This week the eyeshadow palette I chose to work with was the Huda Beauty Topaz Obsessions Palette. It is a square nine pan palette. Five of the shadows are matte and four are shimmers.
It was a very interesting palette to work with for a week. All of the mattes are highly pigmented. I found if I dipped in and knocked the excess off the brush then I could apply the shadow with one brush and then use a separate clean brush to blend it out for a simple one shadow look.
With the exception of the central neutral shade all of the mattes worked well this way. The only reason the neutral shade didn’t work is that it is too close to my skin tone to show up well. (The central neutral shade is the middle swatch in the image below (row 2 swatches, I swear I actually swatched it)
That’s not really the fault of the shadow. I’m sure it would work well with someone else. It is very easy to apply too much of the mattes however so start out with a very light touch. The dark brown in the left hand corner (first swatch of row 3 image) had a little more fall out than the others, but almost all dark browns seem to do the same. Again, a light touch worked well to keep it in check.
While each of the colors can be worn alone, they do blend fairly well without muddying. My only issue is that with the shade range most of the looks I created looked very similar. If I used more of the orangey shade in the top left hand corner the eye look came out a bit brighter but it was still only a slight variation. It is a good quick palette to use, but not a terribly exciting one. Again I think much of this is down to my skin tone.
With the shimmers, they also applied well but again were just varying shades of coppery gold. They all applied evenly and stayed in place. The biggest difference was in the depth of the copper. One was bright copper and another would be described more as old gold looking.
It is a very easy palette to use and one I enjoyed. I adore the coppers, but after a week with this palette, I think my palette next week will not feature brown and copper quite so heavily. I am ready for a different tonal scheme. I will definitely reach for this palette again whenever I feel the need for copper or a quick office look, but I might pair it with another palette for a different look.