Natasha Denona Retro 15-Pan Small Eyeshadow Palette is the newest mid-size palette release from the brand. It includes a mix of metallics, mattes, and cream-powders, and if you’re familiar with the brand’s cream-powder formula and do not like it, you’ll want to skip this palette as there are five cream-powders included in Retro. There are an additional four matte shades, so the palette includes nine satin/matte eyeshadows with the remaining six ranging from pearl to sparkle. I did find that two of the “metallic” shades didn’t feel as rich, emollient, or yield as intense of a metallic finish as most of the brand’s metallic eyeshadows. Patty was one of the less impressive shimmers I’ve tried from the brand in awhile. In practice, I felt like having both Groove and Rebellion was a little redundant, as Groove blended with Go-Go achieved something quite similar.
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Natasha Denona Glitz (392DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow
Glitz (392DC) is a bright, cooler pale pink base with flecks of light gold sparkle. It seemed to have a more transparent base, and for those who love sheerer, more topper-like eyeshadows, I’m sure it’ll be a winner. I’d recommend applying it by pressing and patting it into place with minimal blending to avoid fallout; alternatively, use it with a dampened brush or an adhesive spray to give it extra hold. It had medium, buildable color coverage with a slightly drier consistency that had light fallout during application and some additional flecks of fallout over the nine hours it seemed to wear for.
Andy (393CP) is a light-medium mauve with subtle, cool undertones and a satin finish. The cream-powder formula feels like a creamier, but denser powder eyeshadow, and so it tends to work best with a firmer, denser brush. There was no powderiness, and the way the formula “melted” on my skin made it look very seamless and smoother than a true matte powder eyeshadow tends to. It had opaque color coverage that blended out well and lasted nicely for nine hours on me.
Jude (394M) is a light, golden taupe with warmer undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented, while the texture was smooth, lightly emollient, and dense but not overly thick. It wore well for nine hours before showing signs of fading.
Mod (395CM) is a pale pink with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was lightly powdery, which resulted in more medium, somewhat buildable color payoff, but it performed best over an eyeshadow primer. There was light fallout if I wasn’t careful when initially laying down the color. It stayed on well for eight hours before fading visibly.
Vivienne (396CP) is a medium, rosy beige with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. It had opaque color coverage that adhered well to bare skin and blended out well, but the texture was a cream-powder, so it needed to be used with a denser brush and/or heavier hand to pick up product evenly. Once you get the hang of picking up product, the application is a cinch–it blended out with ease and looked seamless without being dry or powdery, which can be an issue with this type of hue. The eyeshadow lasted nicely for nine hours before fading a bit.
Groove (397CM) is a deep burgundy with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It had mostly opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery texture that applied evenly and blended out well. It stayed on well for nine hours before fading visibly.
Opart (398CP) is a medium brown with subtle, warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had opaque color coverage paired with a denser, firmer consistency that was lightly creamy to the touch but performed more like a powder when it came to applying and blending it out–the way it sat on skin was more “melted” and seamless, which was where the “cream” part came through. You will need a denser brush or a heavier hand when working with it in order to pick up color, as it doesn’t have the softness of a regular powder eyeshadow. It lasted well for nine hours before fading a bit.
Natasha Denona Psychedelic (399K) Crystal Eye Shadow
Psychedelic (399K) is a light, pinky-peach with flecks of iridescent sparkle throughout that gave it a shiny, sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a more transparent base, and this shade was described as a topper specifically, so that sheerness/transparency was expected. The consistency was moderately emollient, which helped give it better-than-average hold when applied to bare skin with a dry brush. I would recommend using a fingertip or a dampened brush for maximum sparkle and the least fallout, though. This shade wore well for nine hours with light fallout over time.
Go-Go (400CP) is a soft, medium pink-leaning coral with a semi-matte finish. It had nearly opaque, buildable color payoff with a moderately dense, firmer cream-powder consistency that had no powderiness but had a dryness that one wouldn’t associate with a true cream formula. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin, blended out easily, and sat well. It stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading a bit.
Patty (401M) is a muted, darker copper with moderate, warm undertones and a frosted finish. The texture was drier, thinner, and looked noticeably more textured on my skin, too. It didn’t pick up as evenly with a brush and ended up being best applied with a fingertip to avoid fallout. It lasted for eight hours before fading visibly.
Swing (402M) is a medium-dark plum with warmer undertones and cooler, purplish shimmer. It was listed as a metallic finish, but it looked more pearl-like in practice–much lower sheen and less intense than most of the brand’s shimmer eyeshadows, so one would need to apply it with a dampened brush to get even close to other metallic shades. It had opaque color coverage in a single layer, which had a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was blendable and easy to work with. It wore well for nine hours before fading noticeably.
Nude Mauve (144CM)
Nude Mauve (144CM) is a muted, medium-dark rosy brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable with only a touch of powderiness in the pan. It had opaque pigmentation that stayed on well for nine hours before fading visibly. This shade was originally in the Lila palette, and it was fairly consistent with the color, though it wasn’t quite as dark.
Rebellion (403CP) is a deeper red with subtle, warm undertones and a satin finish. The cream-powder formula resulted in a consistency that was firmer and denser to the touch but looked more like a cream eyeshadow as it “melted” once applied and blended out. I love the way the formula looks on, but I know that it can take some learning to use the formula due to the texture, so I’d suggest using a denser, slightly firmer brush/hand to pick up product and press it into place, then diffuse. I don’t find it hard to use at all, but it’s significantly firmer/denser than most other textures by the brand. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that stayed on well for nine hours before fading a bit, and it left behind a slight stain.
Helio (149M) is a light bronze with warmer undertones and a metallic sheen. It had rich pigmentation with a smooth, lightly creamy consistency that was denser but not overly firm or too thick. It originally appeared in the Lila palette, and the color was comparable. It lasted nicely for nine hours before fading noticeably.
Amara (137CM) is a darker, brownish-plum with warm, subtle red undertones and a matte finish. This shade originally appeared in the Lila palette, which has been discontinued; I found this version to be a little darker and browner, not quite as pinkish. The consistency was not as smooth or as finely-milled as the brand’s mattes in more recent palettes, so it felt a little drier and was more semi-opaque and buildable (more comparable to the Lila version). It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.