Monday, January 4, 2016

A Birthday, an Anniversary and Some Serious Glow Time with Natasha Denona

natasha denona glowing skin system
Above: Glow on demand.
Until a couple of weeks ago, the Natasha Denona line was not on my radar; once, however, Beautylish began to carry the brand, I started receiving questions from readers who wondered if I had yet tried the foundation.  Now, I am happy to say that I have not only tried the base but the entire glowing system and look forward to sharing an overview of my experience in this post!

Incidentally, I must also declare that today's beauty story also coincides with two events: (1) 4-year anniversary of Beauty Professor and (2) my birthday...I guess celebrating can indeed happen on a Monday ; )

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the Natasha Denona Glowing Skin System in action as well as the Bottom Line...

natasha denona glowing skin system
Above: The Natasha Denona Glowing Skin System.
The *Natasha Denona Glowing Skin System consists of five luxurious key products to impart the most natural luminosity to the face and body:
  1. Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum (there are two other primers from which to choose, depending on one's skin type)
  2. Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation (12 shades in all)
  3. Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer (in light, medium or dark)
  4. Natasha Denona  All Over Face and Body Shimmer Powder (in light, medium or dark)
  5. Natasha Denona Body Glow (in light, medium or dark)
natasha denona lifting primer
Above: The Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum.

(1) *Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum: This velvety smooth serum acts as both a skincare component and a primer.  Smoothing one pump over the face blurs pores and fine lines, adds moisture and gives me a demi-matte finish that increases the longevity of my foundation.

Official details

The Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum is the perfect preparation for all skin types before application of foundation. It increases the lasting power of foundation and will give your skin a semi-matte finish, while hydrating at the same time.

This fluid primer smoothes out wrinkles and pores and is perfect for mature skin, giving a hydrating and lifting effect.

Tips for Use: Smooth product over the skin with fingertips and massage in until absorbed. It can be used on its own before application of foundation or as a step between moisturizer and foundation.
If you're not applying foundation, you may use this product as a serum before applying your moisturizer.

30 ml / 1.01 fl oz 

natasha denona lifting primer swatch
Above: A swatch of Natasha Denona Lifting Primer Anti-Aging Serum in direct sunlight.
Above: The Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation in 30 Light-Medium and 42 Medium.
(2) *Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation: Because this foundation comes in 12 shades, I wasn't sure if I was the Light-Medium 30 (for light-medium skin with yellow undertones) or Medium (a medium beige with yellow/golden undertones); consequently, I got both and I am glad I did!  Currently, I mix a touch of 42 in with a full pump of 30 to get the perfect NC 25-27 match.  If you are NC 23-25, you should be fine with shade 30 but if you are a hair darker, then a mix of the two would be a befitting solution. 

In terms of formula, this feels unlike any foundation I've encountered to date (and I have tried a lot of foundations).  The creamy-meets-liquid feels a tad bouncy and extremely smooth but not "silicony" or overly slippery.  I prefer to blend it into my skin with dampened Beauty Blender and note that the foundation feels a touch tacky (but not sticky) during the blending process but it dries down to set on its own (I don't use setting powder with this) within a couple of minutes.  I get instant medium coverage that looks like beautiful, slightly dewy skin and love the fact that it can be built up to full coverage, should that be required, without looking conspicuous. 

The finish of this formula is simply sublime.  Luminous and radiant, the canvas looks healthy and glowy rather than shimmery and glittery.  I get a respectable 7-8 hours of wear time without feeling the need to touch up and over the course of wear, my skin feels comfortable (like it can breathe) and balanced.  

All in all, this is a truly amazing option for those seeking medium coverage and a natural, dewy skin finish without garish shimmer!

Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches in mixed outdoor lighting.
Official details:

The Face Glow Foundation is Natasha's choice of base for a glowing, glammed-up look.

This lightweight foundation protects the skin with an SPF of 15 and has brilliant staying power, making it perfect for all day wear or for a night-out. Its hydrating formula is suitable for all skin types and will leave your skin with an even, flawless, natural finish look.

30 ml / 1.01 fl oz 
Above: The foundation comes in a tube with a convenient pump dispenser.
natasha denona face glow cream shimmer swatch
Above: The Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer.
(3) *Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer: I received this gem in the shade Light and think that this tone would work for a spectrum of skintones because it is so sheer and gossamer-light that opacity isn't an issue.  A pearly champagne, this creamy shimmer stick glides over the skin with ease and reflects light without being obvious.  I like to sweep this across my upper cheekbones, brow bones and down the bridge of my nose for a lit from within effect.
natasha denona face glow cream shimmer swatch
Above: Pearly and warm, the Natasha Denona Face Glow Cream Shimmer delivers life to the skin.
Official details:

The Face Glow Cream Shimmer is the basic product for highlighting and glamming up the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and lips, for a healthy glowing red-carpet look.

This cream shimmer in stick form is perfect for a fresh and glowing look. Its iridescent composition becomes homogenous with the natural texture of the skin, without cakeyness occurring and is suitable for all skin types.

25 ml / 0.84 fl oz 

natasha denona face glow cream shimmer swatch
Above: A swatch in direct sunlight.
natasha denona body glow swatch
Above: Natasha Denona Body Glow.
(4) *Natasha Denona Body Glow: For limbs that look lithe, lush and radiant, this resplendent formula is the answer.  One pump, buffed into skin (I focus application on the collar bone, decollete, tops of arms and shin bones of legs) delivers depth and dimension as well as a skin-perfecting veil that doesn't look artificial.  Due to the winter weather, I haven't had the opportunity to test its waterproof, sweatproof nature but look forward to doing so when the temperatures rise again.

Official details:

This particular product was developed on the basis of a secret mixture of different products that Natasha used to prepare for her clients', models' and celebrities' bodies, on photo shoots or events, for a no-glitter and healthy glowing skin effect. With Europe's top chemists, she turned her secret mixture into a one-formula product.

The Body Glow has a light, fresh and fluid consistency that is easy to apply all over the body for a radiant glow. Its formula is quick-drying, non-sticky, and resistant to water and sweat, making it suitable for any occasion.

50 ml / 1.69 fl oz 
natasha denona body glow swatch
Above: Swatches of Natasha Denona Body Glow in direct sunlight.
natasha denona shimmer powder swatch
Above: The Natasha Denona  All Over Face and Body Shimmer Powder.
(5) *Natasha Denona  All Over Face and Body Shimmer Powder: Ultra finely-milled and whisper-light, this powder adds an extra punch of glow wherever you deem it necessary.  It works beautifully on both the face and body and, due to its subtle sheen, simply cannot be over applied.  It's like pure light in a powder compact!
Above: A close up of the Natasha Denona All Over Glow Powder.
Official details:

The All Over Glow is a hydrating shimmer, in powder form, that gives a glowing and healthy texture to the skin. This product may be applied to both face and body, and is ideal for creating that perfect Hollywood look. It has long last performance and ensures that the skin is left with a gentle shimmer and glowing finish for hours.

For best results, Natasha recommends applying the All Over Glow over her Face Glow Cream Shimmer.

10 g / 0.35 oz
Above: Swatch in direct sunlight.

Above: Collective beauty.
In addition to the Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation, Face Glow Cream Shimmer
All Over Face and Body Shimmer Powder and Body Glow, in the images that follow I am also wearing the:
  • *Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze (reviewed HERE): The obvious use in the image above is a testament to how much I love this bronzer.
  • Viseart Blush in Angora (reviewed HERE): This subtle purple grey somehow brightens cheeks in mysteriously flattering ways. 
  • Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita (also available at Beautylish): Since picking this up on a whim a couple weeks ago, I have been grabbing for this quad constantly.  The pearly beige makes for a lovely base and browbone shade, the warm burgundy is a stunning all over wash of color, the extra sparkly gold is absolutely incredible and the muted khaki green is ever so wearable.  This might be the first quad I've owned in awhile where all shades get used equally!
  • *Estee Lauder Sumtuous Knockout Mascara: This latest formula from Estee Lauder creates lush, long and jet black lashes in two coats...I'm very impressed.
  • Christian Louboutin Lip Definer in Nats (also available at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and reviewed HERE): A permanent fixture in my handbag, this stunning, self-sharpening pinky nude lip liner pairs so well with nudes and pinks.  Practically waterproof, it goes on creamy and stays in place for hours without drying out the lips. 
  • MAC x Ellie Goulding Lipstick in Only You: I am so glad (and extremely surprised) that this limited-edition pinky coral nude Creamsheen lipstick is still in stock!  It has gorgeous pigmentation and feels hydrating and lush on the lips...a must for pinky nude lip lovers.
  • Ela Rae Libi Stone Choker: This comely choker was a recent Christmas gift; delicately-crafted let entirely wearable on a daily basis, I love layering this with my other gold necklaces for a pop of color.
mac ellie goulding only you swatch
Above: A closeup of the delightfully pinky coral nude LE MAC x Ellie Goulding Lipstick in Only You.
Above: Swatches of all products in direct sunlight.
The following images reflect all products in action in natural outdoor lighting...










Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this comprehensive overview of the Natasha Denona Glowing Skin System.  I love how beautifully the products work together in harmony to create a believable radiance.  If you are not ready to commit to the entire system quite yet, then I highly recommend starting with the Face Glow Foundation and Face Glow Cream Shimmer Cream as both are gorgeous integrations into one's existing beauty routine.

Good things ahead, including my 2015 Skincare and Beauty Favorites Video (worth the wait, I promise!), another foundation-centric feature (so many good releases lately) and an accessories close-up.

I hope your Monday is beautiful; thanks, from my heart, for helping Beauty Professor to celebrate four incredible years...your readership, friendship and support are true gifts!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

28 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary and birthday! I just got the Face Glow Powder a few days ago and am officially hooked! Definitely going to pick up the foundation and the cream highlight they look stunning x
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. Thank you so much!! I am thrilled to hear that you are loving the Face Glow Powder!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. Happy Birthday & Congrats on 4 years blogging! Always enjoy your posts- keep up the good work. Wishing you a great year ahead 😊

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    1. Thank you, Chateepatee! I can't believe it's been 4 years! So appreciate your support and encouragement ; )

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Rachel, leave it to you to give the most in depth review on this foundation line yet. I also love your choices in this review for use of the serum. I have to say, I am intrigued by this foundation and serum. I am the same color skin tone nc25 as you so l pay special attention in this regard. I am always looking for a great primer and this sounds perfect. Happy Anniversary to Beauty Professor my morning coffee treat. Most importantly, have a glorious Happy Birthday, Capricorn and lovely lady!

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    1. Hi Debi,

      Thank you...I am honored by your words! I love that we share the same coloring and definitely recommend this foundation.

      Happy to be with you during your morning coffee, my friend ; )

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Dearest BP,
    Thanks for this review. I was curious but not ready to pursue my curiosity until I read this. I wonder if I'm between 10 and 20 in the face glow foundation.
    ps: I miss your videos :(

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    1. Hello dear Wefadetogray!

      I'd be happy to try in match you if you remind me of your match in another formula we both know ; )

      Hope you caught my most recent video...it's a long one!

      XOXO and talk soon my friend,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! May you have continued joy and happiness.
    Thank you for the beautifully written post. <3

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan...I so appreciate your sentiments!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  6. Thanks for sharing Rachel and so happy to hear you're a fan! Happy Birthday!

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    1. My absolute pleasure, Nils...thank you!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  7. I have the All Over Glow powder and it's amazing! Happy birthday/anniversary!

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    1. Isn't it dreamy, Rachel? So glad you love it, too!

      Thanks for your sweet words...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  8. Yahoo! Thank you! You look lovely in your photos! I actually just placed an order for the foundation (in 20, I'm nc20 or a bit lighter, I hope it works), primer, one eyeshadow in moonstone, the cream glow and also the powder glow! I can't wait to get it all!

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    1. Thank you, lovely friend!! I am so excited to hear your thoughts on the foundation et al and can't wait to see you this weekend.

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  9. Happy Birthday, Happy Blog-Anniversary and amazing post with such a gorgeous glow!!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  10. awww rachel!!! you are such a dedicated beauty blogger that you're even working on your birthday!!! happy birthday and happy anniversary!!! your blog is just the best in the whole entire world!! i just love it and i love you!! ooooh...just when i thought i wasn't going to like anything for spring now, it's like i want everything you reviewed!! i haven't had a chance to order the new suratt shadows you just reviewed but, will soon!! hope you're having a fantabulous day!!!

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      Thank you for the sweetest words! I am thankful for your endless support and encouragement. Truly!

      I hope your Monday night is lovely...XO and talks oon,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  11. Is the foundation fragrance free? I've been looking into this but am allergic to fragrance in skin care/makeup!
    Thanks for the review!

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    1. Hi Anon,

      The ingredients does list fragrance but I don't find it to be overwhelming...it's kind of a natural scent that dissipates quickly and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

      I hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  12. i love everything you do and trus you!
    i have a question about the powder.
    would you say its possible to relate to it as an all over powder or just on the high lights targeted areas?!
    i am lookung for a finishing poder (not hourglass or Guerlain) and thought this would be an interesting option

    thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Pupet!

      The powder works best as a highlighter unless you are looking for an all over glow at which point it is subtle enough to be used in that way.

      Hope that helps...xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  13. Yet another amazinf review. One question,the medium looks "lighter"than the light medium,is that so,or my screen isnt accurate? Thanks in advance

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    1. Thank you and great catch...I transposed the names when I labled the swatches...off to fix ; )

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  14. Hi, I absolutely love your blogs and am so grateful that you take time to review products thoroughly. I have relied on your blogs so much over the past two years and am eternally grateful. Could you please tell me if there would be a match in the foundation for NW20 skin tone. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Jules,

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and readership! I would suggest #40!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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