Hi, everyone! Today’s post is a review of the Natasha Denona Mini Lila Palette, which I recently purchased when it was half price at Sephora. I’ve never really had an urge to try Natasha Denona, for some reason. I guess I’ve always just felt like I already owned enough eyeshadow palettes and couldn’t justify buying a ~$150 palette. When the brand began releasing their mini palettes, I was pretty tempted to try them since they were a lot more affordable, but I just never ended up buying one. However, when I saw that the Mini Lila palette was 50% off, I couldn’t resist snatching it up!
The Mini Lila palette includes five shadows with a purple colour story, in a good mix of mattes and shimmers. It’s an extension of the full-sized Lila palette, and has all-new, unique shades. It is made in Italy, and is available for sale at Sephora, Beautylish, and the Natasha Denona website.
The Mini Lila retails at $33 CAD for 5 shades at 0.8 g each. This works out to $26.40/g, which is actually a lot pricier per gram compared to $4/g for the large Natasha Denona palettes. However, I never really worry too much about the per gram cost when it comes to palettes, because realistically, how many palettes have you completely used up in your lifetime? Maybe one, if you have been working at the same one for years. But most of us own several palettes, and most of us never get through it entirely. Overall, I think these mini Natasha Denona palettes are a good way to try this brand without splurging on one of her big palettes.
The packaging of this mini palette is quite simple – a thin, white palette with a clear cover that snaps shut. I like that you can see what’s inside! Since the cover is clear, there’s no mirror on the inside. I LOVE having a mirror in palettes, but honestly, for a quint, I can understand they didn’t include one. There are no shade names printed under the shades, but it does include the names on the back of the palette. This is a great palette to wear on a day where you need to do touch-ups later, as the compact size is easy to bring around with you.
As I mentioned before, this palette has a purple colour story, but it also includes two nudes. There are 3 matte shades, and 2 shimmery shades. From left to right, the colours are:
Poison Berry: Bright matte orchid
Blue Dahlia: Purple with a blue duochrome shift
Raisin: Matte warm burgundy
Linen: Shimmery sand
Flint: Warm nude camel
This is a very well-rounded palette in terms of shades and finishes. At first glance, I found Linen to be a weird addition to the palette, but after using it in several different looks, its presence makes a lot of sense. Not only does it provide you with a more wearable, every day way to use this palette, but it’s also good for highlighting the inner corner and browbone area.
Now that I’ve used the palette regularly, I think it is a very well thought-out palette. I’m actually quite impressed that they were able to put together a five-pan palette that can create not just one, but SEVERAL different cohesive looks. Sometimes I feel like even 18-pan palettes can’t achieve this! This would be a great palette to travel with, if you don’t mind doing a purple look every day.
I do think that the shades are easily dupable, and you likely have all of them in your collection if you own a few colourful palettes! Blue Dahlia is a unique colour, but I know I own similar shades.
Natasha Denona eyeshadows are known to be intensely pigmented and high quality, as it should be – it’s an expensive brand, so the quality better be there! In general, I was quite happy with the quality of shadows in this palette. The consistencies ranged between shades, but the overall performance was very good.
The lasting power was quite impressive to me, too. After a full day, I still felt like my eyeshadow look remained vibrant and strong.
Poison Berry – This shade feels really dry and chalky to the touch, and it kicked up a lot of powder. It didn’t swatch super well, so I was a bit hesitant, but it actually builds up really well on the eyes and blends out easily in the crease.
Blue Dahlia – this shade worried me quite a bit when I first swatched it, because it was so sheer and patchy, and I felt like it took 10 passes to build up to fully opacity. However, it built up so well on the eyes and blended nicely into the other shadows. This is definitely the most unique shade in the palette!
Raisin – Raisin is a bit of a letdown as it doesn’t perform quite as well as the rest of the palette. It also has a powdery, soft formula that kicks up a lot of powder, but I don’t get any fallout after using this. This shade is pigmented, but my main problem with this shade was that I found it a bit patchy and harder to build up. I don’t know if you’ll be able to see, but in my second look, it clung to the inner corner of my eyes, making it darker than the outer corner.
Linen – This shade has a beautifully soft, velvety formula – exactly what you would expect from a shadow in an expensive palette. I find this shade to be sheer, but it builds up easily and blends well. I like using this on the inner third of the lid for a more muted look, as well as in the inner corner.
Flint – This shade is the most absolute perfect transition shade. It is a smooth and buttery shadow that just blends right into the crease without looking patchy or clinging to weird places. I found that it doesn’t kick up powder quite as much as the other two matte shades do.
For this review, I did two looks with this palette. Look 1 features Blue Dahlia and Poison Berry, with Flint as a transition shade. I really loved this look and how vibrant Poison Berry is all over the lid!
Look 2 is a halo eye, again with Flint as the transition colour. I applied Raisin in the inner and outer third of the lid, and Linen in the middle of the lid. As I mentioned in my review, I struggled with Raisin and I found it clung to the inner corner of my eyes, but I’m not sure if that’s noticeable in photos. It still makes for a pretty look though, I think.
-Palette can give you a complete, cohesive look
-Shadows are generally good quality and easy to work
-A more affordable way to try an expensive brand
-Pricey for a 5-pan palette
-The shade Raisin is not as high quality as the other shades
-Shades are easily dupable
-Does not include a mirror
I do like this palette, but I don’t think it’s a must-have, especially considering the price. While I like that you can use this small palette to create complete looks, I mentioned before that I don’t think you need to run out and get this palette, as the shades are quite easy to dupe and you likely have them in your own collection already.
What do you think about Natasha Denona shadows? Worth it, or overpriced?