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Natasha Denona Palette 12 Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Palette 12
Natasha Denona Palette 12 Eyeshadow Palette 5 ($48.00 for 0.40 oz.) consists of two, warmer copper shades, two purples (one matte, one shimmery), and a plummy-taupe. The most improved shade was definitely Electric Violet, which was originally rated an F! Deep Slate Gray was a little too dry/thin, while Sienna could have used more binder (or use it with a dampened brush to solve its issues).
Back story: I purchased all of the 5-pan palettes a few months ago to re-review because if there’s a brand that has a more constant, evolving formula… it is Natasha Denona (the ingredient list is substantially different today compared to the original release and even from a few years ago). I have better experiences with the more updated formulas, so it seemed like a good way to test the current formula as well as get updated swatches. This week, the brand is running buy one, get one free on the 5-pan palettes… so… here we are… frantically reviewing them! Leave a comment with which one of the original 13 you are most desperate to see re-reviewed, and I will endeavor to make it so!

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Palette 12

Palette 12

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8.5
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9.5
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

88%
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Golden Flesh (68M)
Golden Flesh (68M) is a bright copper with strong, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was richly pigmented with a smooth, lightly creamy texture that wasn’t too emollient or too thick, so it applied evenly, blended out well, but had decent wear, too. The color stayed on well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.
The newer version seemed slightly deeper and richer with a bit more warmth and a metallic finish. The texture was less emollient, less heavy, but it still felt smooth and had good adherence/blendability.Top DupesFormula Overview
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Makeup Geek Pocket Change (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Too Faced Peanut Butter Cup (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).LORAC Cinnamon (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 03 (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Dose of Colors Sunglow (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Anastasia Teak (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, more muted (90% similar).City Color Sandstorm (P, $6.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Pat McGrath Sextrovert (P, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Fenty Beauty Desert Baked (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).NARS Fez (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar).View SwatchesFormula Overview
$29.00/0.08 oz. – $362.50 Per OunceThe majority of the brand’s eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.
The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they’re applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.
Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted–it is a bit more yielding now.
Browse all of our Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow swatches.

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Golden Flesh (68M)

Golden Flesh (68M)

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9.5
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10
Pigmentation

9.5
Texture

9
Longevity

5
Application

96%
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Smoky Plum (23P)
Smoky Plum (23P) is a muted, medium-dark purple with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the consistency was slightly firmer, though smooth and yielding to the touch, and seemed a bit on the thinner side. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without difficulty. It wore well for eight hours before fading visibly.
The newer version seemed slightly cooler-toned and richer in appearance with a more metallic finish. The texture was less creamy, not as heavy compared to the original formula I have, but it still applied well and ended up having greater longevity.Top DupesFormula Overview
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Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Persona Confident (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).Urban Decay Vanity (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Too Faced Chocolate Raspberry (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).NYX Punk Heart (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).NARS Phoebe (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Guerlain Rose Barbare #4 (DC, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).Sydney Grace Dream Big (PiP, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Sephora Seahorse (115) (LE, $13.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Makeup Geek Toxic (P, $6.00) is cooler (90% similar).View SwatchesFormula Overview
$29.00/0.08 oz. – $362.50 Per OunceThe majority of the brand’s eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.
The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they’re applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.
Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted–it is a bit more yielding now.
Browse all of our Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow swatches.

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Smoky Plum (23P)

Smoky Plum (23P)

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9
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10
Pigmentation

9
Texture

8.5
Longevity

5
Application

92%
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Sienna (50DC)
Sienna (50DC) is a light copper with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had subtle, shifting green-to-gold sparkle. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the texture was soft, more loosely-pressed as some of the sparkle lifted away from the surface, but it had good adhesion (minimal fallout relative to how sparkly it was) to bare skin when pressed and patted onto the lid. The color lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.
The newer version appeared a bit lighter and cooler with more of a sparkle to it, which gave it a different finish and tone overall. The texture was drier and more prone to fallout and sheering out, but it was less prone to creasing over time. Though the name is similar, the finish is now listed as “DC” on the palette, which aligns more closely to the Sienna (50DC) found in the Nude mini palette–the version in this 5-pan palette seemed a bit sheerer overall.Top DupesFormula OverviewIngredients
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Colour Pop Screw It (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Copper Stone (188M) (PiP, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Touch in Sol Honey Brown (2) (P, $18.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Star Bronze (139CP) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Star Gold (P, $32.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Milli (P, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Guerlain Gold Palette #5 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Warm (Winter 2016) Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia B2 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).View SwatchesFormula Overview
$29.00/0.08 oz. – $362.50 Per OunceThe majority of the brand’s eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.
The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they’re applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.
Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted–it is a bit more yielding now.
Browse all of our Natasha Denona Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow swatches.Ingredients
Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492), Carmine (Ci 75470).

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Sienna (50DC)

Sienna (50DC)

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8.5
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10
Pigmentation

8.5
Texture

9
Longevity

4.5
Application

90%
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Electric Violet (28V)
Electric Violet (28V) is a muted, medium purple with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that was smooth and finely-milled. There was slight fallout during application as I built it up, but it wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily. It lasted nicely for eight hours before fading noticeably on me.
The newer version is cooler-toned, a bit less bright, and had no shimmer at all. The texture was definitely less powdery, too, and the color was smoother, less dry, though it could still be improved.
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MAC Club New Wave Mix (LE, $17.00) is darker (95% similar).Anastasia C2 (Norvina Mini Vol. 1) (LE, ) is darker (95% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Outrageously (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Purple Haze (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Purple Reign (LE, $36.00) is more shimmery (85% similar).Anastasia B4 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, ) is darker (85% similar).Sephora Very Bad (318) (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Anastasia Believe (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Make Up For Ever I922 Electric Purple (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar).Inglot #379 (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).View Swatches

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Electric Violet (28V)

Electric Violet (28V)

B
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8
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8.5
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

83%
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Deep Slate Gray (32P)
Deep Slate Gray (32P) is a smoky taupe with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It felt more firmly-pressed into the pan and had a thinner feel, so it took a bit more work to apply it evenly and really blend it out. I found it worked better applied first rather than into or over other shades. It had opaque pigmentation that stayed on well for eight hours on me before fading noticeably.
The newer version ran slightly darker in color and seemed cooler in tone, though I don’t think the difference was very noticeable once on. The product adhered for longer (without primer), and the texture was less powdery but still on the drier/dustier side.Top DupesFormula Overview
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MAC In My Genes (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar).Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).Bad Habit Altered State (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Bossa Blue (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).MAC Thunderbolt (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #7 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).Surratt Beauty Patine (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Dior Aventure (081) (P, $31.00) is darker (90% similar).Viseart Chroma #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar).View SwatchesFormula Overview
$29.00/0.08 oz. – $362.50 Per OunceThe majority of the brand’s eyeshadows are quite pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The eyeshadows have improved over time, particularly with respect to longevity (without a primer). The original formula often creased on me within seven to eight hours, whereas the more current formula wears eight to nine hours with fading (instead of full-on creasing). The more matte finishes tend to be a bit more velvety, substantial, and less dry/powdery compared to prior iterations.
The metallic finish is often the creamiest, slightly denser in feel, but has excellent pigmentation, adhesion, and blendability. The sparkling shades can have some fallout, depending on how they’re applied and how sparkly they are, so they sometimes work better with fingertips or a dampened brush; they can also run sheerer compared to other finishes.
Cream-Powders are the more unique formulation and tend to have firmer, almost stiff, consistencies and more semi-opaque, watercolor-esque coverage. They are longer-wearing, but they can take a few uses to learn how to use. This formula has also improved compared to when it first debuted–it is a bit more yielding now.
Browse all of our Natasha Denona Metallic Eye Shadow swatches.

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Deep Slate Gray (32P)

Deep Slate Gray (32P)

B+
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8
Product

10
Pigmentation

8
Texture

8.5
Longevity

4.5
Application

87%
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