June 27, 2020


My opinion of the Natasha Denona Bronze Palette: Don’t buy it unless you are a collector using it as a supplement to other eye products OR you have a dark skin color that has a warm undertone and you are looking for sepias and bronzes to play off your features.

Now that I've gotten my opinion out of the way, the evidence (live stream video, swatches, and full product details) is below. 

My husband and I hosted an epic 3-hour live stream earlier today where I demonstrated a halo eye using this palette. The colors are very dark and warm on me (I have a naturally very light neutral-cool/beige skin tone, for reference). The contrast with my skin was so dark and dramatic that I really had to pack on the products to make it look good. Please see below for my full review. Please also consider sharing if you think this information might be helpful to others. :)

    Live Stream Party from earlier today: 

    Swatch video: 


    • The colors are dark and very warm, making this a beautiful, rare find for darker complexions with a yellow, red, or orange undertone to the skin. 
    • Colors are rich and vibrant. 
    • Very little product is needed in order to use these colors. If anything, a very light touch is highly recommended.
    • Metallics are very “wet” looking, which is very on-trend. 


    • Kickback is a major issue with this palette, particularly on the mattes. 
    • Fallout is also a big problem, particularly with the metallic shades.
    • Overrated relative to the price; it makes me wonder if other YouTube influencers are reviewing the same product I’ve been playing with? I have yet to see anyone be critical of this palette, and there is plenty to be critical of with this one. 
    • Quality not as high as previous releases, such as the Gold, Lila, Biba, or Metropolis Palettes
    • This palette is not appropriate or approachable to all skin tones. It is definitely one to look into if you are very, very tan or have more melanin in your skin than a super pale person like me. These colors are very, very harsh and difficult to work with if you are pale. I am using some of the best brushes money can buy and a very light hand. Even if I only use the lightest shades in the set, it is still very dramatic and demands a LOT of supplementary products and skill in order to make it work. 
    • The color story is extremely monochromatic: it’s basically just bronze, bronze, bronze with two purple shades (one midtone and one dark) for contrast. 
    • NO LIGHT TONES. It is all midtones and darker. This means that it can look very muddy, very easily due to a lack of contrast. You will need to use other eye colors from other sources in order to work with this.
    • This a nice complementary palette, but not a good stand-alone product for most people who are as pale as I am. 
    • You are only given two types of shadow in this set: metallic foils and mattes. 
    • The mattes are very highly pigmented and some contain carmine. Make sure you use a primer to avoid irritation/staining. 
    • You only get six mattes, and they are all midtone or darker. 
    • The remaining nine colors are all metallic, which may not be appropriate for aging eyes, as these types of eyeshadows can easily shine a spotlight on textured areas of the skin and fine lines. They are also quite dark, though they are GORGEOUS, highly pigmented,  and very buttery soft to apply. If you’re over the age of 30, I recommend using them for a pop of shine, but not all over the eye. 

    Here is the full list of products used. Hold onto your wigs, because this was a very full glam look with a LOT of products used.

    EDIT: I set up an Amazon affiliate account immediately after this live stream. (Literally, this happened about 20 minutes after it ended, right after I washed my makeup off.) If you buy anything from the Amazon links below, I will receive a small commission from that purchase. The non-Amazon links are NOT affiliate links. My aim is to be as transparent as possible with this kind of stuff. This editor's note is a part of this. :)


    Natasha Denona Bronze Palette:

    Astral Solstice from the Pat McGrath Mothership VI Midnight Sun:

    Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden:

    MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extend Eye Base: 

    24-Hour Brow Setter by Benefit: 

    Lumify Eye Drops:

    Urban Decay Brown Blade in Brunette Betty:

    Foolproof Brow Powder by Benefit Cosmetics in 3:

    MAC Cat’s Meow Modern Twist Kajal Liner:

    Clinique High Impact Mascara in 01 Black:

    Glamnetic Liquid Magnetic Liner and Luxe Lash:


    NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Walkyrie (link is for the duo set, which is a better deal than just buying this pencil alone):

    Buxom Powerplum Lip Balm in Big O:

    Make Up Forever Aqua Lip Liner in 2C Rosewood:

    Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve:

    Pat McGrath Opti Lust Gloss in Dreamscape:


    NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 in Finland:

    Laura Mercier Secret Camoflage in SC-1: 

    Deep Contour from the LORAC Pro Contour Palette:

    Crank it Up Rose from the Cali Kissed Blush Palette from Smashbox:

    IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder in Fair:

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Setting Spray:

    Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 2 Light:
    The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane:

    Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender:

    Urban Decay Quick Fix Priming Spray:

    Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Concealer in Light:

    OFRA Magic Roulette Color Correcting Concealer:


    Sonia G Worker Three:

    Sonia G Sculp Four:

    Sonia G Blender Pro:

    Sonia G Builder One:

    Wayne Goss 20:

    Hikuhodo Takumi Series T-6 Large Shadow Brush:

    Benefit Angled Brow and Spoolie:

    MAC 195 Concealer Brush (for cutting halo):

    MAC 212:

    MAC 239:

    MAC 221:

    orphe E34:

    Morphe JH08 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and only $10!):

    Mehron Stageline 312 (for applying magnetic liner):


    Kendall by Henry Margu in 2400H (discontinued color):

    Fortune by Mane Attraction in Pecan:

    Sugar Rush by BelleTress in Caramel Almond:
    Danya by Freeda in 16/10:

    Phoenix by CysterWigs x BelleTress in Champagne with Apple Pie:

    Angled Pixie in 4/6R:

    A big THANK YOU to my Patrons on Patreon. This is an example of the sort of creative things I can do with their contributions. It is so incredibly helpful because it alleviates a pretty big burden on me (Heather) to come up with the funds for ambitious stuff like this on my own. We can always accomplish more together. Thank you for your support! I hope you enjoy the things Nigel and I are whipping up to make us worthy of your love, trust, and time. We appreciate you more that you could possibly know -- which is why we have to keep sending you internet word-hugs to remind you! ❤️ 
    ❤️ ❤️

    - Heather

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