Brace yourself for the second coming of Subculture-style eyeshadow palette-shaming, everyone. I think it’s here. Huda Beauty is launching her new Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette on Monday, 9.18! It will be available at Sephora, Cult Beauty, & Huda’s own website. That image on the outer packaging is completely stealing the show right now, it is sooooooo STUNNING! The inner packaging is an upgrade from previous palettes, too, because this one has a MIRROR! You know how we feel about mirrors – swooooooon. Prior releases had a clear cover over the shadows and, hence, no mirror. We appreciate the new moves, Huda.
This lovely, mostly war-toned palette, includes 8 matte shades, 6 pressed pearl shades, 3 duo-chrome toppers and 1 pure glitter. The mattes are highly pigmented and creamy, ranging from soft nude shades to medium transition tones & some incredible bold pops of color in purple and orange! The pressed pearls are highly shimmer to add lots of intensity and dimension to your look – they look absolutely gorgeous and will seriously POP on the lid. The duo-chrome toppers are what I’ve got my eye on – you too, right?! These were specifically included in the palette to represent the ever-changing illusions of the desert (we love the dedication to the theme, for real). They each transform ever so slightly in the light to add that drama and luminosity to your look. And lastly, that sole, lonely pure glitter. Freaking breathtaking. It’s a combination of magenta, bronze and golden tones (ahhhh!) that can be used on the lid OR for liner! You’ll just want to make sure you use some additional product to help it adhere to your lid just right. Obviously, this is a beautiful palette with an incredible assortment of shades & finishes! There is certainly a unique component to this beauty! But there’s more…
Now remember that drama I mentioned… yeah. Check out the video above for a little more insight but, basically, we are having some subculture-like issues here. In the video, you’ll see the INSANE amount of kick up in the pans (to the point where the palette is completely trashed) and fall out ALL OVER the face! Plus, there is a serious blending issue. As in, no blending at all. It seems as though the colors don’t even stick to the skin at all but, rather, end up simply removing from the eye as soon as a brush passes over it. But, keep in mind, just like Subculture, there are going to be some users that have a terrible experience (like Michael) and some that aren’t so bad (like the ladies below).
My advice? Just do your research first or, better yet, stop into Sephora to see it in person before making the leap to purchase. There may be dud batches, a newer more lightly pressed formula (likely as we’ve heard her previous palettes did NOT have these issues) or simply user error. Whatever the case, just approach with caution. If you do try it out, PLEASE let us all know what you think! We are dying to hear some more reviews!