Natasha Denona Star Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches (2020)

 

Star (2020)

Natasha Denona Star (2020) 18-Pan Eyeshadow Palette includes a mix of metallics and mattes across a mix of earth tones paired with pops of red and berry. All 18 eyeshadows were pigmented, blendable, and easy to work with and had good longevity (without a primer). There were no misses or duds, unlike the original version I have (which received a B-).

The more sparkly shimmers were smoother, while the mattes were more pigmented and less powdery/dry; the metallics were not as emollient but still very pigmented, blendable, and flattering on skin but had improved longevity. The performance of the formulas in the current version are more in line with more recent releases from the brand.

The formulas went through some refinements in the last two years (I’m not certain the exact cut-off, and the one I’m reviewing was purchased in June 2020), and one major difference is that some of the shades from the original palette contained plastic (PET) glitter particles, and the current palette does not. I did feel like the majority of the shades were better in the current formula compared to the original as there was less fallout, better pigmentation, better longevity, and they were, overall, easier to work with. The mattes were smoother, more substantial and less powdery, while the shimmers held up better over time on my lids (without primer).

There were nine shades that I felt differed enough to warrant being listed as a second shade; a few of the shades may have appeared similar in color but no longer contained plastic glitter, which I felt was worth differentiating from. There were a few that were noticeably different in color and/or undertone (so dupes could not carry over from the original shade).

I wish the packaging got updated, though! Still loathe that overhead projector sheet with the names…

Natasha Denona Spectrum (101K) (2020) Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Spectrum (101K) (2020) Crystal Eye Shadow

Spectrum (101K) (2020)

Spectrum (101K) (2020) is a deep, bronzy gold with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It was a lot less sparkly and was warmer (rather than greener) compared to the original version, and the texture was much smoother and less prone to fallout in the updated formula. The eyeshadow had opaque pigmentation that applied well to bare skin as the color went on evenly and blended out easily without losing its intensity. The consistency was moderately dense, lightly creamy, and smooth, which made it easy to work with. There were signs of fading present after nine hours of wear.

Natasha Denona Earth (102CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Earth (102CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Earth (102CM) (2020)

Earth (102CM) (2020) is a deep brown with subtle, warm red undertones and a matte finish. It had rich color coverage in a single layer, which adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out well along the edges without sheering out too readily. The consistency felt smooth, velvety, and substantial without being powdery. The color was slightly darker, more muted, and less red-toned compared to the original. This shade stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading visibly.

Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) Metallic Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Bellatrix (103M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Bellatrix (103M)

Bellatrix (103M) is a medium-dark peach with moderate, warm undertones and a bright, metallic finish. It was intensely pigmented with a smooth, cream-like texture that was dense and soft to the touch without being too thick or too emollient, so the color went on evenly with a brush. It lasted well for nine hours before creasing faintly.

Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Flesh (104CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Flesh (104CM)

Flesh (104CM) is a medium-dark peachy orange with strong, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out without difficulty. The texture felt smooth to the touch, velvety without being too powdery, and wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily. The eyeshadow showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

Natasha Denona Orion (105DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Orion (105DC) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Orion (105DC)

Orion (105DC) has a rich, reddish-plum base paired with green-to-teal shifting shimmer. The shifting shimmer was much more prominent in the current version, which also seemed to make it appear a bit redder and “cooler” toned in comparison. It had rich pigmentation that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease along the edges. The consistency was creamy, smooth, and dense without being thick or difficult to pick up with a dry brush. It wore nicely for nine hours before fading a bit.

Natasha Denona Gemma (106CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Gemma (106CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Gemma (106CM)

Gemma (106CM) is a muted, deeper brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff that applied beautifully to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product that was blendable along the edges without losing its intensity. The texture was soft, smooth, and dense but not thick, so it picked up well with a brush and sat evenly on my skin. This shade lasted well for nine hours before fading noticeably.

Natasha Denona Atria (107M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Atria (107M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Atria (107M) Metallic Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Atria (107M) Metallic Eye Shadow

Atria (107M)

Atria (107M) is a bright, medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and dense without being too thick or overly emollient. It picked up well with a brush and applied evenly to bare skin. It had opaque color payoff that stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading visibly.

Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Titania (108CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Titania (108CM)

Titania (108CM) is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had excellent color payoff that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease along the edges but wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily. The texture was lightly creamy, velvety, and more substantial with less powderiness compared to the original version. This shade wore well for nine hours before fading noticeably.

Natasha Denona Cosmo (109K) (2020) Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Cosmo (109K) (2020) Crystal Eye Shadow

Cosmo (109K) (2020)

Cosmo (109K) (2020) is a deep, more antique gold with moderate, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It was less sparkly (the current version had finer sparkles, really) and appeared lighter with less depth compared to the original version, but it lasted longer and could be built up/packed on with a second layer for full coverage. The consistency was fairly smooth, soft, and blendable and wasn’t prone to fallout. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading a bit.

Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Diadem (110CM)

Diadem (110CM) is a soft, grayish-taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which built up easily to full coverage with less than a second layer. The texture felt silky and velvety to the touch without being too softly nor too firmly pressed into the pan. This shade wore well for nine hours before fading noticeably.

Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Vega (111CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Vega (111CM)

Vega (111CM) is a light, peachy coral with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had a soft, velvety texture that was a touch powdery in the pan but blended out well on bare skin and wasn’t prone to sheering out too readily nor to fallout. It had opaque pigmentation that lasted well for eight and a half hours before showing signs of fading.

Natasha Denona Galaxia (112K) (Retro) Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Galaxia (112K) (Retro) Crystal Eye Shadow

Galaxia (112K) (Retro) is a light-medium peach with moderate, warm undertones and flecks of iridescent blue that sparkled as the light hit it. The texture felt lightly emollient and smooth to the touch, dense without being too thick, so it picked up well with a brush and had very little fallout. It had nearly opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin and blended out nicely along the edges. This shade stayed on well for nine hours before fading visibly but had a touch of fallout over time as well.

It was consistent in color with the Retro palette (so both of them are quite the departure from the original in the Star palette) but seemed ever-so-slightly emollient in texture.

Natasha Denona Phoenix (113CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Phoenix (113CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Phoenix (113CM) (2020)

Phoenix (113CM) (2020) is a muted, deeper red with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The current version is much deeper and darker with greater pigmentation. The color coverage was opaque in a single layer, and the color applied evenly while blending along the edges with minimal effort. It had a soft, velvety, and more substantial consistency that helped it adhere well without sheering out too readily. There were signs of fading present after nine hours of wear.

Natasha Denona Supernova (114DC) (2020) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Natasha Denona Supernova (114DC) (2020) Duo-Chrome Eyeshadow

Supernova (114DC) (2020)

Supernova (114DC) (2020) is a medium taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was less cream-like but easier to work with and had better longevity than the original, while the color appeared somewhat deeper and less rosy. The eyeshadow had opaque color coverage that had excellent adhesion to bare skin. The texture was smooth, lightly creamy, and blendable without being too heavy or too densely-packed into the pan. It wore well for nine hours before fading visibly.

Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Electra (115CM) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Electra (115CM)

Electra (115CM) is a medium-dark berry with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation that adhered evenly to bare skin and blended out well. The texture was soft, slightly drier compared to the other mattes in the palette, but significantly more refined and easier to work with than the original (which was sheer, dry, and powdery). It stayed on nicely for nine hours before showing signs of fading.

Natasha Denona Polaris (116K) (2020) Crystal Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Polaris (116K) (2020) Crystal Eye Shadow

Polaris (116K) (2020)

Polaris (116K) (2020) is a light gold with strong, warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. The original version was darker and had larger particles (which I’d guess was glitter). The consistency was more loosely-pressed in the pan compared to other shimmers in the palette, though still more emollient and seemed to have more binder than the original. It had nearly opaque color coverage that applied evenly with slight fallout during application. The color lasted well for nine hours before fading a bit but had a smidgen of fallout over time.

Natasha Denona Atik (117CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Atik (117CM) (2020)

Natasha Denona Atik (117CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow Natasha Denona Atik (117CM) (2020) Creamy Matte Eye Shadow

Atik (117CM) (2020)

Atik (117CM) (2020) is a soft, peachy brown with moderate, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was slightly powdery in the pan. The color was lighter and slightly rosier in tone compared to the original shade. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

Natasha Denona Rhea (118M) (2020) Metallic Eye Shadow

Natasha Denona Rhea (118M) (2020) Metallic Eye Shadow

Rhea (118M) (2020)

Rhea (118M) (2020) is a muted, medium copper with moderate, warm undertones (leaned slightly rosier) paired with a metallic finish. The eyeshadow was intensely pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that was dense but not thick or heavy, so it picked up well with a brush and applied evenly to bare skin. This shade stayed on nicely for nine hours before fading slightly.

 

 

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