Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

September 27, 2017

With so many new eyeshadow palettes being launched almost weekly now, I know the color schemes and the trends can get quite repetitive.

But every now and again, a palette comes along which offers something a little different and demands attention. The new Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette definitely fits this bill…

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Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

The Desert Dusk Palette is possibly the prettiest palette I got my hands on in a long time. Last palette I was this excited about was Anastasia Modern Renaissance and to this day, it’s still one of the best selling eyeshadow palettes.

The packaging of Desert Dusk Palette alone draws you in. The external packaging has a soft metallic color theme which carries into the palette. The cover of the palette itself features Huda’s eyes with a matte/metallic combination finish. As you move the palette in the light, the shimmer over her eyes and the crystals on her headpiece glisten. It’s really beautiful.

There’s a large mirror on the inside – an upgrade from her last eyeshadow palette which didn’t have a mirror. All the eyeshadow names are printed below each pan and there’s a transparent divider which again has the same picture of Huda’s eyes.

I took plenty of close up photos of the palette so you can see the texture and the colors of the eyeshadows as close to the real thing as possible. One word I can use to describe this palette is: Rich!

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette features 18 eyeshadows. Along with an amazing combination of colors, what I love most about this palette is the variety of texture and finishes.

Most eyeshadow palettes will have a blend of matte and shimmer finish shadows which is expected. I really appreciate that the Desert Dusk Palette offers a great balance of matte, pressed pearl (shimmer), duo-chrome and even pressed glitter all in the one palette.

This wide variety of colors and finishes makes the palette extremely versatile meaning you can create countless different looks to suit all occasions.

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

In terms of color, this palette again ticks all the boxes. There are plenty of muted earthy neutrals for daytime looks, violets and orange/reds for a pop of color and of course the pressed pearl and glitter shades to really dial up your looks for night time or even editorial (if you’re a pro artist).

Here’s a break down of the palette – color and finishes:

8 x Matte: Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, and Desert Sand
6 x Pressed Pearl: Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, and Blood Moon
3 x Duo-Chrome Toppers: Retrograde, Twilight, and Celestial
1 x Pure Glitter: Cosmo

Furthermore, the colors in this palette can be used all year round. The rich browns and purples are perfect for fall, the softer shades of peach and oranges are a great transition into spring, while bronze and shimmer shades are gorgeous for glistening summer looks.

SHOP Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Every single eyeshadow in this palette has amazing color payoff. There’s a slight bit of fall-out during application but that’s expected with such high pigment shadows.

TIP: Always start with a small amount on the brush, tap off the excess and build the color to preferred intensity from there.

The way these eyeshadows blend is also effortless. The mattes are quite silky, the pressed pearls give off plenty of shimmer on their own but you can also intensify them further by using a damp brush or applying with your fingers.

The duo-chrome toppers, Retrograde, Twilight and Celestial can be used as a soft wash of subtle shimmer on their own; or as the name suggests, can be used on top of other colors to change the depth and dimension of the looks you’re creating.

TIP: As an example: Create a matte, chocolate-y smoky eye with Oud and apply a layer of Twilight with hints of pink/lavender shimmer over it.

And then there’s Cosmo which is pure pressed glitter. It does require some careful handling as it crumbles quite easily. If that happens however, all you need to do is press it back into the pan and it’ll return to its original form.

TIP: Pick up a small amount of Cosmo with the tip of a flat shader brush, mix it with your glitter glue/mixing medium for a mess-free application.

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette Swatches

I’m really impressed with this palette! I knew I liked the look of it but playing with the colors and testing the formula further reiterated that we definitely have a winner on our hands.

Hats off to Huda for creating this palette as it’s a breath of fresh air in terms of color variety, texture, quality and even packaging.

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette retails at $65 and is now available online at Sephora – with in-store launch happening October 13th.

For worldwide delivery of this palette with free shipping, check out Cult Beauty

What do you think of the Desert Dusk Palette? Share your thoughts in the comments :)

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6 comments

Sandra Brennan September 28, 2017 - 4:49 pm

I love this palette. I haven’t bought it yet cos I have sooooo many palettes but you just sold me. Your reviews always do this to me lol

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Sarah October 3, 2017 - 5:02 am

One can never have enough palettes :)

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Bianca September 28, 2017 - 6:59 am

I ordered mine last week and I can’t wait! These photos get me even more excited now. Thanks Sarah! xo

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Sarah October 3, 2017 - 5:02 am

Enjoy your new palette Bianca!! xx

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Jennifer September 28, 2017 - 3:52 am

oh wow! it’s gorgeous. Ive been seeing it all over IG but it looked similar to her rose gold palette. Now I see it’s not. And I think I need it :)))

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Sarah October 3, 2017 - 5:02 am

I think being another warm undertone palette, it looked similar at first glance, but it’s definitely a different color theme :)

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