Natasha Denona Zendo Palette | Review + 5 Looks

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Natasha Denona Zendo palette. I purchased this palette right away, but alas, life has been busy so I’ve been delayed with getting this review up! So far I have been an avid collector of Natasha’s midi palettes, and while I likely already have similar shades, I did love the warm/cool/neutral/colourful combination!

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-y red chrome 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 warm browns and peaches, to blues and greens.

As for the formulas in this palette, there are four creamy mattes, three cream to powders and seven metallics. All of the metallics in this palette are basic metallics, although Luster is the closest to being a foil. None are the sparkly topper shades, which I personally am not missing! These shadows do not have a scent.

Claims

A warm & cool toned palette inspired by an ambiance where nature meets minimalist architecture – a mix of elements that conveys peacefulness & tranquility. It features 15 NEW iconic ND pressed-pigment eyeshadows, including a range of brown & beige to pink & coral shades complemented with teal, mint & green hues. A perfect balance & color combination to create warm & cool everyday to bold & expressive looks.”

Shades

Natasha Denona offers shadows in five different finishes: cream to powder, creamy matte, sparkling cream to power, metallics and duochromes. This palette comes with creamy mattes (CM), cream to powders (CP) and a variety of metallics(M)/duochromes (DC).


Mindful – 374CP:
medium cinnamon cream to powder
Luster – 375M: bronze gold metallic
Balance – 376CM: light medium caramel matte
Flow – 377M: medium silver blue teal metallic
Mantra – 378CP: medium greenish teal cream to powder
Aura – 379DC: medium golden orange red duochrome with a gold flip
Vigor – 380CM: medium muted red coral matte
Relief – 381CM: light medium pink coral matte
Equilibrium – 382M: medium dark silver teal metallic
Breath – 383CP: pastel mint cream to powder
Sense – 384M: pink copper metallic
Tranquil – 385M: light warm rose metallic
Calm – 386CP: pastel peach cream to powder
Yama – 387DC: light peach bronze duochrome with green reflects
Zeal – 388CM: dark dusty army green 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.

For a comparison of value to other palettes on the market, I selected palettes with a similar colour scheme. Surprisingly, even though I feel like we’ve seen this warm colour scheme with blues and perhaps greens before, I really didn’t see many comparable palettes when scrolling Sephora and Ulta, so I’ve included what I did find below. They’re mostly other Natasha Denona palettes, but you can at least see how the prices compare. The only other palette I thought seemed semi-close in colour scheme was the Urban Decay Wild West.

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

RankProductNumber of ShadesCost
($CAD)
Quantity (oz)Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1Natasha Denona Metropolis28$1701.34$126/oz
2Natasha Denona Zendo15$870.67$130/oz
3Urban Decay Wild West12$680.36$189/oz
4Natasha Denona Tropic15$1620.75$216/oz

Overall, if you really are in love with this colour scheme, Zendo does seem to be the way to go if you don’t want to pay the high cost for Metropolis. It is shocking, however, to see the comparison in the amount of product included in the ND Zendo VS UD Wild West! Almost double the product! Despite the high price of ND midi palettes, and even her larger palettes, at least you know the value is there in terms of the amount of product included and a usually great formula!

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, this is another great midi palette from ND. I love this combination of warm peachy shades with blues and greens.  I was also pleasantly surprised by the performance of the shades in this palette, for the most part at least!

I have always loved the creamy matte formula from ND. 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. The only shade that I was disappointed with was Vigor, the red. It is pressed a lot harder and I had some issues with streaking/blending. Honestly, I feel like this palette could have done without this shade altogether. I’m sick of pairing red with gold, and I can’t think of any other way to use this shade in this palette. Can you?

The pleasant surprise in this palette were the cream to powder shades! In the past I really have not liked this formula. I have avoided it in Biba and the Love palette for the most part, because I always had blending issues. However, the cream to powders in this palette blended perfectly! The only drawback is both Calm and Breath are very light in pigmentation, so it takes a lot of effort to build them up. Meanwhile, Mindful and Mantra have great pigmentation and add the perfect amount of depth to any look! Anyways, I’m still considering this formula a win in this palette, and it makes me want to revisit the cream to powder formula in my other ND palettes. Maybe I’ve just gotten better at using them? Or maybe this formula truly has improved!

Most of the metallics in this palette are what I would call a standard metallic formula. Good pigmentation with good shine, especially when applied over a glitter glue, which is always my method. 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. One shade that strikes me as particularly sparkly is Lust. It’s the closest to a foil.

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
Balance
: Crease and lower lash line. This is a warm medium caramel brown matte that has great pigmentation and builds up nicely. I used this shade to start every single look and it never let me down. It’s a great staple.
Relief: Transition. This is a peachy/coral pink matte that added a nice hint of pink to the look. It also has good pigmentation.
Mindful: Outer corner. This is a deep brown cream to powder that added great depth to almost every look I created and blended really nicely.
Tranquil: Inner lid. This is a peachy pink metallic that packed on nicely on top of glitter glue.
Sense: Center lid and center lower lash line. This is a beautiful pinky bronze that also packed on nicely on top of glitter glue.

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

Shades Used
Balance
: Crease and lower lash line.
Calm: Transition and lower lash line. This is a light peach cream to powder that blended nicely, but did require a lot of building to get any pigmentation.
Luster: Inner lid. This is a bright gold metallic that did seem extra shiny!
Aura: Center lid. This is an orange-y metallic with a gold flip. This shade isn’t exceptionally shiny, but I love the warmth of it.

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shades “Woodsy” and “Peach Fuzz” are on the waterline.

Shades Used
Calm: Upper crease and lower lash line.
Balance
: Crease and outer lower lash line.
Mindful: Outer corner.
Flow: Inner lid. This is a medium aqua metallic that is very beautiful and sparkly. Such a nice contrast with the peaches!
Equilibrium: Center lid. This is a dark cool blue metallic that applied similarly well as all of the other metallics! Pretty paired with the lighter blue!

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shade “Peach Fuzz” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Balance
: Crease and lower lash line.
Mantra: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is an emerald green cream to powder that builds up really nicely and blended well.
Zeal: Outer corner. This is a deep khaki green matte that adds nice depth and also tones down the brightness of a look. I think the addition of this shade to the palette makes it slightly more wearable, and really just more interesting.
Breath: Inner lid and lower lash line. This is a mint green cream to powder. I actually packed this on the inner lid so I could layer Yama over it. This shade again required a ton of building and really does do best when packed on. You can see it the most in this look on the lower lash line.
Yama: Inner lid. This is a nude metallic with a green duochrome flip. Because I wanted it to look more green I layered it on top of Yama and you can see the result truly is a sparkly green! Love it!

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shades “Spare Thyme” and “Ice Breaker” are on the waterline and I am wearing the Colourpop Faux Mink Lashes in the style “Minx”.

Shades Used
Balance
: Crease and lower lash line.
Vigor: Crease and lower lash line. This is a medium red matte. This is the shade I am the most disappointed in as it took a lot of work to get it to blend and even then I still had noticeable streaking/skipping.
Mindful: Outer corner.
Luster: Lid.

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

Final Thoughts

Overall I am very happy with this palette and I think it is a good candidate if you don’t own many other ND palettes. To me it really does look like a combination of shades from Metropolis/Tropic, Bronze and Love! You get a bit of everything, so this could be the sweet spot for someone who wants to branch into colour but still have a lot of neutrals or pinks to work with.

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

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