Natasha Denona Camel Palette & Other Stuff
I had acquired a few new items recently and was actually motivated to share them on the blog. I have this same urge pretty often when I get new things, but I’ve really fallen out of practice of writing, taking and editing photos and posting. It feels really awkward, I’d say. I do post a bit more frequently on Instagram, but it’s not the best way to share more extensive information.
A few things for today: a Hair Thing, an Eye Thing and a Lip Thing.
The Eye Thing is the Natasha Denona Camel palette. Leave it to me to buy the most boring and sedate looking thing from this shiny and glittery line. (We also have the Star palette, but we refuse to speak of it. At least today.)
I know Natasha Denona’s brand is very well known for her colorful pressed glitter formula. I don’t have a lot of occasions where I’d be wearing that, but I knew I’d like to try it and Camel became a good initial foray into the brand.
The 5-pan compact features three matte, one shimmer and one pressed glitter shade.
Finger swatches look a little patchy and dry, but it applies so well on the lids! I’ve been using goat haired brushes and the colors apply with exceptional pigmentation and blend so easily. The pressed glitter shade also applied with almost no fallout.
I’ve been wearing them without primer and they last very well with no creasing and very little fading. My skin has gotten so dry now that I no longer need an eye shadow primer. My only real critique of this palette is that the two mid-tone shades are just too similar. I wish I had a lighter transition shade that can work dually as a main lid shade. That would increase the versatility for me significantly.
I had Camel in my Sephora cart for a long time before I pulled the trigger (on one of the million discount codes and events they were shooting out!) because I wasn’t sure how similar it would be to Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage. CM is probably my favorite brown based neutral quad. I found myself wearing it for weeks at a time and still feeling the same appreciation as years ago (review here). Let me put them side by side for you:
Clearly they are different. Cocoa Mirage is more neutral red brown to the warm yellow browns in Camel. I think a neutral lover can clearly own both and find uses for both.
Part of my Sephora order was a pretty good assortment of point perks. I picked up the 100pt Rouge Matte D’Armani in 101. I love this just because it’s a mini and all minis are good. There’s a makeup rule about that.
The color applies a fair bit darker on the lips than is seen in the bullet. It’s a medium cool rose when applied and less nude than it seems in the bullet. I never really buy matte shades because they always feel so drying. (I did make an exception for Lisa Eldridge’s Velvet Matte lipsticks, though!) I’m surprised because I really like this formula. Over the years, formulas for matte lipsticks must have been improving because the Rouge Matte D’Armani is lightweight without the obvious dryness. It has great longevity and my lips didn’t experience the uncomfortable dryness I feel with a lot of matte lipsticks. Yay for 100 pt perks!
I’m wearing both the Natasha Denona Camel palette and the Rouge Matte D’Armani in 101. I’m liking how the warm toned eye shadows play against the cooler pink cheeks and lips.
Here’s a Hair Thing:
I’m long overdue for a haircut and my ends are fried. I’ve been using a lot of heat styling this year and my ends are definitely feeling it. I also notice that as I get older the texture of my hair is changing, from very thick and straight to much finer with a slight wave. I was on the hunt for a heat protectant item and tried a few (some were too heavy, added a weird texture or finish) and ended up purchasing Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray. It has a pump mechanism that sprays a fine mist of product. I use sparingly, concentrating on my ends and then style. I actually use dry hair and use my curling wand as opposed to using on wet hair for blowdrying. It’s full of silicone of course, but the effect on my hair has been magical!
My hair looks smooth and feels very soft. I like how defined my waves look compared to the normal rats nest I get without using the spray. This is very expensive and I was glad to use a promotion at Beautyhabit to purchase it. <—-one of my favorite retailers.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful and enjoyable holiday season! Hope to see you more around here soon.