One Palette Two Ways


When I buy an eyeshadow palette, my number one concern is whether I will use all the shades or not. Theres times I am about to purchase a stunning collection, then I realize I’d only wear half the colors. I put it back, and will usually end up finding similar single eyeshadows. The first time I saw the Natasha Denona ‘Star Palette’, I fell in love with every shade, however with the price tag attached I wanted to figure out how exactly I’d wear them.

What makes the ‘Star Palette’ so unique is that it’s separated into two. On the left is brown mattes along with bronze, gold, and even a brown/blue duo-chrome shadow. On the right is champagne shimmers with pinky and red based mattes. Each side has nine shadows, and it adds up to $169 which means each individual shadow is around $9. To get pigment out of any pan all you have to do is tap it. The shimmers apply best with the tip of your finger, and I haven’t found a brush the mattes don’t love.

Natasha Denona Star Eyeshadow Palette $169


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Because these shadows are so pigmented, I like to keep the rest of my face a little toned down to make my eyes pop. With the pink side of the palette, I like to use a rosy blush, a deep nude lipstick, and make my skin as dewy as humanly possible. This look is centered around looking youthful and feminine.

In this case I wear Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Seduce’, and Tarte Lip Paint in ‘Bestie’ to add a little taupe for contrast. To make my skin dewy, I put a couple drops of the Cover FX Custom Infusion ‘Radiance’ Drops into my moisturizer. These drops have a mixture of vitamin C and Lemongrass that keeps me hydrated and dewy all day. At the end of my makeup routine I apply the Colourpop ‘Flexitarian’ highlight to the high points of my face. This is the most insane highlight I have ever purchased, and it’s perfect for strobing. It’s a white based highlighter with champagne shimmer. It looks stunning on everyone I’ve seen wear it.

Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay Blush in ‘Seduce’ $28

Tarte Lip Paint in ‘Bestie’ $20

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops in ‘Radiance’ $48

Colourpop ‘Flexitarian’ $8


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If I was to name my makeup style, I would definitely admit I am a bronze girl. I love anything with golden hues, and if I had to toss my bronzer collection I think I’d keel over. The left side of the ‘Star Palette’ is what really sold me. I like to wear these shadows with a soft golden blush, a neutral bronzer, a nude lip to add balance, and of course a natural highlight.

I love to wear my Bobbi Brown Highlight Powder in ‘Bronze Glow’ as a blush, and use NARS ‘Laguna’ to carve out my cheek bones. Laguna is a matte brown with a slight golden shimmer that makes your skin look radiant. For my lips, I usually want to add a slight contrast from the rest of my face, so instead of picking a taupe (like above) I will reach for a rosy nude matte lipstick. Again, lastly I apply highlighter. I’m a fan of the Maybelline Strobing Stick in the shade ‘Medium/Nude Glow’. It matches my skin well and is only visible when the light touches it. The only tip I have for it is apply it with your fingertip, do not wipe it along your skin because you will never blend it out that way.

Bobbi Brown Highlight Powder in ‘Bronze Glow’ $46

NARS Bronzing Powder in ‘Laguna’ $40

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in ‘Adorable’ $9

Maybelline Strobing Stick in ‘Medium/Nude Glow’ $9