Beauty Review: Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette
The Desert Dusk palette by Huda Beauty was hands down one of my most anticipated makeup products of the year. I really enjoyed her first palette, the Rose Gold edition so I had high expectations for it’s successor.
While I was away on a trip to San Diego last week (hence my lack of posts) I had the pleasure of doing my first wear test in a totally different city with a totally different climate. Since I had used Huda’s eyeshadows before, I for the most part knew what to expect. While I did really like the Rose Gold edition, it had it’s issues. Some of the mattes were a bit dry and patchy and hard to blend, and the pressed pigments had to be applied by finger to really offer any intense pay-off. Of course when a new palette follows the first one out of the gate you naturally expect some improvements. Thankfully there are some with the Desert Dusk.
I’ll begin with the packaging. The first palette didn’t come with a mirror, which for it’s $60+ price tag was a bit of a surprise. I personally rarely-to- never use palette mirrors to begin with, so the more I got used to the see-through packaging the more I liked it. It made finding the palette in a stack quite easy. There were however plenty of people who did not like the lack of mirror, so I wasn’t at all shocked to see one included with the Desert Dusk. Now the cover has Huda’s hypnotizing eyes all decked out in shades from the palette on the front, with an overlay protection sheet inside with the same design. As for the shadows themselves, I am mostly pleased. I adore the shade selection. As much as I love an all neutral palette, it’s refreshing to see some brighter tones becoming on trend. The good news is, Huda didn’t forget her warm tone loving fans and included just enough to keep us happy. Most of mattes are highly pigmented, creamy and blend well. But, like the first palette there’s a few shades that need work when it comes to blending. Patchiness can be a pain to deal with, but once buffed out these all look stunning. The pressed pigments and glitter shade are similar to the old formula. perhaps a little less chunky than before. they can be applied by brush (a spritz of Mac’s Fix + helps) but they do perform better when applied by finger. Using my finger doesn’t really bother me, it’s just a little more tough to be precise. I would also recommend using a glitter glue to really pack a punch. Once on the lid the shimmer shades are beyond stunning. They catch the light and make your eyes POP! As a freelance makeup artist I really appreciate how many looks I can create out of this palette, and how well it works with all different skintones and eye colors.
Huda Beauty has become one of my favorite brands over the last year. I am still obsessed with her lip strobes, they are just beyond. The eyeshadows might not be for everyone, it really all depends on what you like and expect from a formula. But I myself really enjoy both palettes. I wore shades from Desert Dusk 3 different days in a row and had little to no fallout or transfer. Yes they have their issues, but I find that most every palette does. With that being said I totally think the Desert Dusk is worth the money and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to spice up their eye look.
The palette is currently available on Sephora.com and will hit stores on October 13th.