At the end of October I got to chatting with the manager at the local Sephora and she teased about not only the incoming ColourPop stuff but also about Huda Beauty dropping something she’s never released before. Of course she couldn’t tell me anything more (and I was probably borderline annoying AF asking to see). A few days later Huda Kattan announced her Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes and my brain imploded.
YES, Huda has done eyeshadow before but not in such a compact size. I’ve never purchased eyeshadows from the brand because, honestly, when it comes down to it I look at price point vs. the other palettes I want and their price point then how often I’m likely to use the included shadows. Oddly when Huda released her Desert Dusk Palette I opted for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which is much more expensive. However Lila is a palette I’d wear more than Desert Dusk and Lila had a lot of shades I didn’t own (because normally I’ll buy the warm tones over cool). Overall, even though it was more money, Lila was the smarter choice.
During the Sephora VIB Sale I purchased 3 out of the 4 Obsessions Palettes – Mauve, Warm Brown and Smokey. Electric is the 4th palette and, while beautiful, I’m never wearing shades like that. For this post I’m focusing on Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions because, well, it was the first one I opened and swatched lol. In the coming days you’ll see reviews and swatches on the other two palettes as well.
what is it
The Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes are mini-palettes curated by Huda to offer consumers “a complete day-to-night color wardrobe”. Each of the 9 shades in each palette is said to include highly pigmented mattes and striking shimmers with a smooth and blendable texture. The palettes are compact and lightweight yet still include a mirror making them fantastic for travel or to keep in your makeup bag.
Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions contains nine shades total – “six pigmented mattes and three gorgeous shimmers in dusty rose and plummy hues create a soft, natural finish for a smoky, sultry effect”. Each palette contains 9 x 0.05 oz/ 1.3 g of product.
Mauve Obsessions is freaking stunning. I don’t even know what to say. I couldn’t believe how well the matte colors applied and blended. All of them were phenomenal in pigment, blending, staying power (over primer). The shimmers looked pretty when used dry (like how they’re swatched below) but when they really amp up is when they’re used wet and over a sticky primer. My God, the metallic hustle of it all! My fave sticky primer for this is PUR Cosmetics Get a Grip – dab that on the area you want the shimmer and press the color on top. It’s life.
The biggest complaint I’ve seen overall about these palettes is the fact that they’re so small. I’m personally okay with the size. It’s a bit of a shock when you first see them but there isn’t a lot of space packaging wise in between the shadows. You’re not going to immediately run out of product if you use them a few times and I think everyone got a little too over-hyped about everything. Comparatively if you look at, say, the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette which is $25.00 and you’re only getting 0.35oz total of product the Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes aren’t that bad at $27.00 for 0.45oz total. Technically it’s a better deal and you’re getting an extra color option.
This was my first experience in using Huda Beauty Eyeshadows and all this mini-palette did was make me want to buy the other two large palettes and even the one mini palette that I didn’t buy.
The Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette is swatched below dry and on bare skin (no primers):
In this look I’m wearing Smashbox 24hr Photo Finish Shadow Primer, PUR Cosmetics Get a Grip, Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, Kat Von D Trooper Tattoo Liner, Urban Decay Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and Urban Decay Trouble Maker Mascara. The brows are Benefit Gimme Brow and Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil.
The Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes retail for $27.00 each and are currently available at Sephora and shophudabeauty.com. This line is exclusive to those two retailers and from what I can tell the palettes are not limited edition.