Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette


The good old Sephora VIB sale just ended and I have found myself surrounded by boxes of new makeup to test out - if you don't regularly shop the sale, you should, it gives you a chance to try out some new goodies at a discount, and is usually when I pick up my most coveted items. Today I'm coming at you with my first impressions of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions ($35 CAD/ $27 USD) palette. It is my first pick up from her line and is a little out of the box for me. The palette has a few more cool-toned shades that I don't usually go for, but I think that it is a beautiful selection for holiday looks, especially that silver! It has also given me an opportunity to test out Huda's formula without breaking the bank and splurging on her larger palettes. So let's get into my first thoughts!


The palette is in standard cardboard packaging that closes magnetically. Nothing fancy but it does include a mirror and is slim and lightweight for travelling. What surprised me most is the size - it is small. I expected it to be small from reviews I had read ahead of purchasing, but despite seeing pictures of it on Instagram etc. I wasn't expecting it to be as little as it is. Think palm of your hand size ( and I have small hands). However; there isn't much space wasted between the 9 shades, not that they're close enough to get muddled together when you dip a brush in. On closer inspection you actually get 0.05g per shadow (similar to those in the Tarte palettes for instance). For the price, I think that it's a decent value - who ever uses up an entire eyeshadow anyway?

Shade Range

The range of colours is fairly basic - but I think that's why I was drawn to purchase this one. You can easily get a day-to-night look from this from the most basic neutral look to a dramatic smokey eye. There are 9 shades to choose from: 4 mattes (including a black) and 5 metallic shimmers that all go together beautifully.


I am super impressed by the formula right off the bat! I was skeptical after reading mixed reviews on the large Huda Beauty palettes but was pleasantly surprised when I got this in the mail. The metallic shades swatch like butter, they are so creamy and incredibly pigmented. The matte shades aren't quite so opaque when swatching (save for the lighter beige/brown which was awesome) but I prefer my mattes to be this way so I can build them up. My favourite shades are the lightest matte (a lovely neutral-warm crease shade) and the silver (it almost seems to have the faintest green/sea foamy shift to it that makes it unique).

Wear time

I wore 3 of the shadows on my lids today, the lighter matte, medium brown, and one of the metallics and they wore amazingly for over 8 hours with no creasing. They blended seamlessly with no skipping and didn't look muddy. A little bit of powdery kick-up resulted from dipping into the pans (nothing crazy), though I personally take this as a sign of a good shadow.

Overall, for the price I think that this palette would be great for someone wanting to test out the Huda Beauty formula, or if you need an every day simple eye look but still want the option for holiday/night out inspiration. It is definitely the perfect size to travel with as well. I am super happy with this purchase, and have my eyes on the Warm Brown Obsessions next!

Have you picked up any Huda Beauty palettes (or anything else by her)? What else do you think I should pick up?

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