When I heard that Huda Beauty was releasing a nude eyeshadow palette called The New Nude, I wondered what could possibly be so new about it. There have been so many neutral palette releases in the last few years that I wasn't sure that she would be able to create something different enough to make me want to buy it......... I was wrong! Huda said that thinks that pinks are the new nudes, hence the name of the palette. It is certainly a complete departure from her previous palettes (reviews here) that were full of colour! I am a big fan of the Huda eyeshadow formula so as soon as the palette was released, I ordered it! It sold out pretty quickly but is currently back in stock on Feel Unique, Selfridges, Arnotts and Brown Thomas. There is also currently a waitlist on Cult Beauty. I would imagine that it will be at the top of a lot of Christmas wish lists and is bound to sell out so if you want to get your hands on it, act fast!
The packaging is the same as Huda's other large palettes - slimline but sturdy cardboard with a decent sized mirror. I've travelled with Huda's palettes before and never had any issue with the shadows getting damaged. There are three rows of six shadows in a variety of finishes: ten mattes, four duo-chromes, two glitters, one pressed pearl and one concealer shade.
|Swatches completely unedited. From left to right: Bare, Crave, Play, Fantasy, Love Bite, Spanked, Lace. DayDream, Tickle, Excite, Infatuated, Kinky, Concealed, Secret, Tease, Raw, Charmed, Teddy.|
Top row from left to right:
Bare: Off-white-beige matte. Not the creamiest in texture but still very easy to apply.
Crave: Warm copper shimmer with a buttery soft texture. Pigmented and long-lasting,
Play: Warm peach matte. Pigmented, smooth in texture and long-lasting.
Fantasy: Warm plum metallic. Creamy, smooth, pigmented and long-lasting.
Love Bite: Cool berry matte. Smooth, moderately pigmented and easy to build and blend.
Spanked: Warm berry matte. Feels a little dry in the pan but it applies and blends well.
Middle row from left to right:
Lace: Warm lavender matte. Finely milled, pigmented and easy to work with.
Day Dream: Blush pink sparkling metallic. Buttery soft, pigmented, easy to work with and long-lasting.
Tickle: Warm pink matte. Smooth, pigmented, easy to apply and blend.
Excite: Warm copper glitter. I have the same issue with this as I did with the glitter in the Desert Dusk palette - unless you have a glitter glue, the glitter shades are extremely difficult to work with. It annoys me that it's necessary to buy an additional product to make the glitters work.
Infatuated: Warm plum glitter with the same issues as Excite.
Kinky: Warm plum pressed pearl. Buttery soft, pigmented and long-lasting.
Bottom row from left to right:
Concealed: A nice addition to the palette, especially if you are a fan of doing a cut crease and some will use it to prime their eyes, however it doesn't replace my usual eye primer in terms of preventing creasing. My only issue with this is that the fallout from the powder shadows may eventually render it useless.
Secret: Warm pink matte. Pigmented, smooth in texture and easy to work with.
Tease: Warm mauve/taupe matte. Pigmented, smooth, long-lasting and easy to use.
Raw: Warm brown matte. Very smooth and soft, easy to apply and blend.
Charmed: Warm brown sparkling metallic. Buttery soft, smooth and very easy to work with.
Teddy: Warm dusty pink/peach matte. Smooth in texture, pigmented, long-lasting and easy to work with.
Overall, I really like the shade selection - I like that it's mainly warm-toned with a few cooler shades mixed in. The duo-chromes are utterly beautiful in texture, the mattes are easy to work with overall with one or two slightly more powdery than the others, the pressed pearl is dreamy in texture and the glitters are frustrating but when you have a glitter glue, they are very pretty. The duo-chromes apply best with your finger tip, although a flat shader brush will work but the pigmentation won't be as full. There is some fall out both in the pan and on the face, however it isn't a massive issue and once you tap your brush off on the side of the palette, it's pretty minimal.
There is no doubt that Huda's palettes are expensive and not everyone will be willing or able to spend £56 on an eyeshadow palette but if you are in the market for a new luxury eyeshadow palette and like the shade selection, I don't think you would be disappointed by The New Nudes. It's definitely different from other neutral palettes on the market and although initially I thought it might be similar to Urban Decay Naked 3, the shade selection proves otherwise.
Are you a fan of Huda eyeshadows? Are you tempted by this palette? I'd love to hear!
Buy from Feel Unique, Selfridges, Arnotts and Brown Thomas. There is also currently a waitlist on Cult Beauty.
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