Does The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Live Up To The Hype?

We put it through some thorough testing...and swatching
Does The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Live Up To The Hype?

Admittedly my willpower is pretty low at the best of times especially when it comes to 4 finger Kit Kats (don't even try and palm me off with a 2 finger one), but when it comes to eyeshadow palettes it's practically non-existent.

So when Huda Beauty announced she was launching her second eyeshadow palette following the huge success of her original Rose Gold palette, you could say I lost all self control completely.


That's because after almost a year of use, Huda's Rose Gold palette has become my favourite eyeshadow palette. It's the one I would save in a fire (after my dog and family obviously), the one I reach for when I'm going 'out, out' and the one I just wouldn't want to be without.

But when Huda announced the launch of her new eyeshadow palette; Desert Dusk, she also dropped in that she would be discontinuing my beloved Rose Gold edition.

So, with a heavy heart I put Desert Dusk to a thorough test, to see if it is a worthy replacement for Rose Gold, and if it actually does live up to the hype.

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dubai

Inspired by opulent Dubai sunsets, Desert Sands contains 18 shades, with 4 new formulas and only 1 repeat from the original Rose Gold palette.

There are 8 matte shades, 6 'pressed pearls' (high shimmer, velvety finish shadows), 3 'duo-chrome toppers' which can be worn alone, or layered over eyeshadow and 1 pure glitter.

Matte Shades

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dubai

From top to bottom: Desert Sand, Musk, Eden, Amethyst, Amber, Blazing, Saffron, Oud

Pressed Pearls

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dubai

From top to bottom: Nefertiti, Royal, Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Blood Moon

Duo-Chrome Toppers

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dubai

From top to bottom: Celestial, Retrograde, Twilight

One Pure Glitter

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From top to bottom: Cosmo

I was truly impressed by the quality of all the shades in the palette, especially the pressed pearls which you really need to see IRL to do justice.

Having tested every shade on three different skin tones, I can say this really is a palette for everyone and if anything I felt the colours actually looked the most vibrant on deep/dark skin.

One of my favourite things about Desert Dusk is how versatile it is. There are so many looks you can create with different colours and textures, here are just three that I came up with:

The Glitter Look

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The Purple Look

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The Matte Look

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Dubai

Desert Dusk retails for Dhs270 which is the same price as her first palette and something I gave Huda a bit of flack for the first time round. But packaging wise, she has really upped her game.

The packaging is still cardboard but it looks and feels more luxe, and it now contains a mirror. Plus having used her first palette so heavily I actually do think they are worth the coin because the shades and textures in her palettes are truly unique.

The Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette launches globally on September 18. Join the Cult Beauty waitlist here.

H/T Cosmo UK