The Huda Beauty Obsession Eyeshadow Palettes are curated 9-Pan palettes that come in a variety of color stories, from neutrals, nudes, jewel tones, and neons. Given how quickly the range expanded since launching in 2017, I needed to know if these micro palettes were worth the hype. Keep reading for an in depth review of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions 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 lashes. However, she quickly expanded into color cosmetics and skincare.
What is Your Obsession?
The Huda Beauty Obsession Palettes remain one of the biggest eyeshadow collection launches of the last few years. The original 9-Pan Obsessions Palettes launched in 2017. The goal behind this palettes was to enable beauty-lovers to create complete day-to-night looks within specific color families.
After the success of the original launch, Huda Beauty expanded its range to include five gemstone-themed palettes, three neon palettes, and three nude palettes. This collection spawned countless copycats in the industry.
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette 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 Obsessions Palettes look larger in photographs than they are in real life. Each palette is palm-sized. They are easy to store and easy to pack for travel.
Also, the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette is made of cardboard encased in a plastic sleeve. Also, this palette comes with a small compact mirror.
Each Obsessions Palette retails for $27.00-$29.00.
Ingredients & Cruelty-Free Status
The Huda Obsession Palettes are Paraben-Free, but the matte shades contain Talc.
Additionally, Huda Beauty’s Cruelty-Free status is murky. The brand sells mink lashes. However, the cosmetic products are not tested on animals.
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette Swatches
Although swatches are not a perfect indicator of quality, they can provide a clue to how an eyeshadow will blend. Please see the below for finger swatches of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette.
The Smokey Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette comes with four matte eyeshadows and five metallic shadows. Overall, the formula of these shadows is soft. This palette is messy and each shadow produces a considerable amount of fallout.
Despite the above flaws, Huda masterfully curated a smokey palette that includes a variety of tones and textures. My only real complaint is that the two dark matte brown shades look similar on the eyes. I wish one of these shades was a mid-tone brown.
Palette Application & Wear-time
The shadows in the Smokey Obsessions palette can be easily applied with a brush or finger. The matte shades blend seamlessly. The three dark matte shades are pigmented, so a little product goes a long way.
However, the shadows are prone to crumbling. Also, the matte shades produce fallout. Wearers should apply these shadows before base makeup. The metallic shades are best applied using a fingertip or a wet brush.
When worn over a primer, the shadows last all day without creasing, smudging, or fading. I am able to create a wide range of beautiful, pigmented, smokey looks.
Where can you purchase the Smokey Obsession Palette?
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.. However, the Smokey Obsessions Palette is sold out nearly everywhere.
Final Thoughts on the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette
Despite the messy shadow formula, the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette impressed me. Each shadow is buttery and pigmented.
Moreover, the pocket-sized palette is easy to travel with and easy to store. I recommend this palette to anyone looking for a curated palette to create the perfect smokey eye.
However, I do not recommend the Smokey Obsessions to anyone who is bothered by fallout or messy packaging. If the formula seems unappealing, try the Milani Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette.
What is your favorite neutral eyeshadow palette? Have you tried anything from Huda Beauty? Please let me know in the comments below.0