Natasha Denona is having a major moment in the beauty world, alongside other hot brands such as Fenty Beauty, Pat McGrath Labs, and Viseart. Not only are each of these brands founded by badass women (Natasha Denona, Rihanna, Pat McGrath, and Anastasia Vandusen-Sparrow, respectively), but these brands produce innovative, high-quality products. Unlike other prestige brands that are content to follow the trends, these brands set them. Additionally, unlike other prestige brands, the four aforementioned brands flirt with luxury price points.
After much consideration and observation online, I decided that I want to try products from Natasha Denona, Fenty, and Pat McGrath this year. However, I don’t want to sink a ton of money into any overhyped products that I am not quite sure about yet. Nevertheless, the opportunity to try Natasha Denona presented itself when I went to Sephora this October. (Note: This is the second time I’ve been to Sephora / made a purchase at Sephora all year.)
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As I was waiting in line at Sephora I stumbled upon the Mini Lila Palette and immediately gave in to the temptation to buy this product due to the beautifully pigmented shadows and affordable price point of the palette. For the first time in a long time, I made an impulse shopping decision without feeling guilty for treating myself.
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Please keep reading for my first impressions on the Mini Lila Palette.
Packaging, Price, and Ingredients
The Mini Lila Palette comes in a sleek package with simple, minimalist design elements. The packaging is solid white on the bottom and has a thick, clear plastic top with Natasha Denona’s name imprinted on it. Unlike most other plastic-packaged palettes, this one lacks a mirror and a clasp. That being said, the palette is so tiny a mirror wouldn’t have been that helpful, but its size makes great for travel. Moreover, the case is sturdy enough that I am not afraid the top will suddenly fly open. Overall, I love that the packaging allows the shadows to shine rather than relying on gimmicky design elements.
In terms of pricing, Natasha Denona’s (ND) Mini Lila & Mini Sunset Palettes are the cheapest palettes sold buy the brand. These two palettes retail for $25.00 USD, while ND’s traditional five-pan palettes sell for $48.00 USD. Unlike her other five-pan palettes, the two mini iterations are extensions of the larger Lila and Sunset Eyeshadow Palettes. Also, these two palettes have smaller pan sizes, overall.
Nevertheless, I am peeved that ND makes it difficult to find her full ingredient list online. In fact, I cannot find the ingredients listed on Sephora, NatashaDenona.com, or even Temptalia! The only readily available ingredient information available online is that the shadows are talc-free and paraben-free. However, upon further inspection, this claim is not true! The shade linen contains talc! Additionally, these shadows are not tested on animals.
Mini Lila Shadows & Swatches
As previously mentioned, the Mini Lila Palette comes with five shadows – two shimmers and three mattes. The matte shades are Poison Berry (vibrant fuchsia), Raisin (cool burgundy), and Flint (sand). The two shimmers are Blue Dahlia (a duo-chrome purple with a blue shift) and Linen (a champagne metallic). Had I thought about my purchase more, I would have realized that the colors in this palette are nearly identical to those in the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette… which I already own (and do not use).
Admittedly, I wasn’t blown away by the swatches of this palette, but I was not entirely put off. Some shadow formulas do not swatch well but wear well on the eyes.
In terms of initial impressions, Flint is easily the best shadow in the palette. It glides onto the skin with its super creamy formula, pigmented formula. Comparatively, Raisin and Poison Berry definitely felt like a dryer formulation. Just based on swatches, Poison Berry seemed to be patchy.
The two shimmers, Linen and Blue Dahlia also felt slightly dry, but not abnormally so. Blue Dahlia actually swatched better than I expected (based on previous issues with purple shadows… *cough, cough* ABH’s Norvina).
Shadow Application & Wear-time
Interestingly enough Natasha Denona actually provides suggestions on where to apply each shadow. According to Natasha Denona’s website, Poison Berry should be applied on the lower lash line, Raisin should be used in the crease, Blue Dahlia can be used all over the lid or on the lash line, Linen is best on the brow bone or in the inner corner of the eye, and Flint is the transition shade. Keeping ND’s instructions in mind, see the below look created with this palette:
I wasn’t wowed by the pigmentation but I wasn’t disappointed. I found each color to be buildable with a brush, but more importantly, I didn’t have any fallout when using these shades. Poison Berry and Raisin were best applied by patting the color onto the lid or lash line. Again, the superstar shade proved to be Flint because this shadow nearly blended itself upon application.
The colors faded and moved throughout the day (as pictured above). After wearing the shadows for close to twelve hours on multiple occasions, I noticed that the vibrancy had dulled down. That being said, I do want to call out that I have oily lids which could be impacting the wear-time of the shadow. Also, I’ve worn a few different looks with this palette, but haven’t tested it as much as I would have liked. ( I am currently trying to pan my ABH Modern Renaissance Palette). Finally, I recognize that I am using a shimmery, pigmented eye primer that is nearly two years old (Urban Decay Minor Sin), so the primer itself is likely impacting how these shadows perform and could be making my eyes appear more textured than normal.
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While I wasn’t wowed by this palette, I would consider trying another five-pan palette from Natasha Denona. I am eager to keep testing this palette with different eye-bases and application methods to see how this wears. Once I have more time to test this palette, I will provide my final thoughts. If I find that I like this palette, I am likely going to pick up the Cranberry Palette (launching October 25th) this Holiday Season.
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Have you tried anything from Natasha Denona, Fenty Beauty, Pat McGrath Labs, or Viseart? Or is there anything you’re dying to try from one of these brands? I’d love to hear your recommendations or what is on your wish list below!