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 has expanded since launching in 2017, I was curious to see if these mini palettes are worth the hype.
Please keep reading for an in depth review of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette. Is this palette a total smoke show or just smoke and mirrors? Please keep reading for my complete thoughts.
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, but quickly expanded into color cosmetics in recent years.
What’s Your Obsession?
The Huda Beauty Obsession 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 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.
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette Price & Packaging
The Obsession 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.
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 USD.
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette Ingredients & CF Status
The Huda Obsession Palettes are Paraben-Free, but the matte shades contain Talc. Huda Beauty’s Cruelty-Free status is murky given that the brand does sell mink lashes. However, the cosmetic products are not tested on animals.
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette Swatches
Please see the below for finger swatches of the Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession Palette. Each swatch represents one swipe of color across my bare arm, without any primer underneath.
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.
Huda did a wonderful job curating a smokey palette with a great variety of tones and textures. My only complaint is that the two dark matte brown shades look similar. I wish one of these shades was a mid-tone brown.
Huda Beauty Smokey Obsession 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. The shadows are prone to crumbling, and 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 Huda Beauty 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..
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.
I would not recommend the Smokey Obsessions to anyone who is bothered by fallout or by 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.