Huda Kattan, the owner of Huda Beauty announced early August that the beloved Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette was going to be discontinued. The devastation was real! I used to work at Sephora when this palette launched in stores, and it was impossible to keep in stock. I had this thing back then with products that were consistently out of stock… I LOATHED THEM! It had something to do with being asked about them hundreds of times, and then people getting angry at me when I’d tell them it wasn’t in stock. Pretty much the entire Huda Beauty makeup line fell into that category, and so I refused to purchase anything from it. At least until I heard the beloved Rose Gold Palette was being discontinued. Then I had to have it. That was my first Huda Beauty purchase, and I fell in love with the shadows. Alas when I saw the announcement for a new shadow palette my curiosity was peaked, and then I saw the colors… DEAR LORD!!!

From the moment I laid eyes on Desert Dusk Palette pictures, I knew I was going to get it. The formula of the Rose Gold shadows were nice, but I’m not too much of a smokey eye gal. I am however a lover of warm toned eye shadows. In case you haven’t seen what this glorious palette looks like, let me insert a couple pictures now.

Aren’t the colors flipping beautiful???

One of the main things you need to know about the Desert Dusk Palette, to make it work, is how to use the different shadow formulas. There was a Youtuber, MakeupByMichaelFinch, that uploaded one of the first reviews on this product. He had a horrific time trying to create a look. After using it personally, I do understand some of the issues he was having, but I have figured out the best way to use/apply the different shadows. That’s what I want to share with you.

In this palette there are four different shadow formulas. There are mattes, duo chrome toppers, pressed pearls, and one pressed glitter.

The Matte’s


Left to Right: Blazing, Saffron, Amethyst, Oud, Amber, Eden, Musk, Desert Sand

The matte colors are pretty straight forward. The formula is highly pigmented and a bit powdery. There is some kickback, but not nearly as much as ABH Subculture. The matte’s layer beautifully on top of each other, and the blend ability is great. One thing I did notice is the formula isn’t consistent across all the colors. Most of them have a dry, almost rough feel to them, but Eden and Desert Sand have a velvety almost cream like consistency.

Duo Chrome Toppers


Left to Right: Retrograde, Twilight, Celestial

These are the colors that I seemed to have the hardest time with. When you look at the palette, Twilight looks striking, but I could never get it to pop. Above I swatched these shadows dry on the left, then wet on the right. As you can see, using them wet gives a more pigmented appearance, but it wasn’t until I pressed them on top of another shadow that I saw their true potential. Above the original swatches I laid down Amethyst as a base, and topped it with the three duo chrome colors. On their own, these colors are pretty and the duo chrome finish gives them that cool factor, but layered on top of an already opaque color is where I saw these shadows come to life.

Pressed Pearl’s


Left to Right: Turkish Delight, Angelic, Cashmere, Royal, Nefertiti, Blood Moon

My opinion is conflicted with this formula. I think because similar to the matte shadows, they don’t all have the same consistency. My favorites are by far Turkish Delight and Blood Moon. Those colors are amazing! Above I swatched the colors dry on the left and wet on the right. If you are wanting an opaque look, use them wet. On the flip side, if you’re wanting a seamless blend, I would recommend using them dry. The only pressed pearl I was a little disappointed in is Angelic, which is shocking to me because I loved Angelic in the Rose Gold palette. I’m convinced something’s changed in Angelic’s formula between the palettes, or maybe I’m just crazy.

Pressed Glitter



I’m going to be honest here, the first time I used Cosmo I dug my finger into it so hard that I almost reached pan right then and there. This glitter is insanely soft! Now from what I’ve seen and heard, this is the color that has been giving people a big issue… And I get it. If you don’t use this shadow properly you’ll never see it’s true potential. Above I swatched Cosmo three different ways, so you can see what I mean. On the left I used it completely dry, in the middle I mixed it with Mac Fix+, and on the right I primed with glitter glue then pressed Cosmo on top. If you try and use this as a normal dry shadow, it’s not going to work well. Using Fix+ gave a me decent result, but my favorite way to apply it is with glitter glue. I used Elf glitter glue that I got off of Amazon for four or five dollars, and the results are amazing.



Insta Pic Desert Dusk

Final Thoughts

This is a beautiful palette. If you are a warm toned shadow lover, then this is palette was made for you. Even if you don’t love warm toned shadows, I don’t think you would ever regret purchasing this product. It is a little steeply priced at $68, but I do think it’s a good investment. And look on the bright side, if you can’t afford it, I’m giving one away. So head over to my Youtube Channel and check out how I got the makeup look above. You just might come away with your very own Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette.

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