Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Natasha Denona released a mini quint last December and I'm only now getting around to writing a review. I had saved the Mini Nude palette for traveling during April & May and since it was the only eye shadow I brought, by the time we returned home I was a little tired of seeing the same five shades.

Mini Nude is decidedly warm, all five shades. If that is in your camp then palette is really quite nice! The mini Natasha Denona quints really seem to fall into two camps; excellent and barely ok. Mini Lila belongs in the former, Mini Star belongs to the latter. Happily this is as good as Mini Lila.

Bronzage is a gleaming foiled copper. Quoin is a peachy dark beige. Lumino is a very shiny, champagne sparkle in a sheer light peach base. Sienna has a warm brown base with particles that reflect light green/gold. Soil is a deep maroon. 

Better shot of the sparkle shades, over a sticky base. Bronzage is so shiny, like a freshly minted penny. The colors are quite pigmented. You can build Lumino up to opacity but at the expense of uniformity and since the base blends into my skin tone, it looks more like a shadow. You mostly only see the shimmer. Sienna's particles are a little bigger than they are in Mini Lila's equivalent shade, Blue Dahlia. 

The simplest look, here I used a light wash of Quoin all over the lid (very, very light), then applied my eyeliner and smudged it out. On the top lid I applied Sienna, on the bottom lid and outer corner I used a brush with a very tiny amount of Soil and blended it into Sienna.

I started out by buffing in the transitional color Quoin. I lined the eyes with brown eyeliner (using  Shiseido MicroLiner Ink  in Brown again) then smudged it out with a pencil brush that had some Soil on the tips. I darkened the inner and outer corners with Soil and blended outwards, used a finger to put Sienna on the center of the eyelid. 

Here I lined and smudged out the upper lid with Soil, did the same for the outer corners of the lower lashline and topped off the lower eyelid with Bronzage. 

Natasha Denona sparkle shadows are fluffy and soft in the pan, and this makes them frightfully delicate. I have seven of the full sized quints and the experience is the same across the board. The shimmery shadows just seem to have a death wish, over time they just want to crack and fall out. This quint probably wasn't the best pick for traveling, the copper shade Bronzage broke when we reached Athens. In the future, I'll definitely be leaving my Natasha Denona shadows right at home.

I like this palette a tiny bit more than I liked Mini Lila, formula wise. The mattes in Mini Nude blend a little better. It's miles ahead of Mini Star, which so far is the most disappointing offering from the brand that I've tried so far. If you love warm shadows or have a contrasting eye color like green/blue/hazel that really pops with very warm shades, I think you'll enjoy this palette.

Natasha Denona Mini Nude Palette is $25 at Sephora.

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