Huda was a brand that I went from hearing nothing about, to hearing everything about within the space of about three weeks. So far I’ve managed to keep restrained from the brand but I did have a growing wishlist of items to try. My best blog girls, Lora, Soph and Molly treated me to the Huda Mauve Obsessions palette and a liquid lip from Huda’s range for my birthday and I’ve been giving the palette a really good whirl over the last week or so.
My gals knew that I had my eye on one of these Obsessions palettes, and without me telling them they actually picked the one I had my eye on the most. Huda Mauve Obsessions. This one is the least neutral out of the lot, but still very wearable. These palettes are small and perfect for travel, when you see them online you know they’re small, yet when you see them in person everyone is surprised at just how small they are.
The surprise I think comes from when you lift the lid on the palette you see that there is not a lot of wasted space at all. The size of this is similar to the MAC times nine palettes, but you get a lot more product for your money packed into one travel friendly sized package. This is cardboard and lightweight. I have a feeling that over time it’s not going to age well, especially if it gets frequently chucked into a makeup bag if you’re a jetsetter as it doesn’t feel quite robust.
These are priced at £25 each, which is at the top end for a palette of this size – anything more and they would be too expensive. Now I know some people have a problem with this palettes price due to the fact it’s made in China, and I kinda agree it’s a lot – but providing the quality is there I don’t really mind.
The palette has a mixture of finishes, featuring six matte shades, one duo chrome shade and two of her iconic foil formulas. Now with this palette I was signing up for mauve, but this to me when I opened it up my first thought was “that’s not really Mauve” – to me these shades are more cranberry hued and require more purple tones to bring it for mauve to me. Never the less I am a fan of cranberries so I wasn’t too disappointed and knew it would likely be a palette that I would still get a lot of wear from.
Mauve Obsessions Swatches
All of these are just one swipe/swatch across as always – none of those layered up swatches here, these are true to life!
Shade 1 – MATTE – In the pan this looks more terracotta than it pays off on the skin, it definitely edges towards a deeper brown that has a red undertone. Good pigmentation, but a little difficult to blend
Shade 2 – FOIL – This is a peachy foil shade that has a hint of soft duo chrome pink in the pan, which doesn’t really translate to swatches or the eye. Good pigmentation, doesn’t blend well with a brush.
Shade 3 – FOIL – In the pan this looks like a rose gold shade, but it pays off more champagne toned on the skin. Good Pigmentation, doesn’t blend well with a brush.
Shade 4 -FOIL – This is an odd shade, swatched against nothing else it looks more pinky – maybe with a slight coral undertone, but when it’s blended and placed against other colours it looks more red. Good pigment, but like the other foils doesn’t play well with a brush.
Shade 5 – MATTE – This palette’s transition shade, quite a cool coffee brown, the pigmentation of this is quite light and requires building to get it fully opaque. Again, a little powdery – but workable and buildable.
Shade 6 – MATTE – This shade is a little patchy for me, it’s a pretty red-terracotta shade that’s good for mixing with other colours, by itself it skips and doesn’t blend very well which is a shame as it would be a pretty colour through the crease in place of the more neutral shade 5 if you wanted something more amped up.
Shade 7 – MATTE – In the pan I would argue that this is the most mauvey shade, but swatched it does pay off more brown with a mauve/purple undertone when it’s placed next to the reds, next to shade 3 the purple tones in it pull out way more. Okay pigmentation, a little powdery and difficult to blend, but not impossible.
Shade 8 – MATTE – A very opaque matte cream shade – a little powdery in texture but good for setting the eye after primer if required, and good for blending with other colours to tone down other shades. I actually like mixing this with shade 5 for the crease to make it blend a bit easier.
Shade 9 – MATTE – This is one of my favourite shades in the palette, it’s a gorgeous deep cherry red, and looks gorgeous in the outer corner or for deepening the crease, however it’s hard work to smoothly blend IMO.
I’ll admit that it’s taken me a while to get used to the Huda Mauve Obsessions palette, but at first I really wasn’t too impressed. The Mattes in this palette whist they have pigment are incredibly soft and powdery, when you attempt to blend them away they blend away too much and start to go patchy, even with a good primer they’re hard to work with. I find that I’m applying mattes a lot more heavily pigment wise than I normally would do, as I’m not able to blend them properly as they disappear. I’m not particularly in love with any of the looks I’ve created for that reason.
The duo chrome shade 2 is lovely but it lacks pigmentation and punch, the two foils are very flaky and dry, they don’t pick up fantastically with a brush and require a glitter glue primer otherwise when you blend they just buff away to a soft metallic. Over glitter glue they are a lot more foily and eye-catching, The pictures below are from look further down in the post.
I’ve got three looks below, and the first one in particular I think is a good indication of seeing the issues with blending that come from this palette.
Looks using the Huda Mauve Obsessions Palette
Look 1 – Cranberries on Ice
Shades Used 1, 4, 5, 7, 9
I started with adding 5 through the socket and building shade 1 and shade 9 together through to the upper socket. I then started blending shade 7 through the outer corner through the crease slightly and then smudging out shade 7 under the bottom lashes. I then packed on shade 4 over the lid (on this look you can see the difference between using a glitter glue for the primers and just blending in, the effect difference is quite something. It does also show however how badly shade 4 blends when used with a glue though.
Look 2 – Warm Peaches
Shades Used; 5, 8, 7, 2
First I blended shade 5 and 8 through the crease, before placing shade 7 through the outer corner and building through to the crease stopping around the centre. I then placed Shade 2 all over the lid, blended over shade 7, then deepened up the outer crease slightly more with touching up with a bit more of shade 7.
Look 3 – Champagne Plum
Shades Used: 3, 5, 7 & 8
I went in all over the lid up to the brow bone with shade 8 to mattify the eye, blending shade 5 through the upper socket very lightly to create just a a touch of depth and blend. I then went in heavy with shade 7 through the crease to the outer corner and then dragging underneath the lash line. I then placed Too Faced Glitter Glue over the inner corner to the centre of the lid and packed on shade 3 with my finger, grabbing a brush, blending out to soften, then packaging more pigment on the centre of my lid with my finger.
You never want to say you don’t like a gift, so it’s hard saying that this birthday present was a bit of a dud – but my gals are bloggers too, and they’ll appreciate the honest review… I hope. Equally Huda Mauve Obsessions was the only palette on my list to get this year. I don’t hate it, but I wouldn’t rebuy it. It’s likely to be one which is kept more so for travel as it is the perfect size, and can do quite a lot of different styles of looks with the shade range. The biggest disappointment for me… this is not mauve.
The Huda palettes are available to buy from Cult Beauty and are priced at £25.00 each.
Have you tried these mini Huda Palettes?
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