Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette review & swatches

Ok, let’s take a moment and appreciate how beautiful this palette is. It may not look very well in this picture as I’ve been using it A LOT over the past month or so, but I’m telling you, if I could chose one makeup item to save in a fire, I would go for this palette.
I’m usually a very impulsive person when it comes to buying makeup. Unless I’m looking to get a new foundation, I never really do a proper research into the products that I’m getting. After all, I’m here to try and test as many things as possible, regardless if they work well for me or not.
However, because of the mixed opinions on the previous Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette, I was a bit sceptical about Desert Dusk and if it’s really worth the money (it retails for £56). So I decided to read as many reviews as possible and watch a bunch of tutorials and even though I was not 100% convinced that this is for me, I still went ahead and purchased the palette.
Luckily, this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because I’ve come to love this palette and use it literally every single day. Now let’s get into the details!


I would say the packaging is quite simple, but effective. The eyeshadows come in a cardboard like case? pan? box? however you want to call it and it features a picture of Huda Kattan on the lid. Inside you get a big mirror which is a plus from the brand’s previous Rose Gold palette.
You get 18 eyeshadows in four different textures (talk about diversity) and they’re all supposed to be highly pigmented, super easy to blend and talc-free. So there are eight butter mattes, six pressed pearls, three duo-chrome toppers and one daring glitter, which is basically a pure glittery pigment in a pan.

Product & Formula

Inspired by the rich colours of the Middle East, the Desert Dusk palette is taking us on an Arabian journey. The colours are so versatile so you can create an endless amount of looks with this palette. Either you want something natural for the day time, or maybe something more sultry for a night time look, Huda Beauty has got you covered.
The opulent colours of the Middle East were definitely encapsulated in this palette. Vibrant purples and ochre tones, soft sandy nudes, sunset-like oranges, shimmery pearls in bronze, plum and rose shades and a pure glitter with magenta, bronze and golden tones, the spectrum of hues and textures is so broad, making the palette probably the most unique one I’ve ever seen in my entire existence.
Despite of the fact that the eyeshadows come in four different formulas, they are all super pigmented, they have a really buttery texture so they feel really soft when you touch them, and last but definitely not least, they blend like a dream. You need the tiniest amount of product on your brush and use a really light hand to get that perfectly blended look with no harsh lines.
The only downfall I encountered when using this palette is the fall out, of the eyeshadows which I was aware of before purchasing the product as many other people experienced it as well. It’s not really noticeable with the matte shades but when using the glittery ones especially the pigment, you might need to clean up a bit afterwards.


I divided my swatches according to the finishes: mattes, pearls, duo-chromes and glitters. All swatches were made without a primer underneath so you can see exactly how pigmented the eyeshadows are.

The mattes

L-R: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amber, Oud, Amethyst, Saffron, Blazing


The pearls

L-R: Blood Moon, Nefertiti, Royal, Cashmere, Angelic, Turkish Delight

The duo-chrome toppers

L-R: Celestial, Twilight, Retrograde

Although for these swatches I didn’t use a glitter glue or any other sticky base for the duo-chrome toppers, I would recommend using one because I’ve noticed it makes the colours look a little more intense.

The glitter

L: Cosmo without glitter glue; R: Cosmo with glitter glue
Cosmo needs some sort of sticky base for sure. Either you use a concealer or a glitter glue, I think it is mandatory, otherwise the pigment won’t stick to your eyelid, it won’t stay in place and it would fall out everywhere. The base would also bring out the pigmentation of the colour.
So we’ve come to the end of this review and all I have left to say is that I’m obsessed with this palette and I’m so glad I have it. I’ve never tried any other Huda Beauty product before purchasing this, but I’m glad my first experience with the brand was a pleasant one. At first I thought the colours are not very suitable for me as I rarely get adventurous with eyeshadow and wear something else besides browns, but I’m really digging the purple and orange vibes that this palette is offering.
Have you tried the Deser Dusk palette or any other Huda Beauty product?




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