Natasha Denona Sunset Palette Review & Swatches

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This Natasha Denona Sunset Palette retails for $129. Yes, you read that correctly. $129 for a 15 pan eyeshadow palette. If you think about it, it is actually pretty insane. The quality has to be top-notch right? I have tested the formula, swatched the palette, and came to an honest review. Is this Sunset Palette worth the high price tag? You’ll find out in this blog post. 

As a beauty lover, I’m fine with paying more money for high-end beauty products. However, I don’t think I would have ever purchased this palette if Natasha Denona didn’t have such a good Black Friday sale. It was a buy one palette, get one palette for free. I couldn’t pass on this deal and so I bought the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette as well as the Lila Palette.

Not gonna lie, it kinda hurt my heart for spending that amount of money on an eyeshadow palette BUT if you do the math, I’ve paid ‘only’ $64,50 for each palette instead of whopping $258 total without discount. It was definitely a good deal!

However, is it worth the money? That was the big question. I already own two Natasha Denona eyeshadow palettes and a blush duo but never tried the bigger palettes before. I did, and still do, love the Natasha Denona products I already have in my collection but you never know.

So that’s why we are here today! I’ve tested the eyeshadow on my eyes, swatched in on my arm, and overall played around with it to see how it performs and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the review! 

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette

Natasha Denona Sunset Palette Review & Swatches

The Natasha Denona Sunset Palette is inspired by the sunset colors. This palette features 15 gorgeous eyeshadows.

The palette combines warm brown tones, burnt oranges, reds, golds, bronzes, and yellows. The website states that this palette includes all four classic Natasha Denona formulas in her signature Chroma Crystal, Matte, Metallic, and Duo Chrome formulas.

  • Atmosphere 120M – Metallic
  • Vulcano 125CM- Creamy Matte
  • Bermuda 130CM- Creamy Matte
  • Sinai 121CM- Creamy Matte
  • Aubade 126K- Chroma crystal
  • Morgana 131DC- Duo chrome
  • Ice Gold 122K- Chroma Crystal
  • Horizon 127CM – Creamy Matte
  • Panjin 132CM- Creamy Matte
  • Mandarine 123DC- Duo chrome
  • Sundazed 128K- Chroma crystal
  • Igneous 133CM – Creamy Matte
  • Bronzage 124K- Chroma Crystal
  • Terra 129CM- Creamy Matte
  • Sol 134CM- Creamy Matte

The palette is cruelty-free and paraben-free. 

You might be wondering what the CM, CP, CK, DC, and M stand for, as I didn’t know what this meant either. The Natasha Denona website explains it like this: 

  • CP – Richly pigmented wet powder formula that is easy to blend.
  • CM – ND’s Signature matte formula is creamy to the touch and seamlessly blends on the lid.
  • CK – Sparkling cream powder finely milled pearls and crystals for a dazzling diamond-like sparkle effect. Sheer finish. It can be used as a topper.
  • M – metallics in multiple textures: Foiled rich in texture, Satin-soft finish metallic, Sparkling-contains varying sizes of crushed mineral pearls for a dazzling effect.
  • DC – Duo chrome – shade shifting pearls with a metallic finish.

natasha denona sunset palette swatches

The palette swatched very easily because of its amazing, buttery soft formula. All the shades are pigmented, none of them is patchy or extremely powdery. I do notice some kickback in the pan, mostly with the matte shades, but no fallout on the face when using the matte shades.

However, I did notice slight fallout on the face when using the metallic shades but this happens easily with glittery/metallic shades and it wasn’t too bad at all. You can avoid this by doing your face makeup (foundation, contour, concealer, etc) afterward or use a translucent setting powder to swipe it away when you’re finished. 

Even though I really love the formula, once I swatched all the shades I felt like some of them look super similar. It’s not super obvious when you see the shades in the pan but seeing it on my arm made me notice the similarities. The top two shades are very similar, as well as Mandarine and Bronzage and Vulcano and Igneous. A bigger variety of shades would have been nice for such an expensive palette. 

natasha denona sunset palette review

The formula is very soft and feels like butter. It also applies very easily to the eyes as well on the arm while swatching the palette, which I’m positive is because of this formula. Even though there are 4 different formulas in this palette, they all feel very buttery. 

The pigmentation is amazing, the shades are easy to blend and the overall look of the palette is amazing. However, some shades in this palette are very similar which is a con in my opinion. 

Formula wise and the way this palette performs, I would definitely say it’s worth the money. Looking at the similarity and the price of this palette, I wouldn’t recommend it. 

If you really want this palette, I would suggest waiting for Black Friday deals. Natasha Denona has more sales during the year but so far, the Black Friday one has been the best. 

Moreover, Natasha Denona sells a couple of more affordable palettes such as the Sunrise palette which has the same kind of color story and retails for $65. I don’t own this palette but looking at pictures, I see some similarities in shades in that palette as well. Consider this before you buy any of the Natasha Denona palettes. 

Do you own a Natasha Denona palette? Let’s chat in the comments! 

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10 Comments

  1. 5.30.20
    Amanda said:

    I’m over here like how did I *not* know about this amazing Black Friday sale! Anyway, I love how you are doing your swatches. I see what you mean with the color similarities. That bugs me at times because I want a well defined eye look where you can see the shades that were used rather than your eyelid looking like you used the same shade all over. At some point, I’m sure I will own something Natasha Denona. The quality is definitely there for the price- but that price hurts my soul as well.

    xoxo Amanda | theaestheticedge.com

    • 6.22.20

      Thank you so much! I know right, it’s so frustrating when you can barely add some definition to an eyeshadow look because the shades look basically the same…

  2. 5.30.20
    Rose said:

    I mean if it works it’s worth the money! ? I support quality makeup. Thanks for creating this review and swatches! I will wait, however, for a bogo sale like the one you got.

  3. 5.31.20
    Azra said:

    This palette is definitely super pretty, but the price tag always puts me off buying Natasha Denona palettes. Good thing that you got it on sale, as this palette is dreamy. xx

  4. 6.1.20
    Mimi said:

    We have the same opinion, I got it on sale but mine was 50% off so I paid 56€ and I wanted it so badly but it’s not worth it, shades are too similar even if the quality is amazing!

    • 6.22.20

      Yeah, it’s sad that some shades are so similar because formula wise the palette is amazing!

  5. 6.12.20
    Sarah said:

    I love the look of this palette! I’m not surprised that the quality of the eyeshadows was unreal because I’ve only ever heard amazing things about Natasha Denona palettes. I like that the shades are coded to let you know how each shadow is supposed to be used.

    I can see what you mean about some of the shades being pretty similar though. I think this palette would benefit from a few bold pink/saffron shades to add a little more variety. However, your swatches are gorgeous, so maybe it’s something we can overlook haha

    • 6.22.20

      That would be a great addition to this palette for some more variety! Hahaha thank you so much lovely!