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My first “February” look (not that I’m planing more or anything) is using the Natasha Denona Retro palette
I’m a sucker for pretty much all of her palettes. Off the top of my head I can only think of one formula, one color in one palette that I don’t like. It’s that gold color in the Gold Palette. Brass. It’s just like flakey gold flakes.
Anyway, this palette doesn’t have any of that. While it may look monochromatic and boring, I love the colors available. You can do a “one and done” on the lid with pretty much all of these shades,of you can come up with a lighter pink look. There’s space for a smokey look, even a taupe-y look.
I’ll admit I may need help with color descriptions but we’re going to ignore that.
For this look I used: nude mauve , go-go, groove, jude, hello
Additional products used : -Dr Denese Defense Cream * -Tatcha loose powder -Maybelline fit me matte & Pore less pressed powder in 230 -Moira Summer Vibes bronzer and Tender Rose blush -W3ll People Mascara * -Melt Cosmetics Old Rose Lipstick
Oy, I just checked and this palette is sold out at Sephora again and with good reason!
This palette is so pretty and the layout makes it so easy to create a variety of looks. I personally don’t like that the shadows don’t have individual names but the formula makes up for it.
I’m not usually into cool toned palettes but this color story is so easy to use. I realize it’s not very “Spring” but, inside my house all seasons feel the same, lol.
The mattes in this palette are very buildable so you don’t have to worry about going in too harshly and then blending for ages to soften the edges. The metallics are so soft and they apply nicely with a flat brush or your finger. I didn’t even use glitter primer with this look and the shadows still looked so beautiful.
I hope this palette becomes available for the Sephora Spring sale.
Other products used in this look :
The Crayon Case Blush Binder for bronzer and blush
These days my car selfies are looking a little different
My car lease was up and I’m trying to decide if I want to get another car or use alternative transportation given how little I leave my house and how close my job is (and working from home plays a big impact too)
I want to try to test this out for a month or two and how I feel afterward. I’m also hoping that not being able to just jump in my car and go somewhere will help curb my spending habits. Fingers crossed!
Maybe I’ll get a moped or scooter, haha.
Here is what I look like under the mask today
Lancome Clarifique Exfoliating & Hydrating Face Essence with Glycolic Acid (gifted)
Supergoop Mineral Sheer Suncreen spf 30 PA++ (gifted)
When I first saw the ND Glam palette I didn’t think I’d add it to my stash. This is too cool of a color story for me but, a friend and my love for her shadows quickly changed my mind haha.
The biggest difference between this palette and others is that the shades don’t have names, instead they’re labeled by what part of the eye it’s recommended to be used on. I’m not the biggest fan of this but I can see how it would be helpful to someone starting off.
One of the my favorite thing about Natasha Denona is how many tutorials she puts out using her palettes. Between those and the labeling here it’s a great palette for someone starting or for a quick look.
I’m curious what others think of this naming convention. Would you prefer names or do you like this method?
I have been wanting the Tropic palette since it launched but because it received such bad reviews I held off.
It went on sale this year for 50% off so I thought about getting it during the Sephora Beauty Insider sale but my friend kept reminding me of the bad reviews so I held off some more.
Finally, now in July, I was no longer able to resist it.
As with all my Natasha Denona palettes I was super happy to open this baby up and just play with it.
The first day I didn’t do a full face but played with some of the colors.
I used Gusti and a lid shade and, just as expected, it was a very sheer, shimmery topper. I wanted to play with some of the colorful shades so I used Laguna on my lower lash and was surprised at how pigmented it applied. I used Limoncello as an inner corner highlight and it applied beautifully!
My second day I did a full face of makeup and tried other colors. To my surprise I was very happy how everything turned out.
I did use my finger to apply the green and I had to get quite a bit of product on my finger but it applied nicely and I didn’t have to worry about fallout.
So far I’m really enjoying this palette and for 50% off (at Sephora) I would definitely recommend it!
This is the third time I’ve used this palette and each time I love the formula, colors and ease of use so much.
This time I stuck to a purple look instead of pink.
Commitment is a dark purple with shimmer that is perfect for depending a color. It is a very soft formula, I accidentally tapped my flat definer brush too hard and I took a chunk out of the shade. The formula is like a Colourpop super shock shadow so you need to pack it in then blend.
I’ve also been using the Tati Beauty Blendiful for the last week or so and I’m really enjoying being able to do all my face makeup (minus blush) with one tool.
If you’re interested in seeing how I use the blendiful check out my video on Instagram.com/asquard 💙
I was excited to see Natasha Denona’s latest release was another mini palette and that it would be Valentine’s Day themed.
As soon as I saw the preview I was excited to try it but because of my low/no buy I didn’t think I would get a chance.
Fortunately for me, my wonderful partner understands how I feel about Natadha Denona and bought the Love Palette for me! (He has not been this understanding on previous desires, lol)
It arrived Thursday evening and I immediately took my eye makeup off to start playing with this.
I tried to use several colors to see how they applied and blended.
With the exception of Heart, all of the colors went on pigmented and were easy to blend. To apply Heart and have it show up I used a densely packed brush, once packed on, I was able to blend the color into the other colors used.
This year, at Sephoria, I learned Natasha Denona has primer and foundation so during this holiday Rouge sale I picked up the Magic Primer, the Foundation X+ and the Contour Sculpting Powder.
I’ve used the sculpting powder twice and the primer and foundation three times and here are my thoughts:
The primer works well and does what it says. It kept my face from looking shiny and felt hydrating. I used it on my t-zone only, as recommended and used a hydrating primer everywhere else
The foundation is great, it’s matte and full coverage so I only used a little. You have to shake it very well before using because it does separate. I was a little concerned because some of the reviews stated that it ended up seperating by the end of the day but I did not experience that at all. I have an oily t-zone and dry outer face.
I got the sculpting powder in warm and this works as a perfect bronzer for me. It’s best to start with a light hand and build up. It blended well and lasted all day
I think the price point for these are all fairly reasonable and comparable to other high end products.
Overall I would definitely recommend these products!
I took advantage of a Beautylish coupon to snag this palette after I was able to swatch it in store.
I really like the smaller packaging, the smaller pan size and the more affordable price point.
I found that there was little to no fallout, even with the redder colors, and the shimmers applied great with a wet brush and finger. For the most part I avoid applying shimmers with a dry brush, regardless of the brand, to avoid fallout and get more pigmentation.
Overall I really enjoy this palette, the colors included and that it’s more affordable so I can feel comfortable recommending it to friends.
I hope they come out with more of these smaller palettes.