When Huda Beauty first started promoting the New Nude Eyeshadow Palette on social media, I couldn’t resist. Just like everything else the Huda brand releases, I’m always enticed by the products. But this eyeshadow palette was an absolute must for me.
Pinks, purples and golds are hands down my favourite colours and this palette has all of them, how could I say no?!
I already have Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Palette, which I absolutely adore, so I was intrigued to see how this one would compare.
When this first arrived I was amazed by the packaging. It’s easily the best eyeshadow packaging I’ve seen, it’s simply stunning. From the soft pink colour to Huda’s face both on the front of the packaging and the protective slip.
As per, it comes with a large mirror at the top of the palette, which is a plus.
I also love the veil theme. On Instagram, when people got the New Nude PR packages, they all received veils to put over their face. I like this as I feel it really adds to the soft, glamorous and sultry feel of the palette.
At a first look, I love the eyeshadow colours. Literally, every single colour is appealing to me and I could see myself using all of them. This is something I never say about eyeshadow palettes. I normally find a couple of colours that I either don’t like or aren’t me, but the New Nude Palette does it for me. I love them ALL.
I know Huda received some stick from a lot of beauty gurus about the theme of her palette being “nude”, while the colours in the palette are predominantly pink or purple as opposed to traditional nude shades. However, in her YouTube tutorial, Huda explains that the palette tries to reinvent the term “nude” and that it doesn’t necessarily mean typical beige and brown tones anymore.
All in all, my first impressions of this palette were nothing but positive: I love the packaging, the theme and the eyeshadow colours themselves.
I then went onto swatching the palette to get a feel for the different shades, formulas and pigmentation.
There are 18 shades in the New Nude Eyeshadow Palette, with a combination of mattes, shimmers, two pressed glitters and also a concealer.
I was particularly intrigued about trying the concealer – Concealed – within the palette. This is very unique and innovative and something I hadn’t seen in a palette before. If it worked well, this would definitely set a trend.
For the swatches on the left, I swatched Bare, Crave, Play, Fantasy, Love Bite, Spanked, Lace, Daydream and Tickle, which on the arm appears from Bare at the top to Tickle at the bottom.
The shade Bare barely shows up on my arm because it is basically the same colour as my skin, but it is there.
For the swatches on the right, I swatched Excite, Infatuated, Kinky, Concealed, Secret, Tease, Raw, charmed and Teddy, which on the arm appears from Excite at the top to Teddy at the bottom.
Similar to Bare, Concealed was very similar to my skin tone, so it didn’t show up very well. But I will say, the concealer did come out nicely on my arm and felt very creamy, so I was curious to see how this would actually work as a base for the eyeshadows.
From the swatches, I would say the shimmers outperformed the mattes. All of the shimmer shades were extremely pigmented and beautiful. Plus when they catch the light, they are so reflective, which I absolutely love.
The mattes did perform well overall, but some could have been more pigmented. I found that the shade Lace particularly lacked pigment, which I was sad about because I love the soft lilac tone.
Interestingly, the glitters swatched very well, which I certainly wasn’t expecting. There was hardly any fall-out and they really glided on.
While I genuinely loved all of the shades from swatching them, my only criticism is that I wish there was more differentiation between the glitters. I think some of the mattes could have been a bit more varied too, as Secret, Teddy and Tickle are pretty similar.
My favourite shades are Crave (definitely my number one!), Fantasy, Daydream, Lace and Tickle.
New vs old
The formula of the New Nude Palette is definitely different from Huda Beauty’s Desert Dusk Palette.
The glitter from the Desert Dusk Palette had some fall-out and was more crumbly in its texture, whereas the two glitters in the New Nude Palette were far creamier, which I prefer as it makes them easier to work with.
Most noticeably, the mattes in the New Nude Palette are much creamier compared to the Desert Dusk Palette, where the mattes were more powdery. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I find creamier eyeshadows easier to work with and less patchy.
After swatching the shades and forming my first proper opinions of the palette, I decided to go ahead and create a look with the palette. I was very excited to use the palette and see how my look would turn out because I really loved the shades.
For this look, I used my Tarte Shape Tape Concealer for the base. I then used the shades Bare and Play all over my lids for a soft, light pink colour.
After this, I used the shades Tickle, Teddy and Secret on my outer corners in the crease, using more neutral tones to build up the colour and depth and add dimension to the look.
To deepen the look, I placed Raw just in the outer corners for a classic smoked out look. This is generally my favourite thing to do with eyeshadow – go from a light colour in the inner corner to a darker colour in the outer corner.
I then used Concealed to cut the crease and act as a base for the shimmers I was about to use over the top.
For the shimmer shades, I applied Crave in the inner corners and towards the middle of the crease and Daydream in the middle of my lids and into the outer corner.
To complete the look, I added some winged eyeliner, false eyelashes and a spot of Jeffree Star’s Liquid Frost Highlighter in my inner corners to make my eyes ‘pop’.
Here is the overall look:
This is honestly one of my favourite looks I’ve ever created, if not THE favourite. The colours blended so well into each other and I felt it created a really soft and glamorous look. The shimmers were absolutely out of this world, my favourite shimmers yet from any palette. My iPhone 7 camera does not do the shades justice because they really sparkled and gave a beautiful effect.
I was over the moon with how the New Nude Palette worked and the look it created.
I’d like to add that the concealer worked pretty well. I wasn’t blown away by it, but it did serve well as a base. It took a bit of layering up, though.
Where to buy
The Huda Beauty New Nude Eyeshadow Palette retails for £56 and can be bought from a variety of places. For me, the best place to buy it is on Cult Beauty because its delivery times are always quick and because of the price point the shipping is free.
However, it can also be bought on the Huda Beauty store or on Feelunique for the same price if it’s out of stock on Cult Beauty.
YES YES YES.
I absolutely love this palette and there’s not one shade in it where I’m uncertain about it. For me, all the shades are beautiful and I’ve never been able to say that about a palette before.
Overall, it performed really well and the colours blended out easily to create a soft and glamorous look.
Yes, £56 is pricey, but I’d say it’s absolutely worth the money. It is a more luxurious palette, but I think that shows in the shade range, uniqueness and the sultry feel to it.
Rating: 4.5 stars
This is pretty much a 5, but I can’t say it’s perfect as I do think some of the shades could be more pigmented. I’m also aware this is an expensive palette. I know a lot of people out there aren’t impulsive like me and would never spend this much on a palette and that needs to be taken into account.
However, for me, I’d say this a 10/10 product and would recommend it to anyone who loves purples, pinks, glamour and beauty!