I have been raving about the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette to anyone that’ll listen since I got my hands on it last year. It is one of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve tried, and I got the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette at the same time as I got the Smokey Obsessions Palette, and even featured in my Christmas Gift Guide so I’m beyond excited to feature it on my blog today as I’ve been using it non-stop ever since I got my hands on it. The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is a sequel to the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette which never appealed to me as the reviews weren’t particularly complementary but I knew I needed the Desert Dusk as purple is my favourite colour.
Within the UK, Huda Beauty is available from Cult Beauty and the Desert Dusk Palette is £56 which is pricey for an eyeshadow palette but the shades each contain 1.38 grams of product which is very generous especially when you consider one MAC eyeshadow pan is £10 and contains 1.5 grams so this palette is considerably better value gram for gram.
There were a lot of complaints with the packaging of the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette as it was a cardboard palette with a flimsy piece of film within the lid and no mirror. For the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette they’ve revamped the packaging and it looks amazing, with a solid cardboard lid and there’s now a mirror. The design on the front is gorgeous, with a metallic finish to Huda’s makeup and it does feel very substantial for a cardboard palette.
“A dynamic eyeshadow palette with 18 shades in 4 unique textures: 1 dazzling glitter, 8 creamy mattes, 6 shimmering pearl shades and 3 duo-chrome toppers. Adventure on an exotic Arabian journey with the latest eyeshadow palette by Huda Beauty.
This richly toned palette features 18 versatile shades that can be layered in infinite ways to create a vast array of looks with just one palette. Layer different textures to create unique combinations or add intrigue to smooth matte shades with a duo-chrome topper. From subtle, natural looks to dramatic statements and bold glittering looks, this palette will become your new essential for all your makeup routines.”
Desert Sand – a pale peachy cream matte.
Musk – a light warm toned brown matte.
Eden – a light peach matte.
Amber – an intense reddy toned brown matte.
Blood Moon – an intense copper foil.
Oud – a deep plummy brown matte.
Celestial – a peachy gold foil with a pink duochrome shift.
Nefertiti – a warm toned gold shimmer.
Twilight – a duochrome purple with a lilac/blue shift.
Amethyst – a deep purple matte.
Royal – an intense deep purple with burgundy shimmer particles.
Retrograde – a dark brown with a blue/brown duochrome shift.
Cashmere – a golden taupe shimmer.
Angelic – a light pink shimmer with a golden duochrome shift.
Cosmo – a chunky glitter with bronze, gold and brown glitter pieces suspended within a balm.
Turkish Delight – an intense burgundy foil.
Saffron – a burgundy red matte.
Blazing – a bright orange matte.
I’d heard so many mixed reviews about the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette so I wasn’t sure what the quality would be like with the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette but I don’t think I’ve ever been so blown away by an eyeshadow palette as I have with this one. Every one of these swatches is without primer, with a dry fingertip swirling each pan only twice and one single swipe of my fingertip except for Cosmo which was two swipes for a fully opaque swatch.
The mattes are incredible, the shimmers are buttery and the duochrome toppers are absolutely stunning and multidimensional. I have a ridiculous eyeshadow palette collection but this is one of the best palettes I’ve ever tried and I just love it so, so much.
There’s only one disappointing shade for me and that is Cosmo as it’s a chunky glitter which gets everywhere regardless of which application method you use, and glitter glue doesn’t seem to help either. I just avoid Cosmo entirely but I’m tempted to use a knife and actually empty Cosmo’s pan from the palette as I don’t ever want to use it again and I know it’s the most vulnerable shade for potential breakages from what I’ve read in reviews.
The other 17 shades absolutely make this a worthwhile purchase in my opinion, and I love that the palette contains both warm and cool tones in a mixture of finishes and I would 100% repurchase if I lost it tomorrow.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of the Huda Beauty Eyeshadow Palettes?