Reviewing Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

IT’S FINALLY HERE!! Huda Kattan isn’t the world’s biggest beauty influencer/blogger for no reason, as she knows how to market her products and leave her fans waiting in anticipation for the next big product launch. Her Desert Dusk Palette was no exception, as she left us waiting for at least a month after revealing it to the world, to gain major hype surrounding the product. I hate to admit that it worked on me, and I couldn’t wait until the 18th of September to buy it!

I got the palette on cultbeauty.co.uk for around £56 (definitely a splurge!) and it arrived a few days later. I never bought the original Rose Gold Palette because of the mixed reviews and no appeal for the shades. As soon as I saw the shades in the Desert Dusk palette I swooned over the sunset purples and interesting duo-chromes.

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As always, her packaging is on point and screams Arabian Princess goals.

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The palette comes with 18 shades (£3 per shade), consisting of 8 mattes, 6 pressed pearls, 3 duo-chromes and 1 pure glitter.

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Above are the mattes in (Left to Right): Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Oud, Amethyst, Saffron and Blazing.

The mattes are very blendable and quite pigmented (not as pigmented as the ABH Modern Renaissance though). They were very easy to work with on the eyes and the colours are beautiful.

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The Pressed Pearls from Top to Bottom: Turkish Delight, Cashmere, Nefertiti, Celestial (Apparently this is actually a duo-chrome-oops!), Royal and Blood Moon.

I was so impressed by the pressed pearls! I hardly rubbed into them much but they were super creamy and pigmented! The duo-chrome, Celestial is pretty but worked better when used with a wet brush for a more pigmented effect. Later I learned that it’s described as a topper so maybe it’s not supposed to be used alone?

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The Duo-chromes from Left to Right: Angelic, Twilight and Retrograde. Angelic is actually a pressed pearl, and my least favourite shade from the palette. It’s not as pigmented and a little crumbly for my liking. It’s also not a new shade, and was featured in the Rose Gold palette too. Twilight is purple with blue and pink reflects, whilst Retrograde is burgundy with purple and pink reflects. They are meant to be used as toppers and are hence not that pigmented, however, they can be built up especially if used with a wet brush.

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This is the one pure glitter in the shade, Cosmo. It’s mainly a deep red colour with gold and orange flecks. It’s rather chunky, and works best with a wet finger or with glitter glue. I’m not a big fan of chunky glitters so I’m on the fence with this one.

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This is the eye look I created with the palette. I used Celestial all over the lid, Eden, Amber and Oud in the crease, with Amethyst and Celestial on the lower lash line.

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All in all, I really love this palette and think you could create a variety of looks with this, even a natural day-time look with the mattes! It has a large mirror and is perfect for travel. I think I’ll be bringing this with me on my holiday next week!

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