Is a glam eyeshadow palette necessary in 2020? Probably not, but I’ve been working from home every day since March and I rarely venture to go out so somehow the Natasha Denona Glam Palette is bringing me some much needed joy during these extremely difficult times.
The Natasha Denona Glam Palette consists of 15 pans—a mix of neutral and cool shades that come in various mattes and shimmers. The colors look like a neutral makeup lover’s dream but some of these shades may already exist in your collection.
Top Row: shimmery rose, metallic taupe, shimmery champagne, soft matte brown, matte taupe
Middle Row: medium matte brown, matte pink/tan, cool brown, shimmery silver, shimmery cool silver
Bottom Row: metallic pale gold, shimmery brown, shimmery cool champagne, metallic taupe, shimmery champagne
The makeup minimalist in me hesitated to purchase when it first came out. I’ve never spent more than $52 on an eyeshadow palette and $65 for 15 pans seemed slightly overpriced (which is why I waited until the Sephora sale so I could get 20% off).
The packaging is sleek and not too bulky for a palette of this size. It has magnetic closure with plastic packaging. It feels sturdy and I do like the large mirror. The pans are removable (there’s a tiny hole beneath each shadow), which you can pop out and customize based on your own preference. I haven’t experienced any fallout with the shimmery shadows I’ve tried, which is a huge plus. I absolutely love the cool tones in this palette because right now, I’m just not feeling warm tones.
Each pan is labeled based on placement of application (center eye lid, crease, transition, etc.). In theory, these shade names seem great for makeup novices but ND did receive a fair amount of backlash because the original placement is not inclusive of deeper skin tones. For example, “Transition” is the label for a cool taupe, which is clearly referencing lighter skin tones. I have fair skin with a neutral (leaning cool) undertone so I can’t personally speak to this but I absolutely understand how this shade range may not be inclusive of deeper skin tones.
It’s also worth noting that Natasha Denona came out with suggested placements for each shade based on skin tone. I’ve included them below for reference.