Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palettes In Golden Sands & Pink Sands – Review & Swatches

Note: The pictures in this review have all been taken in daylight.

Huda Kattan recently released two 3D Highlighter Palettes in two editions, Golden Sands (for medium – dark skin tones) and Pink Sands (for light to medium skin tones).

Shophudabeauty says about Pink Sands:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The ultimate Insta-Glow is now in everyone’s grasp. Inspired by Huda’s hack of layering oil with powder highlight to amplify her glow, this palette is packed with 2 different textures:

– the Melted Strobe, a pearlescent creamy formula enriched with Karite Butter to create a flawless lit-from-within canvas for layering powders.

– 3 light catching pressed pearls staggered in complimentary tones to give you a sculptural, 3D radiance.

With its effortless blendability and layering power, you can build and sculpt your highlight to a desired level of luminosity from subtle natural radiance to an all over goddess like glow.

For the most exquisite glow, Huda recommends:

  1. PREP: Apply the Melted Strobe as a base to smooth the skin & amplify the light reflecting pearls.
  2. SET: Dab the lightest highlight from cheek to temple to set & bring out the pop.
  3. SCULPT: Apply the darker shade under the cheekbones to add dimension & shape.
  4. FLUSH: Sweep the medium highlight on apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

The Pink Sands palette was created for Fair to Medium skin tones and Beige undertones, inspired by the softly golden and rosy shades of European Islands:

– 1 x 0.26oz / 7.5g Poured melted strobe in Capri (a dainty pale pink)

– 3 x 0.28oz / 3 x 8g Ultra-shimmery light reflecting pressed pearls in Santorini (a soft white sand with golden glow), Azores (a light gold with opalescent sheer), and Ibiza (a party starter pink with white gold shimmers)

And about Golden Sands:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The ultimate Insta-Glow is now in everyone’s grasp. Inspired by Huda’s hack of layering oil with powder highlight to amplify her glow, this palette is packed with 2 different textures:

-the Melted Strobe, a pearlescent creamy formula enriched with Karite Butter to create a flawless lit-from-within canvas for layering powders.

-3 light catching pressed pearls staggered in complimentary tones to give you a sculptural, 3D radiance.

With its effortless blendability and layering power, you can build and sculpt your highlight to a desired level of luminosity from subtle natural radiance to an all over goddess like glow.

For the most exquisite glow, Huda recommends:

  1. PREP: Apply the Melted Strobe as a base to smooth the skin & amplify the light reflecting pearls.
  2. SET: Dab the lightest highlight from cheek to temple to set & bring out the pop.
  3. SCULPT: Apply the darker shade under the cheekbones to add dimension & shape.
  4. FLUSH: Sweep the medium highlight on apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow.

The Gold Sands palette was created for Medium to Dark skin tones and Golden undertones, inspired the Tropical flair of Exotic islands:

– 1 x 0.26oz / 7.5g Poured melted strobe in Fiji (a creamy soft gold)

– 3 x 0.28oz / 3 x 8g Ultra-shimmery light reflecting pressed pearls Seychelles (soft gold with warm undertones), Tahiti (sun-drenched bronze), and Zanzibar (a coral cove inspired pink with golden shimmers)

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Instructions for using the palettes

The palettes and their shades

Huda’s online website mentions that the Pink Sands Edition is better suited to light-medium skin tones while the Golden Sands Edition is better for medium to dark skin tones. You can read the excerpts from the site above or click the link to get the shade descriptions from the website. Below are shade descriptions in my opinion.

You get one 7.5 g cream shade and three 8 g powder shades with each palette for a retail price of $45.

Pink Sands
  • Capri is described as a dainty pale pink, and in my opinion it is a warm pink-beige with light gold under tones. This is a cream shade and you get 7.5 g of product with this. On my tan skin tone, it looks quite lovely and very natural. It gives a dewy finish which can be applied with a light hand for natural-looking radiance or built up for a strobed glow.
  • Santorini is a white gold which can be applied over Capri or on its own. (8 g)
  • Azores is a dull yellow-gold. (8 g)
  • Ibiza is a light coral pink with light gold shimmer. (8 g)

Overall the Pink Sands palette has undertones that are warm but subtle, and I can see why this could be suited more towards lighter skin tones.

Golden Sands
  • Fiji is a soft, light true gold which can be sheered out or built up.
  • Seychelles is an intense dull gold.
  • Tahiti is a bronze-y gold.
  • Zanzibar is a bright coral pink with gold shimmer and a strong warm base.

Overall the Golden Sands palette has stronger and deeper warm undertones compared to Pink Sands.

The yays

  • You guys. I get why this is called a 3D highlighter palette. When used as directed by the company (see picture above) it produces a look that makes my cheek bones appear to have had fillers. I am blessed with prominent cheekbones as it is, but this product genuinely enhances my bone structure and brings it out in the most beautiful way. Initially I was like, “Wth is a 3D highlighter anyway?!” BUT, the melted strobe technology they have used in this palette, plus the instructions, genuinely work together to make one’s cheekbones more defined when the highlight is applied.
  • The shades (powder and cream) are all the right amount of glowy; I could not tell if there was visible shimmer in daylight or in bright artificial lighting. That could well be due to the fact that these shades mix and gel really well together.
  • These shades can easily be layered (together or individually) for a customized intensity to your glow.
  • On days when you don’t want a strongly strobed look, the shades can be used individually for a lighter effect.
  • While the shades can be used individually or sheered out, they look very intense when used together, so this is an especially good palette for night time/evening/party/wedding usage. (By wedding, I mean desi wedding.)
  • The cream shades in both palettes are a little harder and thicker than most cream products; as in it takes a strong swipe to build up color, but I consider that a good thing because it gives one more control over a product that could easily be over-applied, and it gives a good base for the whole 3D effect.
  • While the cream is sticky when dabbed on, it quickly becomes dry when blended and if powder is used on top, it dries fully.
  • I ike that the cream product can be used atop powder, and for me, it does not shift or swipe off products underneath.
  • Both palettes will suit light-medium/tan/olive skin in my opinion.
  • I applied these around noon, and my glow lasted for a good 8-ish hours before diffusing slightly. And even then it did not look like it disturbed the makeup beneath.
  • The quantity of product received for the price is reasonable.
  • The packaging is so pretty. Check out my Instagram (@thegirllovesmakeup) for a video of the holographic packaging.

The mehs

  • When applied on my cheeks, both palettes look somewhat similar; swatched on my arms they look different but on my face, not so much. Golden Sands looks a touch warmer, that is about it.
  • The “toughness” and thickness of the cream products will be disliked by those who prefer more emollient cream highlighters.
  • While the shades can be used individually or sheered out, they look very intense when used together, like I said. These shades give more of a metallic glow than a candle-lit one. This is why if you prefer a more subtle glow, you may want to reconsider purchasing this palette, or swatch it before you make a purchase.
  • I recall shipping costs being high if the product is ordered through shophudabeauty.

Application

I like to apply the product exactly as stated in the instructions. The reason for that is that I already have shades of highlighters that are similar to the ones in this palette. What differentiates this palette from the rest is that it combines those shades to form a very unique and beautiful effect.

I dab and blend out the cream highlighter on my cheekbones with my finger. I then use my Inglot 4SS brush to apply the powder highlighters where stated, and voila! Cheekbones be poppin’.

Do I recommend this palette?

I do recommend this palette, because I love the effect the shades give when used together. Mind you, this palette gives a strong glow that is not for someone who likes their glow more subtly illuminous.

If, like me, you have light-medium or tan skin (or olive tones) I think both palettes could work out for you. If you are very fair, or very deep, you may want to get the palette recommended for your skin tone.

Like I said, I have many similar shades to the ones in this palette. However, this palette brings the shades together in a way and for a look that I have never seen or created before. And for that reason, I quite love it.

Availability

Shophudabeauty or Sephora.

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