The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes remain one of the biggest eyeshadow collection launches of the last two years. The original 9-Pan Obsessions Palettes launched in 2017 with the goal of enabling beauty-lovers to create complete day-to-night eyeshadow looks curated within specific color families.
After the success of the original launch, Huda Beauty expanded its range to include five gemstone-themed limited edition palettes. The launch of the Gemstone Obsessions Palettes ushered in a trend for cohesive, curated colorful eyeshadow palettes.
Admittedly, I nearly bought the Sapphire and Amethyst Obsessions Palettes in 2018 but stopped after the lackluster swatches I experienced while playing with tester palettes in Sephora. Nevertheless, the monotone, colorful palettes continued to call out to me. I wanted to see if the palettes actually were worth the hype, so I decided to grab the Smokey Obsessions Palette this past holiday season. Please keep reading for my thoughts on this palette.
Huda Beauty Brand Ethos
Huda Beauty was founded by beauty influencer Huda Kattan and her two sisters, Alya and Mona Kattan in 2013. Huda first launched glamorous lashes, but quickly expanded into color cosmetics.
Smokey Obsessions Product Claims
Huda Beauty promises that the Smokey Obsession Palette will enable wearers to create “the ultimate smokey eye or staple nude look” with the palette’s mix of easily buildable colors.
Price & Packaging
The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes look significantly larger in photographs than they are in real life. Each palette in this collection is palm-sized, which makes this easy to store and easy to pack when traveling.
Material-wise, the Smokey Obsessions Palette is made of a sturdy cardboard material that is encased in a plastic sleeve. Although it may be tempting to throw out the plastic sleeve, I recommend keeping it to ensure the palette remains closed during travel. This palette comes with a small compact mirror.
Each Obsessions Palette retails for $27.00 USD.
Ingredients & CF Status
Although I appreciate that the Huda Obsessions Palettes are Paraben-Free, I want to call out that the matte shades do contain Talc (as the number one ingredient). Huda Beauty’s Cruelty-Free status is murky given that the brand does sell mink lashes. However, cosmetic products are not tested on animals.
Due to the nature of the Smokey Obsession Palette formula, I opted to only show finger swatches after attempting to do brush swatches. The shadows swatched so poorly with a brush, which I knew was not indicative of how the shadows applied on the eye.
The Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette comes with four matte eyeshadows and five metallic shimmer shadows. Overall, the formula of these shadows is incredibly soft. For comparison, these shadows make Anastasia Beverly Hills’ formula seem stiff. As a result, this palette is incredibly messy and each shadow produces a considerable amount of fallout.
From a color selection standpoint, Huda did a wonderful job in curating a cohesive smokey palette with a great variety of tones and textures. My only complaint with the color selection is the similarity between the two dark matte brown shades in the bottom row of the palette. I wish one of these shades was swapped for a lighter, mid-tone brown.
Application & Wear-time
The shadows in the Smokey Obsessions palette can be easily applied with a dry brush, wet brush, or finger. The matte shades blend out seamlessly in the crease and outer-V of the eyelid. The three dark matte shades are particularly pigmented, so a little product goes a long way. The metallic shades are best applied using a fingertip or a wet brush.
As briefly mentioned above, the shadows are soft, prone to crumbling, and producing fallout. For this reason, wearers should apply these shadows before applying any base makeup. Moreover, the soft shadow formula creates a mess in the pan and gives the illusion that it would be easy to hit pan.
Nevertheless, these shadows last all day without creasing, smudging, or fading (when worn over a primer). Additionally, due to the shade variety, I am able to create a wide range of beautiful, pigmented, smokey looks.
The Huda Beauty Obsessions Palettes are sold internationally on Huda Beauty’s website, at Sephora in the U.S., and Cult Beauty in the U.K. The Warm Brown, Mauve, Smokey, and Coral Obsessions palettes are permanent palettes, while the Gemstone Obsessions Palettes (Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, and Topaz) are limited edition.
Despite the soft and messy shadow formula, the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette impressed me. Each shadow in the palette is buttery and pigmented – a rarity in today’s beauty market. This palette is like the bolder, slightly edgier older sister to the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette. The pocket-sized palette is easy to travel with and easy to store. Also, the $27.00 USD retail price makes this palette a great steal. After trying this palette, I am eager to try more Obsessions Palettes from the brand.
Although I loved this palette, I would not recommend the Smokey Obsessions to anyone who is bothered by fallout or by messy packaging. If the price is too high or the Huda formula looks unappealing, try the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette instead. The Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette is this is a comparable, affordable dupe (retail value $14.97 USD – $19.99 USD).
What is your favorite neutral eyeshadow palette? Have you tried anything from Huda Beauty? Please let me know in the comments below.