It’s been a long while since I last reviewed an eyeshadow palette, and phew, this one was a beast people. (In the best possible way!) Today I’m talking about the Huda Beauty New Nude Palette, which I’ve been playing with off and on for the past several weeks. This is actually not mine; I’ve borrowed it from my mom’s collection for the purposes of this review (thanks Mom!).
Historically I’ve always enjoyed Huda’s eyeshadows and I’m a huge fan of their smaller Obsessions Palettes. I just love the quality and experience of application, plus the colors are super, super impactful. Like with their other larger 18-pan palettes, The New Nude Palette features a variety of different textures from mattes, to reflective shimmer shades, to glitters, and a pressed pearl. There’s also one concealer base included as well. The color story is very rich and overall quite warm with tones of pink, berry, soft lilac, and brown.
There’s a lot to cover in this review, so let’s get right into it!
Read this: Natasha Denona Camel Palette Review
WHAT IS THE HUDA BEAUTY NEW NUDE PALETTE?
A game-changing palette that reinvents nude with revolutionary textures and colors.
The New Nude Palette includes 10 highly-pigmented matte eyeshadows, formulated with aloe vera and coconut oil for butter-like application. Four reflective shades feature shimmering pearl flecks for a gorgeous, duo-chromatic finish. The two glitter formulas are infused with innovative silicones for advanced adherence, pigment dispersion, and luminosity. The pressed pearl shade combines acacia, jojoba, and sunflower wax for a high-shimmer finish that layers effortlessly on top of mattes, adding dreamy depth and dimension. The concealer base shade allows for flawless application, and boosts eyeshadow’s pigment intensity.
SHADES AND SWATCHES
MY THOUGHTS ON PACKAGING
The New New Palette has very sleek, lightweight and sturdy cardboard packaging. This one would be super easy to travel with as it contains a mirror and doesn’t take up much space at all. Would I call it luxe or particularly expensive-looking for $65.00? Not really. But I’ve always said that I’m far more concerned with what’s going on inside a product (i.e. textures and quality), rather than what it looks like. So I’m not displeased with the packaging in the slightest. But of course you may not feel the same way, especially if you’re splashing out more cash than you’re comfortable with.
RATING: 5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON APPLICATION
Overall I’ve really enjoyed the application process when using this palette. Normally I apply my trusty MAC Paint Pot as an eyeshadow primer first to smooth out my lids and provide a tacky base for powder shadows to grab to. Let’s go through the textures one by one.
MATTES – these are very smooth and fairly easy to blend out. They are VERY powdery, so make sure you either tap out your brush really well or do your base afterwards. I’ve run into the odd issue here and there with patchiness but I think that’s more to do with my method of application than the quality of the shadows. I just tend to slap on my makeup, but if you have the patience to build up shadows slowly they always look better.
REFLECTIVE SHADES – these are lovely but a bit crumbly so I recommend using your finger to press the color onto your lid. It’s super easy. You can use a flat brush too, but you will have a lot more fall-out on your cheeks. You can use these as shiny “toppers” for other shades or just on their own.
GLITTERS – these are just pressed glitters with no pigment base. They are very gritty to the touch, so I recommend applying them over a very tacky base like a glitter glue. I don’t see how they would stick to the other shadows in the palette, but I haven’t tried it to be honest.
PRESSED PEARL – this one is extremely smooth and very easy to apply and blend out either with a flat brush or a finger.
CONCEALER BASE – To be honest, I haven’t tried this. I hate when brands mix cream and powder products together like this. Plus mine had weird little spots on it that looked like condensation…? No thanks. For what it’s worth, the texture feels extremely creamy.
OVERALL RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON PIGMENTATION
You’ll find very little complaint from me here. All the textures have great color payoff (barring the glitters and the concealer base since they don’t apply). Some of the mid-tone matte shades like Lace, Tickle, Secret and Teddy can take a little building but just make sure to apply two layers to achieve their full potential. The only matte I was disappointed with – even after layering – was the peachy one from the first row called Play; it barely showed up on me, but perhaps it would look a lot better on a richer skin tone.
Don’t be mistaken, the reflective shades – Crave, Fantasy, Daydream and Charmed – have a lot more pigmentation than you’d think! I thought they were just “toppers” but they can easily be worn on their own to gorgeous effect.
RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON COLOR / TEXTURE RANGE
Personally I think the color and texture range here is beautiful, and I love how you can achieve a variety of different looks. If you want something super shimmery, you have those four reflective shades that look like stained glass. If you want something very matte, you’re spoiled for choice. If you want warm neutrals, go for shades Teddy and Raw. If you want cool tones, go for shades Lace, Secret or Tease. If you want something that’s softly metallic, you have that gorgeous pressed pearl shade, Kinky.
HOWEVER – as excited as I am about the mattes, shimmers and pressed pearl, I’m equally as disappointed about those two gritty glitters and the concealer base. I can’t stand pressed glitters like this in palettes. They flake everywhere and are too finicky to apply, in my opinion. And most people have a concealer to hand to use as a base anyway. I wish they would have swapped in a few more pressed pearls instead.
RATING: 3.5 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON WEAR
Overall the shades in the Huda Beauty New Nude Palette wear very well throughout the day over an eye primer. (For reference, typically I wear makeup anywhere from 8 to 11 hours a day.) I haven’t noticed much if any fading of the colors with very little creasing as well, particularly amongst the reflective and pressed pearl textures. The mattes can crease a little bit, but to be honest I’ve noticed that with a lot of matte shades across the board – from drugstore to more luxury. It isn’t bad enough to really bother me.
RATING: 4 / 5 ⭐️
MY THOUGHTS ON PRICE
The Huda Beauty New Nude Palette retails for a cool $65.00. Thud. Would I have bought it at that price with my own money? (Remember, this is my mom’s palette.) Hmmm, probably not. Even though I love the color story and overall quality of the shadows, I wouldn’t buy a palette where I feel like I couldn’t utilize all the textures. Translation – if they gave me more pressed pearls or reflective shades instead of those glitters and the concealer, I may consider splurging. After all, the textures are the main selling point here, so if I’m not 100% into everything there’s no way I’d splash out over $60!
RATING: 3 / 5 ⭐️
I really enjoyed playing around with this palette; I like the looks I created and it’s a fun one to experiment with. If you like these kinds of tones on the eyes, you like experimenting with different textures, and don’t mind paying a high price tag for it, you definitely won’t be disappointed. However, if you’re looking to try Huda shadows for a lot less cash, I’d really recommend the small 9-pan Obsessions Palettes. They come in a variety of shades and textures for under $30, and the quality is amazing.
Have you tried the Huda Beauty New Nude Palette? If so, what are your thoughts? I’d love to know!
xo and be well, Erica