Heres what I thought about the Textured Shadows palette by Huda Kattan
Yes, I gave in to the pressure of Instagram, don’t we all. I felt like I had enough eyeshadow palettes (is there such a thing?) but I simply could not resist the range of shades and the endless makeup looks all of Instagram seemed to be able to produce from it .
It has always been obvious to me that Huda Kattan is a business woman and a jolly good one too. This has meant that I always took all her advertisement and other beauty bloggers adoration of the palette with a pinch of salt - that is always the best way with these things. After lots of deliberation, I logged into Cult Beauty and actually bought it. It felt like a gamble to buy a palette without swatching it myself or seeing how the colours or the texture sat on my skin tone. I was convinced I had enough ideas to make it work.
When my delivery arrived, I was rather underwhelmed by the packaging. For a palette that costs £56, I would have expected sturdier packaging than just cardboard only because eyeshadows usually last so long that I feel like it is important for them to be in equally lasting packaging.
However, I swatched them and my concerns about packaging were instantly forgotten (you can see why). The palette was such a pleasure to swatch and the pressed glitter shades are incredible. I discovered how much they actually stuck to skin once applied. Being a low maintenance makeup kinda girl this is so exciting to me. I love when I don’t feel like my eyeshadow has disappeared in the middle of the day and I might have to top it up. Although I was slightly concerned swatching the matte shades because they didn’t show up as strongly, it is important to note that sometimes matte shades don’t swatch as well as shimmer shades because they generally have a finer texture. In such cases it is much more useful to actually try the shades as an eyeshadow and that is what I did. They went on the lid beautifully (over some concealer and setting powder) and the colours really are very pigmented and long lasting.
So what’s the catch you ask? Here are some pros and cons so you could decide for yourself.
- Long lasting
- Highly pigmented
- High quality product at only £3.11 per shade
- Range of shades and textures - both matte and shimmer
- Lots of tutorials available on it
- Good beginner palette
- Universally flattering shades
- Easy to use
- Difficult to use liquid eyeliner over it - only gel eyeliner really works
- Difficult to take off at the end of the day - if you like makeup that is easy to take off, it’s not for you.
- Lots of fallout - use a tissue while applying or apply before base
- Packaging may not last long because it is cardboard
Here is a #nofilter close up for you to get a close look at the shades.
So is it worth £56?
This palette is particularly great if you are a beginner looking for a warm toned palette because the colours show up so well and there are just enough colours to experiment with but not so many that it is intimidating. Also since there are so many tutorials on Instagram and YouTube for this palette, you are unlikely to run out of ideas for a while.
At £3.11 a shade, if you are using all the colours, this palette is an absolute steal. However, if you will likely use only a few of the shades or you only like matte eyeshadows, your money is better spent elsewhere (Urban Decay Basics or just individual eyeshadow shades).
Generally when choosing any eyeshadow palette, it is worth thinking about how many shades you will use/ are flattering on you. Ideally no more than 1/10 of the palette should be shades you won’t use. Get real with yourself and think about whether those colours appeal to you and divide the cost of the palette by the number of shades you love. You’ll soon find yourself an answer.
I have tried a few new looks using this palette and the more I use it the more I feel like I can do with it. I can see myself taking this palette on long holidays where I don’t want to have to/ can’t carry too much makeup and be completely satisfied. I might even go as far as to say that this is my favourite palette because of how easy to use and versatile it is. It will be getting a lot of love from me this summer.
What I bought at the Deciem shop in Old Spitafields Market.
Since there is so much to talk about for these products, I will do a separate post on each product so people can just look at what they’re interested in. This is just a brief summary of what I bought, so if you’re interested in specific products, watch out for them here or on my Instagram (@tintofobsession).
After finally finishing my end of year exams at university, I was craving a haul. All the late night snacking, sleep deprivation and the stress made my skin very unhappy. Having to focus solely on work also meant that I was slacking a little on my skincare routine (awful, I know).
I was always using wipe off cleansers so, although I didn’t wear much makeup, my skin didn’t get as much of deep a cleanse as it needed. So I bought some peeling/ regenerative treatments which hopefully will salvage my skin and soon give me a summer-ready glow!
The Ordinary Serum Foundation (2.1 P) - Lightweight Pigment Suspension System with Moderate Coverage. This foundation has been so popular so I obviously had to see what the fuss was all about (SPOILER ALERT: I get what the fuss is all about) - £5.70
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution - 10-Minute Exfoliating Facial for evenings where I really want to get my glow on the next day - £6.30
The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% - A Mild Lactic Acid Superficial Peeling Formulation for days when I don’t need as much help (but I still need some help - you get me) - £5.50
The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% - A Stable Emulsion of Next-Generation Forms of Retinoid because I wanted to try out retinol - £8.00
NIOD LIP BIO-LIPID CONCENTRATE - I heard about this non-invasive lip plumping alternative to lip fillers and I am super intrigued to find out how well it works - £38
So overall I do think I bought a fair few things which did leave a massive dent in my poor student wallet but don’t hauls always do? Aren’t they always worth it in the end? Let me know your thoughts and comments by email or DM me on Instagram! I really hope to hear from you guys. Also stay tuned for my future posts, I intend to post regularly!
I have built this website on my own so please be kind and let me know if something is wrong.
Here is the Deciem website for those who are interested in further reading/ information: http://deciem.com/