The Instagram universe went absolutely crazy when Huda Kattan teased her new Huda Beauty 3D highlighter palettes! Inspired by Huda’s DIY hack using an oil under a powder to intensify the highlighter, Huda developed four shades within each palette that create a super seamless and three-dimensional glow. Huda created two palettes to suit everyone, Pink Sands for fair to medium skin tones, and Golden Sands for medium to deep skin tones. I took one for the team and purchased both highlighter palettes, so that if you are tossing up between palettes, hopefully this review will make it a little easier to decide! There has been mixed reviews about the unique concept of this palette, however, I absolutely love it and if you want to know why I love it, keep reading below!!!
Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Review
The palettes are square in shape and come in a clear plastic outer sleeve. Both palettes feature different photos complementing tones within. The Pink Sands palette features a gorgeous image of Huda with blonde hair whilst the Golden Sands palette features a warmer image of Huda as a brunette.
The outer packaging is matte and also features metallic components in the logo as well as the highlighted points of Huda’s face. When you move the palette around, these areas catch the light and it looks like she has a poppin’ highlight! I think this is a really cute touch! The Pink Sands features rose gold metallic accents, whilst the Golden Sands features yellow gold.
The internal packaging is matte black and the 4 products, 1 cream and 3 powder highlighters, are inset within the packaging. Instructions on how Huda would use this palette are listed on the cover. A mirror would be nice at this price point, but it isn’t a deal breaker for me. The palettes have a magnetic closure, have a good weight to it and feel expensive. I think the quality of the packaging is quite nice!
The Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter palettes are $45USD and can be purchased from shophudabeauty.com and other retailers such as Sephora and Cult Beauty. I purchased mine through shophudabeauty.com, and shipping to Australia was $36USD, which although it was extremely fast, I did find quite expensive! If you purchase from Cult Beauty or Sephora, you generally wouldn’t have to pay for shipping if you purchased both palettes like I did. If you are from Australia, definitely purchase this palette from Sephora Australia or Cult Beauty.
The melted strobe highlighter is 0.26 oz and the powder highlighters are 0.28 oz each. This is comparable if we compare to the Anastasia Beverly Hills 4 pan glow kits where you receive 0.26 oz of each shade for a similar price of $40USD.
There are 2 formulas within this palette, the cream melted strobe shade and the 3 powder highlighters.
The melted strobe shade is so creamy and incredibly blendable. It is made with shea butter that gives it it’s blendability, and pearls that give this shade subtle reflects. You do not need to use a lot to achieve a gorgeous glow. This shade is unlike any other cream highlight I have tried, it does literally melt into your skin.
The powder highlighters are extremely soft and highly pigmented. They are extremely finely milled powders, with no chunky glitter particles, and are so easy to blend.
What I love about this palette is that each shade can be used individually, but when used in conjunction with each other, create a flawless and blended three dimensional glow.
I am in L.O.V.E with the melted strobe shade used on it’s own for a natural every day glow! It is absolutely gorgeous!!! I actually wish that this shade had more product within palette.
All four shades used together can create the most flawless highlight and the instructions couldn’t be more simpler.
The only thing I think I need to get used to with these palettes, is using a shimmer as a contour sculpt shade and a blush shade. I normally reach for matte shades, however I didn’t find that the shimmers in these areas overly accentuated any skin textures.
The inside cover has really simple and easy to follow instructions on how Huda would use this product. It is basically Instagram highlight for dummies! I love that they have pretty much spelled everything out, but in saying that you can use these products however you like, and you can of course use them individually as you would other highlighters.
If you are wanting a more subtle glow, you can use the Melted Strobe on its own, by applying sparingly with your fingertips and blending out with your fingers or even a beauty blender. The product does melt into your skin and is just so easy to blend. I think using a brush would cause you to pick up way too much product, and this would affect the final look.
If you want the most gorgeous and poppin’ glow, you can then follow Huda’s instructions, applying the highlight shade on the high points of the cheekbone. Then applying the contour shade in the hollows under the cheek bone. Finally applying the blush shade on the apples of your cheeks.
My favourite highlighter brush to use is the F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush because it is great for applying and blending highlight. I feel like I have more control with this sort of brush. You could also use a fan brush like the Sigma F42 Fan Brush.
All of the shades in both Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palettes are named after gorgeous tropical destinations. These shade names keep to this theme of warm, bronze glow!
Pink Sands is the palette catered towards fair to medium skin tones.
Capri – a creamy rose gold (Melted Strobe)
Santorini – soft white gold
Azores – light champagne gold
Ibiza – pink with white gold shimmers
Golden Sands is the palette catered towards medium to deep skin tones.
Fiji – a creamy soft gold (Melted Strobe)
Seychelles – soft warm gold
Tahiti – warm bronze
Zanzibar – coral pink with golden shimmer
I am really happy with the quality and formula of these palettes! I did purchase both palettes, however I feel on my skin tone that the Golden Sands is more appropriate.
Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette Swatches
Here are swatches of both palettes on my arm without the use of a primer. Please keep in mind that the shades may vary with skin tones.
What do you think about these Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter palettes? Let me know in the comments below!
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