Natasha Denona Metropolis 28-Pan Midi Eyeshadow Palette 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.
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 Troop (250CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
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.
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.
Natasha Denona Ripe (253CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
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.
Natasha Denona Stain (254CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
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.
Natasha Denona Rope (256CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
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.
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 Lethal (258CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
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 Chrism (260CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Natasha Denona Crest (267M) Metallic Eye Shadow
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.
Natasha Denona Enigma (268CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
Natasha Denona Pure (269CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
Natasha Denona Azoic (270CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.
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.
Natasha Denona Symbol (272CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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).
Natasha Denona Rhizome (273CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
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.
Natasha Denona Claret (274M) Metallic Eye Shadow
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.
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.
Natasha Denona Antique (276CP) Cream-Powder Eye Shadow
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.