So I'm back at it again with another Christmas gift. Some of you who regularly read my posts will remember that I have been eyeing the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette for quite some time, so I was very excited to receive it as a gift and then put it to the test. This palette retails for £56 which was just slightly over what I feel ok with spending on eyeshadow so I'm glad I got to try it!
What drew me in with this palette was the colour story and I liked the inspiration behind it. It also has some duo-chromes that have a blue shift to them, for some reason I always think this is revolutionary and I fall for it every time, plus I'm also a sucker for purples in palettes. So I really wanted to try this out. I had never tried Huda's formula before as well so it was twice as exciting.
Swatches left to right: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Blood Moon and Oud
Swatches left to right: Celestial, Nefertiti, Twilight, Amethyst, Royal, Retrograde
Swatches left to right: Cashmere, Angelic, Comso, Turkish Delight, Saffron, Blazing
For this look I used Eden as a transition shade and Amethyst in the crease and outer corner, using Oud to further deepen my crease. On the lid I used Twilight, I wasn't happy with the pigmentation of it so I added Stila Sea Siren on the centre of my lid to make it pop. On my lower lash line I used Amethyst and a little but of Oud. For my inner corner I used Becca pressed highlighter in Opal. My lashes are Ardell 603.
For this look I used both Musk and Eden (as there aren't any light or medium brown shades) and added a bit of Amethyst and Oud to deepen the crease ever so slightly and took what was left on my brush on my lower lash line. On the lid I used Twilight with Cashmere layered on top. My lashes are Ardell 110.
Here I used Eden as a transition shade, Blazing in my crease and Amber to deepen my crease. I also used Blazing and Amber on my lower lash line. On my lid I used Blood moon, with Nefertiti in the centre of lid and also on my inner corner. My lashes are Ardell 603.
For this look I used den as a transition shade and Blazing upper crease. I then took Amber lower down, in the outer V and along the lashline. I applied Oud below Amber and packed all over the lid, in the outer V and along the lower lashline. To cut my crease I used Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer in C0, after I applied Stila Glitter & Glow in Diamond Dust to define the cut crease. I then blended the edges where the concealer ended to my lid and outer V. For lashes i used Ardell Demi Wispies.
I used Eden and Musk in my crease and Amber to deepen the crease. On my lid I use Celestial and for my inner corner I used Nefertiti. My lashes are Ardell 110
For this look I used Eden as a transition shade and Blazing and Saffron in the crease and along my lower lash line. I used Oud to deepen my crease and then packed Turkish Delight on the outer third of my eye. I then applied some Too Faced glitter glue from my inner third to centre of my lid and then applied Nefertiti on top of where I applied the glitter glue, focusing it on the inner third of my eye. Finally on the centre of my lid I applied Cosmo. My lashes are a mix of individual lashes. (I would have added a larger lash for this look had I had time; it started getting dark and I use natural light.)
For this look I used Musk as a transition shade and Saffron with Oud to build my crease, I also took these shades onto my lower lash line. On the centre of my lid I applied some J Cat Prismetal shadow in Chrome Galaxy and then I added some Blood Moon on the inner and outer portion of my lid, then I took Turkish Delight to blend the two shades together. Finally I applied some Nefertiti on the centre of my lid and then also on my inner corner. I can't remember which false lashes I used but I think it was a combination of two different ones.
Here I used Eden as a transition shade and Amethyst in my crease and lower lash line. On my lid I applied Stila Glitter & Glow in Embellish with Angelic and Nefertiti on top. For my inner corner I used Stila Glitter & Glow in Stylish. My lashes are the Ardell 700 slightly trimmed.
For this look I used Blazing in my crease but I blended it out further than I typically do. I then used Saffron lower down in my crease, packed it on my lid and then along my lower lash line. Then I took Oud and applied it to add a bit of extra depth in my crease. I added some Too Faced glitter glue on my lid and then over top I packed on the shade Retrograde. I couldn't find a good inner corner highlight so I used a combination of Neferttit/Becca Opal/ Retrograde. My lashes are Ardell 603.
Swatches left to right: Huda Beauty Retrograde, Urban Decay Solstice, Clionadh Cosmetics Grisaille
So in general I have enjoyed using this palette this last month. I like the colour story a lot and all the shades are flattering on me. I have realised though that Huda's formula is not my favourite. It's not bad, but I found I had to work slightly harder to blend out product than I have to with other formulas. The duo-chromes where also slightly lacking for my taste; they're ok but there are dupes out there that are more intense and pigmented so if you're getting this palette just for them, don't.
After creating some looks using this palette I feel like some of the shades could be swapped out or replaced with something that would add more to the colour story. I did notice that when applied to the lid, Celestial and Angelic actually look really similar to the point where you can't really tell them apart. I think this palette could also have benefitted having a deeper cool-toned shade as well.
The one shade that I don't think I will ever be using again is the pressed glitter, Cosmic. I'm personally not a fan of pressed glitters in general (I'd sooner reach for a Stila Glitter & Glow or the glitter multi-chromes by Clionadh Cosmetics), just because they're not the easiest kind of glitter to work with. This glitter, even when applied over glitter glue, had to much fallout I couldn't wait to get it off my face. I will not be reaching for it again for that reason. I am aware of the risk associated with most glittery eye products but I choose formulas with either less fallout or just ones that are eye safe as I'm terrified of getting glitter in my eye and doing irreparable damage.
I like this palette but I found I often wanted to add other products in order to make certain shades pop and make them more dynamic and interesting. I will definitely be reaching for this palette again but I have other things I love more.
Thanks for reading!