There are few things I love more than a polarizing palette. It makes me determined to get to the bottom of things. Although the colour selection (and price – yikes!) of Huda’s debut palette didn’t draw me in, the mixed reviews got me interested.
The colour selection – in terms of mattes, at least – is super similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. A solid and on-trend colour selection, but can you really beat ABH’s creamy-dreamy mattes? According to most bloggers, nope. Lots of people said these mattes were stiff, hard to blend, not pigmented, and patchy. I’d beg to differ. I like these mattes more than I like MAC matte shadows. They’re not quite as pigmented as ABH, but I haven’t had any trouble blending them.
But the real showstopper for this palette are the shimmery and textured shadows. My local Sephora had one tester out (they got a handful of the palettes but were sold out by the time I showed up) and I swatched the top row and died. They’re so shimmery, creamy, and versatile. If I just pat them on my lid, it looks like glitter, but if I kind of pat and swipe, I can get more of a foiled finish. The formula is absolutely incredible – unlike anything I’ve seen before.
Now, some people were complaining that the textured shades were chunky glitter with lots of fallout and no pigmentation. I can see that if you tried to use the shadows with a brush. These shades are formulated to be used with a finger, which is no problem to me because I don’t mind doing my makeup with my fingers. If you don’t like that, though, this palette might not be for you.
Another complaint that people had was the packaging in relation to the price. Yes, the palette costs $83 CAD, $65 USD (but I got mine during the VIB Rouge sale). And yes, the packaging has no mirror and is made of a super lightweight cardboard. But when I look at the quality of the shades, the unique formula, and how much product you get, it’s clear to me that Huda and her team decided to invest in formula rather than packaging. I’d much rather that than the other way around, like some holiday kits, where the packaging is gorgeous and the product is sub-par.
The palette is currently unavailable on the Canadian website, but if you can get your hands on it, I think it’s worthwhile. It’s definitely become one of my favourites!