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I Tried This $130 Eyeshadow Palette So You Don’t Have To

I first caught wind of Natasha Denona in 2016, and I've been intrigued ever since. For one, I'm all about makeup artists launching their own brand—their expertise in color and product allows for special attention to ingredients, formulation, and textures. This brand gets attention daily—in part because of their luxury formulas (and subsequent high prices)—but I'm especially drawn to the eyeshadow palettes. I'm usually a firm believer in the whole, "you can never have too many neutral palettes" mantra, but when I began using the Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, it quickly my absolute favorite of the bunch. Below, find my review along with everything you need to know about the palette, shades, texture, and payoff.

Pros:

  • Shades are blendable, long-wearing, and pigmented across all finishes (metallic, creamy matte, and creamy powder)
  • Cohesive range of shades and finishes for daytime and nighttime looks
  • No eyeshadow primer is needed

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Some say the eyeshadows lose saturation over time

Bottom Line

While the Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette is pricey, it has a smooth, blendable formula that's incredibly easy to use.

Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

  • Best for: Day to night eye looks
  • Clean?: Yes
  • Potential allergens: A few shades contain carmine and talc
  • Price: $129
  • About the brand: Natasha Denona is an international makeup artist turned cosmetics brand most known for their glow-inducing face products, metallic eyeshadows, and cutting-edge formulas.
  • What’s Included: 15 eyeshadows
  • Shades: Rustic (metallic copper), Prairie (matte camel), Coco (matte dark burgundy), Freckle (matte antique nude), Shine (metallic champagne), Pasha (matte red), Monroe (metallic pink champagne), Rayon (matte medium burgundy), Buff (matte antique pink), Tone (matte clay), Seed (matte dark chocolate), Tor (matte dark grey brown), Sculpture (matte light grey), Spot (matte dark black), Tusk (matte light beige)
  • Full Ingredient List: Here. Cruelty-free and paraben-free.
Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette $129
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About My Skin: Creasy eyelids

My eyelids have a lot of creases, and while I love everything about metallic eyeshadows (namely, the sheen and ease of application), I find myself steering clear because many formulas tend to accentuate those creases. Needless to say, I usually stick to matte formulas and apply a thin layer of shadow primer underneath. Countless Sephora reviews claim a shadow primer isn't necessary with these formulas, which was enough to pique my interest. Spoiler alert: Those reviews were correct.

How to Apply:

As with any matte formula, a fluffy eyeshadow brush (like the Sigma's E40 Tapered Blending Brush) is ideal for achieving blurred, diffused edges. I love using my fingers for the metallic shades, and on evenings I want something really foiled, I'll dampen my finger with some setting spray before dipping into the eyeshadow. As far as the cream-powders go, I usually opt for a pencil brush (like the Sigma's E30 Pencil Brush) or a fluffy shader brush (such as the ColourPop's Large Shader Brush), depending on the eye look. A typical eyeshadow look for me with this palette involves Prairie as my transition shade, Tone as my crease shade, Pasha as my outer corner shade, and Rustic or Tusk as my lid shade.

Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
Michelle Rostamian

The Results: Opaque and smooth

These eyeshadows apply like a dream. I can only imagine how they'd perform on someone with naturally smooth eyelids. The mattes have a blurring effect on my lids (specifically Tusk, which I love using to set my lids pre-shadow). The metallics are opaque and basically foolproof. Plus, I love that the palette is not overly-cool or warm, it allows for both. That way, it'll work with your undertones no matter what.

Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
Michelle Rostamian

The Value: Pricey but worth the splurge

This eyeshadow palette retails for $129 for 15 eyeshadows at 0.08 ounces each. That's roughly $9 a shadow. Just for comparison's sake, a MAC's Eyeshadow Single sells for $17 and contains 0.04 ounces of product. ColourPop's Single Eyeshadows are about $5 and contain 0.053 ounces of product. So, while $129 for a 15-pan eyeshadow palette sounds pricey (and don't get me wrong, it is), I justify the cost because I'm getting more product than what other brands offer.

Interested in reading more reviews? Check out our list of best drugstore eyeshadow palettes money can buy.

Similar Products: You have options

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette: While the formula and texture of this eyeshadow palette are different from the Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, this is a more affordable option with similar rich, neutral shades.

Alter Ego Sahara 15-Color Eyeshadow Palette: This palette bears a striking resemblance to the Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette. It features a mix of matte and metallic finishes with burgundies, browns, grays, and a black. Plus, it's paraben-free and cruelty-free too.

Our Verdict: In love with it

The Natasha Denona Biba All Neutral Eyeshadow Palette is basically a dream of a neutral eyeshadow palette. All 15 shades are wearable yet versatile enough to create endless nighttime looks when paired together. And while the price may keep some up at night, the palette still makes sense for someone like me who uses neutral eyeshadows often. Needless to say, I'll be lusting over the brand's more colorful palettes from afar (Love Palette, I'm looking at you).

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