I discovered Nordstrom's Exclusive Label cosmetics during this month's special holiday event. I couldn't resist the Natural Palette, which contains 16 eye shadows for $15.
The shadows come in a black, magnetized, cardboard palette. The glamorous cover is designed to approximate sequins. It's already beginning to wear a bit from taking in and out of the box. There is a generously sized mirror inside and two double-tipped sponge applicators.
With the exception of numbers 4, 10, and 16 above, the shadows are saturated enough to produce a nice, subtle natural look as the palette title indicates. Numbers 4, 10 and 16 look white on my medium skin tone; I won't be getting much use out of these. Numbers 1, 2, and10 are matte. Numbers 7, a dark peach, and 11, a charcoal black, contain a bit of glitter. The rest are shimmery.
I created a nice look using #3 as a base from lash to brow, it has beautiful golden sheen that keeps it from looking flat; #14, shimmery taupe, on the lid below the crease; #7, a shimmery dark peach, dotted in the center of the lid; #5 in the crease and along the lower lash line. Oh, and I used #5 to fill my eyebrows. There was a bit of glitter fall out below my eyes from #7, but the particles are so small that they were only apparent in my magnifying mirror.
Shadows 5 through 16 swatched without primer.
The darker colors begin to fade after 6 hours or so without primer, but easily lasted 8 hours using NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base. While most of the colors worked for my NC45 skin tone, particularly the darker ones, I would welcome deeper saturation of some of the lighter colors. Still, these shadows are a steal at this price point. I'm looking forward to trying the other Nordstrom exclusive beauty products.
Sorry the photo sizes are mismatched. Blogger has not been cooperative lately.