Today I’m here to provide you an extremely late review on the Natasha Denona Gold palette. Yes, I am very late to the party. This palette was released on October 2, 2018 (I went back to check), and I finally purchased this in January 2019. The reason it took me so long to buy it was that I decided to wait for reviews on it and wanted to get all of my holiday shopping / new house buying things out of the way first. I was also secretly hoping to receive gift cards for Christmas so that the price wouldn’t hurt my wallet as much. My family came through and I was finally able to buy it!
As per Natasha Denona:
“A palette featuring 15 brand-new eyeshadow shades in the classic, signature Natasha Denona formulas, including matte, metallic, sparkling, and duo-chrome shades. The palette debuts shades of gold in an array of different textures. It also includes browns and greens to complement any of the gold hues, so you can create a broad range of eye looks – from natural and golden to dramatic glam.”
The packaging of the Gold palette is similar to the Sunset and Lila palettes with a leather outer casing and a magnetic closure. The palette houses a rather large mirror inside that is comfortable to use (at least for me) and the shades are pretty large and allow for different eye brushes to be dipped into them. I have never been a fan of the plastic insert but have left it on in every single palette.
All of the shadows in this palette swatched pretty nicely, except for a few. The shades that were pretty chunky when swatching were Alchemist and Brass. I am used to Natasha adding some metallic-heavy shades in her palettes and the end result is always chunky, but stunning.
I would definitely suggest using a primer with a packing brush or a finger to apply these shades and not have a lot of fallout. Either way, the palette is absolutely beautiful and every single shade is rich with pigment. Cava and Sparks are more glitter toppers but they still packed enough Pigment with a finger swatch, as you can see from above.
When glancing at this palette it may seem like a bunch of boring, repetitive shades. However, I found it to be quite the opposite. I created three different looks with the palette to hopefully capture its diversity.
For the first look, I concentrated on the blue hues in the palette. The beauty of this one was the duochrome shade, Lime Chrome. It allows for colors to be added together; adding the duochrome – which shifts green – over two colors, for example, helps them look cohesive. It is what allowed me to use the blue and gold together; the shade Lime Chrome helped them blend together beautifully.
For the second look, I decided to use the golds in the palette to create a true gold look. Again, the duo chrome Lime Chrome allowed for the colors to blend together beautifully. I use my finger to apply this shade every time I am trying to blend two or three shades together. It is a truly special shade that I used with both looks.
For the third look, I wanted to concentrate on the bronze shades in the palette. I decided to skip the duochrome shade for this look and make it more wearable; something someone might consider going out in during the day or perhaps to work. I thought it came out really nice and it was very wearable, for the most part. I paired it with a dark lipstick, however I think a nude shade would suit the eye look just fine.
Overall, the palette was easy to use. I used Fix+ with the chunkier shades and also used concealer to do my best attempt at “cut creases.” Additionally, I found using a finger to add shades to give me the most pigment, but a brush is fine as well. I had to look at this palette for a bit and see what colors I could put together in order to make the looks I did different from each other, but I loved the end result of each of these. I think the Gold palette is a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover – it is a truly special palette and is now my favorite ND palette!
I know by now, so many of us own this one, but if you don’t – is this palette one that you would consider? I have to say: I recommend this one whole heartedly. I love that its a palette with mostly wearable shades, but a few of the shades can really change up the look adding some pizazz. I look forward to using it in future rotations.
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