W7 eyeshadow palettes really do have the tendency to be extremely hit and miss. I wasn’t wowed by the W7 Delicious Palette but I loved the W7 Blazin’ Palette, so I didn’t know what to expect with the new W7 Dusk Till Dawn Eyeshadow Palette once it launched. When I first saw the photos of the W7 Dusk Till Dawn Eyeshadow Palette, it was extremely obvious which palette it was ‘inspired’ by, and that’s the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette which happens to be one of my top three eyeshadow palettes of all time so the W7 version had big boots to fill. The W7 Dusk Till Dawn Palette is £9.95 from the W7 website, and contains fourteen powder eyeshadows.
“Dusk Till Dawn is an eye shadow palette with 14 shades of popping ultra violet tones. The palette features a range of colours that bring an essence of Aladdin’s cave to your makeup look. Rich and intense colours to bring a blend of Dawn Till Dusk to life.
Dawn Till Dusk consists of 7 matte shades ranging from nude, sand tones to brighter, deeper shades such as reds and purples. The other 7 shades of the palette consist of glittery foils and shimmers that accompany their sister matte tones.”
The palette has the same cardboard style packaging as the Delicious Palette with a slim mirror within the lid, and a dual ended eyeshadow brush with one side for laying down colour and the opposite side for blending. The shadows within the palette are divided into two, with the top row being entirely matte and the bottom row entirely shimmers. W7 claims that the bottom row features glittery foils but I have to disagree, as there is only one single foil shade within the palette which is one reason why the W7 Dusk Till Dawn Palette differs to the Huda Desert Dusk Palette but there is a £45 difference between the two.
Wanderer is a light, natural matte
Llama is a light brown matte
Bearded Dragon is a peach matte
Oasis is a dark brown matte
Ayahuasca is a popping purple matte
Wild is a deep red matte
Gobi is a burnt orange matte
Golden Sands is a golden shimmer.
Grey Fox is a pinky brown shimmer with iridescent particles
Wilderness is a baby pink satin.
Mirage is a light brown shimmer.
Mojave is a lilac shimmer.
Daybreak is a deep purple shimmer.
Dune Moon is a burnt copper foil.
All of these shade descriptions are taken from the W7 website and I’ve amended the last seven as they’re not foiled shades, apart from Dune Moon which is a chunky foiled shade. Shade texture description issues aside, I am so pleasantly surprised by this palette as it’s far superior to the Delicious Palette. The mattes for a start are consistently good quality with decent pigmentation, a soft texture and are easy to blend. If anything, I actually rate the matte row over the shimmers which never happens with a budget beauty palette. The shimmers are a little more inconsistent in terms of pigment and texture, as they’re a little chunkier than I’d like but they’re mostly usable. The only shade I dislike using it Dune Moon as it’s so chunky and flaky, and is difficult to work with but the other thirteen shades are decent enough for a £10 palette.
I can’t honestly say the W7 Dusk Till Dawn Palette is a dupe for the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette, but the colourings are similar with lilac and purple tones with lots of neutrals. The quality is miles apart but again, there’s a £45 difference between them. If you liked the shades within the Desert Dusk Palette but didn’t fancy dropping £55 on an eyeshadow palette, I think this palette is a great alternative. The shimmers aren’t not as high quality as those within their Blazin’ Neutrals palette, but it’s better than the Delicious Palette and I’d love to see a palette from W7 with good quality shimmers and mattes.
I’d love to know your thoughts on this palette? Have you tried any of the W7 Eyeshadow Palettes?