Natasha Denona Mini Lila Eyeshadow Palette

February 10, 2020

Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches

This charming quint made my heart sing when I first saw it. After seeing Mimi's beautiful creative looks with it, I was convinced that I needed it in my life. I loved the initial swatches, too. But, I just can't seem to make it work for me even after trying more than a few times.




Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches

It's leaning towards the cool side of the spectrum but the color scheme is well-balanced having both matte and strong shimmer in texture plus there is an excellent transitional shade.


Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches

Natasha Denona Mini Lila swatches
Isn't the Blue Dahlia just gorgeous? And, Flint is so useful for a warm/neutral base that makes everything a bit better. Linen makes a great topcoat/highlighter. Poison Berry and Raisin are...well, formidable.

Natasha Denona Mini Lila swatches

As you see in the swatch photo, Poison Berry is the least blendable color and goes on quite patchy. This is not uncommon in saturated matte eyeshadows but honestly, I expected more because I know that many of you swear by Natasha Denona's eyeshadows. Raisin applies somewhat better and I have no other application issues with the rest of them.


Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches

This was my first attempt. I can't fault the finished look for what it is since it is soft and work-appropriate (and my hair looks nice because it was freshly blown out). My qualms, however, are that the vividly gorgeous colors don't really show up after blending out and I could end up with similar looks using zillions of neutral palettes in my stash. I would think that I do just a normal amount of blending but the end result always seems to be over blended to a point where it looks kind of muddy.


Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches looks

This time, I tried to blend less so the overall colors are more purple and blue. I thought it didn't look natural or sophisticated enough, though. Below is the overall look.

Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches looks


And, here is my latest attempt with less blending and different placements.

Natasha Denona Mini Lila review swatches looks


I shared my frustration with this palette on Instagram and was comforted to know that I am not the only person who finds the deep matte colors in it difficult to work with. There are more than a few makeup brands that do not work as well betraying my high hopes for them, and I find Natasha Denona certainly is one of them. 

Natasha Denona Mini Lila is currently on a 50% sale if you're interested, though.


What do you think? Should I keep this eyeshadow palette? Have you tried Mini Lila for yourself?



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7 comments

  1. I say return it. The frustration isn't worth it though I think the looks you created came out nice. And your hair looks gorgeous Lena ^_~

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    1. Thanks, Rowena! I've had this for a while so the return window is closed. I will rehome it if someone wants it, then! :D

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  2. If it doesn't spark joy...swap it out (Although it doesn't look remotely ruddy on you).


    I feel so bad for the town in Michigan because whenever I see Flint I think about mercury.

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    1. I will probably include this in my blogsale pile but I must say I am a bit torn because I really love the Blue Dahlia shade. I just did some major decluttering and now my makeup stash is 65% of what I had before. I'm very proud but at the same time I know that I am the kind of person who ends up needing or missing the stuff gotten rid of. ;D

      (Is that the "Flint"?? I hadn't noticed! :o)

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  3. i do like the final look! The blue dahlia and linen are also really gorgeous. But if you don't love, love it, perhaps time to move on?

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    1. Thank you! It's those bright purple and raisin colors that makes the palette unique but you're right - the other shades are very beautiful and good quality as well. This is a tiny palette as well. Hmm ;p

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    2. BTW, I tried leaving a comment on your site and it didn't seem to have gone through. I saw some warning message about debugging. Wanted to let you know just in case. :)

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