Natasha Denona Bronze Palette | Review + 6 Eye Looks

Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you my review of the Natasha Denona Bronze palette. This was an immediate purchase for me, not only because I own all of Natasha Denona’s medium-sized palettes, but I also had a Sephora Rouge reward just waiting for a launch like this. Bronze-y shades are of course my jam. I love a good colourful look, but this is a palette I knew I would get a ton of use out of. So far my experience with ND’s medium sized palettes has been good but mixed. I absolutely loved Sunrise, whereas Love was good but not great. So, here’s hoping that this is similar to the formula found in Sunrise!

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 mirrored bronze and the back is a soft touch brown plastic. Inside you have an edge-to-edge mirror and 15 pans of eyeshadow that are smaller than those in her larger palettes, but are still larger than other comparable eyeshadow palettes.

The colour scheme of this palette ranges from red-toned coppers, neutral bronzes and yellow-toned golds. I think the colour scheme is fairly typical of any neutral palette, but I do love that there is a range in tones. As for the formulas in this palette, there are five creamy mattes, one cream to powder and nine metallics that have different textures. These shadows do not have a scent.

Claims

15 NEW shades Packed with ND’s groundbreaking buttery smooth, hydrating eyeshadow formula in entrancing brown & vibrant bronze shades. Provides maximum color payoff with minimal effort, blending seamlessly to achieve vibrant, ultra-pigmented, long lasting looks. These rich pressed pigmented shadows leave the skin with an optimum texture and comfortable all-day wear. Shades and formulas were hand designed by world renowned makeup artist Natasha Denona. Made with the highest quality pure color pigments, dazzling chroma crystals, and luminous mineral pearls. Its’ buttery smooth, hydrating eyeshadow formula wears beautifully on any skin type and skin tone.”

Shades

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, one cream to powder, and a variety of metallics with one duo chrome.

True Copper: Warm copper metallic
Suntan: 
Warm medium brown matte
Sundown: 
Medium light yellow-brown matte
Deep Dive: 
Deep brown eggplant cream to powder
Rhodium: 
Medium warm purple with silver reflect metallic
Magma: 
Medium dark umber matte
High Degree: 
Red copper metallic
Alloy: 
Vibrant bronze with golden reflect metallic
Ridge: 
Medium warm mustard matte
True Bronze: 
Bronze metallic
Gloaming: 
Burnt umber with a light bronze reflect metallic
Palladium: 
Warm pinkish taupe metallic
Bliss: 
Red pink with golden-green reflects metallic
Silk: Foiled rich champagne metallic
Beach: Warm nude matte

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.

This is a fairly typical neutral palette when it comes to colour scheme, so to give you an idea of how price compares to other neutral palettes, I’ve given a few examples.

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

RankProductCost
($CAD)
Quantity (oz)Number of ShadesCost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1Tarte Toasted$510.6412$80/oz
2Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes$590.4816$123/oz
3Natasha Denona Bronze$870.6715$130/oz
4Natasha Denona Biba$1701.215$142/oz
5Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam$550.2814$196/oz

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, I am glad to say that we are back to the great ND formula that is in Sunrise and Biba. That being said, the pigmentation in Sunrise was REALLY special and SO pigmented, but the shadows in this palette are really good. I honestly don’t even feel like I need to get into a very detailed review, because the performance of this palette is really good.

The creamy matte formula in this palette is one that I really like a lot. It always seems to have good pigmentation and it is very buildable. Shades not only build up to be quite pigmented, but you can also build one shade on top of another with no problem. Blending was also a non-issue with all of the shades in this palette.

One of the more interesting things about this palette is the ratio of mattes to metallics. You have some great staple mattes that vary in depth and tone, and then a ton of metallics to customize each look. All of the mattes are pigmented and easy to work with and blend. The only matte that I don’t love is of course the one cream to powder shade, Deep Dive. I have never gotten along with the cream to powder formula. I find it challenging to work with and blend. I’m just thankful that it was a deep shade that came in this formula since using it in the outer corner isn’t super noticeable when it comes to blending issues, in my opinion. If I were to do a whole smokey eye with it, I’m not sure what the result would be.

Most of the metallics in this palette are what I would call a standard metallic formula. Good pigmentation with good shine. None of them are incredibly foiled, although some look more so than others. The only thinner more sparkly metallics are Bliss, Rhodium, High Degree and True Bronze, although I found that they could all be packed on for full opacity. So on the eye, the texture/formula really didn’t seem to make a difference. The only shade that I was slightly disappointed with was True Bronze. Not only was it thinner, but it also seemed to have less base pigment to it.

Because there are so many metallics in this palette, and some that may seem kind of similar, I’m going to show you a shot of all the more red or gold leaning metallics swatched together. Then we will get into some comparisons from other ND palettes that I own.

From the swatches you can see that there aren’t really any outright dupes, but there are some very similar shades between ND Bronze, Biba and one or two shades in Love and Sunrise.

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.

Shades Used
Sundown
: Crease/transition and lower lash line. This is a medium yellow matte that has good pigmentation and blendability.
Suntan: Crease and lower lash line. This is a medium neutral brown matte with a slight red undertone. Again, it has very good pigmentation and it blends well.
Magma: Outer corner. This is a deeper red toned brown matte that has great pigmentation and was great for the outer corner. It definitely adds a good amount of depth.
True Copper: Lid. This is a medium warm copper metallic that is slightly foiled. It adhered nicely to a tacky base and had a nice amount of shine to it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Sundown
: Crease/transition and lower lash line.
Suntan: Crease and lower lash line.
Magma: Outer corner.
True Bronze: Inner lid and inner corner. This is a thinner gold/bronze shade that is sparkly but seems to be a little lacking in base pigment compared to all the other shades in the palette. However, it packed on well and was nice and sparkly.
Gloaming: Center lid. This is a burgundy metallic with gold reflects. It has nice body to it and is slightly foiled.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Ridge
: Crease and lower lash line. This is a lighter camel yellow brown matte with good pigmentation.
Beach: Transition. This is a great nude shade that works well to blend out the edges of any shade. I much prefer this to a white in a palette.
Magma: Outer corner.
Alloy: Center lid. This is another gold metallic that is fairly foiled. Really pretty.
Silk: Inner lid. This is one of the most foiled shades in the palette and is more of a cooler gold.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Suntan: Crease and lower lash line.
Beach: Transition.
Magma: Outer corner.
Palladium: Lid. This is a really nice taupe brown metallic. Also slightly foiled. I can see this being a great staple shade for me when I don’t want to use gold.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Suntan: Crease and lower lash line.
Beach: Transition.
Magma: Outer corner.
Bliss: Inner lid. This is a very pretty duochrome with a red base. The gold/green sparkles in this shade were very apparent in person. The consistency was a little thinner than some of the other metallics mentioned, but it packed on well.
High Degree: Center lid. This is more of a satin red with sparkles in it. It is less metallic, but when packed on I think it has a similar shine.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Suntan: Crease and lower lash line.
Beach: Transition.
Magma: Outer corner.
Deep Dive: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is the dreaded cream to power matte formula. With some working, you can see that it looks decently blended in, but I just can’t seem to get on board with this formula. It is just not nearly as easy as the creamy matte formula.
Palladium: Inner lid.
Rhodium: Center lid. This is a silvery purple with blue reflects. This was one of the shades that surprised me the most! Initially I didn’t think I would get much use out of it after just a cursory glance and swatch. But on the eye it is very sparkly, with almost a blue reflect! Love it.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Lucky” is on the waterline.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I am left feeling really happy with this palette. It is a great neutral option, and I do think the ratio of the mattes to metallics makes it really fun. You have all the necessary mattes, and then a ton of metallics to play with. I do think, however, that some of the metallics are very similar, and you can hardly tell the difference between them. But, you do get some really different metallic shades that can allow you to switch things up quite a bit.

Now, with this being a neutral palette, is the price worth it? I believe if I had actually spent money on this palette, and not just a Sephora reward, I would still be very happy with it. $87 is very expensive, so it is challenging to decide whether a typical neutral colour scheme is worth that price. But, since it is so neutral, it being something that you use all the time would make the price worth it. In fact, it might be more valuable than some of ND’s more unique colour schemes. But I digress, I do think it will be up to personal preference as to whether you need it or not.

What do you think about this palette? Is it on your to buy list?

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