What it is:
A dynamic eyeshadow palette with 18 shades in four unique textures: one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.
What it does:
Adventure on an exotic Arabian journey with the latest eyeshadow palette by Huda Beauty. This richly toned palette features 18 versatile shades that can be layered in infinite ways to create a vast array of looks with just one palette. Layer different textures to create unique combinations, or add intrigue to smooth matte shades with a duo-chrome topper. From subtle, natural looks to dramatic statements and bold glittering looks, this palette will become your new essential for all your makeup routines.
This palette contains:
– 8 x Matte Eyeshadows in Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, and Desert Sand.
– 6 x Pressed Pearl Eyeshadows in Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, and Blood Moon.
– 3 x Duo-Chrome Topper Eyeshadows in Retrograde, Twilight, and Celestial.
– Pure Glitter Eyeshadow in Cosmo
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
“Our second palette is filled with vibrant, highly-pigmented shades that reflect the exotic landscape of the Arabian desert around us. We’ve introduced three new formulas to reflect all its dazzling mystery and charm, in particular the iridescent duo-chrome formulas just completely capture the mysterious desert mirages. I spent so much time to ensure that every shade was absolutely perfect, and every color is so special to me. It was also really important to me that we take all our knowledge and feedback from our first palette, and create something that would showcase our growing experience and knowledge.”—Huda Kattan
-Use Duo Chrome Topper eyeshadows with a brush to blend the light into the base shadow, or dab onto lid to maximize shine.
-Use the glitter eyeshadow all over the eye using a flat brush with stiff bristles, or use as a glitter liner with a liner brush.
I’m sure we’ve all seen and heard the hype behind Huda’s beauty products and although I was intrigued as well, but I didn’t want to buy her first Rose Gold palette because it had too many glitter eyeshadows. Don’t get me wrong, I love glitter as much as the next person, but I hate the maintenance and the risk of it getting in my eyes are not worth it. To me, the cost of the entire palette and not use the glitter shadows didn’t justify the purchase.
However, this palette has only one glitter eyeshadow, thankfully, and so I decided to get my hands on it. My inner Donna (Parks & Rec. reference) told me to, “Treat yo’self!” There is a faint chemical scent to these eyeshadows, but they dissipate quickly after application.
One of the most common complaints I read from online reviews was the flimsy plastic covering on the lid of the palette, which was one of the main packaging changes that differed from this one. Instead, this has the sturdies packaging I’ve ever had on a palette and I really dig it. Huda Kattan is a gorgeous woman, no one can deny that, but am I the only one who gets creeped out by the fact that her eyes look like they’re always watching me no matter the angle that I hold the palette?
I do think the image of her eyes is appropriate for the packaging since this is an eyeshadow palette, but I’m just not comfortable with eyes glaring at me all the time, so I keep it in the box when I’m not actively using it. The large mirror inside is another huge benefit because, c’mon, who doesn’t love a large mirror in their palette? Yes, it does add a bit of weight to the palette, but in my opinion, I’d rather the palette be heavier and feel sturdier than light, flimsy and cheaply made.
There is no clasp to keep the palette closed, only what seems like the strongest magnet I’ve ever experienced in a makeup palette. The magnet in this palette is no joke! I’m pretty sure I could leave this in a small suitcase and hand it over to those man-handling TSA agents that are known for throwing around everyone’s bags and this would still keep itself closed through it all.
Unlike the Urban Decay or Too Faced palettes, this doesn’t include either a brush or a How-To guide, yet is quite more expensive than the other brand’s leading competitive palettes. All that comes in this palette is the palette itself which is a bit of a downside in comparison to the other competitor brands. The protruding lettering on both the top of the box and the palette make me un able to resist grazing my fingers over it to feel the thin, delicate bumps. I’m one of those people who writes really heavy and loves the feeling on the back side of the sheet of paper I’ve written on and enjoy the small bumps that my handwriting created.
Each pan is spaced well enough apart without being too excessive and wasting space which in turn would create an unnecessary, excessive waste of packaging materials. One of my biggest pet peeves with my beloved Chocolate Bar palette from Too Faced is that the eyeshadow color names are not on the palette, but on a flimsy, clear piece of plastic that is easily misplaced. If I lost that sheet of plastic, I would have no way of identifying the colors in the palette. Since I’ve seen that, I always make sure to appreciate and acknowledge when a company is courteous enough to put the shadow names not only on the palette, but beside the according color, like this palette does.
This palette also contains a sheet of plastic over the colors like the Chocolate Bar palette I mentioned, but this one is much thicker and sturdier than the one provided by Too Faced which is also a win in my book. I’m not one to really complain about extra packaging if it makes my product feel more secure and with the thicker piece of plastic provided in this, I feel more secure knowing that it isn’t going to easily bend and dig into one of my eyeshadow when I try to move it around or pick it up like the Chocolate Bar plastic piece has done before. Again, I’m not a fan of the eyes glaring at me, but I’ll give Huda credit for having at least a gorgeous pair of eyes. It would be much creepier if they used a picture of the Grinch or something.
The formulas for these shadows is definitely in league with other major luxury brands and with good reason! The pigment alone is impressive and stunning, then the buttery formulas add on to that to create an irresistible palette that I get excited just to use. I love that there is only one glitter eyeshadow in this palette, which gives me piece of mind that I’ll actually make the most of my purchase with these colors and only avoid one. It’s nothing personal against the glitter color, because it is beautiful, but I don’t want the hassle.
Quite a few of these colors are versatile in the sense that they can be used as bronzers, brow powders, and face luminizers if desired. All the formulas seem to work well with both my favorite eyeshadow primers (Too Faced – Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer & Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Anti-Aging)) and deliver the same amount of pigment on my eyes as you see in the pan. That being said, you don’t need much product to get color payoff so be cautious when picking up product because you don’t want to accidentally dab too much on your eyes and then spend forever trying to blend it out. The shadows are finely milled (except for the chunky textures, obviously) so the lightest tap of your brush on the product will pick up enough to get your started to blend and build the color intensity you desire.
All the colors last all day, regardless which of my favorite primers I use and washes off easily as it applies. The matte colors apply and blend well whether applied wet or dry, but the other formulas seem to apply well wet or dry, but when applied wet, they seem to flake off once dried. They don’t flake off entirely, but it’s not a great reaction when I take the long-term well-being of my eyes into consideration. It isn’t ideal to have those little flakes falling into my eyes creating irritation and microscopic cuts on my eyes.
With out without primer, the colors don’t crease and if used on my face, like my cheekbones for example, it doesn’t enhance pore sizes or fine lines either. I truly adore all the colors in this palette! They’re so fun to play with and get creative to suit my various moods from wanting a light, subtle look, to intense, glammed out dramatic looks. I’m biased to shimmer colors, so obviously, those are the ones I like to use the most, but I’m not a fan of the duo-chrome shades requiring me to use my fingers to apply them. Yes, the colors can still be applied with a brush, but they seem to only apply a faint layer, before brushing off anything exceeding that.
That not only wastes my time but wastes product as well. I’ve used duo-chrome eyeshadows from other brands like Too Faced and Urban Decay, without the need for using my fingers and I prefer to keep it that way. I feel much more comfortable with the lack of bacteria transferred between anything clinging to my hands and cross-contaminating in the palette. I feel much more comfortable using a clean brush to pick up only the necessary product, especially because most of the brushes I use on my eyes not only blend products better but are smaller than my chubby little fingertips.
Even some of the pearl-finish colors do that, but it is what it is. I am not the biggest fan of that feature with those formulas, but they aren’t so bad that I would consider them a deal-breaker. It’s just that little factors like that go into my decision on who I would recommend this palette to. For example, I would recommend this to someone who loves using one product for multiple things or for another makeup addict like myself. I would not recommend this for someone who prefers quick and easy maintenance and application of their products. The safest bet with these eyeshadows is simple: mattes are best applied with a brush all other formulas are best applied with fingers.
Does that factor help for traveling? You bet. The fact that most of the colors in this palette work best when applied with your fingers means that you don’t need to bring a hundred brushes with you when you travel. Pretty much all you would need is a tapered blending brush for your crease and transition colors, and the rest can be applied and blended with your fingertips. A word of caution that the darker colors do stain the skin even with primer and after trying to wash it off, but they fade by the next morning.
Row 1 (Dry vs Wet): Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Blood Moon, OUD
Row 2 (Dry vs Wet): Celestial, Nefertiti, Twilight, Amethyst, Royal, Retrograde
Row 3 (Dry vs Wet): Cashmere, Angelic, Cosmo, Turkish Delight, Saffron, Blazing
Considering the palette doesn’t come with a brush like Urban Decay’s palettes generally do and those are of similar awesome quality yet cost less than this palette. That alone costs this palette a star. The quality of the formulas is impeccable so that earns this palette a place among my favorites in my kit. I’m not a fan of the fact that the colors aren’t replaceable as I run out of them, but the company is still growing, so I’m hoping that will change in the future.
Since there is only one formula that I mostly avoid in the palette (pure glitter), this palette is more worthwhile than the Rose Gold palette, which is being discontinued anyways. The packaging is gorgeous and sturdy and the colors are not only pigmented, but they’re also versatile which further increases its worth. Overall, this is a yes for me.
Scent: Faintly chemical
Size: 0.89 oz.
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