When I saw an Instagram post, a few months ago, revealing the new Huda Beauty Bronze Sands 3D Highlighter Palette, I knew there and then that I was gonna get my hands on it.
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Well I did, a few weeks ago, actually. This is the latest in Huda’s line of highlighter kits, following the launch of the Pink Sands and Golden Sands palettes in 2017, Huda said: “Since then, we have had requests for another edition with deeper shades that would give the most insane highlight on tanned and richer skin tones, so I knew I had to create this highlighter.”
The cynic in me can’t help but think that being “inclusive” is somewhat of a trend for some make up brands at the moment, but whatevs, that’s another blog post.
So here it is! The palette is made up of four different shades all named after a sunny destination: Barbados – a creamy dark gold colour, Maldives – a lighter shade of gold, Aruba – a shimmery brown shade, and Bora Bora – a rose gold.
Believe it or not, prior to this purchase, I was a total Huda Beauty virgin! And for the longest time I though Huda was former boxer, Amir Khan’s wife (I know, I know!).
Excuse the chipped shade, I managed to scrape it with the insert when I opened it up ready for photos – a beauty blogger’s nightmare!
I don’t buy a lot of highlighter products as I believe you only need a few, especially for something you more than likely won’t even wear on a daily basis. I still have a large stash of MSF’s (mineralize skinfinishes) from my MAC makeup collecting days and they all offer shimmer and shine (only those familiar with the cartoon will get that pun.) in some shape or form, so it’s one of my least purchased beauty products.
Now although made with tanned and darker skin tones in mind, anyone can use this, it’s all down to preference. The shades are powder highlighters with the exception of Barbados which is a cream highlighter.
So, first impressions? I like the packaging, I’m not too fussed that it doesn’t come with a mirror as I prefer to use a full size one when doing my make up anyway. The usage instructions on the inner lid are a thoughtful addition too for those who are a little intimidated by highlighter.
Do I think its hefty price tag? Nah! I purchased mine from Depop for £25 from someone who had ‘bought the wrong palette’ and wanted to get rid. I like it, but I don’t think it’s gonna change my make up wearing life as I know it, therefore I’m pretty pleased I managed to bag it at a bargain price though.
I love the intensity of the shades, the pigment is rich and they glide smoothly on the skin. I like Bora Bora, the rose gold option which looks nice alongside blush when applied. I like to use a Beautyblender to press and blend the cream highlighter into my skin and reach for my Real Techniques Tapered Brush or a fan brush to apply the powder highlighters if I want a subtle look. Oh and I’d suggest using a setting spray on your brush when you pick the product up to help it last longer. If like me, your skin can get a little oily then you’ll need all the help you can get to stop it from sliding off your face after a couple of hours.
It serves its purposes for nights out and for glowy skin. I’ll certainly wear this a lot in Summer (if we get one) with a pop of colour to my cheeks, glossy lips for a sunkissed look.