Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette – First Impression and Swatches

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette – First Impression and Swatches

I am the first to admit that I know next to nothing about the Instagram institution that is Huda Kattan, but as soon as I laid eyes on this palette I knew it had to be mine.


The Desert Dusk palette is the second eyeshadow palette released by Huda’s brand, Huda Beauty, following on from the hugely successful Rose Gold palette that was released last year.  I don’t own the Rose Gold palette because it didn’t particularly stand out to me at the time (but as I’m looking at it again now I don’t really know why – it’s stunning!).  Both of Huda’s palettes are available from Sephora here in Australia and Sephora online.  At $95, the Desert Dusk palette was quite a splurge, but based on my initial impressions alone, it has been worth every cent!

The palette consists of 18 shades inspired by “the soft warmth of the desert, rays of sunset light washing the sky and dunes”.  This includes eight mattes, six pearl/shimmers, three duo-chrome toppers and one glitter.  The toppers can be used alone or on top of other shades, and they catch the light and reflect beautifully.  One minor gripe I have is that the glitter shade is literally just a pan of glitter, so will require the use of a glitter glue, and the pan has gotten quite messy already.  In my opinion, the palette has every shade and finish you need for a complete eye look, with options for neutral base colours and warmer crease colours.  “Desert Sand” is a beautiful buttery neutral shade that I have been using as a base over primer, and “Musk”, “Eden” and “Amber” all work well in crease as transition shades.  The other more vibrant shades can be used to create depth, add a pop of colour or to highlight.


All of the shadows (bar the glitter) swatched well and are a lovely smooth texture.  The shades that I have used on my eyes (which I can’t actually remember at this point – forgive me!) applied easily and blended out well.  There was a little bit of fall out, but this will always happen when you’re dealing with super pigmented shadows.

The packaging is simple slimline sturdy cardboard which will make it great for travelling.  While some cardboard packaging can get a bit dirty and banged up, I don’t think it will be a big problem with this palette due to the dark colour theme and high-quality feel to it.  The front of the packaging features an absolutely STUNNING photo of Huda wearing shades from the palette and her signature lush lashes, and embossed gold text.  Some may be put off by Huda’s branding, but hey, I say work it girl!  Probably my favourite part of the packaging is the shield that protects the mirror from the shadows (if there is a correct name for this thing, please do let me know!)  Instead of a flimsy piece of plastic that you get in most palettes, it is very thick and sturdy, and again features Huda’s gorgeous eyes.

Now for the swatches!  The photos below were taken in natural light on my Samsung Galaxy S7, with the only editing to the background and of course adding the shade names.  The colours haven’t been altered at all.

As I have said, the palette was on the pricey side for me, but I have absolutely no regrets.  The shades are ones that I normally gravitate towards, and while I do have similar palettes and single shadows in my collection (like the BYS Peach Palette from my last blog post), the quality of the Desert Dusk palette is outstanding, and I can easily see this becoming my new favourite.

Have you tried this palette or any other Huda Beauty products?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks you all so much, as always, for following my little beauty project, and I will have some more content coming very soon!

Until next time,

Sarah xx