YAY! Hey there friends, welcome to my website and my first blog post. Today I’ll be reviewing Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette, after hearing all the amazing feedback on this palette, I knew that I had to get my hands on it and try it myself. Seeing all the posts on Instagram, I was immediately drawn to the stunning shade Twilight as cool-toned hues are my go-to for an eye look. An immediate overview of this palette is that it looks very versatile, ranging from both warm tones to cool tones and a handful of mattes and shimmery tones. The quality of every individual shadow is top tier, in my opinion, there’s not a lot of fallout and they feel very solid. Different formulas are applied differently, however, a general rule of thumb for me is if there are any glitter or reflects in it I use my ring finger to get the most pigmentation.
I really like how the matte shades alone can create a very subtle daytime look if you’re not trying to use the other shades on a daily basis, making it a bang for your buck. There are a total of 8 matte shades, 6 pressed pearls, 3 duo chrome toppers, and 1 pure3 glitter formula. The toppers look magnificent on their own for a sheer wash over the lid, or you can pack it onto different colors. Using a light base or dark base really changes the end results of what the main color from the duo chrome will show through. The palette retails for $65 USD and $85 CAD, breaking it down to $3.61 USD / $4.72 CAD per shadow which is such a good price, considering how the pans are quite a large size compared to most palettes and the value of the quality.
I also highly appreciate that there are names under every individual shade versus how some palettes come with a clear plastic sheet over the shades with the names, or the shades printed on the back. One feature that is new from the last palette is that the palette itself comes with a very generous sized mirror, which makes it perfect for traveling! I’ve gone traveling before with z palettes and smaller palettes and realize when I get to my destination that I forgot to bring a mirror with me because not all places I stay at have a mirror unless you’re in the washroom with usually pretty bad lighting.
When I got this palette in the mail, I was testing out macro lenses and decided to attempt to take some macro shots of each individual shade. There are some a bit more out of focus than I’d like but overall I’m very happy with how they came out.
Check out all the shades :
Desert Sand is a flesh tone muted peach, great for brightening and setting primers. It is a matte formula that is creamy to the touch with little fallout.
Musk is a warm taupe matte formula, perfect for adding depth into the crease or as a transition color.
Eden is a soft peach matte formula, a complimenting color in the palette for most of the shades.
Amber is as its name sounds, a warm amber color, almost giving a rust feel to it.
Blood Moon is the first of the six pressed pearl shades in the palette. It has a true metallic copper look to it.
Oud is the deepest matte shade in the palette, resonating an earthy feel to it, it can be described as a mahogany brown.
Celestial is the first of the three duo chrome toppers. it has a peachy sheen to it with red gold reflects. In flat lighting, it looks similar to a copper shade.
Nefertiti is a pressed pearl shade, super buttery to the touch. It is a metallic golden champagne color with chunks of gold glitter in it.
Twilight is one of the most eye-catching shades in this palette, it has a gorgeous violet undertone that is very sheer with brilliant blue reflects.
Amythest is a beautiful vibrant orchid violet shade, a very creamy matte formula.
Royal is a deep wine, close to oxblood shade with a satin shimmer finish.
Angelic is a name paired perfectly with this shade, a warm peachy pink with gold glitter, one of the most iconic shades created in the history of makeup.
Cosmo is the single pure glitter shade in this palette and it is my favorite shade in the palette. It is meant to be used with a flat brush, but I personally would also try it with your fingers and a glitter base. Depending on how the light hits I would say it’s a mixture of copper and gold glitter, and sometimes it would reflect a bit of green.
Saffron is a muted brick red matte shade, a beautiful pairing, especially beside Blazing.
Blazing is the last shade in this magnificent palette, it is a burnt orange shade, a staple in many palettes these days.
Overall I’m so happy with my purchase and don’t regret splurging on such a beautiful palette at all. I’m very excited to see what Huda Beauty has in store in the future when it comes to their more inspired palettes. They also recently released 4 of her Obsession palettes on their website as well as on Sephora if you’re looking for something more compact and smaller. Is the Desert Dusk palette something you already own or is this on your holiday wishlist this year?