Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hello! Long time no blog. Apologies for the absence, but I moved house and spent a while without wifi. As a millennial baby I'm lucky to have had internet in my house since I could say the word internet, so it was a very different few weeks for me! Don't worry though, I didn't have to sacrifice my beloved avocado on toast (how topical of me).

I thought I'd best return with something good, and what's better than a new eyeshadow palette? While in the process of moving I made a little visit to Sephora and picked up the new Huda Beauty Desert Dusk eyeshadow palette. I had been curious about it in the lead up to it's release and after seeing it in person I was a goner.  

This is the first product I've tried from Huda Beauty. The Textured Shadows Palette Rose Gold Edition (wow, long name) had so many mixed reviews that I never felt compelled to buy it. I'm glad I held off on that, because I find the shade selection of the Desert Dusk palette to be far more appealing. It's certainly a pricey palette, coming in at $95 AUD. I'm not sure any palette is ever "worth" that much, but it had been quite a while since I'd picked up a new palette so I felt okay with paying that much. 

Inspired by the Arabian desert, this palette comes with eighteen rich shades with four different finishes. There are three duo-chrome toppers, eight mattes, six shimmers and one pressed glitter. The packaging is cardboard, feels sturdy and comes with a nice mirror.

I find the shade selection to be incredibly well thought out. There aren't any shades that are dupes of each other, which is my biggest annoyance with palettes these days. There are a couple that are similar, but the finish, undertone or depth gives them a rightful place in the palette.

The mattes in the palette are all soft in texture. They kick up a little powder when you go in with a brush, but no more than other palettes I have and love. They feel very soft to touch but aren't as creamy as some shadows I have. They have a thinner consistency than Kat Von D or Anastasia, but I don't necessarily think of that as a negative. They are pigmented, but not incredibly so. They blend with little fuss and can easily be built up for a more saturated look. 

The shimmer and duo-chrome topper shades all perform nicely too. They have that buttery feel that has become so sought after to them and are easy to use. Like most shimmer shadows, you can easily amp them up by wetting your brush. I've tried them with a dry brush, a wet brush and my fingers and I like the result each way. I usually stick to a dry brush for work, and then using them wet or with my fingers for the weekends. The glitter shade definitely needs an adhesive to work, but that is to be expected. 

I've really enjoyed using this palette so far. I find every shade easy to work with. They have all lasted a full day (roughly 6:30am - 6:30pm) on me without fading. I have had a little creasing with the shimmer shades if I don't have eye primer on, but nothing too noticeable. The duo-chrome toppers work best on top of another shadow, although that's to be expected when a shade is described as a topper.

For the swatches I lightly ran my finger on the shade for a few seconds and blended them out on my arm with my finger. I did these swatches before ever using the palette on my eyes and I was really impressed. Even the ones that didn't go on fully opaque blended really well. To me that's more impressive that a shadow that packs pigment but doesn't blend out evenly. 

Desert Sand - A light orangey yellow. Would be great for setting concealer or eyeshadhow primer if you have a deeper skin tone than I do. It's a nice crease shade for me. 
Musk - A taupe brown. This is a really nice "one and done" shade. Easy to throw on the lid and blend out if you're short on time. 
Eden - A vibrant coral shade. Beautiful in the crease. Mixes beautifully with Desert Sand if you're after a more toned-down colour.
Amber - A red-brown. Such a gorgeous shade, blends easily and nicely pigmented. 
Blood Moon - A metallic red copper. This one makes my blue eyes pop.
Oud - A rich cherry toned brown. This one looks so good on the lower lash line!  

Celestial - A pink/gold duochrome. In the swatch it looks similar to Nefertiti but in person the pink shift is much more apparent. 
Nefertiti -
A light, warm gold. This is the kind of shade I have several dupes of in my collection, but I always reach for them so I don't mind. 
Twilight - A lilac/blue duochrome. So beauitufl and looks really cool as an inner corner highlight!
Amethyst - A grape purple. This is the sheerest of all the mattes, but it does build without any patchiness. 
Royal - A deeper, metallic Amethyst. This one looks so pretty all over the lid.
Retrograde - A copper with blue/green shimmer. One of the more unique shades in the palette. It looks incredible on top of Amber. 

Cashmere - A metallic taupe. Such a gorgeous every day shade. Very work/school appropriate. 
Angelic - A pink/gold duochrome. I have been loving these shades lately (Come And Get It by Colourpop is a dupe). Such a nice way to add a pop of colour without being too out there.
Cosmo - The pressed glitter. The only shade I haven't used, but once I pick up a glitter glue I will be all over it.
Turkish Delight - A cranberry shimmer. Very creamy and pigmented, a little goes a long way.
Saffron - A muted red. Putting this in the outer V is stunning! 
Blazing - A bright mid toned orange. This shade is so beauitful, a definite stand out in the palette.

I am so glad that I bought this palette. Almost every other review of this I've seen has been positive as well. Do I think everyone needs this palette? No. If you already have a bunch of warm toned palettes then this might be a little redundant in your collection. However, if you like the shades and think you'll get use out of them, I definitely think it's worth the splurge. The shadows in here have worked really well for me and so far I haven't been able to put it down. It makes me excited to put my makeup on every morning.

Thank you for reading! Have you picked up this palette, or are you planning on it? Or is it an easy pass for you? Let me know in the comments below x

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What's your opinion?

  1. I love those purple shades, they look so pretty <3

    1. They're gorgeous. They would make brown eyes pop x

  2. I really want to try either palettes she created. I am a warm tone person and those shades are speaking to me but unfortunately it is way more expensive to get my hands on it in Turkey than other countries.��

  3. I'm a huge fan of your work! This palette is heaven <3

  4. wow your review impressed me because I thought the palette was not worth it even if it's beautiful. You're almost making me change my mind...!! and your neat swatches make them look really nice plus yes, I also prefer shadows that are easy to blend! mmm...might have a 2nd look at it while in store!!

    1. That's how I thought it was going to be too! But then I swatched it in store and it was so promising. I've been loving it!

  5. Huda palettes always have such gorgeous shades, loving this one so much!

    Anika |

    1. The shade selection in the palette was wayyy too pretty for me to resist!

  6. The red shades in this palette are so gorgeous, and I love that they included a few lilac/purple shades as well. Red palettes are all the trend right now and it's interesting to see the different combinations brands are coming out with. $95 seems pricey for a palette, but with all the shades you get I feel like it's worth the investment!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    1. I agree! It's definitely a splurge, but worth it for me. Thanks for reading x

  7. this palette is just so beautiful and i can't wait to get is as soon as sephora finally openes here.

  8. The colour selection is stunning and your swatches look INCREDIBLE!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. Thank you! I am terrible at swatching so I'm always glad when the product does the work for me x