Thursday, 11 May 2017

HUDA Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review

Hi Guys,

The moment Huda hinted at this I knew I needed to have it. If you don't know Huda Kattan from HudaBeauty.com then first of all where have you been? And second, she is one of the most famous beauty bloggers/vloggers around and has turned her blog into a beauty empire with the help of her two sisters Mona and Alya. They sell amazing lashes, a stunning eyeshadow palette, gorgeous liquid lipsticks and now this 3D highlight set is the newest edition to the make-up range.




Two editions of this set have been released - Pink Sands and Golden Sands. I went for Golden Sands as I felt like it would suit my skin tone more. The packaging is quite sturdy with plastic inside and a hardened cardboard on the outside. I like the fact that when you tilt the package into the light, Huda's eyelids and cheek bone are metallic and reflect the light. If you are intrigued by the '3D' in the title, let me explain. The idea behind the 3D aspect of the palette is that all four pans can be used together to sculpt the face and give more shape to the cheekbones. 

Fiji is a golden cream finish product and the idea is to apply this to the cheekbone and then set it with Seychelles to really bring out the highlight. Tahiti can then be used as the contour underneath the cheekbone and Zanzibar on the cheek for a flush. Using all four together therefore creates a 3D look. That said, I don't particularly like to use metallic colours as a contour, so personally wouldn't use Tahiti to sculpt. I do love it as a bronzer however, and think the colour is perfect for my skin tone. I am more likely to use the pans individually rather than all together, although I might for a special occasion.

Swatches in sunlight. Top to Bottom - Fiji, Seychelles, Tahiti, Zanzibar

Swatches in low light. Top to Bottom - Zanzibar, Tahiti, Seychelles, Fiji

Something I really liked about the palette was that it was not as pigmented as I thought it would be. Yes you heard right. I thought the product would be really pigmented, but as you can see from the swatches, it actually gives a lovely skin finish effect, and is not too over bearing. It's also really build -able, so for more pigment I could apply Fiji and then Seychelles over the top or use a little fixing spray before applying the highlighter.

The colour that steals the show for me has to be Fiji. The texture of the cream is so smooth, and understandably so, as it has pearls within the formula which help reflect the light. It can really be rubbed into the skin to give a radiance and glow. I can definitely see myself using this frequently as the colours are so wearable. Even the powders have a smoothness to them which help them to sit and blend into the skin that much better. The palette doesn't come cheap though, and at £40 (Cult Beauty) it is £10 per highlighter, but its the perfect all rounder as it has a good range of colours.

While I was shopping I couldn't help but buy a few other treats to make the most of the free shipping offer. So I ended up buying Huda Beauty Special Effects Liquid Matte in Showgirl (£18) and Lime Crime Diamond Crusher in Lit (£15). The swatches speak for themselves. Showgirl is a beautiful red metallic matte and Lit also dries matte which leaves the glitter on top just sparkling even more. 

Left: Lime Crime, Lit   Right: Huda Beauty, Showgirl



So that was my little (big) Cult Beauty haul that made my week, but I am definitely on a spending ban from now on! What do you think of my purchases? Will you be buying the Huda Beauty Palette or do you have it already?

Amina xx

20 comments:

  1. This is a really helpful and detailed review. I love Huda and I'm desperate to get the eyeshadow palette but it's a bit pricey for me atm. I've also seen these and thought they looked gorgeous but worried they might be a bit too much. Seeing your swatches though, they obviously have great pigmentation but aren't over the top. Definitely might consider getting this now, when I have a bit more moola!! X

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    1. Thank you hun! That's what I liked about them! They actually give you wuite a natural looking glow but you can add more product if you want more. The texture is so smooth and lovely! You should definitely consider it! I know what you mean about the monies though! I have to ban myself every other week! #makeupaddictproblems xx

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  2. See now I'm really confused! 😩 I've not heard good things about this palette but your swatches look great. I like the fact that it's buildable but does it give that intense glow that I lurveeee? Is it going to be like the huda beauty rose gold palette all over again where I hated it but then I loved it? 🤔 I'm just not sure!

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    1. I can definitely see myself using it a lot! That probably doesn't help you lol. But it is buildable and like I said in the post with a bit of MAC fix plus you'll be fine! I really like it. Not that i'm trying to encourage you or anything 😳😂❤️

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  3. Was really unsure on this palette and if I wanted it as I haven't heard great things about her makeup
    Like the eyeshadow palette etc but it looks really pretty I think I would like The cream highlighter more. Great post and swatches Hun x

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    1. Yes the cream is definitely my favourite out of the lot because you can use it as a primer for the powder highlight and it just looks stunning on its own. I can't believe you havent bought it already tbh Kasie! It's not like you to be so cautious about your makeup purchases 😂❤️😘

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  4. Those colours are beautiful! I am really over these super intense highlighters that only look good in pictures.lol Im considering getting the pallet, i love the shade Seychelles. Really good review xfjx

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    1. Thank you hun! I tried to be as honest as possible as I know sometimes influencers can cause unrealistic expectations. It's a great all rounder! Seychelles is lovely!! Amina xx

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  5. Oh wow that palette looks gorgeous! Your photos are so good gal!

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  6. Your photography is absolutely stunning here! Thanks for providing so many swatches, that's the sign of a really thorough review! It's great to see the effects of the shades in different lights too, such a great idea! That the palette shades are so buildable would be a big plus point for me as well! I love the look of the Line Crime diamond crusher, it's so pretty! Heart eyes all round!

    Abbey 🎊 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Thank you lovely! i like to be thorough in my reviews!!

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  7. I've never heard of HUDA before, but the swatches look so dainty and lovely. Might have to give it a good look at.

    Beth | www.quirksandqueries.com

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    1. You have to check her out. She has a youtube channel too!

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  8. Thanks for sharing, I've never heard of this product! But always love a good highlighter. I love that it's not too pigmented and has kind of a "natural glow"!

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    1. WOW you need to check her out! Her products are lovely!

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  9. I've been seeing so much about the HB highlighting palette and it looks amazing, I know some people aren't into it but your post has been helpful because I don't love really pigmented highlighters so these sound great for me. Those liquid lipsticks also look stunning. Thanks for sharing!

    - Ruminvte xo

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    1. Yes that's what I loved about them that they are buildable! Very wearable x

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  10. I love the look of this palette and think the golden sands would be perfect for my skin tone! x
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

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    1. Yes it suits my skin tone more than the pink sands would! xx thanks hun

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