I am always excited when Israeli makeup artist, Natasha Denona, launches any new ANYTHING! I think she has one of the best, high quality makeup-lines on the market. Her newest launch, The Natasha Denona Star Palette ($169) can be purchased at Beautylish and Sephora. This palette, like all of Natasha’s products, does not disappoint! And the good news is now Sephora carries it-so it isn’t quite so hard to get!
The Star Palette was inspired by, what else?….the stars! I love anything to do with the stars (I am an amateur astronomer) , so between Stars, and Makeup (my other love) this is a win, win before I even get out of the gate! There are 18 new eye shadow shades in The Star Palette, and a lovely mirror. The palette is divided into two sides. The nine shades on the left are the warmer shades, the nine shades on the right are the cooler shades.
The shades come in four finishes. Creamy Matte (CM) is the newly formulated matte formula has a consistency that is creamier and without the fallout of the original formula, and it is longer-wearing . The other new formula is Crystal (K), which has a star-like shimmer. These sparkles-shades are gorgeous. They are made with “Chroma-Crystals” and mixed with crushed diamond pearls. The new formula creates both a depth of sparkle and a sparkling reflection – amazing! I love anything that sparkles! Four of the new shades are Crystal (K). Nine of the new shades are Creamy-Matte (CM). Three are Metallic (M), (loving), and two are my other favorite formula, Duochrome (DC)! Wow! Like I said, The Star Palette was great even before I left the gate! I’ve had the palette since it launched. I’ve been wearing it, and staring at it for almost three months now. It was Natasha Denona’s Holiday 2016 palette. It slipped my mind, and I just realized that I hadn’t shared it with you.
The left side of the palette : the warm-undertone shades.
Starting at the top left to right:
Spectrum (101K) – is a deep, golden bronze with a sparkling metallic finish
Earth (102 CM) – is a dark brown with a matte finish.
Bellatrix (193M) – a bright, light-medium rosy-copper with a metallic finish
Flesh (104CM) – a medium-orange-brown matte
Orion (105 DC) – a deep, red-brown with a green-teal frosted shimmer shift
Gemma (106 CM) -a dark-red-brown with a matte finish
Atria (107 M) – a bright- medium-golden copper with a metallic finish
Titania (108CM) – a muted, medium-dark brown with a matte finish
Cosmo (109K) – a medium-dark-golden-bronze with a Crystal finish
Diadem (110 CM) – is a medium taupe Matte finish
Vega (111 CM) – is a bright, light medium pinky- peach Matte finish
Galactica (112 K) – is a light pink-beige in the Crystal finish
Phoenix (113 CM)- is a soft, medium red-berry Matte finish
Supernova (114 DC) – is a medium-brown with a pearly sheen Duo-chrome
Electra (115 CM) – is a deep berry Matte finish
Polaris (116 K) – is a golden-beige with gold glitter Crystal finish
Atik (117 CM) – a medium brown Matte finish
Rhea (118 M) – is a bright medium coral with a Metallic finish
I figured out what each shadow would cost individually to see if I could rationalize the $169 price tag. It is a bit steep, but each shadow comes out to $9.39 , which is about what one MakeUpGeek shadow would cost. So putting it like that, it makes more sense to me. Plus, these formulas are well-done. The New Creamy Matte formula is super pigmented, and so easy to blend – a huge improvement from the original formula, which had too much powdery fallout. This new formula has no fallout, and doesn’t crease. The Metallics are statement-making, exquisite shadows that are ultra-pigmented. The Duo-chromes have an incredible depth to each shade that you can continue to build until you reach your desired intensity. The Crystal shadows are like pressed glitter. The actual pigments are amazing. Keep in mind these shadows are for your eye lids. They are primarily pigments. We are told this on the box, and we are told to USE OUR FINGERS TO APPLY THE PIGMENTS – NOT A BRUSH! So if we all do what we are supposed to do, the shadows will perform the way they are supposed to. The Crystal formula has the most fallout, and the best way to handle that is to use a glitter glue base, or a glitter primer, and YOUR FINGER, (or if you must use a brush, make sure it is flat and synthetic!) The driest shadow shades were Galaxia and Polaris, so again, USE YOUR FINGER, tap the pigment on to warm it up, and then blend it. This is the way to apply the drier shades.
Want to know the neatest, most fun thing about this palette? Think 3 – every three shades, whichever way you go, make a look! Every quad makes a look. Warm and Cool are separated. How cool is that! How many different looks would you like to try? How many different combinations? This palette is so versatile, it is what I call magical! Innovative! Natasha Denona is amazing- if you try her makeup – you will fall madly in love with it! (like I did)
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