I cannot believe that it’s the last day of 2018.
I’ve been super fortunate to try out so many amazing beauty products and lines throughout the past 365 days and one of the most exciting brands for me to get my hands on was Huda Beauty.
I’ve been familiar with Huda Kattan for years now as she started off as a beauty blogger and YouTuber who eventually created her own makeup line. What started as just false lashes soon grew into a multi-million dollar brand that is filled with eyeshadow palettes, foundation, primers, powders… you name it.
Anyways, since I’ve heard so many amazing things about the line (in particular the foundation and the eyeshadow palettes), I pretty much screamed with joy when this giant package of Huda goodness arrived at my doorstep a few months back.
First up is the Matte Perfection Pre-Makeup Base Primer (C$40), which is one of two primers in her line. This one is a gel formula which is aimed at controlling shine, minimizing and blurring the look of pores, evening out skin texture, and keeping makeup in place throughout the day.
This primer is a 60 per cent water-based formula, which makes it hydrating while also mattifying the skin (it also has minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium to revitalize the skin). It has a unique applicator since you’re supposed to shake it first then use the dropper to control the amount you dispense on your skin.
Once the primer is set, I reached for the #FauxFilter Foundation (C$52), which is available in 30 shades from light to dark. This foundation is a full-coverage foundation that is supposed to conceal blemishes and imperfections, leaving you with a flawless face. I have the shade Vanilla 120B, which is for fair skin tones with beige undertones. It is also the third-lightest shade in the range. This one is actually a bit too light for my skin tone, but I am able to make it work if it’s the dead of winter, or if I mix it with another foundation that is closer to my skin tone.
This foundation contains argan oil and centella asiatica to hydrate the skin. It does give you a very high coverage and is a thicker foundation. It also makes your skin look flawless and covers up anything you need to be covered, such as blemishes, scars, and redness.
Since the shade I have is very light, I would love to try it in a darker colour, but if you are looking for something full coverage, then this does the trick.
To set the foundation (and any concealer you use), grab the Easy Bake Loose Baking and Setting Powder (C$43), which is one of my favourite items I’ve tried from the brand.
Available in eight shades, this loose powder helps you achieve an airbrushed finish and help set liquid products. It also helps blur the appearance of pores and fine lines.
Open up the jar to be greeted by a pleasant sweet smell and a net which allows you to dispense a controlled amount of powder. The texture of this powder is very light and it is easy to apply for baking or just setting makeup. I have the shade Pound Cake, which is designed for fair, light, medium, and tan skin tones. The golden undertones in the product help to brighten and disguise undereye circles as well.
I absolutely love this powder, from the scent to the shade, to how it makes my face look when I apply it. I have a ton of different setting powders, but lately this is the one I’ve been reaching for the most and one of my favourite items from the line.
For the eyes, you may have heard about Huda Beauty’s eyeshadow palettes. In fact, the New Nude palette was one of the most coveted eyeshadow palettes this past holiday season. I got the Desert Dusk palette, which opens up to 18 shadows in glitter, matte, shimmering pearl, and duo-chrome topper textures.
This palette is a real stunner when you first open it. There are browns, pinks, nudes, and oranges in here, allowing you to create a variety of different ways to wear it. The shades are very creamy and blend out nicely. With that being said, there are a couple staple shades that I wish were in here, one of them being a true white or shimmery highlight for the inner corner and brow. I feel like if you love creating darker looks, then this would be perfect for you. I wouldn’t call it an everyday palette, just based off the shade range in here, but it’s great as a night out palette since there are so many shimmery shadows and browns to create a smoky eye. Perhaps the real stunner is the shade Cosmo, which is a brown rose gold that is beautiful to look at, but needs some work when applying it. There is a bit of fall out, so I recommend spraying your brush first with a setting spray and doing your eye makeup before your foundation.
If you are looking for something smaller and more affordable, then take a look at the Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes (C$35, some are currently on sale for $25 at Sephora), which is a range of palettes in 10 different colour combos.
Each palette contains nine shades that are complementary to four colour themes, warm brown, mauve, smokey, and electric obsessions, and contain matte and shimmer shades. Since they are small, they are perfect to throw in your purse or for travel.
I got the the Coral Obsessions Palette (on sale right now for C$25), which contains shadows that all fall within the coral range. There are two duo-chrome shimmers and seven matte shades to gives you a warm look. The shade range goes from burnt orange to dusty pink to browns. It’s the perfect palette to have on hand for the crease, as well as for vacation. I actually love using this palette for the oranges since I always use an orange as a transition colour. The Coral palette isn’t the most wearable for everyday since all the shadows are a variety of orange, but the other palettes are great to have on hand and I love how you can choose which colour palette you want to go with.
To add a little oomph to the lashes, Huda Beauty lashes (C$26) are the item that started it all. I actually picked up a pair of her lashes last year and I do have to admit that I find them to be a little much for my eyes since they are quite bold, but if you are into that sort of thing, then you’ll love these.
I got the style Sasha this time around, which is a medium-volume lash that that brand says gives you “subtle drama”. They also say they are light in density and slightly longer in length. I would have to agree with the length bit, but they are quite stiff. I find the band to be very stiff and not really that moveable, which can make it hard to apply (since they come rounded, they have the tendency to pop off if the glue isn’t set).
Huda Beauty says that you can wear these lashes up to 15 times. They are a beautiful lash to look at, but I prefer something that isn’t that dramatic, and I like a lash band that I can play around with. The band on these are very stiff, and like I said, have the tendency to pop off.
Finally, for the lips, first grab one of her Lip Contour Matte Pencils (C$25), which are available in 18 shades and glide on the lips to define and contour them. I absolutely love these lip liners as they are so creamy and give you pigmented colour. I have the shade Venus, which is a nude, and I literally use this lipliner with every single nude lipstick I have. I do find that on the lighter nudes, it is a touch too dark, but once I run my finger over my lips, it all glides out perfectly. The lip liner is also waterproof and transfer proof, so it won’t budge.
If you love the Kylie Cosmetics lip liners then I really think you’e going to love these. Best of all, since Huda Beauty is sold at Sephora, it’s much more accessible to find than Kylie.
Finally, the Liquid Matte Lipstick (C$26 each) is the perfect match to the lip liners and are available in 24 shades (22 mattes and two metallics). You guys know I love matte liquid lipsticks, so I was dying to try these out, and the hype is so real. These deliver comfortable, long-wearing colour that paints on opaque in one swipe.
I got the colour Gossip Girl, which is described as an everyday cute pink. It does have a tinge of mauve in it, which makes it look better with a tan. The formula in these have antioxidants and an exclusive complex to maintain lips’ hydration which is important since liquid lipsticks tend to dry out lips.
I’ve read so many amazing things about these lipsticks and i do have to admit that this is one of the better formulas I have ever tried. The colour lasts for a long time and I didn’t feel the need to reapply the colour or apply a lip balm on top after six hours or so. I would love to pick up some of her nude shades as I live in nudes and I feel like it would get a ton of wear.
There are definitely some items that I loved more than others in her line. If you were to pick up a couple products to try out, I recommend the baking powder and the lip liners. The eyeshadow palettes were good, however, there’s so many amazing eyeshadow palettes out there that they do kind of rival other ones in my collection.
Of course there are also a couple more items in her line that I can’t wait to get my hands on. I would also love to try out different shades of the foundation, as well as the lip colour.
Have you tried Huda Beauty?
Please note, items sent by PR. All opinions are my own.
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