Natasha Denona is at it again with the release of her latest shadow collection, the Bronze Palette. The brand has come a ways since it exploded on the beauty scene a few years back. From the outrageously priced 28 Palettes ($239 a pop, ouch!), to the current smaller palettes, the brand has been attempting to make their products more accessible.
This is the third palette that Natasha Denona released in the same mini-sized, 15 pan format. As with the previous two, the Bronze Palette follows a specific color scheme. It’s a trend we’ve seen with other brands like Colourpop and Urban Decay who’ve also added monochromatic palettes to their lines.
The Natasha Denona Bronze Palette is a fifteen color eyeshadow palette that retails for $65.
The shadows are housed in a compact metal palette that includes a mirror. It’s definitely not oversized, I’d say it’s roughly the size of an iPad mini, perhaps slightly smaller. The lid is mirrored and the bottom of the palette has a rubberized finish. There are also small holes under each shadow so if you wanted, you could change the layout or even mix and match with shadows from other palettes.
Each shadow is smaller than the standard Natasha Denona shadows, with the palette containing a total of 0.67 oz of product. These appear to be the same size as the shadows in her mini 5-pan palettes.
Natasha Denona Broze Palette Review
The palette is mostly shimmers but includes five matte shades that are all variations of warm brown blending colors. The deepest matte is a fairly dark brown and there’s also a satin black included (“deep dive“) so you can achieve contrast.
The colors range from medium to deep and for me, that makes it an incomplete palette. What’s missing is a matte pale shade, and for that matter a pale shimmer as well. Without either of those two, there’s nothing suitable to be used to highlight the brow bone or the inner corner.
As far as the shimmers go, there’s a lot of repetition with some shades appearing nearly identical. The three shaded called “alloy”, “true bronze”, and “silk” are all golden bronzes that are very similar to one another. Then there are three slightly deeper coppers and, quite frankly, I have a hard time distinguishing one from the next. The remaining two shimmers are “palladium“, a cooler bronze and “bliss“, a pinky rose gold with flecks of gold sparkle.
The shade called “rhodium” is the only odd one out. It’s a satin finish taupe that’s got some micro-fine iridescent sparkle scattered throughout. The cool plummy undertones of the shade make it stand out against the rest of the warm colors in the palette. I quite like that they included it and I think it gives the palette a bit more versatility.
To compare it to other ND palettes, I’d say the Bronze Palette falls somewhere between the Gold Palette and the Sunset Palette. It’s warmer than Gold which leans a bit yellow but cooler than Sunset which follows an orangey, rose-gold theme. There were also a few similarities with the Metropolis Palette with several warm shimmers that seemed comparable to those in the Bronze Palette.
The palette kind of reminds me of Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette. There’s a lot of similarities in terms of the warmth, however, Naked Heat has a better range of mattes, and lacks the more coppery shades from the Bronze Palette.
Colourpop’sCalifornia Love palette contains some comparable bronze shades but is overall cooler toned than the Natasha Denona Bronze Palette.
What drew me to purchase this palette was the gorgeous textured finish of the shimmers. As with many of Natasha Denona’s eye-shadows, the shimmers have an intensely reflective, metallic quality to them that looks beautiful on the eye.
The shades “true copper”, “alloy“, “true bronze”, and “silk” all seemed less firmly packed than the other shadows. If I press on the shadow, it makes a slight dent and they kick up flakes when applied with a brush. They’re definitely not the most user-friendly powders and perhaps fingers would be the best way to apply them in order to minimize fallout.
The other shimmers didn’t seem to kick up much fallout and they all applied smoothly and with rich pigmentation.
“Deep dive“, and “rhodium” were thinner and required some building up, which is not surprising given their satin finish.
The matte shadows were all beautifully smooth and dense. The texture was soft enough to blend easily but not powdery enough to kick up fallout. They had fantastic pigmentation, as would be expected of Natasha Denona matte shadows.
Cruelty-Free and Vegan Status
Natasha Denona is a cruelty-free brand. As per the brand, they don’t test on animals, nor do they sell in countries where animal testing is required by law. They source all their ingredients from manufacturers in Europe where animal testing is banned. Note however that they are not Leaping Bunny certified.
Natasha Denona’s line is not Vegan as some of their products contain Carmine. It seems that some shadows are listed as vegan, however, since her shadows are sold as palettes it would be difficult to determine the status of the palette as a whole. The complete list of vegan shadows can be found here.
Where to Buy the Natasha Denona Bronze Palette
Sephora – Free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns.
Beautylish – Free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns. International shipping available.
Natasha Denona – Free shipping on orders over $50. International shipping available.
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To be honest, I’m a little torn on this palette. One the one hand, I like the quality of the shadows and they all performed well on my eyes. However, I find the shade selection so one-note that it’s hard for me to create distinctly different looks. I feel like they could have left out a third of the palette and you’d still end up with the same range. Additionally, the lack of light shades means I can’t complete a look without bringing in another palette. So if all you want are intense, metallic bronze shades, you’ll probably really like this palette. If you’re looking for a well-rounded palette that offers versatility I’m not sure you’d find it here.
Beautiful intense metallics
Highly pigmented shimmers
Smooth mattes that are saturated and easy to blend
Good variety of medium matte blending shades
Textured metallics require more skill to apply them due to fallout
Lacks any light shades with which to highlight
Lots of repetitive shades that are very similar to each other
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