Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette - Review, Photo and Swatches

Hi Beauties,

Succeeding the smash hit, the Rose Gold Palette, Huda Beauty released their second eye shadow palette, Desert Dusk.  The vibrant shades were designed to reflect the exotic landscape of the Arabian Desert from the rich sky at sunset to the shifting shades of the sand.  The palette features 18 shades with four different textures.  With a new iridescent duo-chrome formula to reflect the mysterious desert mirages.  The palette retails for $85 CAD and $65 USD.  I will be sharing my review and swatches below as well as an eye tutorial video at the end of the post.


The metallic purple and pink packaging features a beautiful picture of Huda Kattan, Founder and CEO.  The palette is cardboard like the Rose Gold Palette but it's more luxe, sturdy and thicker in size.  It also includes a sizable mirror on the inside which was missing from the first palette.  I don't use those mirrors so it didn't bother me either way but Huda listened to her fans' complaints and included it this time around.  The shadows consists of one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.   The shade Angelic is a repeat from the previous palette.  There are a few shades (Desert Sand, Saffron and Amber) that look similar to shades in the Rose Gold Palette (Bae, Maneater and Henna) but I don't find them to be exact dupes.  To be honest I don't think the Desert Dusk palette would be a standalone palette without those crease and brow bone shades.



Matte Shades:  Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, and Desert Sand.  Of course, no palette would be complete without highly-pigmented, buttery-smooth mattes. We’ve included subtle sandy nude shades as well as vibrant purples and ochres.

Pressed Pearls: Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, and Blood Moon.  These pure pearl formulas create a high shimmer effect to add depth and intensity to your look. I love using these by themselves, the formula is just SO rich, but they also layer beautifully on top of mattes.

Duo-Chrome Toppers:  Retrograde, Twilight, and Celestial.  This texture was so important to the palette as it perfectly captures the ever-changing illusions of the desert. You guys will die when you see how each shade transforms in the light! 

One Pure Glitter: Cosmo.  Glitter was a must for this palette! It just adds sooo much impact to your look. We combined magenta, bronze, and golden tones to create a luxurious glitter texture that looks insane all over the lid or just as a liner.

Top Row - Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Blood Moon and Oud

Top Row - Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Blood Moon and Oud

Middle Row: Celestrial, Nerfertiti, Twilight, Amethyst, Royal and Retrograde

Middle Row: Celestrial, Nerfertiti, Twilight, Amethyst, Royal and Retrograde

Bottom Row: Cashmere, Angelic, Cosmo, Turkish Delight, Saffron and Blazing

Bottom Row: Cashmere, Angelic, Cosmo, Turkish Delight, Saffron and Blazing

"I spent so much time to ensure that every shade was absolutely perfect, and every color is so special to me. It was also really important to me that we take all our knowledge and feedback from our first palette, and create something that would showcase our growing experience and knowledge."β€”Huda Kattan

Here I used Desert Sand, Eden, Amethyst, Saffron, Blazing and Twilight.  See full tutorial below.

Here I used Desert Sand, Eden, Amethyst, Saffron, Blazing and Twilight.  See full tutorial below.

The matte shades have smooth texture and they apply evenly and pigmented with the exception of a few shades.  Amethyst, Saffron and Blazing had a rougher and drier texture in the pan but applied well with no patchiness.  Those three are my favourite matte shades from this palette.  The mattes are blendable and they blend well into each other.  I didn't experience any fallout in the pan.  The pressed pearls are pure pressed pearls in plum, bronze and rose hues that create a velvety,  shimmer finish.  My favourite are Turkish Delight, Blood Moon and Royal as they have more of metallic finish.  They are creamy, apply smoothly and pigmented, more than the others.  The others have more of a sparkly finish and apply best with a wet brush.  Angelic, Cashmere, Nefertiti are lighter in colour and would look great over the matte shades.  The duo-chrome toppers are designed to shift in colour.  They apply best with your fingers and a glitter glue.  Without the glue and fingers, they don't give an opaque finish.  As they are toppers, I also recommend using a base colour to maximize the reflection and pigmentation.  Twilight is my absolute favourite shade from the entire palette.  The pure glitter shade, Cosmo, has a unique texture.  It has a creaminess to it and isn't as messy as a loose glitter.  It moves around in the pan so a light hand should be used as well as an adhesive base.   


Overall, I'm very pleased with this palette.  It is very versatile, I can see myself creating many different looks with it.  I love the vibrant purple shades; Twilight is stunning!  Now would I recommend getting the Desert Dusk Palette if you already own the Rose Gold Edition, yes I would.  The two palettes are very different and I love them both.  Huda's palettes are quite expensive so I'm glad I was able to purchase this one during the VIB sale.

You can shop the Desert Dusk Palette at Sephora, and Cult Beauty.

Did you pick this palette up?  What are your thoughts?



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