Whenever beauty influencer and social media darling Huda Kattan comes out with a new product, I’m always eager to try. Huda Beauty is much like Fenty Beauty; both brands cater to women of color. I love that more and more beauty brands are emphasizing inclusivity because it’s about time!
Huda Beauty’s impressive social media reach instrumental to its skyrocketing success. It’s so refreshing for a brand that listens to their customers’ wants and needs.
One of the brand’s newest releases is the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette. It’s an eyeshadow palette filled with rich shades inspired by the alluring Arabian sunset. Sounds dreamy, right?
The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is an 18-pan palette all wrapped up in a slim and lightweight cardboard packaging. According to the brand, the formula has been reformulated to ensure gorgeous pigmentation and longer staying power. The palette has four finishes: 8 mattes, six pressed pearls, three duo-chrome “toppers” and one glitter shade.
The shades are based on the shifting shadows of desert sand as well as the effervescent Dubai landscapes. The palette comes on the heels of Huda Beauty’s supremely successful Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette, so the clamor for more palettes from the brand is not much of a surprise!
Eyeshadows Top Row: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Blood Moon, Oud
Desert sand is a matte warm-toned light yellow with orange undertones. The consistency is a little thin and chalky. The color payoff is good, but it’s prone to some fallout.
Musk is a matte taupe brown. The consistency is velvety although it’s not as creamy. Pigmentation is impressive.
Eden is a beautiful matte pink-orange. It blends well although it is a little powdery. I recommend blending carefully as this shade sheers out quickly as you blend.
Amber is a beautiful reddish brown with sparkly flecks of shimmer. Consistency leans dry, but it applies like a dream.
Blood Moon is a show-stopping copper with a metallic sheen. It has a buttery, cream-like consistency. It applies nice but is prone to creasing.
Oud is a dramatic plum brown with a matte finish but applies with a hint of pearlescent shimmer. Pigmentation is great despite the slight powderiness.
Middle Row: Celestial, Nefertiti, Twilight, Amethyst, Royal, Retrograde
Celestial is a peachy brown with a duo chrome finish. The consistency is a little chunky. This shade is best applied in a patting motion using a damp brush.
Nefertiti is a sparkling golden brown with warm undertones. Pigmentation is good although it sheers out as you blend.
Twilight is a metallic light purple-pink that flashes bluish-violet. This topper has good pigmentation though consistency is a little dry. Twilight is best applied with a damp brush or with your fingertip.
Amethyst is a stunning magenta in a matte finish. This is a buildable shade with a dry texture. It’s a little dusty and prone to fallout.
Royal is a plum brown with a light pink pearlescent sheen. The consistency is dense and smooth. Pigmentation is terrific especially compared to the other shimmers in the palette.
Retrograde is a gorgeous copper brown with a green-blue shift. The texture is slightly loose so prepare for a little fallout. Retrograde is best applied with a damp brush.
Bottom Row: Cashmere, Angelic, Cosmo, Turkish Delight, Saffron, Blazing
Cashmere is a metallic taupe with a soft texture and a buildable opacity. This shades blends like a dream!
Angelic is a cool-toned pink with a flash of gold. The texture is dense, and the pigmentation is buildable.
Cosmo is a glittering copper with an adhesive base. I like the concept but the glitters tend to move a lot throughout the wear.
Turkish Delight is a lovely cranberry with a kiss of copper. This metallic shade feels denser and is best applied with a flat, synthetic brush.
Saffron is a matte dark red with buildable pigmentation. The consistency is a little dry but never powdery.
Blazing is a matte red-orange with rich, vivid pigmentation in a single pass. The texture is velvety smooth and blendable.
Is It Worth It?
For the price, I think it’s worth it. Yes, it’s pricier than, say, the Naked Heat, but you do get 18 shades in a single palette. This is a great investment for beauties who are all about sporting smoldering eyes for fall. The deep red-oranges, bold coppers, and gleaming toppers offer a lot of room for experimentation. This palette isn’t one for subtlety but don’t let that stop you from putting together office-friendly looks!
- Excellent staying power
- Excellent price point
- Great color variety
- Great pigmentation
- Portable packaging with a good-sized mirror
- Rich, vivid shades
- On-trend colors
- Mattes prone to sheering out
- Fall out issues with the toppers and metallics
- Slight powderiness
The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette received mixed reviews but personally, I thought it was a great follow up to the Rose Gold palette. You can create a variety of looks with this palette. You can go for a dramatic eye for a night or light, easy breezy look for the day!
The mattes may be a little powdery, but as long as you are not too heavy-handed during the application, the kick up is minimized. I know that some beauties have issues with the toppers and metallic shades but that’s nothing that a synthetic flat brush and Fix+ spray can’t fix.
Also, pat the toppers instead of a blending motion to get that gorgeous opacity. Make the most out of the mattes by blending with love! There were fallout issues so I suggest doing the eyes first then the base. I love this palette, how about you?