In the ever changing beauty landscape there’s always a new trend one the horizon and here’s my prediction for the next one – multi-chrome shadows. Sparkly liquid shadows had their moment a year or two ago when Stila’s Glitter and Glow Liquid Shadows created a new category of eye makeup. The new Natasha Denona Chromium Liquid Shadows are an updated take on the trend because of their ability to reflect multiple colors as the light hits.
Natasha Denona is one of the first mainstream brands to hop on the multi-chrome train. Until now we’ve really only seen it done by indie brands such as Sydney Grace, Devina Cosmetics, and JD Glow Cosmetics. So how do the Chromium Liquid Shadows perform? Let’s discuss.
The Natasha Denona Chromium Liquid Shadows are a multi-chrome liquid eyeshadow that retails for $28. The shadow comes in an acrylic square tube with a doe foot applicator and there’s 0.08 oz of product. It quite a small amount of shadow which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering how quickly some liquid shadows dry up (looking at you, Stila Glitter and Glows).
Natasha Denona Chromium Liquid Shadow Review
The Chromium Shadows have a slightly mousse-like consistency. As you swatch it, it applies with opaque color and sets almost immediately so you need to work quickly.
Because it dries so quickly, the shadows retains its opacity even if you try to blend it out. As someone who’s tried her fair share of frustrating, patchy liquid shadows, I really like that these keep their full color. They apply evenly and there isn’t much blending that need to be done.
Once the shadow sets you’re left with a smooth, completely dry finish. They don’t feel the least bit tacky or heavy on the eye. And unlike the Stila Glitter and Glows, the Chromium Shadows don’t flake off at all, even if you rub your finger over them. It is however not a waterproof shadow and wipes off pretty easily with just water and some rubbing.
I first applied my entire eye look using powder shadows and added the Chromium shadow at the end using the doe foot to apply and flat brush to blend. It meshed easily with the other shades on my eye, and sat well even over powder shadows.
So this is what I was most excited about when I purchased the Natasha Denona Chromium. While I’ve tried several shadows that claim to be duo-chromes, this is the first one that’s supposed to reflect a trio of colors.
I have the shade “Infra Nude” which is supposed to reflect nude, burgundy, and greenish gold. In a swatch the effect is most apparent. When the swatch is in a shadow in looks like metallic burgundy and then switches from a neutral gold to a green toned gold as the light moves.
On the eyes however, the effect is much more subdued. I can pick up on a subtle shift from gold to burgundy but it not as dramatic and the green doesn’t really show up that well. It’s still an interesting effect, just not as vivid as I was hoping for.
In terms of glitter, you really don’t see any, it’s more so just a smooth metallic finish.
The Natasha Denona Chromiums currently come in five shades.
Dogbane, which has a warm red / golden bronze/ greenish gold shift
Dragonfly, which has a fuchsia / bronze / greenish gold shift
Infra Nude, which has a nude / burgundy / greenish gold shift
Scarab, which has a green / gold / blue shift
Ultraviolet, which has a violet / green / gold shift
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.
Natasha Denona does not describe the Chromium shadows as being vegan and customer service confirmed that they are indeed not vegan.
Where to Buy the Natasha Denona Chromium Liquid Shadow | $28
Sephora – Free shipping on orders over $50 and free returns.
Natasha Denona – Free shipping on orders over $50. International shipping available.
Beautylish – Free shipping on orders over $35 and free returns. International shipping available.
Feel Unique – Free shipping for orders over $50. International shipping available.
In conclusion, although I think the Chromium Shadows do everything right in terms of texture and application, I was a bit let down by the multi-chrome finish. It’s an easy shadow to apply, the consistency is great, and the shadow is opaque. I do wish the multi-chrome effect was more intense but it’s possible that the other shades in the line have a bolder finish. If you’re looking for a shadow with a really dramatic shift I’m not sure you’ll be satisfied with these and you may want to look into one of the indie brand multichromes.
Easy to apply mousse-like texture
Shadow applies evenly and retains opacity
Doesn’t crack or flake off
Multi-chrome effect is more subtle on the eyes than in a swatch or promo photo.
Thanks for reading, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.