Currently, I am drowning in the sea of my warm-toned eyeshadow palettes. In this post, I am going to compare the ones I feel are most comparable. So, we are comparing the latest addition to my collection, the Tarte Tartelette Toasted with three other palettes – Colourpop Double Entendre, Urban Decay Naked Heat and theBalm Nude Beach palettes.
Here is an overview of all the palettes. I don’t think I have to buy another warm toned brown eyeshadow palette for a year!
First, let’s take a quick look at the eyeshadows individually before looking at the comparison swatches.
TARTE TARTELETTE TOASTED
The Tarte Tartelette Toasted palette is the latest addition to my collection. I had been wanting this for a long time but I am not as excited about this one as before. I already have so many such palettes that I feel this one wasn’t needed. Anyways, I do like the formula of the shades in here.
SHADES: There are 6 mattes, 1 glitter infused matte, 4 shimmer, 1 satin finish shades.
EXPERIENCE: The mattes are buttery, well pigmented and very soft, which makes them a little powdery. I also noticed some fallout while using some of the shades and the one glitter infused shade also has a lot of glittery kick up and fallout. The shimmer finish shades are smooth, intense and pigmented for the most part. Only, one shade “candle” is quite chunky and difficult to work with. I have a full review video coming up on my YouTube channel, you can watch it if you want more in-depth review.
COLOURPOP DOUBLE ENTENDRE
Next, let’s take a closer look at the Colourpop Double Entendre Palette.
This palette is the closest dupe of the Tarte Toasted Palette, in my opinion.
SHADES: Includes 8 mattes, 3 metallic and 1 satin finish shades.
EXPERIENCE: I am extremely happy with this Colourpop palette. If you get this, you may not need the Tartelette Toasted palette as it is also as good, if not better. The mattes are smooth, pigmented and easy to blend and the shimmers are very smooth and pigmented well. In fact, I find the formula of the shades in the Colourpop palette to be more consistent than the Tarte palette. I also haven’t noticed a lot of fallout while working with this palette.
URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT
Next, we’ve the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. This is probably my favourite out of all the four, probably because I’ve had this one the longest. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive one.
SHADES: There are 7 mattes, 4 metallic and 1 satin finish shades.
EXPERIENCE: I’ve been using this palette for the longest and I love working with this palette. The mattes are very richly pigmented and blend very nicely but they don’t have that soft powdery texture. Because of this, I don’t get fallout as I experienced with the Tarte palette. The metallic shades have amazing intensity and they are really smooth in texture, they are my favourites in this palette. The only con and a very big con of this palette is that the shade range is not very versatile, all the shades are pretty close to each other, so it’s not possible to create a ton of looks. Most of the looks created using this palette appear similar. But, whatever look I have created, I’ve loved till now.
THEBALM NUDE BEACH
The theBalm Nude Beach palette is probably one of the most underrated eyeshadow palettes from last year. I don’t see a lot of people talking about this one but I think this is an excellent quality palette. Even though it’s a warm toned eyeshadow palette, it’s pretty versatile.
PRICE: SGD 70 from Qolourette, but I got it on sale for SGD 60. This palette is less expensive than Tartelette Toasted palette.
EXPERIENCE: This palette does not swatch well but it definitely works great on the eyes. The pan size is really small and the quantity of eyeshadow is not a lot but still I feel this palette is worth checking out. As you can see, the shade range is pretty versatile and is something different from the other three eyeshadow palettes. It has the typical warm brown family shades but it also incorporates some pinks, plums and rosy tones. I think the mattes are really good quality with good pigmentation, easy blend-ability and they are also easy to build up in intensity. The shimmers are also good quality but they are not as intense as the other three palettes. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your preference. Overall, I really like the versatility of this palette and the eyeshadow formula is very good too.
Now, let look at the comparison swatches of all the four palettes. Here is a comparison of all the matte shades from all the four palette.
Tarte and Colourpop palettes are pretty close dupes (The lighting is not the same for the swatches so they don’t look very similar).
Between Tarte and Urban Decay, the shades in Tarte seem more versatile.
theBalm palette doesn’t have true warm brown shades as in other palettes.
theBalm palette also has some pink and plum tones.
The deepest shade in the Colourpop palette is not as deep as in the other palettes.
Now, let’s look at the comparison of the shimmer or metallic shades.
All of the palettes have a creamy satin shade
The Colourpop palette is missing some versatile shimmers.
The Tarte and Urban Decay palette are very different when shimmer shades are concerned.
theBalm palette has some reddish rosy shimmers.
Except Urban Decay, the rest have some sort of gold and champagne tones shimmers.
Only, Urban Decay has a very deep shimmer shade.
I have listed down some differences and similarities I could see right away. If you find some more points, then don’t forget to mention in the comments below.
That brings me to the end of my very long post. I love analyzing and comparing eyeshadow palettes (guess its the Analyst in me). If you want to see any particular comparison then let me know. I will be happy to do that. I hope this post was helpful in case you are interested in any of these palettes.
Tarte Tartelette Toasted Review + Comparisons with Colourpop Double Entendre - YouTube
If you have been following my YouTube channel, then you probably know that the Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick formula is one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas. I have a few shades of them and in this post I will post a quick review and swatches of all the shades.
I really like the packaging of these lipsticks. They are standard acrylic tubes and feel very sleek and I also like the gun-metallic cap of the lipsticks. Although, the cap colour and type varies between the shades depending on where I got it from. I understand some are sample sizes, that is the reason why the packaging is not consistent.
The applicator is a slim, stiff doe-foot applicator which has a slanted point to it which makes the application really easy.
OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick is a one step full lip color that does not feather. These vibrant colors will give you a vivacious new look.They are creamy and soft in texture, moisturizing the lips and creating a long lasting lipstick effect. No need to use lipliner, this liquid lipstick gives a beautiful edge to your lip look!
Here is the ingredient list. It is also mentioned that the lipsticks are enriched with anti-oxidants and Vitamin E.
These lipsticks retails for USD 20 but I think there are a lot of discount codes floating around, so you can get these at a much better price.
In Singapore, I usually purchase mine from Comamakeup or Qolourette and the lipsticks are usually priced between SGD 21-28. However, I have always paid SGD 21 because I buy whenever they are on sale.
I have had great experience with these lipsticks so far. I have found some beautiful shades which have quickly become my favourite go-to lipsticks. These lipsticks have a unique formula where they appear quite matte on the lips but they do not dry down completely. Since, they do not dry down completely, the lipstick feels very comfortable throughout the wear. They are very long wearing as well and can last comfortably for 5-6 hours on the lips. Even after eating or drinking, there is minimum fading and the formula is quite easy to touch up. These lipsticks do transfer, so that is something to keep in mind. The pigmentation of all the shades I have is amazing and it usually doesn’t require more than one layer for a beautiful application. The lighter shades may require some building up otherwise they end up looking patchy on the lips. The lipstick also doesn’t slip or slide on the lips, which I highly appreciate.
I usually try to weigh in pros and cons for all the products I review but for this one I can’t really think of a major negative or a flaw. If you do not mind a little bit of transfer, you are going to love these lipsticks as they are extremely comfortable. There are a lot of shades and some of the lighter shades may look patchy on tan or deep skin tone but that is true for all kind of lipsticks.
Here are the swatches of all the shades I own.
The shades Santa Ana, Havana Nights and Manhattan are my favourites. I would love to get some more shade suggestions. Do let me know if you have other shades and how they are working out for you.
That’s all for this post. Hope this helps.
I had posted a video on these lipsticks last year. Linking it here.
Ofra Liquid Lipstick Review + Swatches | Indian Skin Tone | 6 Shades - YouTube
The Colourpop X KathleenLights Dream Collection is the latest launch from Colourpop with a Beauty Influencer. I love KathleenLights and whenever she has any collaborations coming up, I am all ears. Naturally, I was excited for this collection as well.
Do I think Colourpop is releasing too much? Yes. Am I complaining about this release? Absolutely NOT. You must be tempted to ask me one more question. Are you crazy to get all of these Colourpop eyeshadow palettes? My answer – Yes. In my defence, I paid full price for only 4 of them. LOL
So, this collection has a pressed eyeshadow palette and a lip bundle. I purchased both of them from the Colourpop website.
I have done a review of the entire collection on my YouTube channel, which I will link below. Please watch the video for the full review. This post is mainly to post some additional swatches of the shadows and the lip colours.
Colourpop X KathleenLights Dream Collection | Eyeshadow Palette and Lipsticks | Review + Swatches - YouTube
Dream St Eyeshadow Palette
I loved the shade range and the formulation of the “Dream St” palette. It has a lot of pretty warm neutrals to play with, along with some pops of colours for that extra something. I specially loved the texture of the 6 matte shades in the palette – they are creamy, extremely pigmented and blend able. The shimmer shades are also very pigmented and smooth for the most part.
Here are some more pictures of the palette.
The rose gold packaging of the palette is so beautiful.
All the shade names are mentioned at the back.
A closer look. The palette retails for USD 16, so we are not paying anything extra for Kathleen Lights name on it. Very professional.
There are 6 mattes, 5 shimmer finish and 1 satin shade in the palette. Here are the swatches.
Row 1: All the shades are very good quality except “Startdust” which seems a bit chunky. But it is not difficult to work with and can be blended out to a smooth finish.
Row 2: The mattes in this row also are extremely good quality. The shade “Sweet Dreams” will work best with some kind of setting spray as it doesn’t feel very pigmented or smooth.
Row 3: No complains with any of the shades in this row. All are of good quality and I specially, love the shade “Mermaid Boy“.
The palette can be used to create very pretty neutral looks. But, here I am posting a look created with the more colourful shadows.
Dream Team Lip Bundle
The collection also has a lip bundle set called “Dream Team” and it contains 2 Ultra Satin Lips and 1 Ultra Glossy Lip.
Honestly, I am not super excited about this lip bundle as all the shades are pretty much out of my comfort zone.
Moon Child – Pinky nude with gold glitter.
Dreamy – Peachy pink.
Rêver – Neon orange red.
The only shade which I might wear is the peachy nude shade called “Dreamy“, which might just work out on my skin tone with a nice lip liner. I am not a big fan of the other two shades.
Here are the swatches. I have lip swatches in the video, so do check out the video if you want to see lip swatches.
That’s all for this post. I think my favourite part of the collection is the eyeshadow palette and I will recommend that. If you are some one closer to my skin tone, then you may want to skip on the lip bundle. Hope this helps. Comment down below what you think.
If you are someone who loves eyeshadows, you definitely cannot miss the Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows which were launched last year in 2017. Thanks to sales and discounts recently, I managed to get all of them released so far. In this post, you will see a mini review and swatch of the “You Had Me At Hello” palette.
The Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadow Palettes are definitely some of the best affordable eyeshadow palettes out there and you have a lot to choose from. I have already reviewed the Yes Please and the She palettes, so I don’t want to go into too much details about the eyeshadow formula in this post.
The packaging of this pallete is similar to the other 12-pan pressed eyeshadow palettes, the only difference being a mirror included in this palette. None of the other palettes have a mirror. This is why this palette costs USD 2 more than the other 12-pan palettes.
It retails for USD 18 for 12 eyeshadows each weighing 1.1 gm (0.39oz), which is slightly more than what we get in the other pressed eyeshadow palettes.
I really like the theme and the colour scheme of the palette. It has very pretty and wearable pink, taupe and mauve toned shadows along with some very useful neutral shades. I am able to create a lot of different looks with this palette, which is great. The colours might look boring in pictures, but they look really beautiful on the eyes. I have never regretted any look with this palette.
This palette has 6 matte shades and 6 metallic or shimmer finish shadows.
The Knot: metallic cool-toned ivory
Moon Struck: metallic soft gold
Two Peas: matte peachy beige
Candygram: metallic pinky red with gold duochrome
Winning Ticket: matte dusty mauve pink
FBO: metallic pink violet
Look-See: matte cool-toned plum
Fool’s Rush: metallic golden bronze
Pulling Strings: matte warm saddle brown
Want U Back: matte dusty mauve brown
DTR: metallic silvery taupe
Sparks Fly: matte deep plummy brown
Here are the swatches of all the shades on my skin tone.
Row 1: The shades “The Knot” and “Moon Struck” are my favourites from this row. The only shade in the palette which is a bit chunky is the shade “Candygram” but it can be blended easily and looks even on the eyes.
Row 2: This is my favourite row from the palette. I love all the shades, specially “Look-See” which is my favourite matte plum colour. It may feel a little chalky to the touch in the pan but it is just superbly pigmented and blends like a dream. It looks so beautiful on the eyes.
Row 3: This row also has very pretty neutral toned shades. “DTR” is my favorite, I love taupe tones shimmer shades. The mattes are very creamy, soft and blend effortlessly.
The “You Had Me At Hello” has slowly become one of my favourite eye shadow palettes from the past year and I have also mentioned it in my Top 10 Favourite eyeshadow palettes from 2017 video. I love that the colours are neutral but also very soft and feminine. As I already mentioned, I love mauve-plum and taupe eyeshadows and this palette has a very nice mix of them and all the colours complement each other beautifully. The shadows have excellent pigmentation, blend ability and great texture and also I didn’t notice much kick-off or fall-out. The shadows continue to look vibrant for a good amount of time on the eyelids as well. This one is definitely one of my favourites from the Colourpop Pressed eyeshadows line. I will highly recommend it if you are drawn to these shades.
That’s all for this post everyone. If you have any questions, then just comment below.
Here is a very quick 5 min look which I did with this palette.
Here is one more look which I did for a video. I do so many looks but I don’t always take pictures. LOL. Btw, the lipstick shade is ABH Matte Lipstick in Rosewood.
Welcome back ME! Literally, this is what I want to say at this very moment. I didn’t post anything in the month of December and I cannot get over that fact. I didn’t realize that’s how busy I was. Anyways, I am back now and super excited about 2018. I want to be very regular on my blog – that is my resolution Numero Uno. Let’s see how things pan out.
Today I want to share my thoughts on the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation, which was quite the rave a few months back. I have been using this for around 2 months now, and I think I finally have my thoughts on this product.
As you all must be knowing, Fenty Beauty is a brand launched by Rihanna last year and the foundation was one of the most anticipated products because it launched with a range of 40 shades. That is surely something very exciting and I was more than happy to get my hands on it.
The first thing which I like about this foundation is the packaging. It has a frosted glass bottle with a white cap and the feel of the packaging is very luxurious and sleek.
The foundation comes with a pump, which is always a bonus. No complains about the pump, very sleek as the rest of the packaging.
This foundation is a oil free formula. Here is the list of ingredients.
This is probably the second thing which I like. I was pleasantly surprised to see this priced at SGD 50 for 32 ml (1.08 Fl. oz.) in Sephora Singapore. Considering, its a high-end Sephora brand and the hype it created, I think the product has been priced very fairly. That makes it one of the less expensive foundations in Sephora here.
Fenty Beauty is 100% cruelty free.
Another great thing about this foundation is the shade range. There are 40 shades to choose from in various undertones so I think a lot of people will be able to find a closer shade match. Rihanna needs to be applauded for this, she showed that coming out with a decent shade range is not that difficult after all.
I got the shade 330 Warm-Tan which is a pretty good match for me. This foundation does oxidise a bit, so it is officially advised to buy a shade lighter than you would normally do.
For reference, I am somewhere between NC42 and NC43 in MAC Foundation, leaning more towards NC43 and my skin type is DRY.
I am not a person who gravitates towards matte foundations easily, since I have dry skin. I decided to try it because it claims to be a soft-matte foundation and because of the hype, honestly. So, this is definitely a candidate for “Social Media Made me Buy It” post or a video.
Read on to find out how it worked on my dry skin.
It claims to be a buildable medium-to-full coverage foundation. Although, on my dry skin it is a bit of a challenge to build up the foundation since it settles down to a matte finish quite quickly.
The texture of this foundation is very runny and liquid-y. Once applied on the face, it settles down to a matte finish very quickly. For this reason, you have to be very quick at blending out this foundation and the brush works the best in my opinion. I usually finish blending one side of the face before applying any product to the other side.
It claims to be a lightweight foundation and I totally agree with it. It doesn’t feel like wearing foundation and is extremely light weight.
Finally, how did I find this foundation for my dry skin? My verdict – I do really like this foundation but with some prepping of the skin. This foundation is definitely going to get a lot of love from combination or oily skinned people, but you can definitely make it work beautifully for dry skin as well. But, if you have very dry skin, then this may not be the right match for you.
I usually moisturise and prime my skin really well before I apply this foundation, that gives a very smooth application and flawless look. I use a hydrating or glowy primer underneath which makes a huge difference to how the product sits on my dry skin.
This foundation also has a tendency to cling to dry patches on my face, specially around my nose and few areas on my forehead. Those areas need some extra effort in blending but once blended the foundation does sink into the skin and looks very natural. It doesn’t look overly matte and doesn’t look dewy in anyway. Nevertheless, I like the skin-like finish of this product.
Here is a before and after photo.
Lastly, my favourite part about this foundation is that looks beautiful the entire time I wear it. It will tend to break apart a little towards the end of the day if I don’t prime and hydrate my face enough. So, the key to make this foundation work for dry skin is to PREP and PRIME.
This foundation is definitely something different that I tried last year and so far I have been really enjoying it. The formula is worth trying if you are a lover of matte finish foundations.
I think, that’s all for this post. I hope it helps and I didn’t miss out anything. Any questions? Just ask below. Thanks so much for stopping by.
The Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts is certainly a palette fit for the royals. I had my eyes set on this since the day I saw it last year, when it was released as a limited edition palette. This year it returns as a permanent palette and finally I have my hands on this palette.
This palette is just so beautiful! If I ever create an eyeshadow palette, then it would certainly look something like this, all my dream shades in one palette.
Welcome to my shortest review ever, I think, because honestly I have nothing negative to say about this palette. It’s an absolute love, let me get it out there right at the start.
The packaging of the actual palette is nothing exciting really, but the sleeve, in which the palette lies, certainly makes up for it. It has a stunning pattern on the front and the back and I love the whole gold and black theme running through the palette.
The palette has a matte black cardboard packaging, which feels really sturdy. It also has a mirror housed inside, makes it quite travel friendly, well sort of. If you don’t like to carry oversized eyeshadow palettes for your travel, then you will not like the size of the palette. It’s quite a large sized palette, compared to some of the other 12 pan eyeshadow palettes I have. So, I would have loved this to be a little smaller in size. That’s my only concern with the palette, if I have to be over critical.
Here you can see the pattern running through the back. The sleeve is definitely not something to be thrown away for sure.
There are 12 eyeshadows in the palette and each weighs 1.5 gm / 0.05 oz, so we are getting a very good quantity of product for the price we pay.
The palette is cruelty free and one of the shades in non-vegan. Here you can see the ingredient list of the palette.
The palette costs 50 USD and can be bought from the Coloured Raine website. If you are outside of the USA, then you do have to factor in shipping, which is quite a lot for this palette. I bought mine from Beauty Bay for SGD 80, which works out to be close to the US price including shipping, if I had ordered directly from the Coloured Raine website to Singapore here. Honestly, I don’t mind paying that much for this palette, because it’s that good!
There are 12 eyeshadows in the palette and they are matte or metallic finish.
As per the official website, this is how they have described the shadows.
Crown – Pearlescent white with gold undertone.
Royal Highness – Metallic purple-toned taupe.
Your Majesty – Rich metallic copper with gold reflect.
Princess – Matte blushed pink.
Empress – Vibrant matte orange.
Queen Mother – Metallic plum with lavender hues.
Heir – Matte peach.
Noblewoman – Metallic burgundy with purple undertones.
Royal Prerogative – Terracotta.
Ladyship – Matte vivid purple.
Duchess – Matte milk chocolate brown.
Dethrone – Sparkling espresso with gold reflect.
As stated before, this is going to be my shortest review ever. Everything is just amazing quality. The colour range is a dream, at least for me. I love these colours in an eyeshadow palette and thankfully all the shadows perform great on the eyes.
Mattes : The matte shadows have great pigmentation. You don’t need to build up the colour to get a good colour payoff. They feel smooth and buttery and they blend like a dream. The only shade which feels not as smooth as the others is “Ladyship” but it is pigmented well and works great on the eyes. I have learnt over time that purples like this always have this texture and it is difficult for them to be smooth. All that matters is how they perform on the eyes. There is no powdery-ness or chalkiness in the shadows and I haven’t noticed any kind of fallout either.
Metallics : The intensity of the metallic shades can’t be described in words. They are smooth and INTENSE. They have no chunkiness or fallout, reminds me a lot of some of the Juvia’s Place metallic shades. They apply pretty well with a brush but for most intensity I apply with my fingers. They look beautiful on the eyes. The shade range of the metallic shades is also really good, so we are able to create a lot of looks.
They are very long wearing too even without a eyeshadow primer. I have worn these shadows for over 5 hours without a primer and I didn’t notice much fading. So, with a primer they are definitely very long wearing eyeshadows.
Here are the swatches of the palette on my skin tone.
Row 1: If I have to pick 1, then “Royal Highness” is my favourite from this row. I love to wear taupe-y shimmers or metallic shades.
Row 2: If I have to pick 1 from this row, then “Noblewoman” is just stunning.
Overall, I think this is an amazing palette and the hype around it last year was very real. It is going to be a very close contest if I have to choose between ABH Modern Renaissance and Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts palettes. I am certain that anyone who loves these colours is going to fall in love with this palette. So, definitely, this one is towards the top of my recommendation list.
That’s all for this post. I hope it helped.
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk VS Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts | Comparison | Indian Tan Skin Tone - YouTube
If you like highlighter palettes, then the new Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter Palette is definitely one worth checking out. I got this from Sephora Singapore recently and I think if you are someone with a medium to tan skin tone, then you should be very interested.
I have never tried an Urban Decay Afterglow highlighter before this and I was super excited to get this palette. I had swatched this palette at the Changi Airport Duty Free shop before going on a trip and honestly the thought of this palette never left my brain throughout the entire trip. So, after coming back I did go ahead and place my order although I am still sulking that I could have saved quite a bit at the airport. Nevertheless, I used my Sephora discount and managed to save some change anyways. Now that you have a tiny background on how fixated I was on the palette, let’s get on with the review.
I can see why some people may not like the packaging, since it’s quite bulky. It a thick cardboard packaging and feels quite heavy. Also, some of you may not find this to be very travel friendly. But, personally I really like the packaging as I feel it’s very different from all the other highlighter palettes I have, definitely a unique packaging to my collection. I wouldn’t mind travelling with this as the cardboard doesn’t feel flimsy at all and feels like quite a heavy duty box.
I also really like the pattern on the outside as well as the whole colour scheme of the packaging. It opens and closes smoothly and also has a magnetic closure, so the palette is very secure. There is a nice sized mirror included in the palette, so this will definitely come in handy while travelling.
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I am not going to pretend here to be an expert in product ingredients, because I am not (LOL). I am still learning this aspect of makeup products, but I do like to include the ingredient list just in case anyone else is interested.
I got this palette from Sephora Singapore for SGD 52.
The palette includes 4 highlighter shades and each pan weighs 4.55 gm / 0.16 oz. I think that’s a decent amount of product for the price paid. It’s less than what you get in some of the Becca and ABH highlighter palettes but we are also paying less for this one.
These are 4 brand new highlighter shades which are included in this palette. I think the shade selection of the palette is just absolutely perfect, specially for tan skin tone like mine. If you are someone with medium to tan complexion, then you will really enjoy this palette as you will be able to use almost all the shades without much difficulty. If you have a very fair skin tone then you may not be able to utilize this palette fully, since some of the shades might be too dark for you (depends on your preference though).
Bliss – Light golden shade with a champagne hue Highlight
Peroxide – Pink Toned Highlight
NSFW – Coral – Rose Golden Highlight
Side Piece – Deeper Golden Highlight
There is a nice mix of colours and intensity. The shades “Bliss” and “Side Piece” can be quite intense and on the other hand “NSFW” can be worn as a more muted highlight on my skin tone. I don’t like to wear pink toned highlights but I intend to use the shade “Peroxide” as a blush topper on more adventurous days.
The texture of the highlights in the pan is a tad bit powdery but nothing which bothers me. There is not a ton of kick-up in the pan or anything, but definitely when I go in with a brush I can see some powder kick-up. But when applied with the right highlighting brush, all the powders apply very smoothly on the skin and they don’t emphasize my pores or textures on the skin. All the powders are very finely milled shimmers with “Side Piece” being the most finest and the smoothest of them all.
The pigmentation of all the highlighters is extremely good and they are very buildable as well. When applied with a light hand you can get a pretty sheer layer of highlight. Just a word of caution, that if you apply a very sheer layer, then very fine shimmer may be noticeable on the skin. For normal intensity, I apply 2-3 layers and I love the finish that I get. The intensity is very wearable and it doesn’t look overly done. The powders are easy to blend and can be toned down in intensity by blending out.
I also found that the highlighters lasted on my skin for a decent amount of time, almost 5-6 hours as long as I wear makeup usually.
Here are the swatches of all the four highlighters on my skin tone.
I am wearing the shade “Bliss” here.
Overall, I really like this highlighter palette and is one of my current favourites. I would definitely recommend this to you if you are someone with a medium to tan complexion like mine. It has some very versatile buildable highlighters with varying intensity and is perfect for a lot of occasions.
The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette is surely one of the most beautiful palettes I have seen in recent times. Everything starting from the packaging to the shade selection is pretty stunning and I was so excited to get my hands on this one finally.
I had recently included this palette in an anti-haul video on my YouTube channel that’s because I was scared of the price tag it would carry, specially here in Singapore where brands which are not officially available tend to get very expensive. But, luckily I managed to get it at a price I was ready to pay for it.
Adventure on an exotic Arabian journey with the latest eyeshadow palette by Huda Beauty.
Rarely, I get attracted to products just because of their packaging but the packaging of the Desert Dusk palette is absolutely hypnotizing. Those gorgeous eyes peeking through, what appears to be a veil, and the reflective jewels on the palette, all make for a stunning packaging. Compared to the packaging of the Rose Gold palette, it does seem like there has been a major upgrade in the whole look of this palette, since the last product received a lot of flak because of it’s packaging.
Needless to say, I love everything about the packaging (it’s purple after all, LOL) and it didn’t disappoint me. The palette is a standard cardboard packaging but it feels very sturdy, it has a bit of a weight to it as well. It comes with a very good sized mirror, which makes it quite travel friendly. The palette also has an equally stunning protector inside, which is something quite unique I have seen. I have pictures below.
Overall, the packaging gets a big thumbs up from me.
There are 18 shadows in this palette and the Net Wt. is 25.2. r / 0.89 Oz, which makes every shadow 1.4 g / 0.05 Oz.
Here you can see the ingredients of the eyeshadows. This palette doesn’t mention anything about being cruelty free or vegan.
I purchased this palette from CultBeauty and I paid 46.67 GBP (Price after deducting UK Taxes), which is around 83 SGD. This is still very expensive but at least it’s not above 100 dollars, which is what most resellers are charging for this palette here in Singapore.
This palette has 18 eyeshadows with 8 matte shades, 6 pressed pearls, 3 duo-chrome toppers and 1 pressed glitter.
– Eight Matte Shades: Highly-pigmented shades in vibrant purples and ochre, and soft sandy nude-tones provide butter-like application and extended wear. (Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, Desert Sand)
– Six Pressed Pearls: Purely pressed pearls in plum, bronze and rose hues create a high shimmer, velvety finish that layer effortlessly on top of mattes to add depth and shine to lids. (Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, Blood Moon)
– Three Duo-Chrome Toppers: An exquisite light-shifting formula in three enchanting shades with a duo-chrome effect. Use these transformative shades alone for an incandescent glow, or layer as the finishing touch. (Retrograde, Twilight, Celestial)
– One Pure glitter texture for a bold look. (Cosmo)
Now, here are my thoughts on this palette.
Mattes : For the most part the mattes are really good in this palette. Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Oud feel buttery smooth and blend effortlessly and are very nicely pigmented. The shades Amber, Saffron and Blazing don’t feel very creamy in the pan but they work great on the eyes. The pigmentation is good and although they don’t have intense pigmentation, they can be built easily and blend well on the eyes lids. However, the beautiful purple shade, Amethyst, is a bit disappointing. It lacks pigmentation and is not as vibrant as it seems in the pan. You really have to build up this colour on the eyelids specially on my skin tone. It might work well on medium to fair skin tones.
Pressed Pearls : These shades are equivalent to metallic shades in my opinion. One word – Stunning! I think these 6 shades are the highlights of this palette. They are very richly pigmented and give a very high shine metallic look. The shades Blood Moon, Royal and Turkish Delight are a treat to work with since they are just so smooth and richly pigmented. The colours look very vibrant on the eyes. The other three shades Nefertiti, Cashmere and Angelic are also really intense and have excellent pigmentation but they feel a little bit powdery but they can be blended to a smooth finish on the eye lids. All the 6 shades are absolutely gorgeous.
Duo-Chrome : The duo-chrome shades are also very beautiful in this palette. The shades Celestial and Twilight are very smooth, pigmented and have a very noticeable duo-chrome shift. They work well on the eye lids as well. As for the third shade, Retrograde, it feels a little bit chunky in the pan and is not as smooth as the other duo-chromes. This shade does need to be worked at a little bit more than the other shades. I think this one will look best applied on a base eyeshadow such as a black or other deep shades. This one also has a very pretty purple silvery bluish duo chrome shift.
Pressed Glitter: The glitter shade, Cosmo, looks so beautiful but unfortunately it totally doesn’t work out for me. To start with, it was delivered to me totally lose from the palette and I somehow managed to press it back. There goes my motivation to work with this shade. I have tried to work with this on it’s own but I faced a lot of fallout, so you definitely need a glitter glue. It’s sad that only because of this shade, I will think twice or may never travel with this palette, which is so disappointing.
I did not notice major fallout from this palette as far as mattes are concerned. But, I did notice very minimal fallout from some of the shimmers which I have mentioned above as a tad bit powdery.
The lasting powder of the shadows is really good, as claimed. I was surprised how well they lasted on my eyes even without primer, they easily lasted 5-6 hours on me. I will definitely recommend a primer to make them last longer but the performance without an eyeshadow primer was also very good.
Now, let’s look at the swatches on my skin tone.
Row 1: The mattes are excellent in this row but my favourite will have to be Blood Moon. My camera couldn’t focus properly so this swatch doesn’t show how intense that shadow is.
Row 2: Celestial, Twilight and Royal are definite favourites from this row. Retrograde just looks totally different and stunning over a black eyeshadow.
Row 3: Very difficult to choose from this row. Except Cosmo, I love all of them.
Overall, I think this is a very beautiful palette and if you are not someone over critical then you are definitely going to enjoy this palette, provided you like metallic shades because this palette has a lot of glitz and shimmer. I will definitely recommend this to you if you are interested in getting this palette since you will be able to get a lot of pretty looks.
That’s all for today everyone. I will end this post with some looks which I have done.
I will also link a video which I have done comparing this palette to the Coloured Raine “Queen of Hearts” Palette.
Huda Beauty Desert Dusk VS Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts | Comparison | Indian Tan Skin Tone - YouTube
Last month I uploaded a video on my Top 10 most used drugstore blushes on my YouTube channel and I did get few requests of swatches too as I did not include them in the video. So, here you go, I have swatched all the blushes in this post.
Blushes mentioned in the video:
Faces Glam ON Blush – Perfect Cinnamon 07
L.A. Girl Just Blushing – Just Peachy
L’Oréal Lucent Magique Mono Blush – Earthy Coral
Milani Rose Blush – Coral Cove
Australis Show Some Cheeks Blush – Dreamy
Colorbar Luminous Rouge Blush – Luminous Coral