Beauty guru and entrepreneur Huda Kattan recently debuted her first Eyeshadow Palette - Rose Gold Edition. The palette contains 18 shades in a mix of mattes, chrome pressed pearls, and 3D metal shadows and retails for $83 CDN plus tax. It was love at first sight; I wanted to get my hands on this beauty as soon as she released a preview. However, after seeing the price and hearing all the mixed reviews, I was a little hesitant. I decided to wait until the Sephora VIB sale to purchase it and plus I wouldn't be a hands on blogger if I didn't purchase it and test it out for you guys. And I've been doing just that over the past week or two. I also have a tutorial up using this palette which I will link below. Today I will be sharing my review as well as swatches of the Rose Gold Palette.
Firstly lets discuss the packaging, it comes in a pullout sleeve with Huda's eyes pictured on the cover wearing the Rose Gold shade on her lids. The shadows are housed in a cardboard palette with a clear cover allowing for visibility of the stunning colours. I like this design concept as I don't own many palettes like this. Some would prefer a solid cover with a mirror but I on the other hand never use those mirrors inside my palettes. However, for the price of this palette, I would have preferred a more sturdy packaging.
Now on to the most important part, the formula. The palette contains 6 3D metals, 2 chromatic pressed pearls and 10 saturated matte eyeshadows. All shadows are recommended to be applied with your fingers and they weren't kidding. When using a brush, there is very little to no pigmentation. The metals were the main reason I was drawn to this palette. They are stunning and very pigmented. They swatch very smooth and creamy. Although, they can tend to appear thick and chunky and emphasize texture on the lids when building. I highly recommend using a base and a glitter glue for a much better application to achieve the 3D pop look with minimum fall out. The pressed pearls are also gorgeous and apply very creamy. On to the mattes, the formula isn't the greatest. Some are drier than others and they swatch poorly especially the last row. They are said to be talc free so you really need to rub it to get a good pigmentation. However, when applied to the lids with your fingers, they perform much better and blend very well. The shadows lasted 6-8 hours without fading.
Colour Desciptions and corresponding swatches: (swatches were taken with one swipe of the my finger except for the mattes)
Dubai (smoky bronze), Fling (sparkly cranberry), 24K (lavish gold), Rose Gold (rose gold), Trust Fund (ritzy copper), Angelic (sweet pink with gold reflections)
Blessed (vintage gold), Bossy (bold maroon clay), Flamingo (dashing pink), Shy (delicate dusty pink), BAE (cream-colored base), Moon Dust (astral gold illumination)
Black Truffle (decadent black), Suede (smooth transition gray), Coco (bark brown), Maneater (ruthless mulberry), Henna (warm reddish-brown), Sandalwood (earthy deep tan)
So am I going to keep it? Yes, I love to wear metallics and glitters and like I said that was the main reason why I bought this palette. It is much neater to use than most loose pigments. Had I paid full price, that would be another story. My Mac pigments would do the job just fine. If you are looking for a matte palette at a cheaper price point, I would recommend getting the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette as some of the shades are similar and the formula is superb. However, you get more shadows with the Huda Palette and they are also bigger in pan size. I'm a huge fan of the Huda Beauty line and I have not been disappointed and the same goes for this palette. Again, glitter glue is highly suggested when using the metal shades. I wish they had organized the 3D Metallic shades in same row, but thats nitpicking. Once you learn how to work with this palette and you're ok with using your fingers for application, it's amazing.
You can purchase the Huda Beauty Textured Eyeshadow Palette at Sephora, Huda Beauty Online or Cult Beauty.
What are your thoughts on this palette? Is it on your wishlist?