Natasha Denona Glam Palette | Review + 4 Looks

Hey everyone! Today I am bringing you my review of the Natasha Denona Glam palette. I’ve definitely become a collector of these medium sized palettes from ND, so this was an obvious addition to my collection. In fact, my last eyeshadow review before I moved across the country was that of the ND Bronze palette, so here we go again! I think what interests me the most with these palettes is the balance that has been struck between shade diversity and a slightly more accessible price point, for ND anyway. At this point, there really isn’t any need to be buying any of her really large palettes, unless the colour scheme particularly speaks to you.

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 silver/chrome and the back is a soft touch light grey 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 neutral browns to taupes, golds and silvers. There are even a few lighter pink shades. I think the colour scheme is fairly typical of any neutral palette, but I do love that there is a range in depth, with a very smoky shade and plenty of lighter shades to add brightness. Interestingly, this is the first palette that incorporates placement instructions as shade names instead of literal names. This was apparently in an effort to help better inform the application of this palette, but ND did receive a decent amount of backlash due to the fact that the suggested placement would not work for every skin tone. I am not someone who is affected by this, being of a light-medium skin tone, so I cannot and should not speak personally on this. However, it has always been a feature of these medium-sized palettes that you can pop out and rearrange the shadow pans as needed, so there is plenty of ability to customize what shade you put where. **Edited after initial publishing to add that one of the commenters on this post pointed out that the Natasha Denona website does actually provide pictures of suggested placements for each shade based on skin tone! I have included this picture below. I have also discovered that Natasha has a highlight on her instagram all about the custom nature of this palette so that all skin tones can be included.** Regardless, you’ll notice later in the review that I did not follow these placement instructions at all, as it is not necessary if you feel confident in creating looks. Hopefully ND will go back to just giving her shades names with future palettes.

Image from Natasha Denona

As for the formulas in this palette, there are five creamy mattes and ten metallics that have different textures. The metallic formulas in this palette do not vary nearly as much as they have in past palettes. They are mostly foiled metallics, or more sparkly shades but with a good amount of base pigment. There are no sparkly topper shades with no base pigment in this palette (which is usually my least favourite kind). These shadows do not have a scent.

Claims

“Introducing the ultimate, must-have palette featuring 15 brand new cool & neutral shades, designed to create a variety of looks – from natural everyday to extreme glam and dramatic smokey eyes.
Presenting special insider makeup tips from Natasha Denona herself, each shade is labeled to guide you while creating your look. Since the palette includes the option to pop-put and rearrange the shades, you can customize you own constellation to suit your preference 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, and a variety of metallics.

center eye lid – 320M: dusty light rose
outer eye lid – 321M
: medium warm grey brown
inner corner – 322K
: peachy champagne
crease – 323CM:
medium cool taupe
transition – 324CM:
mushroom grey
smoke – 325CM:
medium cool brown
blend – 326CM:
cool sienna
lash line – 327CM:
deep cool brown
inner corner – 328M:
abalone
center eye lid – 329M
: medium warm silver
center eye lid – 330M
: golden nude
outer eye lid – 331M
: pecan brown
center eye lid – 332M
: light nude
outer eye lid – 333M medium
: cool grey brown
brow bone – 334M
: neutral champagne

Given that multiple shades have the same name, I have swatched across each row and numbered the duplicate names accordingly.

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/cool-leaning 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. There actually were fewer with this kind of a colour scheme than I would have expected. The number one comparison that came to mind was of course Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry, but that was LE and is no longer available!

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

RankProduct Cost
($ CAD) 
Quantity (oz)Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1Tarte Tartelette 2 In Bloom$510.64$80/oz
2Urban Decay Naked Reloaded$580.49$118/oz
3Natasha Denona Glam$870.67$130/oz
4Natasha Denona Biba$1701.2$142/oz

Well, it’s not surprising that the value isn’t great. However, as far as my experience goes, these ND palettes perform sooooo much better than anything from Urban Decay or Tarte. I haven’t purchased any eyeshadow from those brands in years, mostly because I find their eyeshadow formulas underwhelming. But maybe they’ve improved since then?

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, this is another really solid palette from ND. This is the palette where you get all of your necessities, perhaps similar to the function of Biba. You have your neutrals and your cools, some staple mattes to set up a look and plenty of metallics to play around with. I’m still going to repeat myself, that nothing can top the performance of the Sunrise palette, where the pigmentation was REALLY special and SO pigmented, but the shadows in this palette are really good and mostly unproblematic.

The creamy matte formula in these palettes is one that I 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. I did have some issues blending the shades “Smoke” and “Lash Line”. Perhaps these shades weren’t necessarily formulated to be blendable, but moreso to pack a pigment punch, but I did get some streaking that couldn’t be blended out properly with any amount of effort. This was especially true for “Lash Line” (see last eye look below). “Blend” was particularly amazing with blending, not surprisingly, and almost always saved the day if I did encounter a blending issue with any of the other shades.

Something that is becoming a trend with these medium palettes is that ND is giving us just enough staple mattes to create depth, but then a surplus of metallics to add some versatility/fun to the palette. This is personally something that attracts me since I am very happy to use the same mattes day in and day out. I almost never do all matte looks (does anyone else’s eyelids look insanely dry with all matte looks? or just me?), so being able to customize looks purely with metallics is just fine with me. This is especially relevant for a neutral palette, where you aren’t necessarily creating dramatically different looks.

Most of the metallics in this palette are what I would call a standard metallic formula. Good pigmentation with good shine. As previously mentioned, this palette does not have any of her topper shades that have next to no base pigment, which are my least favourite kind of metallic from ND. Everything in here packs a punch, some are just sparklier than others. The shades that strike me as extra sparkly are “Outer Eye Lid 1” and “Inner Corner 1”. The rest are smoother, more foiled metallics.

One important thing to note however, is that I have fundamentally changed my approach to using metallic shadows. For the past three years, I had always cut my crease with concealer, and left it tacky for metallic application. However, over the last half year, I had found myself repeatedly needing to layer on top of this with a glitter glue to get the full metallic effect, regardless of which palette I had been using. So I have now cut the concealer step out completely; I now only apply metallics with a glitter glue. Because this does really enhance metallic application, it is important that you know that I do this, in case you use a different method and aren’t seeing the same results that I am from a particular palette. I just want to get the best performance out of my metallics, and this method ALWAYS works.

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, and metallics were applied on top of a glitter glue.

Shades Used
Smoke
: Crease, outer corner and lower lash line. This is a medium neutral brown matte. I had some issues with this shade not streaking, but it was always easily blended out with the help of “Blend”. This shade had a good amount of pigmentation.
Blend: Crease, transition and lower lash line. This is a tawny brown matte that blends like a dream! Wow, is this shade true to the name! The pigmentation is perfect too.
Center Eye Lid 1: Center lid. This is a pretty champagne pink smooth metallic.
Inner Corner 1: Inner lid and inner corner. This is the lighter, sparklier sister of “Center Eye Lid 1”. This is definitely one of my favourite shades in the palette.
Brow Bone: Brow bone. This is a neutral light gold metallic that can be applied sheerly on the brow bone. As you saw in the swatches it can also be used as a fully pigmented shade.

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

Shades Used
Crease
: Crease and lower lash line. This is a light-medium taupe brown that has good pigmentation. It blended nicely.
Transition: Transition. This is light off-white grey that is quite transparent, making it a good transition shade. If it was more opaque, it would definitely look chalky, although it may still on deeper skin tones. I personally felt it blended well and fulfilled the purpose of finishing off a blend.
Smoke: Outer corner.
Outer Eye Lid 3: Outer lid. This is a medium-dark cooler brown grey smooth metallic. As usual it applied beautifully with glitter glue as a base.
Center Eye Lid 2: Center lid. This is a cool silver smooth metallic. You can see this shade adds a lot of brightness to the lid.
Inner Corner 2: Inner corner and inner lid. This is a bright light silver metallic that almost seems to have a slight golden shift to it.
Brow Bone: Brow bone.

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

Shades Used
Blend
: Crease and lower lash line.
Crease: Transition.
Smoke: Outer corner.
Lash Line: Outer corner. This is a very cool charcoal-leaning brown. It has good pigmentation but gave me the most problems with blending. I also don’t love how ashy this shade appears, but perhaps thats just the nature of a shade like this! The most problematic blending is in the next look.
Outer Eye Lid 2: Outer lid. This is a medium rich brown with a bit of a copper sparkle to it. I think this would be a really beautiful shade all over the lid for a more sultry look.
Center Eye Lid 3: Center lid. This is a beautifully foiled gold metallic. It looks quite yellow/cool in this look but I do think it is a true neutral gold in person.
Center Eye Lid 4: Inner corner and inner lid. This is a champagne metallic. Perfect for an inner corner highlight, or all over the lid!
Brow Bone: Brow bone.

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

Shades Used
Lash Line
: Outer and inner corners, crease and outer lower lash line. Here is where the blending issues with this shade are really apparent. I truly worked on this blending for ten minutes with the below-mentioned matte shades, and this was as good as I could get it. Definitely passable in person, but up close you can see how streaky it looks. Especially in the outer corner. I also had some issues with patchiness in the outer corner, and again I just don’t love the ashy tone.
Smoke: Crease.
Blend: Transition.
Outer Eye Lid 1: Center lid (partially underneath the next shade). This is a really pretty sparkly metallic. I’m looking forward to using this metallic on its own so it can really shine.
Inner Corner 2: Smaller, center on top of the previous shade.
Brow Bone: Brow bone.

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

Final Thoughts

As is probably obvious from the colour scheme of this palette, it’s a good candidate for daily use and more glam looks (duh). I don’t have a lot of cooler toned neutral options in my collection, so it was a good addition for me. I do already own Biba, so this palette had me questioning whether I really needed both. However, Biba is half cool half warm, so they are definitely different and this palette has majority metallics, whereas Biba is majority mattes. If you are finding you are missing some cooler toned neutrals in your collection, or even missed out on ABH Sultry, this might be a good choice for you!

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

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8 thoughts on “Natasha Denona Glam Palette | Review + 4 Looks

  1. Thank you for your in-depth review. I’ve been sitting on the fence about getting this palette. I just can’t get past the $85 price point. I don’t think all the metallic shades would look as good on my aging eyelids.

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    1. I would agree that it probably isn’t a must-have for the price point! The colour scheme isn’t especially inspiring, but for someone who uses neutrals a lot it could be something that one would get a lot of use out of. If you are looking for more matte shades then this should definitely be a pass for you!

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  2. I like the palette one thing I could note is that natasha laid out options of repositioning the pans to fit each skin type. It should have been made more well known though as I only knew after a lot of research

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    1. Oh wow, I see that on her website now! Yes, I see that it’s just a picture showing the different possibilities. I do wonder whether the palette was released with this image from the start, or if this was a response to the backlash, but either way, glad that is provided! I’ll be editing my post to include this, thank you!

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  3. I like to see more cool-tone options popping up, and with a lot of ND fans, this will be a great xmas splurge. I have her Love palette and that’s still my favorite color-story of hers.
    This would be a great addition to my collection, but I rather opt for more affordable options when it comes to nudes…

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  4. Such an amazing breakdown and analysis on this palette, as is the standard on your blog 😉❤️. My mom just got this one in her collection, and she’s already obsessed! I definitely need to borrow it, and give it a whirl myself! I’m such a sucker for neutral palettes.

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