I love mini-things. I love that they don’t take up too much room, and that they don’t last forever. So when I heard the excitement about Huda Beauty Obsessions shadow palettes, I needed to try one.
Presently, there are 4 Obsessions palettes – Warm Brown, Mauve, Electric, and the one I chose, Smokey. In fact, Smokey was out of stock in my Sephora when I shopped for it during one of the Sephora sales in November. I ordered it online, and fortunately mine arrived in one piece. I had heard that some women had smashed pans because Sephora hadn’t been taking the time to pack their boxes adequately lately.
The Huda Beauty Obsessions palettes contain 9 shades, each pan measuring 3/4″ x 3/4″. The palette itself is travel friendly, as it measures 3″ x 3″ and includes a nice big mirror inside. I’m not sure if the palette is made of heavy cardboard or some type of plastic, but it feels solid. And it has a magnetic closure that I like a lot.
Smokey has a lovely collection of 5 metallic shimmer shades, a few mattes and 4 mattes. Actually, a couple of the shades were hard to pin down in terms of their finish because they didn’t seem to be clearly one thing IMHO. I found that some of the shades seemed to have a coating on them that I had to “break through” initially in order to get good color. The one I had the hardest time with was silver – and that happened to be the shade that made me choose the Smokey palette because I needed a good silver along with other warmer metallics and neutrals. Unlike the other metallic shades in the palette, the silver has glitter in it. When I first started using the silver, it looked like silver glitter on a sheer base – very disappointing. In fact, the silver looked lousy in my first swatch photos so I had to do them again. But after finger swatching it a few times, I got better results. It is powdery, and you can feel the chunks of glitter in it. I find that it applies better with a damp brush, but all in all, it is a good pigmented metallic silver glitter.
The pigmentation is great for most of the shades including the silver that I initially thought was a failure. A couple of shades seem more powdery than others (black, silver glitter and metallic pink shimmer), but the powderiness tends to stays in the palette rather than on my eyes or face because I try to remember to tap the brush. They blend quite well for me.
I wear them over primer always, and the shades wear well for as long as I have them on.
Let’s take a look.
Huda Beauty didn’t name the shades, so I’ll call ’em and describe them as I see them. You may call them something else! The palette leans toward cool-tones though there are some warm tones too. If I were laying out the palette, I probably would have put the metallics together and then the mattes instead of the random way they’re arranged, but I guess it doesn’t matter.
Starting on the left and going across the rows:
- black matte: a deep rich black that is rather powdery
- camel matte: a warm orange-beige shade
- rose gold metallic shimmer: so pretty, one of my favorites
- silver metallic: this is the one that started out sheer with glitter but has turned into a good silver metallic
- brownish-eggplant with some warm, copper shimmer
- copper metallic shimmer
- dark brown matte
- medium brown matte
- pink metallic shimmer: also rather powdery in the pan.
You can see some of the powderiness at the edges of the swatches because I packed on the color and didn’t tap the brush.
Although it has a few quirks, Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions is a good palette. I like that it’s a combination of shimmers and neutral mattes so I don’t have to go hunting for a matte palette to create an eye look. That variety coupled with its small size makes it a perfect travel companion, or perfect to keep on my vanity for creating everyday neutral looks.
Have you bought any of the Huda Beauty Obsession Palettes? If so, what do you think about them?