Thursday, January 18, 2018

Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Golden Sands Review + Swatches!

I always love getting new makeup to play with. I mean, what makeup junkie doesn't!? So of course, I was excited when I got this new Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in Golden Sands.

I was skeptical about this palette for several reasons. 1. I already have highlighters that I love, do I really need more!? 2. I thought it was possibly just a lot of hype as are a lot of new makeup products these days thanks to social media. 3. I thought it would probably only work for younger skin, not my late 40's skin! 4. I thought that this Golden Sands palette would be too dark for my complexion.

Well, this palette proved me wrong on all of my concerns.

Let me start by saying this palette is huge and should last for a very long time. Pan sizes are listed below.

It contains 4 shades, one of which is cream based:
  • Fiji - 7.5 grams (cream shade- creamy soft gold)
  • Seychelles- 8 grams (soft gold with warm undertones)
  • Tahiti- 8 grams (sun-drenched bronze)
  • Zanzibar- 8 grams (a coral cove inspired pink with golden shimmers)

About: 3 Dimensional highlighter palette melted cream + powder. A luxury blend of light reflecting pearls, buildable glow, effortless blendability.

This Palette retails for $45USD on Huda Beauty's website. It is made in Italy and this brand is cruelty-free. 

From Huda Beauty's website:

The ultimate Insta-Glow is now in everyone’s grasp. Inspired by Huda’s hack of layering oil with powder highlight to amplify her glow, this palette is packed with 2 different textures:

– the Melted Strobe, a pearlescent creamy formula enriched with Karite Butter to create a flawless lit-from-within canvas for layering powders.

– 3 light catching pressed pearls staggered in complimentary tones to give you a sculptural, 3D radiance.

It turns out that these shades work beautifully on my light-medium skin tone and I'm currently at my palest as we are in the middle of winter here in Canada.

I have been using this palette all week now. The only shade that I haven't been using much is the cream shade (Fiji). I've been using all the other shades daily and I find that with very little effort, I end up looking like I have a beautiful bronze glowy look, which is right up my alley. All of the shades go on smoothly and blend effortlessly. The end result is a beautiful glow from within look. The products just meld into the skin, and none of the shades emphasize my texture issues. 💗

I love using the bronze shade (Tahiti) on my eyelids. My favourite shade is the pink shade (Zanzibar) which gives a very youthful and glowy look to my cheeks. I find that it gives my cheeks a bit of a lifted look, more plumped I'd say. Being in my late 40's, I really appreciate that. Which brings me to another feature that has me loving this palette, none of the shades have any glitter! 🙌 Can I get an Amen! Lastly, the highlight shade for my skin tone (Seychelles) is just beautiful! When I wear the pink shade from the palette, I don't use the highlight shade as I have enough glow for my liking, but I do use it with my other makeup products and it's gorgeous as a highlight. Of course, you can layer these shades and go to town if you like!

Swatches (top to bottom): 
  • Zanzibar (pink)
  • Tahiti (bronze)
  • Seychelles (soft gold)
  • Fiji (cream highlight)

I am thrilled with this multi-purpose palette. I just love the glow that it gives my skin. It looks like I put in a lot of work to achieve the looks that I get but it really is effortless. This palette is absolutely perfect for aging skin unlike overly shimmery highlights or ones with glitter. It brings a very youthful glow to my skin and I love it! I think it would be a good palette for many different skin tones. If you DO like glitter then this probably isn't the palette for you. If you want to look like a glowy bronze goddess, young or old, you should definitely give this a try!

Huge thank you to kaitiejalbert on IG for sending me this beauty! xo

What other Huda Beauty products do I need to try? Please let me know your recommendations in the comments and keep in mind my aging eyes and skin. 🙎ps. I do have the Mauve Obsessions eyeshadow palette (review to come).

The weekend is almost here! Hope you all have a great one!

This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. 


  1. Gotta love palettes! Never heard of this company from Italy until now- cruelty-free! Even better :) Great pics too, really helps me see & understand the product. Thanks for sharing HAPPY FRIDAY! xo

    1. Thanks, Angie! This palette is fabulous if you like a glow vs. shimmer! Happy weekend! xo

  2. Great review, girl! I love highlighters!! I have yet to try any Huda Beauty products but I would love to! I love when all of the colours in a palette work with my skin tone, which is rare. This sounds like a keeper for sure!

    1. I just recently got to try the Huda Beauty brand. This palette and the new Mauve Obsession palette, I have to say, impressed on both! xo

  3. The swatches are so pretty, this sounds like a lovely highlighter palette. I don't have anything from Huda Beauty but the Desert Dusk palette is tempting!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    1. This is a great palette. I never would have purchased it but I'm so glad that I have it now as I use it everyday! The Desert Dusk palette does look stunning! xox


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