I’ve seen readers ask about this comparison, since they’re both more neutral color stories, but they are more different than they are alike, I think… but let’s break it down!
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Natasha Denona Biba vs. Natasha Denona Glam
|BIBA Natasha Denona||GLAM Natasha Denona|
|Finishes||8 mattes, 4 cream-powders, 3 shimmers||5 mattes, 10 shimmers|
|Color Story||More mid-tone in depth with a few light/deep shades, warm-toned neutrals||Lighter, more neutral to neutral-cool in undertone|
|Texture||Soft, smooth, blendable without being too firmly-pressed into pans, not too powdery||Soft, smooth, blendable without being too firmly-pressed into pans, not too powdery|
|Longevity||8-9 hours before fading||8-9 hours before fading|
|Application||Easy to work with; shimmers could be applied wet or dry/with fingertip or a brush||Easy to work with; shimmers could be applied wet or dry/with fingertip or a brush|
|Accessibility||Online and in-store, global distribution||Online and in-store, global distribution|
|Price/Size||$129.00/1.2 oz.||$65.00/0.67 oz.|
|Packaging||Plastic palette, pans pop out||Plastic palette, pans pop out|
Reasons for Biba: This is a richer color story, even though it is neutral, and it is dominated by more matte and satin finishes. For those who already have a lot of neutral shimmers may find this complements those well. The color story also offers more contrast and depth, particularly for medium and darker skin tones. The cream-powder formula may draw some to this palette over Glam, too (though the reverse could occur!) as it sits well on skin and looks more like a “natural matte” and is very blendable without any powderiness. It is ideal for someone who likes warmer neutrals with a touch of neutral/cool (like the bottom row).
Reasons for Glam: It features the brand’s “midi” size, which is just code for smaller and almost half the price, but each eyeshadow is still contains a lot of product, so for most, there’s no real sacrifice in terms of quantity. This is a shimmer-heavy palette, so it will be best for those looking for high shine metallic neutral eyeshadows that lean a little less orange/red compared to others on the market. It is also more suitable for someone who likes more of a light to mid-tone depth look as there are only a couple of dark shades in the palette. I don’t find this palette to be strictly cool-toned, but it is much more cool-toned than most neutral eyeshadow palettes.
Editor’s Pick: I prefer the color story of Biba, and it is my go-to neutral eyeshadow palette. Glam is great quality, and the price point is way better–I feel like all of the original $129 palettes should be made in the midi format only–but it’s not a palette I find I reach for much. It’s just too light for me to use cohesively. I could see pulling some shimmers from it and pairing it with Biba, though. For me, Biba is cohesive but Glam is a complementary palette.
Bottom Line: They are both high-quality palettes with easy-to-use eyeshadows that are pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing. The brand didn’t miss on either! I think that if you’ve never tried Natasha Denona before and want to, keep an eye out for midi palette releases. Ignoring price, Biba is better for those looking for higher contrast, more mattes, and warmer tones in a neutral palette; Glam is better for those looking for high-shimmer, lots of shimmer, and are less concerned about contrast/versatility in depth.