Apr 27, 2018

100% Honest Review on Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

I have been eyeing on the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadow Palette for years. Because HB is not easily available in Malaysia, I've been putting the purchase on hold. Recently a friend was in Barcelona, and I asked her to keep an eye on the palette for me. Thankfully she managed to get it. And here it is...

If you're wondering if the palette is worth to splurge on, you should read on.

Just a brief history of HB... When it first started out, HB received a lot of raves mainly because she was a well-known YouTuber and she has a huge following from the Middle East. As we know, Middle East beauty industry market was quite reserved. The introduction of the brand really captures the attention of Muslim women and HB successfully break into that untapped market.

Buy the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Palette here: CultBeauty.co.uk (Free shipping to Malaysia)

Then came this Rose Gold Textured Shadow Palette. It was the right time that got this palette a huge popularity. Rose gold color quickly became a trend and represents all things luxury. 'Til today rose gold has a soft spot in every girls' heart.

Before I get to the review, let's take a peek at the swatches:

L-R: Dubai, Fling, 24K, Rose Gold, Trust Fund, Angelic

  • Dubai is a rusty copper with yellow undertone. The glitter looks roughly textured on the pan but glides smoothly and pleasant to use.
  • Fling appears to be maroon-purplish on the pan, but once applied, it looks more of a red. The texture is pretty similar to Dubai but has more refined glitters.
  • 24K is a true gold shade that looks good on any skin tone. It has the same texture as Fling.
  • Rose Gold is an orangy pink with compact glitters.
  • Trust Fund is a copper color with gold glitters.
  • Angelic is a very pretty soft pink with compact gold glitters.
Overall, on the first row is filled with glitters like those M.A.C. pigments. The texture feels a little funny. It feels wet. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who felt that way or I have a defect unit with me. It is soft, moist and glides like butter. I think the texture is the reason why the eyeshadow stays on for long hours. 

L-R: #Blessed, Bossy, Flamingo, Shy, Bae, Moon Dust

  • #Blessed is a metallic old gold with sparse glitters.
  • Bossy is a matte dark brown with gray undertone. It appears patchy and chalky.
  • Flamingo is a bubblegum pink. Usually, this color turns out to be chalky but surprisingly it doesn't.
  • Shy is a salmon pink shade which looks really pretty as a transition color. Unfortunately, it is pretty hard to blend this shade.
  • Bae is a skin shade. It is very chalky and really hard to blend.
  • Moon Dust is a metallic champagne. This is my favourite color of the entire palette.

L-R: Black Truffle, Suede, Coco, Maneater, Henna, Sandalwood

  • Black Truffle is a matte black. It is patchy and chalky. I don't think I will ever use this shade because the quality is really poor.
  • Suede is a very pretty gray with brown undertone. I often use this as a transition shade.
  • Coco is a hot chocolate shade. The matte texture performs the best compared to other mattes.
  • Maneater is a dark maroon. The result is really patchy and it hardly blends at all. This is the worst quality amongst the other shades in the pan.
  • Henna is a chocolate brown with red undertone. The quality is perfect compared with other matte shades in this palette.
  • Sandalwood is a coffee brown which works well as a transition shade or you can wear it on its own if you have a fair skintone.

And now what I really think of the palette


  • The palette has a variety of texture and shades which you can mix and match. It can be a great palette for travel and all you need is just this palette to work out looks for different occassions. 
  • The glittered shades have amazing texture. It feels like M.A.C. pigments but binds together with a moist texture. You should swatch this in the store to understand what I mean.
  • The shades are vivid and color pay-off is very good. 
  • They stay for long hours. Even with my oily eyelids, it stay put from day to night. 


  • It is expensive and not easily available in Malaysia. I paid mine for RM300+ (I can't remember the exact amount but it was almost RM400).
  • With the price, I would expect a better packaging. The box is flimsy and the cover on top of the palette is a sheer clear plastic. I can foresee accident to happen if you put this into your check-in luggage when traveling. Also, it is not tightly closed with the magnetic lid. If you're staying in humid place, this palette might be unuseable within two years.
  • Some shades hard to work with brush, especially the glittered ones. It works best with fingers.
  • The matte shades are poorly done. Almost half of the matte appears patchy and chalky.
  • There are a lot of alternatives to this palette which I will be listing below.

When it first started, I can see why it gets all the rave from beauty addicts. The color is amazing. But now we have plenty of other alternatives, which puts this palette far behind the game now. The packaging is the biggest failure against the price you are paying for.

I definitely won't recommend this palette if you're still figuring out whether to buy or not. If you want to get it for the sake of having it, it is not a bad palette either.

Alternatives to the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

The Maybelline Burgundy Bar has all the red hues that featured in the Rose Gold Palette. It has a good shimmer which mimics the glittered shades as well. Buy the Maybelline Burgundy Bar from Amazon for only USD9.99.

The tarte tarlette Toasted palette has all the brown hues of the Rose Gold palette. You can see a lot of dupes on the pan as well. Purchase it from Sephora for only RM175.

If you're not into the glittered shades and want more of a matte, the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is probably the best to invest on. Read the review here. Get it from Sephora for only RM245.

Question time

Do you have the Rose Gold palette and did you enjoy using it? I want to know what is your thoughts and am I the only one who don't feel like this palette is worth it?

1 comment

Arisa Chow said...

After seeing your swatches i also think paying RM300 isn't worth it, so patchy the mattes!
I'm usually skeptical when it comes to over hyped products because celebs have tons of blind followers who would do anything for their idol that includes endorsing a crappy product.