Natasha Denona Tropic Mini Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition (and Sephora-exclusive!) mini palette that features five shades from the larger Tropic palette. They’re from the last row, and of the 15 shades in the original Tropic palette, they were the most interesting/least done within the brand’s releases. Mint Frost is much improved (from F to A-!), while the others were consistent with past performance; Tiger Lily seemed slightly worse (B- to C+).
Natasha Denona Mint Frost Sparkling Eye Shadow
Mint Frost is a pale, silvery aqua with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had good color coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to full coverage with a bit more layered on top or when applied with a wet brush. The texture was smooth to the touch, lightly creamy, but not too densely packed in the pan–it was miles above the version that was in the original Tropic palette (that one rated an F!). It lasted nicely for eight and a half hours on me before creasing noticeably.
Natasha Denona Exotic Metallic Eye Shadow
Exotic is a bright, emerald green with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation with a smooth, dense, and lightly creamy, but it had such a firm/dense texture that it does require a flatter brush and a moderately firm hand. I actually found that it softened a bit after two uses, and while it was dense, I didn’t struggle to apply it to my lid or to blend it out. It wore well for nine hours on me before creasing faintly.
Natasha Denona Laguna Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Laguna is a bright, medium blue with strong, cool undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was opaque in a single layer, while the consistency was soft, velvety, and blendable without being too powdery or prone to fallout. It did darken a bit when applied to my lid, though, so it may be more reactive to natural oils/wetness (like from a tacky primer). It stayed on well for eight hours on me before I noticed fading.
Natasha Denona Tiger Lily Metallic Eye Shadow
Tiger Lily is a deep blue with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had opaque pigmentation, but the issue I had was getting the product to translate from pan to brush to lid. The texture was dense, almost like a compacted cream, and had a firmness to it that made it harder to pick up and apply. I’d recommend using this shade with a flat, synthetic brush and gently jabbing the edge of the brush against the pan to pick up product and then press and pat it onto the lid. It seemed a bit firmer compared to the original in the larger Tropic palette, but it was pretty comparable overall (not much of a compliment!). The eyeshadow lasted well for eight hours on me.
Natasha Denona Zena Creamy Matte Eye Shadow
Zena is a muted, medium-dark lavender with subtle, cool undertones and a matte finish. The eyeshadow had a soft, silky feel that wasn’t too powdery nor too firmly pressed in the pan. It had rich color coverage that applied well to bare skin and blended out with ease. It wore nicely for eight and a half hours on me before fading visibly.