If I could only pick one brand to sum up the beauty world in 2018, it would be Huda Beauty. The brand was created way back in 2011 when Huda Kattan launched her beautiful lash range, but it was last year when it truly blew up. It was everywhere, surrounded in both success and controversy.
I’ve been gazing lovingly at the New Nude palette since it was released at the end of last year, wondering “Do I really need to buy that…” However, not wishing to buy a £56 palette when I had never tried anything from Huda Beauty before, I turned to the brand’s minis – the Obsessions Palettes. These are 3 by 3 palettes in various tones from mauve to emerald. They are £25 and are therefore a slightly more purse-friendly way of trying out Huda Beauty’s eyeshadow formula.
I chose the Topaz Obsessions palette, drawn in by the burnt oranges, metallic golds and bright orange shade in the top left. These are colours that are right up my street so I knew that they would get a lot of use. In the palette there are 5 mattes and 4 duo-chrome shimmers. Although the duo-chromes are stunning, it might have been nice to have more variety when it comes to non-matte shades. Some glitters or metallics may have been good just to really elevate the number of looks you can do with the palette.
First impressions of the palette were that it was a lot smaller than I thought! Not a bad thing as, slimline and light, it would be perfect to take on your holidays. The eyeshadow pans are also still a decent size meaning you still get value for money.
One thing I don’t like about the design of the packaging is how close the pans are. Due to the highly pigmented nature of the duo-chrome shades they have a lot of kick back which can spill out over in to the surrounding pans. This is irritating when you come to do an all matte look only to realise you’ve got shimmer all over your eye due to pigment spilling over from a surrounding pan.
That can be overlooked however for how beautiful these eyeshadows are. The colours are gorgeous, the colour payoff is amazing (with the exception of the middle shade) and the duo-chrome shimmers are some of the best I have ever used.
My favourite shades have to be the top left yellow, bottom middle matte brown and bottom left dark matte brown for blending in to the crease. When it comes to the duo-chrome shades, I genuinely love them all and would be happy using any over my lid. They do have quite a lot of fall out so would recommend doing your eyes before your base if you are going to be using any of these shades. The kick back they produce also means your palette is going to start looking a bit grubby very quickly!
The shadows are easy to blend out on the eye. Just remember that as they are super pigmented, a little goes a long way and you only need to lightly tap in to the shadow to get amazing colour pay off. They also don’t crease at all on me and are very long-wearing. I’ve worn them on days out, nights out, even on a run and they barely budged. There is slight drop down from the duo-chrome shades if worn for a long time, but I’ve yet to find a shimmer shade that doesn’t do that on me. Overall I would definitely recommend checking this palette out. I haven’t tried any of the other shade variations so cannot vouch for them but definitely want to pick up more in the future! Let me know if you’ve tried any of the Huda Beauty eyeshadow palettes out and what you’ve thought of them!