I hope you all enjoyed this month’s spotlight on vegan and cruelty-free makeup reviews! Well, today’s post marks the last installment in said review series and we’ve got the Natasha Denona Camel Palette. A neutral lover’s dream, my mom very kindly gifted this to me last month. I’ve had both good and bad experiences with ND shadows in the past, so I was curious to see how much I’d like (or dislike) this 5-pan eyeshadow palette after some playtime.
A quick note before we begin: Natasha Denona is definitely not vegan but is cruelty-free. To my knowledge, they are not Leaping Bunny certified but Cruelty-Free Kitty confirms their CF status in this blog post.
If you’d like to catch up on all the previous reviews in this series, check out the links below!
October is all about vegan and cruelty-free reviews!
Lune + Aster Supermoon Bronzer & Glow Palette Review
Kosas 10 Second Eyeshadow Review
My Organic Skin Co Custom Palette Review
An eyeshadow palette with a range of five versatile, nude shades. Natasha’s passion for the nude color scheme inspired her to create this user-friendly, sand-inspired shade range. Use it to create a variety of eye makeup looks—from casual matte to high metallic and smoky.
SHADES AND SWATCHES
Arrosto – dark, matte brown with a yellow undertone
Dune – light peachy golden nude metallic
Safari – medium dusty ochre matte
Copper Stone – rich copper with a golden nude metallic effect
Zand – medium warm ochre matte
MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING
Despite being a more luxury item, the packaging on this palette is definitely not luxurious in my opinion. I’d say it’s much more functional. This has a hard plastic case with a clear lid and no mirror. Very easy to throw in your makeup travel bag due to its size and sturdiness. Personally I’m OK with the no-frills packaging because I’m more concerned with the quality of the shadows. But if you buy luxury to also buy beautiful packaging, then you might be unsatisfied with this.
RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION
So this is where I’ve run into problems with ND shadows before. I love an amazing matte shadow, but hers would always go patchy on me during blending. So if you have the same frustrating issue, here’s my tip. Apply a primer and then apply a matte skin tone powder to get a totally smooth, non-sticky surface. The mattes blend effortlessly with a big fluffy brush over top – hooray!
In regards to the two non-matte shades in this palette, Dune applies like absolute butter (no special priming necessary in my opinion) but Copper Stone can be a bit flakey with sparkle falling down your cheeks.
All the shades in the palette layer quite well with each other as well.
RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON COLOR RANGE
As I mentioned above, this palette is for all the die-hard neutral eyeshadow lovers out there. Those of you who want those eternally wearable, day-appropriate looks that won’t get too dark or dramatic. It certainly won’t give you a wide variety of looks though as it’s quite monochromatic. But I loveeee these kinds of shades! Overall I’d definitely say it’s more of a warm collection of colors, except for Safari which is more neutral (middle shade).
RATING: 5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON PIGMENTATION
There’s definitely no issue with pigmentation here; they all build up quite nicely but don’t take forever to reach full potential. As usual, go slowly for the best effect.
RATING: 5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON WEAR
I typically wear my eyeshadow for anywhere between 9 – 12 hours, and I haven’t noticed much creasing or fading with these shadows in that span of time. This is exactly what you want and expect from your luxury shadows. But keep in mind wear is always dependent on skin type and external factors like weather. For reference, my eyelids are not oily so most shadows tend to latch on quite well.
RATING: 5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE
For 5 shadows or 2.5 grams of product, this retails for $48.00. It’s definitively luxury, no matter what way you cut it. But for fun, let’s quickly compare it to another smaller luxury palette – the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Palette. For 4 shadows or 5.2 grams of product, you pay $53.00. So you get an extra shade in the Camel Palette, but less than half the amount of actual product than in the Pillow Talk Palette for only $5 less. You’re paying so much more per gram in the Camel Palette! I do think the ND shadows are high-performing, but this comparison is a bit sobering.
RATING: 3 / 5 ⭐️
If you love beautiful neutral shades that you can wear everyday to work or school, and don’t mind paying a luxury price tag, you won’t be disappointed with the Natasha Denona Camel Palette. I will continue to enjoy using it because I adore the shades, but you can certainly achieve similar looks with lower cost alternatives at Ulta or the drugstore. All the colors are quite dupe-able (see: Dose of Colors Baked Browns or ELF Mad for Matte in Nude Mood).
Have you tried the Natasha Denona Camel Palette? I’d love to know!
These colours are beautiful and if you are someone who doesn’t have palettes with these colours already and want good quality, everyday shadows this would be a nice palette to opt for 🙂 this would actually be a great little palette to pair with more colourful single shadows when you need a neutral base shadow or a pop of brown to deepen the crease x
You’re absolutely right! This is a treat-yourself kinda palette for neutral lovers!
The packaging reminds me of what I bought back in the 70’s only they included a brush. The name fits the color perfectly! Thanks for all the great reviews Erica!
Thanks for reading Diane!
The packaging reminds me of the older eyeshadow packages! I love when makeup companies keep things simple. The color Dune is my favorite out of all of these, but they’re all pretty!
I don’t mind simple, but sturdy packaging myself! Dune is lovely and it applies beautifully. It really helps to lighten the eye area so everything looks bigger!
Beautiful palette… her eyeshadows never disappoint! Looks lovely on you!💄
The shades are actually kind of cute and love the wearability of these despite the fact that I’m not a die hard fan of neutrals lol. I had bought the mini Lila palette when it went on sale for half the price, I actually havent gotten the chance to try it but I will keep the mattes in mind.
To me this is all about the shades. Those mattes scream to me, in a good way! Is it the best formula out there?? I’d actually think Charlotte Tilbury shadows just edge them out for me, if we’re talking about luxury items. But they are certainly very nice indeed.
Honestly, if I’m buying an expensive luxury product, I do expect some type of beautiful packaging. I would def not be happy without a mirror. 😛 It’s also a bother when the formulas need special priming to perform well & sparkly shades that fallout all over the place are the worst. I do like the shades though, I’ll never not be a fan of neutral palettes! The looks you created are perfect for everyday wear, the 3rd one if my favorite!
I have read too many upsetting things about this brand & their eyeshadow palettes not performing well. I am glad this one worked out for you though! I used to want to try ND but, at this point, I would never take the risk. I’ll go for the Charlotte Tillbury instead.
To be honest, ND has been a bit hit and miss for me in the past. This particular palette was very nice though – lovely colors and the textures were not overly difficult to work with. But it’s so dupable, no doubt.
I’ve had some difficulties with other ND palettes, like the mini Lila Palette which blended like crap on me. If I had to choose between Tilbury and ND, I’d 100% pick Tilbury every time. Her shadows are always amazing each and every time I use them, and for that I’m more willing to pay the price!
I’ve read so many bad reviews on the Mini Lila! I def rather spend my $ on something by CT than ND if I were to splurge.
A good choice indeed!
Beautiful natural shades!
I have never tried anything from Natasha Denona before simply because of the price tag, but I hope I will soon, especially because they always seem to be of good quality 🙂
These are gorgeous shades indeed! Her stuff is very pricey, there’s no doubt about that. To be honest, some of the ND palettes have been hit-or-miss with me in the past, particularly the mini Lila Palette. But as long as you prep your eyes correctly, overall her shadows perform pretty flawlessly.
Great to know, thank you very much! 😊
Sarah F. says
I’ve been pondering this one for a while and I think I’ll pick it up before my No Buy in the new year.
(Just FYI: the CT palettes are 5.2g in total, so 1.3g per pan!)
It’s a beautiful palette, so if you love neutrals you won’t be disappointed! Oh, thanks so much for correcting me! I went back and forth on the amounts based on some discrepancies I saw online vs. on the actual product. Thanks so much for reading & commenting, and have a Happy New Year ❤️.