Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette – Review & Swatches

Highlighting is more popular than ever and it’s understandable why every makeup brand has jumped on the wagon. From different formulas to colours, anything goes in the strobing world but new highlighters can sometimes be a little predictable. However, Huda Beauty has taken the predictable and made it into something unique…


Huda Beauty launched two highlighter palettes; a pink sands edition and a gold sands edition. As you can guess by the names, one palette is gold and the other is pink. Each palette contains three different shades of pearlescent powders and one uniquely formulated ‘melted strobe’.


The highly anticipated 3D Highlighter Palette finally arrived on Cult Beauty and judging by the popularity of the Rose Gold Eyeshadow palette, I did not have time to hesitate this purchase. Swiftly I popped the Golden Sands Edition into my basket – along with a few extras – and finalised the check-out. From there it is just a waiting game.

I was quite excited about this palette for two reason; one, I don’t own a vast amount of highlighters (I know, shocking). Two, I have never tried any Huda Beauty products. This purchase was a ‘two birds with one stone’ kind of deal. So when my order finally arrived, I dived right.

The palette comes with a step by step guide on how to apply the product, so I followed as instructed:


Step 1 – Apply Fiji as a base

I’ve always known not to put a cream on top of a powder but Hudas demonstration saw her apply Fiji (melted strobe) to her cheeks after her base, so that’s what I did. Unfortunately this was a disaster. My powder and the cream completely separated and there was no way of salvaging any of it. So I started again; removed all my makeup and reapplied my base, minus the powder. Once the base was down, I stippled Fiji on my cheek bones using my fingers and it was heavenly. Absolutely no separation and the cream looked ethereal. I followed by baking my face as I would usually, making sure to avoid the the cream.


Step 2 – Use Seychelles to set the base

This was pretty straightforward. I applied Seychelles on top of Fiji using a Morphe M501. This made my cheekbones really pop and I was pretty satisfied with the intensity of the highlight.


Step 3 – Apply Tahiti under cheekbones

I was pretty apprehensive about this step as I would never use a shimmery powder to essentially ‘contour’ my face however Tahiti blended so well between Seychelles and my countour; Almost giving an illusion of a pretty bronzer. Tahiti is possibly my favourite powder in the palette and has changed the way I look at highlighting my face.


Step 4 – Sweep Zanzibar over your cheeks

I used Zanzibar as my blush because I love a subtle shimmer on the apples of my cheeks. It is so elegant and the colour is not too intense. It reminds me of my much loved Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar.


Although my initial experience with this palette was a little testing, I can safely say now – after a good weeks use – this palette is a necessity; I can’t see me doing my makeup without it. The idea of this palette really is a game changer so if you were hesitant to purchase this product, I would have to encourage you to get it! You can buy is now at Cult Beauty.

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