Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette


The rich heritage of the Middle East, the opulence of the Arabs and the culture and makeup of the oasis, Huda Beauty launched their 'next' most coveted palette called the Desert Dusk. The romantic arabian nights and the scintillating arabian days are what embodies this palette and its just so stunning. Huda Kattan, the cosmetic entrepreneur behind these amazing products truly knows how to make a woman look beguiling and beautiful. 

I took the photos from my beloved iPhone 8 plus and cannot believe how DSLR like finish I have got with it. Really commendable and very amazing.

Lets have a further look..................And yes it feels good to be back again!!!



PACKAGING

Compared to the kind-of basic packaging of the Rose Gold Edition, the Desert Dusk palette is much more beautiful. The outer cover has a duo chrome purple coloring with HUDA BEAUTY embossed in gold. The overall look is very attractive and purple being the starting of the VIBGYOR spectrum has its own charm, a Godly charm.

The eyeshadow palette is made up of hard cardboard with all the necessary information. It contains 18 pressed eye shadows in various textures and wider color range that Kattan happens to have formulated in Italy with a perfection to the T. The plastic overlay of woman wearing eyeshadows in translucent and very beautiful. This palette did have a thought process behind it.




(Translucent plastic overlay)



FORMULA AND INGREDIENTS

18 eyeshadows in the palette come in various formulas ranging from smooth and buttery mattes, satiny pearly shimmers, three duo chrome sparkles and one purely amazing glitter shade.

The matte eyeshadows are smooth and buttery although I found a couple of them a bit dry viz. MUSH and SAFFRON. The others performed very well even without a primer so I believe that they are incredibly pigmented as well, especially the color Oud.



The six pearly shades are simply stunning. My heart melted on Royal and Blood Moon where as Huda's favorites are my favorites too - Angelic, Nefertiti and Celestial. The payoff is excellent and is a test of time, where as on the primer it would be even darker and dramatic which gives the user a variety of options to try the colors. 

The duo chrome sparklers are out of the world although now a days with such an advancement in formulas, one can see these colors in various other brands. Twilight did remind me of this shade from Urban Decay palette called Omen, where as Retrograde is a definite dupe of MAC's pigment called Blue brown. Celestial did remind of a MAC pigment with its duo chrome pink sheen but I really cannot remember that products and its already bid an adieu from the shelves.

The glitter shade is the one that I am actually scared of. I am going to use it once with a dampened flat synthetic brush and see if makes any sense. Otherwise it may be an ignored shade in the palette.




Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette is exclusive to Sephora and her eponymous page. Sephora India does not have it on their podium but Huda Beauty website does ship internationally at buyer's risk.

Lets see what Sephora has to say,


What it is: 
A dynamic eyeshadow palette with 18 shades in four unique textures: one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.  

What it does: 
Adventure on an exotic Arabian journey with the latest eyeshadow palette by Huda Beauty. This richly toned palette features 18 versatile shades that can be layered in infinite ways to create a vast array of looks with just one palette. Layer different textures to create unique combinations, or add intrigue to smooth matte shades with a duo-chrome topper. From subtle, natural looks to dramatic statements and bold glittering looks, this palette will become your new essential for all your makeup routines. 

This palette contains: 
- 8 x Matte Eyeshadows in Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, and Desert Sand.- 6 x Pressed Pearl Eyeshadows in Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, and Blood Moon.- 3 x Duo-Chrome Topper Eyeshadows in Retrograde, Twilight, and Celestial.- Pure Glitter Eyeshadow in Cosmo 

What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates
What else you need to know: 
"Our second palette is filled with vibrant, highly-pigmented shades that reflect the exotic landscape of the Arabian desert around us. We’ve introduced three new formulas to reflect all its dazzling mystery and charm, in particular the iridescent duo-chrome formulas just completely capture the mysterious desert mirages. 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."—Huda Kattan
Suggested Usage: 
-Use Duo Chrome Topper eyeshadows with a brush to blend the light into the base shadow, or dab onto lid to maximize shine.-Use the glitter eyeshadow all over the eye using a flat brush with stiff bristles, or use as a glitter liner with a liner brush. 
Ingredients:
Oud, Musk, Amber, Desert Sand, Eden, Blazing, and Saffron:Mica, Zea Mays Starch [Zea Mays (Corn) Starch], Silica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 77491 [Iron Oxides], CI 16035 [Red 40], CI 77742 [Manganese Violet], CI 77492 [Iron Oxides], CI 75470 [Carmine], CI 77499 [Iron Oxides]. 
Amethyst: Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zea Mays Starch [Zea Mays (Corn) Starch], Silica, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77742 [Manganese Violet], CI 77007 [Ultramarines], CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 75470 [Carmine].
Blood Moon and Turkish Delight: Mica, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77491 [Iron Oxides]. 
Retrograde:Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Silica, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77491 [Iron Oxides].
Royal:Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isohexadecane, Zinc Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Tin Oxide, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77491 [Iron Oxides], CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 77510 [Ferric Ferrocyanide], CI 77499 [Iron Oxides].
Nefertiti:Mica, Isohexadecane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Steareth-21, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Steareth-2, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Tin Oxide, Polyurethane-11, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 77491 [Iron Oxides], CI 16035 [Red 40], CI 19140 [Yellow 5], CI 77000 [Aluminium Powder].
Angelic:Mica, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-21, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Polyurethane-33, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 75470 [Carmine], CI 77491 [Iron Oxides].
Cashmere:Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Isohexadecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Stearate, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 77491 [Iron Oxides], CI 77499 [Iron Oxides].
Celestial and Twilight:Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Isohexadecane, Mica, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Stearate, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Steareth-2, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil]. May Contain +/-: CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide], CI 77491 [Iron Oxides], CI 75470 [Carmine], CI 77007 [Ultramarines].
Cosmo:Polyethylene Terephthalate, Glycerin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polyurethane-33, Polyurethane-11, Caprylyl Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Helianthus Annuus Seed Cera [Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax], Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil [Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil], Acacia Decurrens Flower Cera [Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax], Polyglycerin-3, Mica. May Contain +/-: CI 77491 [Iron Oxides], CI 16035 [Red 40], CI 77510 [Ferric Ferrocyanide], CI 77000 [Aluminium Powder].





COLORS





The colors are as follows: -
  • Desert Sand (matte) - soft peach with beige and bone tones
  • Musk (matte) - Medium warm taupe brown
  • Eden (matte) - coral peach 
  • Amber (matte) - reddened dark brown
  • Blood Moon (pearl) - most beautiful rich reddish copper
  • Oud (matte) - dark plummy brown
  • Celestial (duo chrome) - brownish gold with pink gold duochrome
  • Nefertiti (pearl) - soft gold shimmer with subtle brown nuance
  • Twilight (duo chrome) - duo chrome lilac and blue holographic shimmer
  • Amethyst (matte) - Dark magenta purple with subtle pink warmness
  • Royal (pearl) - dark plummy brown with pink pearl
  • Retrograde (duo chrome) - blue brown duochrome shimmer with multicoloured sparkles 
  • Champagne (pearl) - taupe gold shimmer with gold pearl 
  • Angelic (pearl) - Huda’s favourite rose gold shimmer with peachy undertones
  • Cosmo (glitter) - copper glitter with a dark base 
  • Turkish delight (pearl) - crimson red shimmer with pearl
  • Saffron (matte) - dark red with brown tones 
  • Blazing (matte) - soft matte orange 
I simply found the palette flawless with a just a little breach of promise in the fact that the shadows were claimed buttery. 
But for me this palette is brilliant and a perfect use for a lot many makeup situations. The shadows have a brilliant blending power irrespective of a primer and mix and blend well with eachother. Although not as buttery but the shadows did not have even a minuscule of fallout ruling all the subjective errors possible. It went stunning and pretty well and the colors do adhere better. My doubts are on the glitter shade though. The duo chrome toppers should be applied with fingers for a better result although a damp flat brush could do a wonderful job as well. 

Trust me there are better palettes in the market although this one is more hyped than the rest. I personally loved it and would flaunt it with ny clients. 

What’s your take? Do let me know in the comments. 


Till then,

Ciao

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