THE Makeup Palette for Xmas?

First of all, keep seeing people posting what they call ‘honest’ reviews and it drives me nuts because I think reviews should always be honest!

But I also understand why they are saying it – I wrote a post earlier on in the year about how some beauty ‘gurus’ appear to be getting wooed by cosmetic brands who are influencing their feelings towards products with expensive trips away and a ton of free stuff….  so we start seeing loads of positive reviews about products that the general public spend their money on and are then disappointed.

It gets on my nerves big time because I think that really affects the reputation and credibility of bloggers who share genuine, unbiased and reliable views on products. 

So anyway, sorry I’m getting off topic and ranting – here’s my honest review!! ….

Beauty lovers have been inundated with one new eye palette after another this year and I, like thousands of others, am always a sucker for something new and pretty – plus the amount of hype that surrounds these new releases inevitably ends up making you want… sorry NEED them!

But the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette had me positively salivating in the weeks up to its release so I made sure to place my order pretty much the minute it went online.

I think the reason I was so excited with the idea of this palette is because it has some cooler purple tones in it, whereas alot of the releases this year have been very warm with lots of pinks, reds and oranges – which this palette still has plenty of – but with my fair skin I love wearing cooler toned shades too.

Also, whereas the hugely popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette has lots of lovely red/pink colours, most of the them are matte and there is plenty of bling in this Desert Dusk creation which I love!

Its an 18 shade palette with 8 mattes, 6 pressed pearls, 3 duo chrome toppers and 1 pure glitter.

It’s expensive. There’s no getting away from that… but it is a very well made palette with a good-sized mirror and the attention to detail in the packaging is really beautiful… so you are obviously paying for some of that.


So with Christmas on its way and this palette potentially being a popular gift this year…. and now I’ve been using it for a good while, here’s what I think of it:

I’d watched a few YouTube tutorials/reviews on the palette so I was already up to speed with the fact that some of the shades are best used with a finger or wet brush and that there is going to be a certain amount of fall out when you use the mattes …  so when giving this palette my first go, I made sure I hadn’t already done my foundation.

I find the matte shadows feel quite dusty and dry but  I was surprised they are are still easy to blend  so that doesn’t matter and  there isn’t as much fallout as I expected.

There are plenty of mid toned transition shades as well as the deeper and more intense colours – there is however no base shade that works for my fair skin, so I’ve been using a vanilla shade from a Sleek palette over my whole eye area initially. The only matte shade that’s a little disappointing is the bright purple, which doesn’t give as much colour pay off as I expected. It layers up fine so it’s workable but a bit annoying that you have to take more time building it up.

The pressed pearls are much more creamy and give a lovely sheen tomthe eye and you’ve got the option of both warmer, orangey colours as well as the purples. I use these more sparingly in the daytime then really go to town for an evening look! Because of my fair skin, there isn’t really a highlight shade which is light enough for me though so I’ve been using my Mary-Lou Manizer by theBalm Cosmetics on my inner corners and brow bone.

The duo chrome toppers have had mixed reviews because of needing to apply them wet with a finger, but that doesn’t bother me at all and they look stunning right in the centre of your eyelids with a gorgeous ‘shifting’ finish to them i.e they look different colours in different lights.  I find the best way to apply them is with a synthetic brush dampened with a bit of fixing spray, but a damp finger works fine too.

And finally the pure glitter – this is a bit of a strange one because it’s not completely loose glitter that you would automatically use a glitter glue with, but it is rough and does still ‘move around’ a lot so there was quite a bit of fallout putting it directly onto the lid, so I would definitely say use it with glue – but I have to be honest, it’s not my favourite and I don’t really know why you would use this when you’ve got those beautiful duo chrome shades? So that was the only real fail for me which is fine, because I love everything else.

These shade swatches give you an idea of the colours, but they don’t really show off the full effect of the  vibrant duo chromes –  video further down does!


So to summarise, I would say this palette is beautiful and unusual, the colours are striking but still very wearable, it’s great quality and I would definitely recommend it.

With such pretty packaging it would make an impressive gift for Christmas so if you are looking for  something for somebody who loves make up, I’m sure they would be delighted to unwrap this!

Because of the amount of glitters and the intense shades, I wouldn’t really recommend this for someone who is more mature and would go for a more classic palette like the Too Faced Chocolate Bar which still has a lovely purple and some shimmers in it, but overall has a more subtle selection of colours.


If you’d like to see the palette in action there’s a full review with swatches here that’s well worth a look:

I hope you are having a lovely weekend, I’m hitting Homesense for some spicy and festive candles… and going to do my most not to return home with a ton of stationary and cushions instead! 😉


ps have you got your free download yet?



  1. November 26, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Love this post! You’re so right about “honest reviews”. Why are you talking about it if you’re not going to be helpful? But I digress. I’m really interested in the Anastasia Beverly Hills palette. I’ve never used one from there, but I love their eyebrow products and your review made me optimistic about other items in the line. I don’t know that the chocolate bar palette is for me, but the packaging is cool!

  2. November 26, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I love the boldness of the Huda beauty! That being said, I’m probably more likely to wear the browns/classics of the Too Faced bar. Let’s be real, I need a girlfriend to do it for me when it comes to intense eye shadow!

  3. November 28, 2017 / 6:27 am

    I’ve been seeing this palette everywhere! The colors are so warm and pretty <3 I love that there are a lot of shimmery shades, I love those!

  4. November 29, 2017 / 4:58 am

    This palette looks so beautiful, the shades look so festive and nice. The best part that attracts me towards it is the packaging. Such a detailed review, loved it.

  5. November 29, 2017 / 9:06 am

    Love this pallete! You always have the best finds… I suck at eyeshadow but think it can be such a game changer.

  6. November 29, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    This palette may be a bit too extreme for me but it sure is beautiful. I am trying to get better about using different products.

  7. November 29, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    Love the colors! I always like what I see on ads and stuff, but I really need to try in person.

  8. December 1, 2017 / 12:10 am

    I think my mate would love this on Christmas morning, and yeah, I’m with you on the ‘honest’ reviews! Isn’t that the point?

  9. December 1, 2017 / 4:34 am

    The colors in this palette are gorgeous! I love that it’s got such a variety – light and bold, pearl, glittery and matte. It really feels like it’d have something for everyone! I’m not sure if I’m daring enough though to give it a shot thought…mostly because I don’t get out enough to have a place to wear it to! I’d love to see your tests and how it came out for you though!

  10. December 1, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Those colors are beautiful! I wish I could do my eye makeup that well! Thanks for sharing!

  11. December 2, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I have the Anastasia contouring kit, which I LOVE! However, eyeshadow & I are friends off for the most part. I don’t understand it and looks terrible, mostly, when I attempt to wear it. Eyeliner, however!!

  12. December 3, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    this palette has some gorgeous colors to it. i love all of the shimmery shades.

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