Natasha Denona has been a make-up artist since the 90’s and opened up her own Make-up academy in the early 00’s. Since then, she has worked on her own line of products using scientific research to help women achieve whichever look they desire independently. I believe her first eyeshadow palette was released in 2014 and since then, she has gone from strength to strength.
The Star Palette is the third bigger palette she released and significantly cheaper then the other two. The green brown and purple blue palettes are £200 a pop. The one I have is currently only available in the US and retails for $169. Is it worth it?…
I like the packaging and I would say it’s made of a fake plastic that is nice and sturdy and has a magnetic closure. Inside, there is a mirror and a perforated plastic sheet with the shade names on. I feel I need to keep this on, but it is a pain in the arse when your trying to use it.
Now lets get down to the actual quality of the eyeshadows. Because, although fancy packaging is nice, ultimately if I’m paying half my mortgage I expect them to be good. Not just good, but amazing.
I’ll start with the left side of the palette which is more cool toned shades. There are 3 matte, 1 satin and 5 more glittery ones. The mattes are really nice on this side and I have gotten loads of use out of it without having to worry about whether the colours go together or not. Cosmo is probably my fave as it’s the most intense gold shade. I use my finger to apply this to my eyelid as a final step in my routine.
The right side is more of a warm colour palette and when I first saw this, I thought it would be my favourite. Galaxia and Polaris are both quite chunky – almost like a pigment. I would definitely use these with your fingers as they have lots of fallout. The reds in the palette are particularly dry and I find them quite hard to blend. The other shades on the right side are standard shadows and I wouldn’t say they’re anything to write home about.
All in all, I think your probably paying for the name and not the quality of the eyeshadows. I’m not saying they’re bad quality, but they’re not the easiest to work with. An eyeshadow palette doesn’t always need to be really really pigmented. As a Make-up Artist, it’s much easier to work with less pigmented ones and build the colour up slowly. The result is a airbrushed finish that takes a bit longer.
Would I recommend this? Probably not. There are other products out there to spend your money on that won’t give you as much guilt or remorse as this one might provide. If after this, you still want to check it out. You can order direct to the UK via Sephora for $169.
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