This time last year, I didn’t really know much about Huda Kattan or Huda Beauty, her makeup range, but I kept hearing other beauty bloggers raving about her eyeshadow palettes. As a complete eyeshadow palette addict, (I don’t think I have one single) I wanted this one, it is just so pretty. Everything about this palette screams glamour.
The only thing that put me off was the £56 price tag. I like makeup, I’m totally obsessed but that seemed a lot for one product. And then I saw it in real life, swatched it, fell in love, put it right at the top of my Christmas list and Santa (otherwise known as The Boy) dutifully obliged!
As you can see, the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette contains four different textures of eyeshadow in the palette, 8 mattes, 6 pressed pearls, 2 duo-chrome toppers and one pure glitter topper making a total of 18 eyeshadows. The 18 shades are designed to be reminiscent of an evening in the desert and they definitely are as the shades range from sandy tones, right up to the warm orange, reds and purples of the night sky.
The pans are a good size so when you consider that you have got 18 eyeshadows for £56 or £3.11 each as I like to put it, it seems more of a reasonable purchase.
As I already mentioned, this palette has 8 matte shades: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Oud, Amethyst, Saffron and Blazing. (As pictured in the swatches)
Most of them are quite pigmented although Amethyst needs a bit more product to get an opaque colour but it is still such a nice shade even if worn as a sheer wash of colour.
The Pressed Pearls
And then it is the 6 show-stoppers of the palette. The pressed pearls glow and are so highly pigmented it’s hard to believe that this is only literally one swipe with my finger for the swatch. Cashmere and Royal are my absolute favourites and the look so pretty on their own.
The intensity and shimmer in these colours is just unreal. As pictured, Blood Moon, Nefertiti, Cashmere, Angelic, Turkish Delight, and Royal and just like with the swatches, I like to apply these with a fingers or a flat, dense brush for maximum impact.
The Duo-Chrome Toppers
These do not seem to photograph well and I have heard lots of people say that they are not very pigmented. Personally, I get the best result from these when they are pressed onto a matte eyeshadow with my fingers.
The Pure Glitter Topper
I’ve saved the best until last, because who doesn’t love a bit of glitter on their lids? Cosmo is a burnt orange glitter and like the duo-chrome toppers, doesn’t look amazing when swatches but when pressed on to the lid, gives an amazing effect and lasts and lasts.
Some glitters give a lot of fallout and you can be finding it everywhere for days, but I haven’t found that with this at all. I love it and would wear it every day if I could but it might be a bit much for work. Shame.
When I first looked at the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette, as much as I loved it, I assumed that the colours wouldn’t produce many different looks. I was wrong! Just on my first two days of wearing it, I created two distinct looks that I was happy with.
Unfortunately they were Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve so I can’t remember the exact shadows that I used! (Check out what I wore on Boxing Day) I did however think that it was worthwhile including the pictures of the looks to demonstrate the wide variety of possible shadow combinations.
If you want to be inspired by Huda Beauty Desert Dusk looks and see the true potential of this palette, checkout my Makeup Looks Pinterest board where I’ve collated a huge number of palette how-tos showing you step-by-step how to recreate some amazing eyeshadow looks with this palette.
I also have the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette and the one area where the brand has improved between releasing the palettes is definitely the packaging. Although the Desert Dusk packaging is still comprised of a strong cardboard rather than a plastic case, it somehow feels stronger and more substantial than the Rose Gold palette.
The inclusion of a mirror also wins brownie points as this was missing from the first palette and I personally feel that mirrors in palettes are essential when travelling. I have to be honest, I’m not overkeen on the front cover design. The makeup look is gorgeous and fits the design of the palette, I just personally feel that sleek, monotone packaging looks better. It’s all just a personal preference.
Not convinced? Here’s three more reasons why I love the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette
1. You can actually test it out.
Now admittedly, Huda Beauty is only available in Selfridges stores and they are only located in Birmingham, Manchester and London, but the palette is available to try and swatch before you buy. I love Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance but I had to buy it online and that always brings risks, not to mention damage to the product in the post.
2. The pigmentation
I’m repeating myself I know, but the pigmentation of this palette is just wow. Even the mattes are intensely pigments and are true to pan. This means that only small amount of the product is needed to create a vivid colour on the eye. It’s hard to find this in a more affordable palette.
3. The quality
These are so amazing. They blend like an absolute dream, even the mattes, which I think makes this palette easy to create looks with as an amateur because the shadows blend so nicely together.
Also, I have to mention the longevity. These, especially the pressed pearls, last such a long time on the eye without creasing or becoming muddy meaning the look you created at the start of the day will still be the one you see at the end of the day and no one can complain about that!
Have I convinced you yet? Or do you already have this palette? Let me know in the comments.