Huda Beauty is Cult Beauty's November Brand Of The Month, which means that there is free international shipping on all orders - the perfect time to place an order if you are lusting after a Huda product. Huda Kattan is the lady behind the brand who has turned her passion for beauty into an international makeup empire through dedication and hard work. I love reading stories about when she started out with her first product, which was her lashes - she and her sisters packed them for shipping themselves and her sister invested some savings to help Huda get the brand going - I personally love hearing success stories like this. I know that it is a very hyped brand but I feel that some of her products can be overlooked. I have tried most products from the brand so today I want to share with you what I think is worth the hype and the products that deserve more hype!
Worth the hype:
Eyeshadow palettes: I have all three of her large palettes: Desert Dusk, Rose Gold Remastered and The New Nude and one mini palette: Warm Brown Obsessions. I am a huge fan of Huda's shadows, in general - the glitter shade in the Desert Dusk palette was a let down but the duo-chromes and shimmers are sublime in terms of texture - pigmented, buttery-soft, easy to blend and long-lasting. The mattes are slightly less buttery but still apply and blend really well. I know that a lot of people were miffed that the Rose Gold palette was reformulated and re-released (and maybe I would be too if I had bought the original one), but Huda Beauty is a relatively new brand and Huda is listening to feedback and learning as she goes. I find that because her shadows are so easy to work with, they are suitable for both beginners and pros so if you are in the market for a high end palette, I highly recommend checking these out. I have reviews of the Desert Dusk here and the Rose Gold Remastered here. Of course, not everyone wants or needs to spend £56 on an eyeshadow palette, so her mini Obsessions palettes are a great alternative at £25 for 9 eyeshadows. I only have one - Warm Brown Obsessions, which for me is a great, basic everyday palette as it has all of the warm tones that I love, particularly at this time of year, and they are all matte apart from one foiled shadow. I have read mixed reviews on the mini palettes in terms of pigmentation but it certainly isn't a problem that I have experienced. The packaging of all of her palettes is slimline but sturdy cardboard and they all have a mirror but no brush, which I personally prefer as I rarely use the brushes that come with palettes! With three large palettes and ten mini Obsessions palette, there is something to suit all tastes/colour preferences. A review of the New Nude Palette will be coming to the blog soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Overachiever Concealer: Available in 20 shades, this is a full coverage concealer but it doesn't have that heavy and drying feeling on the skin that so many full coverage concealers do. I love the tube packaging and the metal head applicator feels so cooling on the under eye area. With this concealer, I find that you need to apply only a small amount as it is very pigmented, and work one eye at a time rather than a dab under both as it sets quickly. If you need more product, it can be layered well as long as you don't apply too much each time ( I cringe when I see so many Instagram videos with huge amounts of concealer as I don't think you need to apply half the bottle to achieve full coverage - you're just using the wrong concealer!). The finish is described as luminous matte, which I agree with - it looks pretty natural - neither flat nor shimmery despite containing light-reflecting spheres. I have very dry skin and hate anything that is too cakey on my under eye area as that is just ageing but I have found that this concealer doesn't crease or sink into fine lines and it also doesn't fade over time. For me, this is a top notch product.
#FauxFilter Foundation: Speaking of pigmented products, this foundation really packs a punch in terms of the coverage it gives. Available in 30 shades (although be aware that the shades are lighter than they appear in the marketing photos and they don't oxidise), this foundation offers a matte, but not flat, finish. I definitely wouldn't describe it as lightweight but it doesn't feel overly heavy on the skin and I don't feel like I'm am gagging to take my makeup off at the end of the day. It has a thick texture so I recommend using less than you do with other foundations as a little goes a long way and it spreads well but it works best with a dense buffing brush in my experience. I can finish with a beauty blender but I always need to buff this foundation into the skin first. It layers well if you do feel the need to go in with some extra. I find that it doesn't highlight my pores or fine lines - I have dry skin and I need to use a nourishing primer with this foundation to ensure an even application and I can be sure that it won't budge or breakdown through the day or even. I don't wear full coverage bases on a daily basis but this is an ideal foundation for a night out or long days as it is very long-lasting.
Liquid Matte Lipstick: These liquid lipsticks hit the market with a bang when they were released and rightly so because they are beautiful! I have dry lips and most liquid lipsticks dry them out further, highlight lines on my lips and flake or crumble when topped up - my experience with these couldn't not be more different. They are so lightweight in texture, yet are pigmented, comfortable on the lips, non-drying and long-lasting. If you think that liquid lipsticks are not for you, I really encourage you to try one of these!
Lashes: There are 12 lash style variations available, ranging in price from £12.50 to £18, which isn't the cheapest but the lashes are good to re-wear for a number of uses so you do get your moneys worth. I personally love the Sasha lashes as they offer volume and length but don't look completely unnatural due to the varying lengths of the lashes. They are super lightweight so I'm not particularly aware of them on my eyes and because they are so bendy, they are easy to apply - even if you aren't naturally proficient at applying lashes, like me! The Huda lash glue is also brilliant and it's the only glue that I use when applying lashes as it holds them in place all day.
Deserve more hype:
3D Highlight Palette: There are three shade variations of this palette available and I have Golden Sands. This palette has the same slimline but sturdy packaging as the eyeshadow palettes and I have travelled with it a few times without any damage. Inside are three large powders products and one cream - it's an all in one face palette to highlight, blush and bronze the face. All of the products are buildable, yet they melt into the skin so they don't look like you have layers of product on your skin. The highlighting cream is very smooth in texture and adds a nice sheen to the skin. You could just wear this but when the powder highlighter is layered over it, it increases the intensity but it can be done lightly if you don't like your highlight to be seen from out outer space! There isn't even a hint of glitter in the powder highlighter and the formula is really smooth so it's very forgiving even on dry skin like mine. The bronzer has some shimmer running so it isn't suitable for contouring but I use it add some gentle definition and warm up my face. Again, the formula is smooth so it doesn't apply patchily. The blush also has the same texture and formula and the peachy-pink shade with golden undertone really ties the whole look together, I have also used the highlighters and bronzers on my eyes so it really is a multi-tasking face palette that deserves more hype as I rarely see it featured on blogs or youtube.
Complexion Perfection: This is the ultimate primer for dry skin but those with oily or combination skin should probably try her matte primer. The texture of this primer is quite thick so a little goes a long way and I like to apply with it my hands, rather than a brush, so that it can really mesh with my skin. No matter what foundation I apply over this primer, I know that I am guaranteed a smooth and even application, but it pairs particularly well with the Huda foundation. It has a light rose scent, which soon dissipates so please don't let that put you off if you're not a fan of that scent because if you have dry skin, you will see a massive difference in makeup application when using this product. As you can see from the photo above, I am almost finished one tube and already have a back up because it is *that* good. Again, I believe that this is an overlooked product in the Huda range!
Face, Buff and Blend Brush: I bought this brush when I bought the foundation and it's still going strong more than a year later! This is a very densely packed brush but it isn't too stiff so I can really buff my foundation into my skin and it works particularly well with creamy textures. I love the angle of the brush as I really feel that I can get a very even application with it - the result is always flawless when I use this brush no matter what foundation I use. It's impossible to have streaky foundation when this brush is used. It also washes really well so the £22 investment is worth it. It's a brush that everyone should have in their collection.
Lip Contour: Available in 17 shades, these lip pencils have a dreamy texture - they are pigmented but so soft and smooth, which makes them very comfortable on the lips. They aren't so soft that they will spread all over your face but they aren't hard or drying at all. Very similar to MAC Pro Longwear pencils if you are familiar with those (they are much creamier in texture than regular MAC lip pencils), they are also comfortable to wear all over the lips. I also find them long-lasting too. When they were first released, there was a lot of hype but I think they have been overlooked since then. I have actually finished two, which speaks volumes as I have quite a few lip liners!
Demi Matte Cream Lipstick: For those who just don't like matte lips but want the convenience and longevity of a liquid lipstick, these are the perfect product. Lightweight and pigmented, just like the original liquid mattes, but with a satin finish that is extremely comfortable on the lips. It also has that menthol cooling and tingling sensation that plumping glosses have, which I personally like as I do feel it makes my lips look plumper but I know that not everyone is a fan of that sensation so just be aware of that. I feel that these cream lipsticks have been overlooked despite some initial hype around the release and I think that if people try one, they will want more shades. My mother doesn't like the idea of a liquid lipstick but I know that I will convert her with one of these!
I think that the only Huda products that I haven't tried are the Easy Bake Loose Powder, Matte Perfection Pre Makeup base and her new line of eyeshadow brushes so I would love to hear your thoughts on those products if you have tried them? I'd also love to know what is the first product you think of when you hear Huda Beauty? Which products deserve more hype in your opinion? I really hope that she releases a line of brow products soon!
Don't forget that for the whole month of November, there is free international shipping on all Huda products on Cult Beauty! Also if you spend more than £60, you get a free Gemstones Obsessions Palette (while stocks last!).
Thanks for reading!