I don’t know why but I’m been quite obsessed with rosy palettes these days and this Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette caught my eye; I used to avoid shades like this because they can be really hard to use without looking like I had a red eye or was punched by someone recently, but I’ve since learnt how to balance them out much better and have been unable to stop myself from expanding my collection!
This is supposed to be a transformed version of Huda’s first edition, which I don’t own as I used to avoid rosy shades on my eyes, so I can’t compare the two. All the shades from the original palette have been updated and some totally changed. The company claims that “this palette is inspired by Huda’s obsession with the absolute, most necessary colors you need on an every day basis”, with 18 eyeshadows in 4 different textures.
The packaging is a rather large hard cardboard box, with a large mirror inside. Personally I like cardboard boxes for eyeshadows even though they appear to be cheaper – the eyeshadows seem to withstand being thrown around better than a metal casing, though the superficial appearance is much less durable. Many, if not all, of the metal shades had a weird dip in the middle, like the sunken middle in cakes if you open the oven too early.
There are 8 buttery mattes, 8 melted metals, 1 wet & dry jet black, and 1 highlighting pressed pearl. Since there are too many shades to individually review, I won’t be describing the quality and application of each eyeshadow but tried my best to describe the colour. The net weight is 16.6g and the RRP is £56; I got mine from Cult Beauty.
First row from left to right:
Dubai: brown gold with olive undertones, metallic
Fling: medium copper red, metallic
Trust Fund: bronze copper, metallic
Rose Gold: peachy rose gold, metallic with pink sparkle
Pink Diamond: pinkish plum, metallic
24K: warm gold, metallic
Second row from left to right:
Risque: medium dark berry, matte
Doll Face: medium dark cool pink, matte
Demure: muted peachy coral, matte
#Blessed: warm copper brown, metallic
Moon Dust: light champagne gold with yellow undertone, metallic (pressed pearl)
Bubbly: champagne beige, metallic
Third row from left to right:
Black Truffle: black, matte
Suede: medium dark taupe, matte
Coco: dark brown with red undertones, matte
Maneater: warm red, matte
Henna: medium brick brown with red undertones, matte
Sandalwood: light brown, matte
The instructions recommend that you build your base with the mattes, dab the melted metals on your lids for a high shine foil finish, layer an extra coat using your fingers for an extreme metallic effect, line your eyes with the jet black shadow either wet with a liner brush or dry, and highlight the inner corner of your eyes with the pressed pearl. I wanted to point out the instructions because I think it is important to know what is the recommended way of using the eyeshadows, as compared to what people will naturally do.
Generally, I don’t have any issues with the shadows; they are incredibly pigmented and feels so ridiculously soft and buttery. I am very impressed with the mattes, because none of them felt powdery at all which is the tendency of mattes, and they applied so beautifully and smoothly without any powder kick-up. The mattes do have some “thickness” to them, as if the particles are larger in size if you get what I mean, but I haven’t had any creasing issues. The lasting power is great – I don’t see any fall out or disappearing through a night out.
The metals are stunning – very pigmented with a strong metallic finish. But there is a small problem – they apply slightly different with a brush as compared to fingers. With the swatches, I used my fingers and they appear to be completely smooth and buttery and incredibly pigmented but with a brush, I find the colour to be more diffused, less metallic and needs more blending work. This is why I pointed out the recommended method – which the company did say is with fingers. The metallic shadows feel a lot like a cream-to-powder product and the best way to use these is with fingers or a dense stiff brush.
Because the metallics are so creamy, I really hope that they won’t dry out like the other cream-to-powder shadows. But otherwise, I think this is a stunning palette. There are a lot of pinks, which I can imagine is not everyone’s cup of tea, but there are also a fair handful of neutral shades to balance things out. The issue I have is that the metals are a little more troublesome to apply – I like being fuss-free and I don’t like to use my fingers especially if I’m rushing in the mornings, so this will be a special event kind of palette when I can spend some time dolling up, but they are stunning if you do have the time to do so.
In all, I think the quality is fantastic. If you like rosy shades, or want to experiment with them, I think the quality and selection of rosy shades is great while there is a good number of neutral shades to fall back on. However, even with that, I do think that you should consider if you are someone who will put on eyeshadows with your fingers as not everyone like that or have that extra time to mess around with dirty fingers.