($69) is the most versatile pastel palette with the most beautiful color choices. It comes in 7 mattes, 4 duochromes, 4 metallics. You can create almost any fun pastel look with this set, going from a wash of color to shimmer or the impactful duochrome. Plus, the Natasha Denona shadow formula is undeniably top-notch - the pigment is buildable to the extent you like (I personally prefer a light watercolor finish to an opaque color block look).
The more affordable dupe is from a cult favorite brand -
color story is very similar to Natasha Denona's, but it lacks the duochromes. Although it's considerably cheaper ($25), the powder is also creamy, buildable, and long-lasting. The cardboard packaging without mirrors might have something to do with the lower price point.