Any of you that follow me on instagram will know that I’ve been using the Huda Beauty Textured Shadows palette to death recently. (And if you don’t follow me on instagram you definitely should my link is beautybyphillippa_) I’ve worked with the palette so much that I think it’s about time I got around to doing a proper review.
I must admit when I first read about this palette I was intrigued but not particularly excited. I was keen to go and have a look at the palette in Sephora but I didn’t think I’d end up walking away with it, I was much more interested in the Anastasia Mario palette (review here). When I got to Sephora though this was the palette I ended up preferring, the colours are just a lot more me. I know it’s not particularly popular but I just adore red eyeshadow, so the shades in this palette were right up my street.
What’s so great about the Huda palette?
- As I mentioned before the shades in this palette are super beautiful. If you love warm colours then these shadows are perfect for you.
- The matte to shimmer ratio is spot on. Eight shimmers and ten mattes, which means you have plenty of shades to choose from for your base, transition and crease colours. This is a BIG bonus for me, I hate it when brands just put in one or two matte shades.
- There is a very light shadow (Bae) and a black shadow (black truffle) which means that you don’t need to use any shadows that aren’t in the palette to create a look. A lot of the time I find you have an eyeshadow palette but to actually create an eye makeup using it you need to use a black shadow or a transition shade from somewhere else in your collection. It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine actually. For me the point of buying shadows in a palette is that you don’t have to use anything else. If you need more shades you might as well have bought the shadows individually. Luckily this palette contains everything you need, so you can travel with it, keep it in your makeup bag, whatever, and you won’t need to reach for any other shadows. Thank God!
- My absolute FAVOURITE thing about this palette is how versatile it is. I have created so many different looks using it and they actually look different! This is a rarity when it comes to palettes I find. A lot of the time I find I use different shadows but the overall look ends up the same. The biggest culprit for this is the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, I love the palette but the shades are incredibly monotonous. The Huda palette however is a different story. Since I bought it these are the only shadows I’ve used and I’m not bored yet! Here are just a few of the looks I’ve created with it:
As you can see, all very different and I there’s still so much more I can do with the palette. So this is the main reason I love this palette.
What’s not so great about the Huda palette?
- Sadly there are a few draw back of this palette, the packaging being one of them. Now don’t get me wrong I actually see the idea behind the packaging, the clear lid means that when it’s in your collection or your kit you can easily see the shadows inside without having to open it up, kind of like a Z palette. I like that. What I don’t like is how flimsy it is. It’s cardboard and not particularly sturdy, which isn’t the worst thing in the world by any stretch of the imagination HOWEVER for $65 I’d be expecting it to be the same quality as the MAC 15 pan palettes. If they want to make it out of cardboard then I’m afraid for that price a mirror should be included. It just feels a bit greedy, like they went for the cheapest possible option when it is priced as a luxury item and I think the packaging should reflect that. I hope that in the future is Huda brings out more palettes her team decide to make the casing more similar to the MAC palettes because I really do like the clear lid, it just needs to be better quality.
- The second issue I have with this palette is the quality of the shadows. Now don’t get me wrong they are nice shadows. They’re nice but they’re not AMAZING, and for $65 they should be flippin’ fantastic! The mattes are good but you have to really work with them for a smooth blend, very similar to the morphe 35O shadows (link here). The shimmer shades on the other hand are fantastic in my opinion. Very emollient, they almost feel creamy, so you get incredible pay off from them.
- As you can see the main draw back of this palette comes down to the price. The other two issues I’ve mentioned wouldn’t even be issues if the price was more reasonable. I just think if you’re going to price yourself that high your product needs to feel luxurious and expensive – because it bloody well is! Morphe shadows are great, but they’re great because they’re super affordable. I doubt the 350 palette would be half as popular as it is if it was as expensive as the Huda palette. A palette this expensive shouldn’t be comparable to a drug store priced palette. So as much as I do really like this palette it needs to be more affordable because you’re not really getting what you pay for.
In summary I think the palette is fantastic, I love it and I’m so happy I bought it. If Huda Beauty release another palette (which I’m sure they will) I’ll be first in line to snap it up. I just really hope that for the next one they either improve the packaging and make the matte shades more blendable, or they drastically lower the price.
Thanks for reading everyone and let me know your thoughts in the comments!