The HUDA Beauty Mauve Obsessions Eyeshadow palette was one of the add ons offered by Ipsy last month. As such I purchased it for $12. The retail for the palette is $27. Given the size of the palette, I kind of thing $27 is a little on the pricey side however these days it seems like all eyeshadow palettes are a little on the pricey side, so its a regular complaint.
Cost aside for the moment, I really did enjoy this palette. I like that it is small enough to easy slip into a travel case. Many of my palettes are kind of large for that and as a consequence I usually end up traveling with single eyeshadows which can be interesting to arrange in a strange bathroom. So the small size is really convenient.
The palette also has a large mirror which I really like as well. The over all packaging is that super sturdy cardboard that everyone seems to use these days and I tend to prefer over a lot of the plastic ones.
Now on to the shadows themselves.
I purchased this one because I noticed that I have a decided lack of deeper reddish tones in my collection. A lot of the shadow palettes I have seem to favor lighter pink additions. I was eyeing several red themed palettes prior to this and thought this looked like a good option. And with the $12 add on price I was willing to take the risk.
One thing I liked right off of the bat with this palette was that while there are a couple of shimmer shades, there is also more than one matte shade. Don’t get me wrong, I like the shimmer, but I like it as a bit of an accent piece. I see a lot of makeup tutorials and they show the super glitzy shadow creations, and personally I love looking at them. I think they look fun. I just don’t think I’m going to wear them in my everyday life.
Admittedly, there have been times where I have tried out one of those looks, especially if I am having plotting issues. Recently I was trying to find a suitable poison for my murder to use to use against her victims and was having a hard time deciding, so I took an eyeshadow break and did a wild gold and glittery look while I debated the merits of various prescription drugs as murder weapons. Unfortunately, I later forgot I had the shadow on when I went to the post office and got a rather strange look from the counter clerk. It almost looked as though he thought I was trying to conceal my identity. He kept looking at the wanted posters on the cork board.
But I digress.
This palette has plenty of shades I can use every day (without freaking out the postman) and even the shimmer shades are wearable for everyday looks. The darker tones are really blendable, although the super mauve in the lower right hand corner does require a bit of work.
There was a little fading throughout the day, but over all the look remained more or less the same as when I put it on. I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this one. So I was super happy with my $12 purchase and even though I think the $27 retail price is a little on the high side, I have to admit, I probably would pay it. It is one of those rare palettes where I will use all of the colors and not just stick to one favorite block using it to pan while the others look pristine. (I have a couple of those). So over all, I think this is a pretty good palette for those looking to enter the mauve range of things. Is it the most exciting palette I’ve seen? No. However, it is easy to work with, has everyday shades and the shadow stays in place throughout the day. Sometimes everyday use beats exciting. This is one of those times.