The team behind Huda Beauty have become experts at keeping every new launch shrouded in mystery while creating mass-makeup hysteria. When founder Huda Kattan gave us a supersecret sneak peek of the “game-changing” palette, fans wondered what exactly the shades would look like. Then, the new eye shadow palette finally arrived at my desk, and I couldn’t wait to test out the shimmer- and glitter-packed formulas.
While the color scheme of the collection, which includes warm berry tones and brown hues, is pretty standard for this year – the cherry eye trend has been spotted on celebrities and makeup shelves alike – what’s truly special about this palette are the four multireflective pearl shadows that appear marbleized in the pan. When you swipe these shades across your eyes, they catch the light differently as you move, giving off a multidimensional effect. There’s also one pressed pearl shade in the palette, called Kinky, which has a slightly metallic finish.
The majority of the shades in the palette, however, are matte and vary in pigment payoff. Because some of the shades looked chalky on my skin, I’d recommend applying your eye shadow before the rest of your makeup so you can layer on the hues and clean up any fallout afterward. Lastly, the collection includes two pressed glitter options that can be layered on top of the other shadows. I recommend using a strong glitter primer if you want to wear these shades so they don’t end up all over your cheeks. (The brand also included a cream base formula in the palette, likely for this purpose, which is super convenient for packing but didn’t seem to apply as smoothly to my lids as I would have liked.)
Overall, if you’re interested in getting in on the cherry eye shadow trend and are a huge fan of Kattan’s, the Huda Beauty New Nude Palette is worth the $65 investment for the one-of-a-kind multireflective pearl shades alone. Keep reading to see the swatches.