal base pigment, with a lot of pink sparkle. However, when applied on a glitter glue, even it showed up as opaque! (See look 2).
As I may have mentioned earlier, I haven’t been a fan of her cream to powder formula. I first experienced it in Biba, and I really haven’t used it a lot because I just have issues with blending that formula. That experience continued when trying to use Commitment to deepen up looks. Blending was absolutely a challenge, but it can mostly be done if you add the shade in very small amounts, perhaps in tandem with another matte. What surprised me though was that when I used Dream, another cream to powder, applied directly on the eye, it blended pretty well! Especially when I used another matte to help blend it even further. So, perhaps this formula works best when applied directly to the eye.
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, except in cases when I mention using a glitter glue.
Intense: Crease and lower lash line. This is a beautiful bright warm pink matte that really packs a punch and blends nicely.
Valentine: Crease/transition. This is a light pink that works really well to blend out other shades. Usually light pinks like this are chalky on the eye and just do not look good. Well not this one! This is a great light pink that blends into the skin well. No chalk here!
Soul: Crease and outer corner. This is a beautiful deep rose. This shade isn’t amazing if it is the first applied, as it could blend a bit more smoothly. However, if you use the right brushes you can diffuse it out (my saviour is always the Hakuhodo J5522). It also diffuses nicely if you use another shade, such as Valentine. Overall, it only takes a tiny bit more work when used in this way, but when added on top of other shades it is great!
Giving: Inner lid. This is a thinner sparkling shade that is best used as a topper. Here, I added it on top of tacky concealer to help it pack a bit more of a punch, and you can really see that it has a peachy/copper base to it with the pink sparkles on top. To make it really pop, I found that using a glitter glue worked even better (see next look).
Passion: Outer lid. This is a burgundy sparkling shade that for whatever reason got a little lost in this look. It did originally pack on well, but I may have blended most of it away afterwards. I think it could have also benefitted from a glitter glue (see fourth look).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Heartless” is on the waterline.
Intense: Crease and lower lash line.
Soul: Crease and outer corner.
Giving: Center lid. This topper looked even better when applied on top of a glitter glue in this look. The pink sparkle is much more intense, with none of the peachy/copper base showing through. Can you believe that this is the same shade as that in Look #1?
Heart: Lower lash line. This is a beautiful vibrant red that can also be diffused for a slightly softer look. Here I applied it with full intensity for the perfect V-day combination!
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Alkaline” and “Heartless” are on the waterline.
Heart: Crease and lower lash line. This shade was also problematic when it was the first to be applied on the eye. However, it was again saveable with the right brush and I used Soul as well to help blend it out. The finished blend looks pretty good to me!
First: Brow bone and transition. This is a nice neutral shade that can also help out a blend.
Heartless: Outer corner and lower lash line. This is a burgundy that does add some depth. When added on top of Heart it serves more as a way to mute the brightness, rather than deepen it.
Commitment: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. Since my introduction to Natasha’s cream to powder formula I have had trouble with it. They just don’t apply well on top of other shades, and this one was no exception. I had to put quite a bit of work into blending this shade, going back and forth between Heartless and adding small amounts of Commitment back on. Perhaps it makes sense though that a “cream to power” might not apply well on powers. I think if you want to make this shade work, add it on very slowly.
Transparent: Inner lid and inner corner. This is a sparkling champagne with subtle pink undertones. This shade almost seems like a satin metallic, but it does have a bit of sparkle to it. I’m looking forward to using it more.
Lifetime: Center lid. This is a typical warm gold metallic with some sparkle and good body to it. Surprisingly though, after I applied it, it also sort of disappeared from the lid. Almost as if it melted in to the lid as I was finishing off the rest of my makeup, leaving a sort of gold metallic sheen instead of full impact gold. Honestly I’m not sure what happened here, but this shade can have full intensity with a glitter glue (see following look).
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Perversion” and “Alkaline” are on the waterline.
Soul: Crease and lower lash line.
Heartless: Crease and lower lash line.
Trust: Outer corner. This deeper purple definitely helped add some depth to the outer corner. I didn’t have any issues with blending it.
Lifetime: Inner lid. Here, you can see this shade in full intensity when applied on top of a glitter glue.
Passion: Center lid. Again, here is this shade shown in full intensity on a glitter glue. It has such a pretty sparkle!
Transparent: Inner corner.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Perversion” and “Alkaline” are on the waterline.
Dream: Crease. This cream to powder actually worked really well as the first shade applied on the eye. It blended nicely, and finished off even nicer with a little help in the transition from Valentine.
Trust: Outer corner.
Commitment: Outer corner.
Blind: Inner lid. This is a really beautiful, smooth and foiled shade. There is a slight hint of lavender in the silver.
Pure Love: Middle lid. I applied this shade on top of a glitter glue based on how the other shades had performed, and I wasn’t disappointed! Look how vivid it is with that purple blue deliciousness.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Psychedelic Sister” and “Rockstar” are on the waterline.
After creating these looks, this palette has left me feeling a little conflicted. I am sad that it is not consistent with the impeccable quality that I experienced with Sunrise. Those mattes were just so gorgeous, pigmented and flawless to blend. This palette takes a little more work, but it is definitely doable and you can create some really pretty looks. Overall, I do think I will be keeping this palette. On the whole, it performs pretty well and I really enjoy the colour story. I have many more looks and colour combinations that I want to try out, so clearly I am inspired despite any struggles I may have had thus far.
Have you tried or plan on trying this palette? Which look is your favourite?