Hey my loves, I’ve been wanting to share my opinion about this palette that has been all over the internet ever since its launch last year in October. Huda Kattan for me, was the only beauty guru and You tuber I relied on back when I started learning so she’s been a massive influence and I’ve been crushing on her since 2011😊 (who doesnt she’s perfect😩)
When the palette launched I’ve got to be honest I wasn’t into it. Pink eyeshadow didn’t appeal to me and when I looked at the price tag plus the shipping all the way from Dubai which came up to 85 dollars in total, it put me off .
However, on my 20th birthday in April, my sisters treated me to makeup. So I thought to make use of this rare gesture and bought the palette after seeing so many swatches, reviews, looks on the internet as it slightly changed my opinion of it. As you all may know the palette launched in the UK and you can purchase it from Cult Beauty for £56 with free shipping (which in my opinion is still a little pricey!).
Overall performance of the shadows
The most important aspect of any eyeshadow palette for me are the shadows. I’m not too fussy about the packaging however I do appreciate it, but since this product has a high price point the shadows had to work. The mattes: Sandalwood. Henna, Maneater, Coco, Suede, Black Truffle, Shy, Flamingo and Bossy have been tried and tested for a couple of months and they perform perfectly. They are blendable using only the tinest amount on a blending or crease brush. This is great as it extends the longevity of the shadow since you only need a tiny amount so in a way you are getting your money’s worth.
Howeverrr, the performance of the 3D Metals are so weird. I cant use any other word to describe it. I was expecting super pigment in on swipe and it would look amazing. The shadows: Dubai, Fling, 24K and Angelic are consistent in every use using my ring finger, and I can rely on them to not be chunky and for there to be a strong deposit of colour.
Rose Gold, Trust Fund and #Blessed are very inconsistent. I wanted to use Rose Gold in the middle of my lid, I used my finger (as your supposed to) and I got almost nothing. I had to use a pink highlighter, and I hate using two palettes as I prefer everything in one so I was really disappointed.
These three shades are patchy, they look nothing like the swatches I see on the internet and when applied on the eyes, you can see almost little to no colour/pigment. 3 out of 18 shadows are inconsistent and that’s just really disappointing because these are the shades that appeal to me the most and the ones I would’ve regularly used.
Final Verdict, is it worth the splurge?
So in my opinion, this palette does perform well in terms of the mattes and some 3D metals, but the fact that it costs £56 and 3 out of the 7 metal shadows ( which is the main selling point) perform terribly, it is most definitely not worth the splurge. Even though I didn’t pay for it, it was a gift I still feel really disappointed. I find it annoying how one palette performs well for someone but then the exact same palette has terrible payoff for someone else. Therefore, if you haven’t bought it yet I would highly recommend trying it out maybe through someone else’s and see whether ALL the shades perform the same and whether it works for you.
These are some alternatives to the shades in the Huda Beauty palette. Im not aware of a complete dupe of the entire palette and I feel that’s why the palette is so distinct and in such high demand. However, these are some products that I love and have been using religiously
- @Jasmine_khatunbeauty on Instagram has a plethora of loose glitter pigments with shades that are very much similar to the ones in the Huda Beauty Palette
- @Certifeye is one of my favourite eyeshadow, glitter and eyelash brand on Instagram. Their Majestic palette has shades that are dupes to the Huda Beauty palette. For example, the shade “Power” almost looks identical to “Rose Gold”. They also have a wide range of budget friendly glitters/pigments!
- Single shadows from Makeup Geek such as “Curtain Call” “Fortune Teller” and “Flame Thrower” are perfect dupes and again are very budget friendly.
That wraps up my review, i wanted to be really honest and help those who havent yet bought this palette in making a informed decision. Let me know in the comments below of any more dupes I may have missed out and whether the palette has worked for you, or any hacks you know to make the 3D metals work!. I would love to know ❤
See you in my next post!
Love from Sahibah x