| Review | Natasha Denona Mini Lila Eyeshadow Palette

| Review | Natasha Denona Mini Lila Eyeshadow Palette 

This rich and intense looking purple palette had caught my eye for sometime but I'm glad I waited to for the Sephora sale to get it. I've been really loving that Natasha Denona has been coming out with these mini products because not only are they great for travel but it's a great way to test out her products without breaking the bank! Especially when it comes to these vibrant shades, most people wouldn't wear this palette daily so the best value is getting a mini size. 

The Natasha Denona Mini Lila Eyeshadow Palette retails for $25.00 USD for .8g of product and is available at Sephora. This mini is styled like a classic Natasha Denona palette with the white and clear packaging but it's just significantly smaller. The regular sized palettes retail for $48.00 for 2.26g of product, which is of course a much better deal but I don't feel that the mini size is a bad deal, you just don't get the best value. You aren't getting ripped off when it comes to the amount for the price.

Natasha Denona shadows are known for their intense pigmentation and creamy formula. This one is no exception, which makes it this mini in my eyes, a great value for the price. 

The shades included are:

Poison Berry - a matte vibrant plummy purple shade

Blue Dahlia - a shimmery and glittery duochrome blue-purple sparkle shade 

Raisin - a matte warm plummy burgundy shade

Linen -  a warm champagne shimmer 

Flint - a warm matte camel shade

Swatches from left to right: Poison Berry, Blue Dahlia, Raisin, Linen, and Flint

I really love how well thought out this 5 pan palette is because all the shades are very cohesive and compliment each other. You can really create an entire look with just this palette, which I can really appreciate because I don't think that is the care with all her 5 pan palettes. I only own one other full sized 5 pan palette and to me, the formula was beautiful but it had too many shimmer shades. I really felt the need to incorporate other shadows to create a complete look. This one I think is beautifully composed and you can really create many complete looks with just this palette. This is also especially important because I would consider this mini a "travel sized palette", meant to be traveled with and you don't want to bring additional shadows just to complete a look.

The formula of these shadows are phenomenal! Natasha Denona has a reputation of incredibly pigmented and beautifully formulated eyeshadows and it really shows! I was so impressed by the quality of this mini palette. All the shadows were very pigmented and creamy. They blended very easily and well but never got muddy. Their lasting power is fantastic! I always use primer and it lasted all day, beyond 8 hours for me. It remained vibrant from application to the end of the day. The one thing I do have to say is the mattes are very soft and can be quite dusty. What I mean by this is that they kick up a lot of product and gets quite messy in the pan. However, I notice very very little fallout! I had a very few minuscule flecks under my eye but it was easily cleaned up. I just recommend that you always lightly tap off your brush after dipping into the matte shades. The matte shades while a bit dusty, applied evenly and smooth. They adhered very well to the eye and blended out smoothly. They mattes all have a very creamy texture that is buttery and easy to use. The one glittery and shimmery shade produced no fallout for me and I applied it with a very dense flat shadow brush. It applied opaque in one layer and it looked so beautiful and multi-dimensional!

Here's a look I created with this palette: 

EYES: I started with Flint in the crease and blending up to the brow bone. Then I added Raisin in the outer crease and corner of the eye. Then I blended Poison Berry into the deepest part of the crease and outer corner. I placed Blue Dahlia on the center of the lid blending toward the outer and inner corners. I finished with Linen in the inner corner. It's important to blend the edges of the look as you need to. For the lower lashline, I blended Raisin and Poison Berry to match the eyelid and place Blue Dahlia in the middle blending toward either corner. 

FACE: Purliss CC Cream mixed with Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi 
YSL Touche Eclat under the eyes
Dior Backstage Contour Palette to sculpt 
Natasha Denona Super Glow in Fair for Highlight 
Wander Beauty Mascara 
Private Label Extensions Mink Lashes 

LIPS: Colourpop Midi Matte Liquid Lipstick  

I am honestly so impressed with this palette! I wonder why she didn't go for the full sized 5 pan palette but I guess it is because it's an extension of her much larger Lila Palette. I really have no complaints about this palette or the shadows in it! I think it's a real winner! The first time I applied it, I was blown away and I didn't want to take my makeup off at the end of the day! The shadows just have so much complexity and when paired with each other, they can create so many fun complex looks! While these colors may appear very intimidating, the formula is very easy to use and even a novice can produce an almost-professional look! I think the thing about this palette that impresses me the most is just the quality and the formula. Purples have been notorious for being difficult to formulate well and I feel Natasha Denona really nailed it! The formula is a dream to work with and produces such a beautiful result every time!

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