Natasha Denona introduces the Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette ($25 / 5 x 0.02 oz – 0.80 g), a new size of the existing Sunset palette featuring five brand new warm, glowing light to dark shades inspired by the sunset. The shade range is absolutely quite beautiful and the first of her palettes I’ve felt I could truly wear every single color as they are more in my neutral comfort zone.
The new, limited edition palette features five mini-sized eyeshadows housed in a slim, plastic yet sturdy case. I really like the overall miniature concept a lot since it offers a pathway to play with ND eyeshadow formulations on a trial basis before investing in her full-size palettes. Natasha Denona produces some of the best eyeshadows on the market and they are among the very few powder formulas I find adhere, glide and blend to a 100% perfection without the help of primer or concealer as a base. They’re ultra pigmented, buttery soft and smooth and are very easy to blend, layer and mix. The shades found in the mini palette are up to par with ND quality, however the shimmers are slightly different as they feel much firmer than the usual soft consistency found in her bigger palettes, which makes them a little less easy to work with. Strong pigmentation is still there (with the exception of Apollo which was rather weak yet workable) and the shimmers are just as beautiful as they’ve always been, but are simply less soft which in return reduces the powder kick-up and fallout factors. The pigment is very rich in color and they layer amazingly well with one another lasting for a full nine hour shift without fading, creasing or turning patchy in the process.
A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them
- Guava – is a warm, medium brown with peach undertones and has a matte finish
- Apollo – is a warm, deep burgundy with red undertones and has a metallic sheen
- Dirty Mars – is a warm, medium to deep brown with subtle yellow undertones and has a matte finisg
- Sunbeam – is a warm, medium gold copper with orange undertones and has a metallic finish
- Halo – is a warm, light champagne gold with yellow undertones and has a metallic finish
Swatched on the arm
Bottom line, this is a solid performer. The texture and pigment of the colors are very good. Every single color performs well in terms of texture, color payoff and lasting power, except for Apollo which I wish would be in line with the others as I think it’s one of the better burgundy shades around. Overall performance and lasting power is excellent, although I do wish that the texture was as soft as her full-size palettes. The size of the palette wins gloriously as it is the perfect travel-companion or for on-the-go, even for those of you who don’t wear eyeshadow daily. I think this is a solid purchase to create a full look with. If you have the budget to splurge on a full-size Natasha Denona palette, and you wear eyeshadow daily, then I’d say go ahead and invest instead. Her palettes are of very good value and they last a long time. That being said at $25, this is a fantastic buy and a great way to sample Natasha Denona eyeshadows without breaking the bank.
Have you tried the Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette yet? What are your thoughts on it?