Tonight I will be sharing my first impressions on the new Natasha Denona Mini Star Eyeshadow Palette ($25).
I picked this palette up instead of just going for the large palette because I did not like all the shades in the large palette. I was so excited to see that all the shades used to create this mini were all the colors I wanted from the original palette! I picked up the palette as soon as I could and brought it home with me. I had to put it aside for a little while since I had to play catch-up at work, but I finally got to try it and, well, you’ll read more about my thoughts further down below. As far as the overall look goes, I wanted to create a smokey eye with a glossy lip. I have been wanting to use my Anastasia Beverly Hills lip glosses for a while now, especially my darker shades, so I thought I would go with a wine option. I am still going natural on the brows and the rest of the face I went with more muted powders. The highlight shade I chose was a yellow-green based one to match with the inner corners of the face and contrast the lips (red and green are complimentary). On the face I used a sample of the Urban Decay Naked foundation and set it with the Makeup For Ever loose setting powder which I have actually been enjoying! Let’s move on to the palette now.
Mattes are buttery, shimmers are pigmented, both can be picked up nicely with a brush. Shadows blend seamlessly into themselves after you’re done. Sturdy/weighty packaging, great for travel, diverse color options.
Mattes have extreme fallout, it takes a bit of blending to get even application throughout lids. Small pans.
I used my trusty Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion as a base for my lids. I did not set the lids with anything, since I never do. I went in with a matte on the crease with a fluffy blending brush, which did take a while to blend the product evenly across the creases. I blended a second darker matte shade directly under the first matte shade and into the outer corners. It took a bit of blending and packing to get the full opacity of the dark brown on the creases but eventually they blended into one another nicely. I took a lid packing brush and picked up the shade Orion. It took a little effort to pick it up with the brush and drag it on the lid, since the formula is more gel like or wet. I used a thinner precise brush to pick up the green shimmer shade and place it in my inner corners, which was a breeze and much easier to pick up and apply than a flat packer lid brush. My first impressions of this palette are overall great, there are a few flaws but nothing that ruins the palette for me personally. The mattes go on a little patchy, but I am giving it the benefit of the doubt and saying it’s because I did not set the primer before going in with the shadows. The mattes are also fall-out city, even if you go in with a light hand. This is a very bad thing seeing as the pans are so small to begin with (another negative) and this is only my first time using it. On the brighter side of things, the shimmers are excellent as far as pigmentation and application go. The packaging is sturdy and has a little bit of weight to it (which makes it feel luxurious) and compact, which is perfect if you like to travel. My favorite part is the color selection. I love that they put what happens to look like cool colors with warm colors, but when you really stop and look at the colors, the blue shade is actually a brown with reflective blue, and the green is actually more of a yellow-green. Then we have a pink and peachy matte, between all those colors you can create many cohesive, fun looks.
First Aid Beauty coconut smoothie primer (all over face)
Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion original
Urban Decay brow box in Brunette Betty
Mac clear brow gel (to set hairs in place)
Natasha Denona mini star palette: atik (crease), earth (crease), cosmo (inner corner highlight), Orion (lids), all shades repeated at the bottom lash line.
Hourglass caution extreme mascara (top lashes)
Wet n Wild creme liner in carbon my reach (waterlines)
DUO lash glue clear
Kiss lashes in #11
WnW skinny mascara waterproof (lower lashes)
Urban Decay naked skin foundation in 7.5 (applied with damp beauty sponge)
WnW photofocus concealer in medium tawny (under eyes)
Makeup For Ever Ultra HD loose setting powder (to set face)
Anastasia Beverly Hills blush trio cocktail party in Vegas (apples of cheeks)
Tarte park Ave princess chisel palette in princess cut (hollows of cheeks)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora glow kit in helia (temples, bridge of nose, cupids bow)
Too Faced all nighter setting spray (to set face)
Elf makeup mist (to amplify shimmers)
Essence soft contouring lip liner in deeply intoxicated
ABH lip gloss in rum
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