I have to say that the quality of these shadows is awesome, I have no complaints in the quality or texture department. But I have to confess that the color story hasn’t worked out for me quite the way I was hoping it would. Let’s discuss the Glam eyeshadow palette from Natasha Denona.
I was hoping I’d be able to make more “everyday” looks. Instead, I find the looks to be quite bold and intense. One could even call them… Glam… Which is of course wonderful if that’s what you’re looking for. I’ve struggled to make truly neutral looks. The Inner Corner shade in the middle of the top row is the most “every day neutral” for my skin tone” but be aware that it’s very sparkly.
Color Story, Bro – Is it cool? Is it warm? Is it neutral?
The bottom row has three shades (1st, 3rd, and 5th) that I thought would be more neutral from looking at the product photos, but they are definitely GOLD (warm).
The picture below shows shades labeled C for Cool, N for Neutral, and W for warm. I put two letters on some shades that I had trouble categorizing. I counted a mix of Cool (6 shades), Neutral (2-4 shades) and Warm (5-7 shades).
I’ve started to do some experimenting with mixing the warm/cool shades in the palette to achieve more neutrality….and I think that’s working.
I do think this color story is really modern and beautiful. I think it’s very inspiring and can push you past the typical boring basic neutral look. So I think Natasha Denona really did a great job in that aspect.
The Lash Line shade (middle row, middle shade) is awesome for lining. I find myself reaching for that as an eyeliner even when I’m using other palettes or shadows.
And here’s another set of swatches. I had to re-do them because I actually forgot to include one shade in the above photo (the warm matte brown, row 2 column 2 of the palette). These were both taken in sunlight, but I liked the lighting quality of the first photo better, so you get to see both.
The next photo is the Glam palette swatches taken inside by the window.
Compared to Other Palettes
Stone Cold Fox vs Glam Palette
I think this one is close enough to be considered a dupe. I do like the Natasha Denona formula a bit better. It’s creamier, and I think the shimmers adhere a bit better to the lid. The Colourpop formula is still plenty good though.
Swatches below show the Glam palette (center row) swatched with Stone Cold Fox (the outer two rows). Click a photo to see a larger version.
Tartelette In Bloom vs Glam Palette
The Tarte formula is definitely drier than Natasha’s formula. They are both good formulas though. Glam palette gives you a LOT more shimmers and sparkles. There are about 5 overlapping dupe shades between the two palettes.
Let me know in the comments if there are any other palette’s I have that you’d like to see Glam compared to. Since it’s a neutral palette, it seems like the comparison’s could probably go on forever!
More photos of Glam vs In Bloom to show you different angles and lighting. Click to see larger versions of these photos.
Eye Look Using Glam Palette
I think it’s pretty easy to see that these shadows apply beautifully.
Overall I’m glad I purchased this palette, and I really do reach for it quite a lot. Somehow it just feels like it’s missing something to make it a complete neutral palette for me. Maybe some champagne shimmers? Some taupes would be nice? Fewer gold shades for sure. Especially since this is the “cool neutral” palette in her line but is still about 30% warm toned.
I’m just willing to accept that there is no “perfect” palette at this point in my makeup journey. I’ll continue to just buy more and do mixing-matching to get the looks I want.
Also, I REALLY dislike the shade names of this palette. I didn’t buy this palette for a long time because I hated the shade names. I hated that they might not be applicable to all skin tones and I hated that they repeated the same name in the same palette. Also, since the pans are removable, it would be nice if the shades were labeled on the back of the pans and maybe they could just skip imprinting the shade name on the palette itself since it won’t make any sense if you move the shades around.
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