Natasha Denona and Viseart Palettes

Some of the biggest beauty gurus on youtube say that these two brands make the best eyeshadows they have ever used. Although I am an eyeshadow junkie, I needed to do some research first before I invested in these products. And they are certainly an investment because you get a ton of product in each pan, which is ideal for makeup artists, but would last the average consumer ages. They’re also not cheap. The 5 pan palette was the most I was willing to commit to from ND’s line of shadows.

Natasha Denona Palette 04

ndpaletteThe single, 5-shadow, 10-shadow, and 28-shadow pans are available at Beautylish. Although ND has many other products for sale, the eyeshadows are the top sellers.

nd2nd3nd4bnd6I used finger swatches without primer in the photos above. When using the fingers, these shadows are unparalleled in pigmentation. The tiniest touch (not even a full single swipe) produced those swatches above.

ndclaimsThese are basically pressed pigments which are soft in texture, apply smoothly, and contain ingredients which maintain the shadow’s moisture while on the skin.

ingredientsAlthough Natasha Denona stands behind the use of parabens in cosmetics, she removed all of them from her eyeshadows to assuage wary customers.

The shadows are very long lasting on my lids. The photo below is after 8 hours of wear.

oxideeye3The video of the swatches going on and on, although true, is only practical for those who prefer to apply the eyeshadow with their fingers. Using the finger to apply it like a cream eyeshadow is actually the recommended method. If using a brush, Natasha Denona recommends one which is, “fluffy…thick and round, not flat brushes.”

roundfluffyI do not own her brushes, so I used natural and synthetic bristle brushes from various brands in the photos for this post. I also used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance in the primed swatches.

allbrushndPlease note that if used like any other eyeshadow, the color can be built up just as intense as the finger swatches. The brush demos were performed using one swirl of color, except Cool Plum. That shade required much more product to become visible at all on my skin. Here are some comparisons between my favorite and least favorite shades in the palette.

oxideallflashcplumallCool Plum perplexes me. It is so much stiffer, harder to work with, and less pigmented than the other shadows. Considering the effort required to work with it, I’d rather use a dark color from any other palette instead. I’m also confused by the fact that it looks matte in person but in the photos of the palette online, and the description of the individual pan on both the ND and Beautylish websites, it’s supposed to be a shiny pearl shade. I see sparkle in their pictures but zero in mine.

nd5From ND:

nd5panndcoolpFrom Beautylish:

ndbeautylishI spoke with a friend who bought this palette at the same time that I did and hers looked matte as well. Aside from that mystery, there are a few more things to know; when using multiple colors they don’t just blend. They mix and form a new shade, like paint. So if you want to keep each shade separate you have to apply and blend carefully. Cool Bronze was partially on the inner corner when I applied Aura on top and it created a yellow gold color.

shimeyeIf you have hooded eyelids you could run into the issue of color transferring from the lid to just above the crease. I have partially hooded eyes but this is the first time I’ve ever had this occur.

oxideeyeaThere may be as simple of a fix as using a different eyeshadow primer, but I would have to look into it. Although not necessary for some, ND recommends those with oily eyelids to still use a primer.

lastvislookOverall, the negatives aren’t enough for me to dislike this palette or ND’s eyeshadows in general. I think the shimmers are very nice and I can see why so many people have been raving about them. The way it looks in person is quite special and I’m willing to work on perfecting a technique in order to use the shadows exactly the way I want. Minus Cool Plum.

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 4 Dark Mattes

darkmattesThis palette is also available at Beautylish but I purchased mine from Sephora.

The 01 Neutral Matte palette is what most people talk about but what makeup fanatic doesn’t already have at least one neutral palette after the Naked (and dupes) palette craze from 2014? There are seven of these 12-shadow palettes available and Viseart recently announced a new Rule of III collection of three half size (enfants) palettes coming soon to the makeup show LA.

For the rest of us, we can enjoy what is already available, like this Dark matte palette.

allvisI’ve never seen such a beautiful arrangement of colors from a premade palette. I absolutely love fall colors and I will still be rocking these shades all year long. I absolutely love the first two rows. The last one is patchier but I don’t wear blue or green that often anyway. And when you build up the color it won’t be much of an issue. They all feel the same texturally. Not buttery but not super stiff either. They feel like Lorac matte shades but most of these perform even better. Below are single brush swipes over primer.

top4vismiddle4visbottom4visAlthough the color and pigmentation is on the same level to me as Lorac mattes, the blendability of the Viseart mattes are insane. I’ve never seen mattes perform this way (minus the bottom row). Now, non-shimmers aren’t terribly exciting. Even if the colors pop, I always feel like something is missing without some shine on the lids.

rightvislooklornviseyeWhen I used an almost all Viseart eye look, I didn’t see what was so special about them at first. But then when I saw the pictures on camera it made complete sense. On camera they look ultra smooth/blended and just perfect. I’m certain a professional MUA can create even better looks with these eyeshadows than I can.

visinThese and Lorac Pro mattes share similarities but this palette is free of parabens, mineral oil, and other such ingredients. I have heard good things about Viseart shimmer shades as well but none of their colors grabbed my attention.

Final Thoughts on Viseart and Natasha denona Eyeshadows

In certain areas they do live up to the hype. I wouldn’t use either of these palettes alone and even together these two aren’t quite enough for me. Anyone looking for practical makeup for everyday use will likely find the difference in quality between these and other good palettes not quite enough to warrant the price. Those who take a lot of photos, make videos, or are MUAs may be more interested in testing and purchasing them. I do just enough for these to be relevant for me and to fit my needs.

❤ Lili

Too Faced Sugar Pop Eyeshadow Palette

TF2Price: $36 Retail (I purchased this while it was on sale at Ulta for $21)

This is one of several palettes I purchased recently. I allowed myself one month to play with the shadows before making this review. The outer packaging and six smaller shadows are what drew me to this palette. I rarely use the highlight colors in palettes unless they’re darker and have stronger yellow tones than these.

The Highlight Shades


Rock Candy from the Sweet & Spicy row is a yellowish beige micro-glitter shadow, yet it appears as stark matte white on my skin. The shimmer shade called Strawberry Ice from the Sugar Plums row is a cross between light pink and lilac. It is the least pigmented of the three but is still a nice shadow that looks better on me than Rock Candy. Peach fuzz is part of the Candy Coated section and is a peach colored micro-glitter eyeshadow.

Sweet & Spicy

TFsweetnspicySSswaMacaron reminds me of my Peach Bellini ModelCo blush because of the orange tones and gold shimmer.

modcoThis shadow is not very pigmented, so I spent extra time building the color on the swatch. As I continued to apply more, the color became uneven as clearly some parts were way more gold than others. It takes a great deal of time to make it as vibrantly orange on my eyelids as it looked in the pan.

As for Malted Milk Ball, it is a gorgeous bronze shimmer shade which is too close to my skin tone to make an impact on an overall look. It is still one of the shadows I believe would look nice on anyone lighter than me and also if you have a darker skintone.

row1This look is my least favorite of the suggested color combinations. I think it is not meant for someone of my complexion, but I can say that Malted Milk Ball and Macaron complement each other when blended together.

Sugar Plums



Sugared Violet has blue glitter in it which makes the blue tones really pop in this purple shade. It surprised me that this became my favorite eyeshadow in the palette!

Blackberry was disappointing because it blends away so easily. The only way to have the purple tones show through, rather than just a dark residue, is to pack on the color and barely blend. It is especially disappointing as the only matte and only shade I would want on the outer V.

row2Candy Coated

TFcandycoatedBesides MMB, these two are the truest to color.

CCswaBubblegum is a very bright pink which stands out on its own but easily changes its shade when in contact with another color.

Blue Raspberry is a pigmented bright blue which makes quite a statement. I did not think this combination would work for me, but I was pleasantly surprised!

row3Blending Bubblegum into the crease made that area instantly turn purple. The faint pink tinge is where I spent a long time applying slightly above the crease so it would show more than just purple when I opened my eyes.

My Take

After trying the suggested looks, I decided to choose my own combination. To start, I used macaron above the crease because it is lighter than my skin tone but not as drastic as the three highlight shades. I also layered Malted Milk Ball on top of that but closer to the crease to add additional sparkle and make it intentionally less orange.

rowcustomI used Blackberry in the crease, although you can barely see it, and Sugared Violet all over the lid and the lower lash line.

Overall, these shadows need a good primer underneath them. They’re soft and pretty but I would not recommend buying this palette at full price. I will continue to use Sugar Pop and make it work for me. It just requires extra effort.

finTFmswatch❤ Lili