Natasha Denona Metropolis Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

Metropolis

Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette ($129.00 for 1.35 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette with an assortment of shimmers and mattes from pale, shimmering peach to murky olive green to inky blue.  There are enough shades and differences in finishes/depths that the palette is versatile and workable on its own, though I caught myself wanting some cooler-toned shades (even if not strictly cool-toned… but other than orange/brown for transition and crease shades) to avoid doing a similar look.

It contains “midi”-sized shades (0.048 oz. each) so that the palette itself is the same physical size as the full-sized, 15-pan palettes are. I love that the brand has been moving in this direction, as for consumers, the full-size tends to be far more product than an individual can use up in a reasonable length of time. The original 28-pan palettes (with full-sized pans) are $230 a pop, so this is a great departure. It’s still expensive for a palette, but I think this is a better balance of total cost vs. product weight.

The overall quality of the palette is there, and I think that from a quality standpoint, some of these are the best that the brand has released. Most shades were richly pigmented, while any that deviated were still medium to semi-opaque and buildable in coverage.  They were easy to apply, blendable, and long-wearing (eight to 10 hours) with a few shades having minimal to moderate fallout. Just swatching through it, I thought it might be one of the best palettes from the brand, and after working through all of the shades, it is up there.

Let’s Talk Cream-Powders

First and foremost, the majority of the matte eyeshadows in the palette are in the Cream-Powder finish/formula, so they’re more of a hybrid between cream and powder eyeshadows–more emollient with light to moderate creaminess (deeper shades seemed to have more slip), never powdery, have a denser, firmer feel to them, and tend to sit more smoothly on the skin.

The downside to Cream-Powders is that they can take a bit longer to blend or may not build up as easily (without some movement) as true powders. In the past, I’ve been a fan of the Cream-Powder formula, though I know it has not been a favorite for everyone. The ones included in the palette seemed to be more yielding, less firmly pressed, and they were easier to work with on the whole. Aside from the deeper hues, just working with them (not touching the pans), I don’t know that I would have known they were a Cream-Powder hybrid. I also have seen any “hard pan” develop over time (and I have gone and used my fingertips to swatch a few half a dozen times each just to see!).

Aside from a few shades, I actually didn’t find them to work that differently for me in practice; I still used typical eye brushes and didn’t have to opt for flatter shapes or synthetics (like you might for a true cream eyeshadow). I was able to use fluffier, more feathery crease brushes and apply and diffuse shades in my crease just as I would a normal powder eyeshadow. The finish is more forgiving if you have minor dryness or flakiness on the lids compared to powder.

Dupes Within Dupes?

There were a few instances where the overlap between shades felt unnecessary. I reorganized the palette via our Color Stories tool, and it made it more apparent where the overlap existed.

Shades like Fuse, Rust, Blaze, and Penny were grouped together (make sure to view the original swatches at their full-size resolution, which does show the differences better); they differed tonally leaning more golden or more orange/red or they were more metallic or more sparkling, but they felt far too similar to be included in a single palette to me.

This was true with Chrism and Stain, where Chrism was slightly more golden/yellower and lighter compared to Stain but so close that it did not seem necessary to have both in the palette.  It would have made a little more sense if they were different finishes, but they were both Cream-Powders.

Tonally, Enigma (cooler, bluer) and Symbol (warmer, more teal) (see comparison) differed visually on the eye, but I think that Symbol could have been lighter and brighter, between the depth of Jubilee and Enigma, so that it added more versatility to the palette.

Of course, if you have a few of Natasha Denona’s palettes, there are plenty of dupes between this and past releases (see individual dupe lists below).

Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Rust (249M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Rust (249M)

Rust (249M) is a deep copper with warm, rusty (ha!) undertones and a sparkling finish. It had opaque pigmentation in one layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin, but there was slight fallout during application. The consistency was smooth to the touch, creamy without being too dense or thick in the pan, and remained blendable on my lid. It wore well nine hours before creasing faintly on my lid.

Natasha Denona Penny (259M) (LE, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar).Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) (LE, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Bronzed to Perfection (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).MAC Jingle Ball Bronze (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Pat McGrath Bronze 005 (PiP, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar).Pat McGrath Bronze (LE, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Urban Decay Heat (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Pat McGrath Bronze Blaze (PiP, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Cinnamon Sugar (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Natasha Denona Aubade (P, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Diisostearylmalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Troop (250CP)

Troop (250CP) is a medium, olive green with warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyesahdow had rich color coverage that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with ease along the edges without the product losing its intensity. The texture was smooth, more firmly-packed in the pan but not too dense that it became stiff to work with. I had no trouble picking up product and applying with regular brushes/techniques (like I would for powder eyeshadow) despite it having a Cream-Powder finish. This shade lasted well for nine and a half hours before fading visibly on my lid.

Melt Cosmetics Fire OG (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Devinah Cosmetics Freya (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).Make Up For Ever M322 Khaki (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).Anastasia Destiny (DC, $12.00) is lighter, more muted, cooler (85% similar).Coloured Raine Congo Basin (PiP, $6.99) is lighter (85% similar).Colour Pop Jade (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).Sephora Omen (PiP, ) is lighter (80% similar).Ace Beaute Golden Apple (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).NARS Submissive (DC, $25.00) is darker (80% similar).Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Orium (251DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Orium (251DC)

Orium (251DC) is a bright, medium gold with strong, warmer copper undertones and cooler, green-gold shimmer and sparkle paired with a very reflective, high-shine metallic finish. The texture felt cream-like, so it was dense enough to hold all of the sparkly bits with the rest of the product for very minimal fallout during application (used dry with a brush!).

It had opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly and blended out with ease, but some of the sparkle did diffuse a little too readily so I’d recommend using smaller brushes to ensure precision. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before I noticed a bit of creasing and a smidgen of fallout over time.

Colour Pop Corona (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Ganja (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Karat Cake (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia C2 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Viseart Buillion (GPV2 #12) (P, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Laura Mercier Gilded Gold (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Origami (P, $8.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (90% similar).Natasha Denona Brass (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Pat McGrath Jubilee (PiP, $25.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Shield (252M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Shield (252M)

Shield (252M) is a soft, olive green with warm, muted undertones and a pearly sheen. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy texture that felt luxurious but never felt too emollient or looked too thick on my lid. The eyeshadow applied evenly and looked “melted” against my skin, so it was shiny without being overtly shimmery. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading a bit.

Colour Pop IE (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Black Widow (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Sydney Grace Commission (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Sydney Grace Fallen (DC, $6.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Fyrinnae Tardigrade (P, $8.50) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Sydney Grace Gold Earth (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Gucci Beauty Mosaic (P, $37.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Hourglass Color Field #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).Smashbox Safari (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).Hourglass Vivid (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Carmine (Ci 75470), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Ripe (253CM)

Ripe (253CM) is a rich copper with warm, red undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color coverage in a single layer, which applied evenly and blended out nicely along the edges on my lid. The consistency was smooth, velvety and more substantial so there was minimal powderiness in the pan. It lasted well for nine hours before showing signs of fading on my lid.

Colour Pop Ya Peel Me (PiP, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar).Devinah Cosmetics Runa (P, $5.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Melrose (PiP, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Zoeva MT080 (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Daybreak (Beached) (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Summer Heat (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Criss Cross (P, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Elixir (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Tajin (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #5 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Stain (254CP)

Stain (254CP) is a medium orange with warm undertones (balanced between red and yellow) and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation that applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that sat well–it almost looked “melted” after the initial application. It had a smooth consistency that had light slip but never felt too emollient or wet, so while it was a Cream-Powder, it was really easy to work with and pick up with even fluffy brushes. It stayed on nicely for nine and a half hours before I saw light fading.

NABLA Cosmetics Honey (PiP, $8.00) is lighter (95% similar).Devinah Cosmetics Iduna (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Laguna (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Natasha Denona Desert Date (LE, ) is lighter, more muted, cooler (90% similar).Juvia’s Place Nubian #2 (P, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Viseart Apricotine (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Viseart Cantaloupe (Warm Mattes #6) (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Peach Crush (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Deluxe Edition #3 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Sephora Sandstone (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Mace (255M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Mace (255M)

Mace (255M) is a medium, rosy bronze with warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was smooth, creamy without being too dense or emollient, and blendable on my skin. It had rich pigmentation that went on evenly and wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly on me.

Anastasia B2 (Norvina Vol. 1) (LE, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Huda Beauty Topaz #9 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Viseart Saint-Honore (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Make Up For Ever Flame (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Viseart Truffle (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).NARS Isolde #2 (DC, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Guerlain Electric Look #6 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Colour Pop My Way (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #14 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Kaja Gilded Chocolate (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Rope (256CM)

Rope (256CM) is a light, golden brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, which was easily built up to full coverage with less than half of a layer on top. The texture was soft, lightly powdery in the pan, but it was blendable and diffused well on my skin without losing its intensity. It lasted well for eight and a half hours on me before fading a bit.

Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).Huda Beauty Smokey #2 (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar).Makeup Geek Desert Sands (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) (PiP, ) is lighter, more muted (90% similar).Estee Lauder Nude (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar).Morphe Pukey (LE, ) is darker (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Lorelei (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Guava (PiP, ) is brighter, cooler (85% similar).Kat Von D Sage (Base) (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).LORAC Burlap (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Fuse (257M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Fuse (257M)

Fuse (257M) is a rich, molten gold with strong, warm undertones and a metallic finish with faint sparkle on top. I’m not sure why it doesn’t look as smooth swatched on my arm as it did on my eye, but it actually went on very smoothly with a bright, reflective finish but still held its richer overall depth, so it wasn’t quite as similar to other golds by the brand. The eyeshadow felt lightly creamy, soft and yielding but not prone to excess kicked up in the pan. It had opaque color coverage in a single pass, which stayed on nicely for nine hours before creasing slightly.

Natasha Denona Oro (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).Urban Decay Sinful (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar).Sydney Grace Aztec Ruins (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Tarte Monkey Business (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Pat McGrath Enraptured (P, $25.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).MAC Gold Metalist (LE, $21.00) is lighter (90% similar).Makeup Geek Untamed (P, $9.99) is warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Rust (249M) (LE, $29.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced Warm and Toasty (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Foxes (P, $8.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide Ci (77510).

Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Lethal (258CP)

Lethal (258CP) is a brighter, yellowy chartreuse with warmer, olive undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color payoff in one pass, though it needed a second layer to build up to full coverage. The eyeshadow felt dense, smooth, and more firmly-pressed in the pan, but it picked up well with a brush and diffused effortlessly along the edge–it was easier to blend than most mattes (even ones that I’d consider to be quite blendable!). It wore well nine and a half hours before fading visibly.

Sephora Omen (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Ace Beaute Golden Apple (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).MAC Sour Lemon (DC, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Sydney Grace Back Woods (PiP, $5.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).Natasha Denona Troop (250CP) (LE, ) is darker (80% similar).Sephora Jeffery (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar).Make Up For Ever Digger (LE, ) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar).Melt Cosmetics Game Changer (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar).MAC Lemon Rush (LE, $17.00) is lighter (80% similar).MAC Savant (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Penny (259M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Penny (259M)

Penny (259M) is a medium-dark copper with warm, brown undertones and lighter, brighter gold sparkle throughout its metallic finish. The eyeshadow had rich pigmentation that adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin with light fallout during application. The texture was dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan, and it had enough creaminess to keep most of the sparkles embedded with the rest of the product. It lasted well for nine hours with slight fallout over time.

Natasha Denona Rust (249M) (LE, $29.00) is darker (95% similar).Viseart Burnt Gold (Siren #4) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).Sydney Grace Laura’s Memory (P, $6.00) is brighter (90% similar).Huda Beauty Smokey #6 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Mulholland (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).PIXI Beauty Chestnut Glimmer (PiP, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Alchemist (PiP, $29.00) is darker (90% similar).Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Sephora Copper (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Pat McGrath Bronze Blaze (PiP, $25.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Chrism (260CP)

Chrism (260CP) is a light-medium orange with warm, slightly yellower-leaning undertones and a matte finish. It had a smooth, moderately dense texture that had a touch less slip–felt a bit heavier on the Powder than the Cream portion–but still sat exceptionally well on bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of color. The opaque coverage stayed on well for nine hours before fading noticeably on me.

Anastasia New Wave (DC, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Work It (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (95% similar).Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Sephora Sandstone (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Laguna (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Guava (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Dominique Cosmetics Pumpkin Spice (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Zoeva MT050 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Huda Beauty Coral #6 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Sephora Tangerine (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Aqueous (261M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Aqueous (261M)

Aqueous (261M) is a medium-dark blue with subtle, cool undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. This applied best by patting and pressing it onto the lid and then gently pulling it across to spread out the coverage, as it minimized fallout but also gave it the pressure necessary to smooth it out from the get-go. The consistency was creamy with moderate slip–it could have been a Cream-Powder really!–but very rich in pigment and had excellent 10-hour wear before creasing a touch.

Tom Ford Beauty Last Dance #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Plunge (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Antimatter (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (90% similar).Pat McGrath Lapis Luxury (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Dose of Colors Teal Me More (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Backseat (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Take Me Higher (LE, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop On One (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Prussian Blue (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar).The Estee Edit Trip (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Queen (262M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Queen (262M)

Queen (262M) is a pale peach with strong, warm golden undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle over a metallic finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that applied evenly to bare skin but had a touch of fallout if I wasn’t careful with my initial placement. The eyeshadow built up coverage with a second layer and blended out nicely along the edges. It lasted well for nine hours before I noticed some fading.

Ace Beaute Biscotti (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Kat Von D Lovestruck (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Anastasia Soleil (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Natasha Denona Dune (186S) (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Tarte Inspiration (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).NARS Silk Road I (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Golden Beige (52M) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).LORAC Cava (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar).MAC So, So Saucy (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470).

Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Blaze (263K) Crystal Eye Shadow

Blaze (263K)

Blaze (263K) is a bright, golden copper with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which applied evenly and smoothly to bare skin–it seemed to “melt” slightly after a couple of minutes.

There was light to moderate fallout depending on how much product and how patient I was with application, but even with care, there was a light amount, so I’d recommend doing eyes first or using a dampened brush or fingertip for application to further minimize (beyond taking more care). It stayed on nicely for nine hours before creasing on me but didn’t seem to have ongoing fallout issues.

Too Faced Honey Dip (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).MAC Bao Bao’s Jewels #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar).Bad Habit Grand Plie (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).Colour Pop She Got Money (LE, $4.50) is darker (95% similar).Natasha Denona Penny (259M) (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Pain and Panic (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Charlotte Tilbury Icon Diva Eyes #1 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (90% similar).Too Faced Wish List (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar).PIXI Beauty Chestnut Glimmer (PiP, $20.00) is darker (90% similar).Too Faced Island Queen (PiP, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Silica, Mica, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Noble (264M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Noble (264M)

Noble (264M) is a golden taupe with warm, brown undertones and dirty, olive overtones paired with a smooth, pearly sheen. The eyeshadow was intensely pigmented with a creamy, rich consistency that felt like silk but didn’t have so much slip that it became hard to use with brushes. It wore well nine hours on me before there was slight creasing.

Devinah Cosmetics Fury (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Wet ‘n’ Wild Dragon Scales #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).MAC Sea Worship (P, $20.00) is lighter (90% similar).Tarte DIY (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Makeup Geek Gargoyle (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Make Up For Ever I328 Bronze (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Hourglass Color Field #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).NARS Pasiphae (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).MAC Sumptuous Olive (P, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Chanel Tisse d’Automne #1 (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499).

Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Imperia (265M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Imperia (265M)

Imperia (265M) is a deep gold with moderate, warmer undertones and a metallic finish. It was a “cooler” gold compared to the typical gold, which tends to lean more orange, but this didn’t lean green enough to be “cool” to my eye. It had an incredibly smooth, cream-like texture that held together beautifully, so it applied evenly with opaque coverage but no fallout. It lasted well for 10 hours before creasing slightly on me.

Colour Pop Come Clean (PiP, $5.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Makeup Geek Fortune Teller (P, $9.99) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Gold (137CP) (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Ganja (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Sydney Grace Be the Sunshine (PiP, $6.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar).Juvia’s Place Wodaabe (P, ) is darker (90% similar).Kat Von D Relic (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Kat Von D Thrasher (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Colour Pop Origami (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar).Sydney Grace Fool’s Gold (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77499), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000).

Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Royal (266CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Royal (266CP)

Royal (266CP) is a deep, almost grass-like, green with subtle, warm undertones and a mostly matte finish. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff that adhered well to bare skin and blended out with little effort. It swatched and appeared lighter than it did in the pan, which was as expected based on its finish. The texture was smooth to the touch, emollient but not too slippery, and definitely felt like a hybrid of cream and powder. It stayed on nicely for nine and a half hours before creasing slightly on me.

Kat Von D Moss (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Mo Bamba (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Evergreen (P, $5.00) is lighter (90% similar).Sephora Wild Island (347) (P, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Moody (LE, $4.50) is lighter (90% similar).Sydney Grace Turtle Bay (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Coloured Raine Showtime (LE, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Coloured Raine Jungle (PiP, $6.99) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Colour Pop Act Natural (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Sydney Grace Siren Call (P, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (80% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Crest (267M)

Crest (267M) is a muted, medium-dark copper with warm, orange undertones and flecks of gold micro-sparkle over a more frosted finish. It had good color coverage, but it needed a second layer or to be applied with a dampened brush for full coverage. The texture was soft and blendable, but there was a bit of dryness to it so there was a touch of fallout during application. It wore well eight and a half hours before fading noticeably on my eye.

Viseart Mimolette (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar).Ciate Gilt (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar).Colour Pop ZZZ (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar).Too Faced Wet Kisses (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Colour Pop Quicksand (P, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).Makeup Geek Roulette (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Natasha Denona Atmosphere (120M) (PiP, $29.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar).Colour Pop Ditchin’ U (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).MAC Rose (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Too Faced Adore (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Enigma (268CP)

Enigma (268CP) is a deep, inky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff that built up to mostly opaque coverage, but I felt like there was always a bit of translucency there. It was such a deep, yet vibrant, shade that I felt like the missing opacity was hard to see in person (especially when paired with other shades). The consistency was creamy, emollient, and thin, and it felt more emollient than most of the other Cream-Powders in the palette.

I was able to apply with typical brushes and didn’t have to modify my tools or technique, but it was a little harder to blend out compared to other shades in the palette. I also felt like it worked best applied without primer, and I’d apply this first and then layer more traditional powders on top of it, though it was certainly workable in reverse. It lasted nicely for 10 hours on me before I noticed creasing.

Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Sydney Grace Ice Fishing (DC, $5.00) is darker, more muted, cooler (85% similar).Viseart Defiance (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Huda Beauty Sapphire #1 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Smashbox Azure (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Sydney Grace itsaboy (P, $5.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay Prank (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (80% similar).Melt Cosmetics Dim-out (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (80% similar).LORAC Beast Mode (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar).Sydney Grace Indiana Love (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Pure (269CP)

Pure (269CP) is a light-medium, rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade had excellent color payoff that applied evenly and blended out almost effortlessly. The texture felt smooth to the touch, creamy without being too emollient, and it melted onto my skin for a particularly flattering finish. It stayed on beautifully for 10 hours before fading visibly.

Too Faced Gingerbread Latte (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar).Makeup Geek Tan Lines (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar).Colour Pop Kill Switch (DC, $4.50) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Note to Self (P, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).Anastasia HOE (LE, $12.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Pulling Strings (PiP, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Sauced (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Juvia’s Place Nubian #3 (P, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Boundaries (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Fenty Beauty Cumin Get It (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Azoic (270CP)

Azoic (270CP) is a light, golden brown with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. What I’ve noticed about the Cream-Powder finish is that it seems to add a richness to the shade when swatched, even though the actual color appears lighter than the pan (true of most cream-based products, whether eyeshadow or lipstick). The texture felt smooth, lightly emollient but picked up well with fluffy and dense brushes. It applied evenly and blended out beautifully with little effort. It wore nicely for nine and a half hours on me before creasing slightly.

Juvia’s Place Madagascar (P, ) is warmer (95% similar).Natasha Denona Aria (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Lorelei (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Melt Cosmetics Rubbish (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar).NYX Maybe Later (P, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Zoeva Urban Culture (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Flutes (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Outre (PiP, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Uninterrupted (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Jubilee (271M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Jubilee (271M)

Jubilee (271M) is a deep, emerald green with cool undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It had more finely-milled shimmer and more of a sheen than a more overtly shimmered or sparkly finish compared to most of the metallic finishes in the palette. The color payoff was opaque in one pass, which applied well to bare skin and remained blendable along the edges without losing depth. The texture was smooth to the touch, creamy without being too slippery, and easy to work with. It lasted beautifully for nine and a half hours on me before creasing noticeably.

Too Faced Central Perk (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Pat McGrath Supernova (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Makeup Geek Epic (P, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Coloured Raine Grandeur (LE, $6.99) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Urban Decay C-Note (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Coloured Raine Unexpected (P, $6.99) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Stila Vivid Jade (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Kat Von D Scarab (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar).Sydney Grace Optimism (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar).Dose of Colors Palma (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Mica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Aluminum Powder (Ci 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Symbol (272CP)

Symbol (272CP) is a deep, bluish-teal with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to mostly opaque coverage, but I’ve found that these inkier, Cream-Powder shades retain some translucency–almost like a watercolor effect–when applied and blended out. The texture felt more emollient and leaned into the cream part of the formula a little more than most of the other Cream-Powder shades in the palette (but comparable to Enigma).

I worried it was going to be difficult to apply with regular brushes, but it actually picked up with even more feathery crease brushes and blended out without too much effort. I actually found blending to be easier with a fluffier brush but for the most intensity, a denser-packed brush (like a pencil brush) worked best. It stayed on well for 10 hours before creasing slightly on me.

Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Pretty Vulgar Nevermore (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Anastasia Axis (DC, $12.00) is darker (85% similar).Colour Pop Burnout (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar).Natasha Denona Fata Morgana (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty Make Sure (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar).YSL Scandal #5 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Sephora Dark Ocean (337) (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Chanel Quiet Revolution #2 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Sydney Grace Ice Fishing (DC, $5.00) is cooler (85% similar).

Ingredients

Mica, Dimethicone, Squalane, Silica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Laureth-4. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ultramarines Ci 77007.

Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Rhizome (273CM)

Rhizome (273CM) is a bright, tangerine orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the few traditional powder matte shades in the palette, but it felt velvety and smooth without being powdery in the pan. The eyeshadow was nearly opaque in its pigmentation and adhered well to bare skin, while I had no trouble diffusing the edges. It wore well for nine hours before I noticed some fading.

Huda Beauty Electric #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).Anastasia Edge (DC, $12.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar).Colour Pop Trooper (LE, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (95% similar).Colour Pop Paper Tiger (P, $4.50) is darker (95% similar).Viseart Saffron (Warm Mattes #4) (P, ) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Natasha Denona Morning (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar).Colour Pop Totally Buggin’ (LE, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar).Sephora Ochre (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Ace Beaute Cider (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Citrine (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140).

Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow

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Claret (274M)

Claret (274M) is a rich, medium-dark red with moderate, warm undertones and a metallic sheen. The eyeshadow had fantastic pigmentation in a single layer, which applied well to bare skin with a smooth, even application of color that was easy to blend out. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and yielding without being powdery, and I appreciated that it wasn’t so emollient that it became difficult to apply with brushes (without sliding around). It lasted well for nine hours before fading visibly on me.

Natasha Denona Phlox (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (95% similar).Tarte Revel (P, $14.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Bad Habit Flare (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Natasha Denona Lola (248M) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).Viseart Clove (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).Kat Von D Swoon (Better Together) (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).Viseart Rose (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).LORAC Pomegranate (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Urban Decay Salazen Grum (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Ruddy (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).

Ingredients

Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Mica, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ptfe, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).

Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Helena (275K) Crystal Eye Shadow

Helena (275K)

Helena (275K) is a medium-dark coral with strong, warm orange undertones and flecks of pink and gold micro-sparkle. It had opaque color coverage that applied well to bare skin, as the eyeshadow went on evenly and blended out with ease but did not result in fallout or sheerness. The texture was smooth to the touch with moderate slip–it felt more silicone-like to me but was easy to work with. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit.

Colour Pop Morning Light (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar).Make Up For Ever I722 Mandarin (DC, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Bad Habit Relic (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Viseart Orange Topaz (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Peach (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Colour Pop One by One (LE, $5.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Colour Pop Squeeze Me (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Starshine (LE, $4.50) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Botanic (192DC) (PiP, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Colour Pop Warning (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).

Ingredients

Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tin Oxide, Ptfe, Zinc Stearate, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye ShadowNatasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow

Antique (276CP)

Antique (276CP) is a rich, medium-dark brown with warmer, reddish undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered evenly and smoothly to bare skin. The consistency felt lightly creamy in the pan, but it also had a more silicone-like slip to it, so I felt like it embodied the concept of Cream-Powder quite accurately. I had no trouble picking up product with even fluffier, crease brushes and applying and blending out the color on my skin. It wore well for nine hours before creasing slightly on me.

Colour Pop Bandit (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Colour Pop Honor Roll (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Dominique Cosmetics Hazelnut (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Sephora Sepia (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Cool Plum (70P) (P, $29.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Saddle (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar).Anastasia Morocco (P, $12.00) is lighter (90% similar).MAC Dali Wood (PiP, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Dose of Colors Outdoorsy (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar).Dominique Cosmetics Suede (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).

Ingredients

MICA, DIMETHICONE, SQUALANE, SILICA, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, HYDROGENATED STYRENE/ISOPRENE COPOLYMER, ZINC STEARATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-t-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, LAURETH-4. +/-: CI77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE) , CI 77491/ CI 77492/ CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77510 (FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE), ULTRAMARINES CI 77007.

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