Huda Beauty’s nine-pan Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette is available in three, as the brand calls them, “color themes”: Light, Medium and Rich. Each palette contains matte, shimmer and metallic shades, and is supposed to create universally flattering nude looks for every skin tone and eye color. Which palette did Liz choose?
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Tested January 2020
When I first looked at these palettes, I assumed (wrongly) that they were designed for specific skin tones, as is typically the case when products are named “Light”, “Medium” and “Rich”. Huda Beauty, however, never says in their product information that these are geared toward light, medium or deep skin tones.
Instead, these palettes are supposed to create nude looks within a specific depth of color that can be flattering on any skin tone. And I’m here for that! I really appreciate the freedom and creativity this promotes, and how it encourages us to think outside the skin tone shade labels. If you have deep skin but love the shades in the Medium palette, don’t limit yourself based on the name on the package. I chose the Light palette because I was most interested in the ethereal shades that look different from what I normally think of as “nudes”.
This palette leans hard into the pink and light purple color scheme. I think there are two shades that look very similar, the light pink in the top row and the peach in the bottom row. Only one is necessary and it would have been nice to have a light brown in place of one of them. The deepest shade in the palette is interesting, sort of a mix of terracotta, mauve and chocolate. It’s not too dark for the other shades, but as a result it’s not easy to deepen up the outer corner, something I like to do to create more shape. On my fair skin, the ivory shade in the center did absolutely nothing in terms of color, and I was only able to use it as an all-over base shade.
Transition shades are aplenty, as I think four of the matte colors work well for this. There are also four shimmery shades. Although there is supposed to be some kind of distinction between “shimmer” and “metallic” in this palette, I don’t really see it. The light purple shade in the top row is very glittery, and the pink/gold duo chrome shade in the middle row is my favorite. I used this on the inner corner of the eye and it looked really nice.
In terms of formula, I was nervous about the quality while swatching the shades on my arm. They do not swatch well. The mattes look patchy and I had to rub my finger over the area I was covering a few times to pull the color all the way across. Thankfully, they apply to the eye more smoothly than they swatch and I didn’t have any problems with uneven pigmentation once they were on.
One thing I noticed with this palette more than others is that the shades come across differently in direct sunlight versus natural light. The glitter hardly shows in natural light, both in person and in photos, but really picks up when it catches direct light. Other people actually mentioned this to me when we walked outside into the sun and all of a sudden there was glitter on my eyes!
When applying with a brush, the mattes have practically zero powdery kick back in the pan, which is so rare. I didn’t have noticeable issues with fallout under the eye with the matte shades either. Probably because there was SO much fallout with the shimmery shades that it overpowered anything else. I tried using a brush with one of the shimmers on an easy makeup day for just a wash of color…horrible idea! I didn’t go in with much product (even tapped off the excess!) and it was all over my undereyes.
Consider yourself warned: even when applying these shades with your finger, there will be glitter fallout.
Sadly, this is one of the things that left me unimpressed with the palette overall. I thought it would be great for quick yet pretty eye looks, however, these shades require more time and precision to apply and then clean up because of the fallout. I’m willing to do this on occasion, but not on an every day basis. Also, when I tried to create different looks with these shades, they all came out kind of similar. This drove me to use the darkest shade as a winged liner, which I was really happy with, because I was trying so hard to get something out of this palette that looked different from what I had already done.
For me, there’s not enough variation in tone and shade here. All the shadows are pretty, but they fade and blend together too much and lose some of their individual qualities. The makeup world is vast and varied, and there are better options out there.