Natasha Denona Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadows Reviews & Swatches

Moonstone

Natasha Denona Moonstone Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a deeper, golden peach with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It had rich pigmentation in a single layer, which could be sheered out to more of a wash of sparkle if preferred, but I’d recommend applying with fingertips for a sheerer effect as the applicator would over-apply. The texture was smooth, fluid, and thin enough to be a liquid but had a bit of airiness to it that helped it spread across the lid without streaking. The biggest issue I had with the formula on this shade was that it did emphasize my lid texture and made it appear more textured/bumpy. It dried down fast enough that it didn’t crease as it dried down, but I didn’t feel like I had to work at warp speed; however, once it set, I couldn’t keep blending or working with it or else it could lead to some flakiness. If I left it alone, then it stayed in place for over 12 hours without fading, creasing, or flaking.

Inglot J411 Blazing Rose (LE, $25.00) is darker (90% similar).Natasha Denona Nude (140CP) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).Stila Embellish (LE, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Breathless (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Too Faced Pineapple Cooler (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).MAC Rich Glance (LE, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).L’Oreal Blinged & Brilliant (LE, $7.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar).Colour Pop Can’t Stop (LE, $4.50) is lighter (85% similar).Inglot J409 Cosmic Glow (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar).Milani Champagne Toast (P, $6.49) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.27 oz. – $92.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “next-level, sparkling effects” with “rich, saturated, high-quality pigments” that yield “comfortable, long-wearing” performance. The applicator is a flatter, almost paddle-shaped, doe-foot applicator, which did a good job of laying down a good amount of product in a fluid stroke while maintaining good opacity–except for Zone, which had a much more emollient quality to it and was difficult to get product to adhere to the applicator (and this resulted in poor coverage and poor application of what little product was on the applicator!).

Most of the shades were pigmented, spread and applied well enough, and dried down without settling into my fine lines as it did so, but I felt like I had enough time to apply and diffuse as I needed for a look. They did dry down and looked a bit thicker, as they were more prone to emphasizing my lid texture, and they were less forgiving of any last-minute buffing or blending once they dried down. Once they set, they were set and lasted all day long–12 hours–without fading, creasing, or flaking, but if I tried to play with the product once it set, more vigorous blending could result in some product flaking off.

When the texture of a shade was more emollient, thinner, and less pigmented in one stroke, it was more prone to application issues; they didn’t apply as evenly, didn’t build up well, and often lacked some of the dimension that the formula is supposed to deliver. Aubade and Sienna were kindest to my lids, while Moonstone and Nightfall appeared thicker and emphasized my lid texture.

 

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Alumina, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tin Oxide, Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Silica, Polyisoprene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Water, Talc, Bht, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

Zone

Natasha Denona Zone Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a peachy gold with flecks of pink and gold sparkle. It had semi-sheer pigmentation that was hard to build up, as the sparkles seemed chunkier and had a tendency to clump up when layered, so wherever I applied it merely appeared more uneven rather than more pigmented after adding a layer. The consistency was more emollient, a little slippery, and it took longer to dry down, though I didn’t have issues with it separating or migrating as it dried down. I also noticed that this shade didn’t adhere well to the doe-foot applicator; I kept trying to fish for product and maneuver the doe-foot along the tube but never was able to get much product out of the tube in one go. Once the product was applied and dried down, it wore well for over 12 hours and only had a smidgen of fallout over time.

Pat McGrath Angel Dust (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Pat McGrath Provocatrix (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar).Colour Pop Estrella (LE, $4.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar).Dose of Colors Just a Kiss (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).Bad Habit Transcend (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar).Milani Pink Sand (PiP, $5.99) is lighter, brighter, more pigmented (85% similar).Touch in Sol Sun Aurora (4) (P, $18.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar).Dior Expose #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (80% similar).Linda Hallberg Cosmetics Moonwake (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar).Sydney Grace Apricot (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.27 oz. – $92.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “next-level, sparkling effects” with “rich, saturated, high-quality pigments” that yield “comfortable, long-wearing” performance. The applicator is a flatter, almost paddle-shaped, doe-foot applicator, which did a good job of laying down a good amount of product in a fluid stroke while maintaining good opacity–except for Zone, which had a much more emollient quality to it and was difficult to get product to adhere to the applicator (and this resulted in poor coverage and poor application of what little product was on the applicator!).

Most of the shades were pigmented, spread and applied well enough, and dried down without settling into my fine lines as it did so, but I felt like I had enough time to apply and diffuse as I needed for a look. They did dry down and looked a bit thicker, as they were more prone to emphasizing my lid texture, and they were less forgiving of any last-minute buffing or blending once they dried down. Once they set, they were set and lasted all day long–12 hours–without fading, creasing, or flaking, but if I tried to play with the product once it set, more vigorous blending could result in some product flaking off.

When the texture of a shade was more emollient, thinner, and less pigmented in one stroke, it was more prone to application issues; they didn’t apply as evenly, didn’t build up well, and often lacked some of the dimension that the formula is supposed to deliver. Aubade and Sienna were kindest to my lids, while Moonstone and Nightfall appeared thicker and emphasized my lid texture.

 

Ingredients

Isododecane, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyisoprene, Tin Oxide, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Water, Talc, Bht, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499).

Aubade

Natasha Denona Aubade Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a rich, golden copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which could applied and blended out for more medium coverage if desired. The consistency was like a heavier, whipped mousse–more liquid than truly an airy mousse, but it wasn’t runny. I applied it to my lid using a small, flat synthetic brush without issue, and it dried down fast enough that it didn’t crease while drying down, but I felt like I had enough time to get it into place and soften the edges as it dried down. Once it set, it didn’t flake, crease, or fade over a 12-hour period, but if I tried to blend it out after it set, that could have led to flaking (so timing of blending is key).

Viseart Burnt Gold (Siren #4) (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Mulholland (P, $5.00) is warmer (95% similar).Sydney Grace Laura’s Memory (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Pretty Vulgar Ego (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Tarte Majestic (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Sephora Copper (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar).Pat McGrath Gold Nectar (LE, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar).Make Up For Ever ME700 Amber (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Cool Bronze (31M) (P, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).MAC Natural Tease (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.27 oz. – $92.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “next-level, sparkling effects” with “rich, saturated, high-quality pigments” that yield “comfortable, long-wearing” performance. The applicator is a flatter, almost paddle-shaped, doe-foot applicator, which did a good job of laying down a good amount of product in a fluid stroke while maintaining good opacity–except for Zone, which had a much more emollient quality to it and was difficult to get product to adhere to the applicator (and this resulted in poor coverage and poor application of what little product was on the applicator!).

Most of the shades were pigmented, spread and applied well enough, and dried down without settling into my fine lines as it did so, but I felt like I had enough time to apply and diffuse as I needed for a look. They did dry down and looked a bit thicker, as they were more prone to emphasizing my lid texture, and they were less forgiving of any last-minute buffing or blending once they dried down. Once they set, they were set and lasted all day long–12 hours–without fading, creasing, or flaking, but if I tried to play with the product once it set, more vigorous blending could result in some product flaking off.

When the texture of a shade was more emollient, thinner, and less pigmented in one stroke, it was more prone to application issues; they didn’t apply as evenly, didn’t build up well, and often lacked some of the dimension that the formula is supposed to deliver. Aubade and Sienna were kindest to my lids, while Moonstone and Nightfall appeared thicker and emphasized my lid texture.

 

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyisoprene, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, Water, Talc, Bht, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Bronze Powder (Ci 77400).

Sienna

Natasha Denona Sienna Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a rich, golden bronze with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, fluid consistency that was spreadable and felt lightweight on. I didn’t have any issues applying it and diffusing the edges on my lid, though it was a bit thicker-looking upon dry down (I don’t think it emphasized my lid texture much, if at all, like some shades in the range did). It lasted nicely for 12 hours without fading or creasing, but I’d caution one to avoid blending it out once the product dries down due to a tendency for it to flake away at that point.

Natasha Denona Full Metal Bronze (LE, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #14 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).MAC Dazzle Style (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar).Makeup Geek Legend (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).Guerlain Gold Palette #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).Natasha Denona Day Spring (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Smashbox Borrowed Bling (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Sunset (P, $12.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar).Sydney Grace Hot Stuff (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).MAC Stardream (LE, $21.00) is darker (90% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.27 oz. – $92.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “next-level, sparkling effects” with “rich, saturated, high-quality pigments” that yield “comfortable, long-wearing” performance. The applicator is a flatter, almost paddle-shaped, doe-foot applicator, which did a good job of laying down a good amount of product in a fluid stroke while maintaining good opacity–except for Zone, which had a much more emollient quality to it and was difficult to get product to adhere to the applicator (and this resulted in poor coverage and poor application of what little product was on the applicator!).

Most of the shades were pigmented, spread and applied well enough, and dried down without settling into my fine lines as it did so, but I felt like I had enough time to apply and diffuse as I needed for a look. They did dry down and looked a bit thicker, as they were more prone to emphasizing my lid texture, and they were less forgiving of any last-minute buffing or blending once they dried down. Once they set, they were set and lasted all day long–12 hours–without fading, creasing, or flaking, but if I tried to play with the product once it set, more vigorous blending could result in some product flaking off.

When the texture of a shade was more emollient, thinner, and less pigmented in one stroke, it was more prone to application issues; they didn’t apply as evenly, didn’t build up well, and often lacked some of the dimension that the formula is supposed to deliver. Aubade and Sienna were kindest to my lids, while Moonstone and Nightfall appeared thicker and emphasized my lid texture.

 

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Alcohol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polyisoprene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, Water, Talc, Bht, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499).

Nightfall

Natasha Denona Nightfall Chroma Crystal Liquid Eyeshadow ($25.00 for 0.27 oz.) is a blackened plum with warmer undertones and a smattering of red and pink sparkle. This shade didn’t have much of that “next-level, sparkling effect” the formula marketed–it was pretty ho-hum on as it didn’t sparkle much, and the underlying base seemed almost satiny rather than metallic. It had good color coverage in a single layer, but if it wasn’t applied at full intensity, it looked uneven and sank into my skin/lid texture (see the sheered out swatch how it spiders into my skin!). The texture was runnier and felt wetter, which made it harder to work with, even though I used a separate, flat synthetic brush to apply. It dried down quickly (but with enough time to apply and blend out), and once it set, I didn’t have any issues with it flaking or creasing over a 12-hour period–but don’t blend it when set unless you want fallout!

Colour Pop Sing (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar).Dose of Colors Hot Mesh (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Milk Makeup Silent Disco (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Dior Olympe (871) (LE, $31.00) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Midnight Shine (P, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).MAC Sparkling Moment (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Colour Pop Stereo (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).Sydney Grace The Commons (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$25.00/0.27 oz. – $92.59 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to have “next-level, sparkling effects” with “rich, saturated, high-quality pigments” that yield “comfortable, long-wearing” performance. The applicator is a flatter, almost paddle-shaped, doe-foot applicator, which did a good job of laying down a good amount of product in a fluid stroke while maintaining good opacity–except for Zone, which had a much more emollient quality to it and was difficult to get product to adhere to the applicator (and this resulted in poor coverage and poor application of what little product was on the applicator!).

Most of the shades were pigmented, spread and applied well enough, and dried down without settling into my fine lines as it did so, but I felt like I had enough time to apply and diffuse as I needed for a look. They did dry down and looked a bit thicker, as they were more prone to emphasizing my lid texture, and they were less forgiving of any last-minute buffing or blending once they dried down. Once they set, they were set and lasted all day long–12 hours–without fading, creasing, or flaking, but if I tried to play with the product once it set, more vigorous blending could result in some product flaking off.

When the texture of a shade was more emollient, thinner, and less pigmented in one stroke, it was more prone to application issues; they didn’t apply as evenly, didn’t build up well, and often lacked some of the dimension that the formula is supposed to deliver. Aubade and Sienna were kindest to my lids, while Moonstone and Nightfall appeared thicker and emphasized my lid texture.

 

Ingredients

Isododecane, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Octyldodecanol, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Alcohol, Polyisoprene, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone/Methicone/Amodimethicone Crosspolymer, Phenyl Methicone, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Polyvinyl Butyral, Dimethicone, Tin Oxide, Water, Talc, Bht, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

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