A few months ago, Huda Beauty released photos of their founder, Huda Kattan, lying in a bathtub drenched in gold for the launch of a new product, which left fans guessing what she was going to release next. A liquid highlighter? A body highlighter? Just any kind of highlighter?! Much to some people’s delight, but to most people’s confusion, the cult favourite brand released a ‘remastered’ version of their original Rose Gold eyeshadow palette with improvements made to the eyeshadow formulas and packaging based on feedback from the original.
My boyfriend bought the 18-pan palette for me (a real keeper-I know!) from Cult Beauty for £56, which is the same price as the Desert Dusk palette (you can read a review on it here). The packaging is very similar, with very sturdy yet lightweight packaging with a beautiful photo of Huda on the cover and plastic cover slip. Below are swatches of the eyeshadows from the top row down.
I’m going to discuss the palette in terms of eyeshadow textures. The mattes (Risqué, Doll Face, Demure, Suede, Coco, Maneater, Henna and Sandalwood) very pigmented- a little definitely goes a long way and I find that if you use too much at once the colours can muddy together and you lose that gradient when building up crease colours. They are of course very blendable!
The new ‘melted metal’ formulas (Dubai, Fling, Trust Fund, Rose Gold, Pink Diamond, 24K, #Blessed, and Bubbly) are very unique. When applied with the finger, the shadow is super pigmented with great shine. The formula has been changed so that the formula can be used with a brush but I still think it looks much more foiled with a finger or wet brush.
The ‘pressed pearl’ formula only comes in one shadow, Moon Dust and is a beautiful shimmer. It is especially blinding as a highlighter! The shade Black Truffle can be used wet and dry, and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to use as an eyeliner.
This is the eye look I created using Doll Face, Risque, Rose Gold and 24K.
Overall, I don’t own the original rose gold palette myself so I can’t compare formulas and shades, but I would say that I don’t think the new formulas are that special enough to buy this palette if you already owned the original. I feel that the melted metal shades in particular, are just as good as any good quality foiled shadow and are not revolutionary. However, if you don’t own the original palette and the shades appeal to you then it is definitely a good palette nonetheless.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this palette, especially those who have the original. I would be annoyed if I had bought the original for £56, thinking it was being discontinued to then have a new and improved version come out not too long after. What do you think?