September 25, 2018

Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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3 stars out of 5

I picked up the Emerald Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette ($27) when it launched at Sephora recently. As you know, Huda launched five new shades of her Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes for Fall 2018 and I was compelled to purchase them all but something held me back from doing so. I had Ruby and Emerald in my cart to start but somehow, someway I had a senior moment and ordered two Emerald palettes by mistake. I’m kicking myself because I really, really wanted Ruby. I headed to my local store and returned the second palette but sadly, they didn’t yet have the Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in stock so I left empty handed and holding only one of the five shades.

Oh well!

Maybe it’s a good thing….

Here’s why.

I’m actually a big fan of the Obsession Eyeshadow Palettes and really enjoyed the original shade range. However, the new Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette are turning into a little bit of a meh for me for some reason. Each of these tiny palettes holds nine shades which are 0.05 oz each. I love the smaller size, I love the smaller price tag, and I love the shade range. These are filled with bold, bright jewel tones and are truly a great round up of colors. It’s just the formula that disappointed me a fair bit.

Keep in mind this is review for Emerald only. Perhaps the other shades will wow me and hell, even after not loving Emerald I’m still feeling the need to purchase Ruby and see how it goes. Here’s my beef with Emerald though…!

Ok, first off, the colors. At a glance, this palette looks stunning but when I got it I was like, “Sh&t how am I going to create a look with these?” It felt like a lot of the colors ran together with no lighter transitional colors. I mean, the good news is if you own a lot of greens you can combine them with this palette to create some great contrasting looks. But if you’re looking to this palette as your sole way to get a look. Well…..! It feels lacking. For example there’s a stunning khaki green here but I feel like it doesn’t really go with any of the other shades aside from a matte camo green and once the two shades are combined they look exactly the same. The same holds true for a gorgeous sparkling emerald which I thought looked good with the matte emerald but again the shades are almost identical once you apply them. You aren’t really see any contrast from the shades. I also wasn’t in love with some of the sea form greens on the top row as I tend to like emerald, khaki, or golden olive greens.

Secondly, the formula. I’m all about the creamier metallic shades which have a loosely packed Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow-like consistency. They work best patted on as brushes struggle to pick them up. They apply easily with my finger and I didn’t experience any problems with fall out. This also holds true for the more velvety metallic sparkle shades which had a beautiful texture that applied and blended easily. I wish all the shades were like this as this formula is great. I had issues with the mattes. I felt like the mattes were a little less powdery here compared to ones in other Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes I own which made them work best as accents but not all over the lid since they are drier and denser which results in really patchy application. They feel like my grandmother’s matte eyeshadow if you know what I mean (mattes have come along way and shouldn’t feel this dry and dense). Mattes aside though, the palette is actually dominated by a fairly good formula and thankfully I only struggled with the three mattes they included.

Mostly, I think what disappointed me here was perhaps the shade range. I just couldn’t seem to create a look without wanting to reach for other palettes or single shades in my collection. Perhaps I lack the creativity and skill set to use this palette!

As I said above I’m still willing to head into a purchase for the Ruby palette and hopefully that’ll turn out better for me.

Did you purchase any of the Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes?

What were our results?

Where to buy

Sephora

Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette are available in five shade selections and hold nine 0.03 oz eyeshadows each for $27. I liked the formula well enough on these but I did struggle with the mattes which I felt were quite dry and dense which resulted in patchy application. The mattes are best used as accent shades versus all over colors. For the most part, the formula was great with good pigmentation otherwise and very little fall out. I did feel there were too many shades that ran together which means it was difficult to create a contrasting look using these greens.

Pros

  • Great for lovers of green eyeshadow.
  • Nice selections of greens but you might need to add in other colors from your stash to create a solid look using this!
  • Quite affordable!

Cons

  • Lacks transitional and base colors which makes it hard to create a complete look solely with this palette.
  • Mattes are dry and dense.

Who

We see so few colorful eye palettes and especially ones dedicated to one shade in particular so, I do think that alone will mean the Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette will be an appealing pick up if you’re searching for a palette that’s dedicated to one particular color scheme!

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Sara

    Like you, I went into the store expecting to find them all in Stock and they only had like 2 of the 5 available (Topaz and one other). But the woman working there told me I could order any item online with free shipping from the store and no $50 min order (and I don’t have Sephora Flash). So I ordered the Emerald and it just shipped today. I’m curious to play with the looks I can create too. I have green eyes so I do have a small hoard of other colors I can pair with this. I was just so happy to find an all green palette!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m glad you were able to get it with free shipping! LMK how it works out for you! Very curious if you like it or not!

  • Agona

    LOL, it’s trickery because you’re like yes! Monochromatic color stories in jewel tones! And then it’s like oh, wait…they didn’t make this user friendly. I remember the days when monochromatic color stories weren’t hard to find, but they usually included a light, light-med, medium-dark, and dark tones so you could do a color gradation easily, which saves you from a lot of blending work (which could lead to patchiness or muddiness). But now I feel like all palettes have all these browns (like Colourpop) because I guess people are doing browns with only a pop of color (if even)? So maybe they’re expecting these to be companion palettes?

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL exactly!!!!!!!!!!! I mean if I work other shades in from my stash it isn’t an issue but if I want to travel with this palette, well, I can do one shadow and that’s it because the colors are just running together. Yup! Seems to be that pops of color is the order of business but not full on color! I wish it was easier to use perhaps it’s just my skill set and lack of creativity!

  • Carol G

    I was interested in this one as well but I see what you mean. There really aren’t any cohesive looks you can pull off without having to pull from another palette. And in my opinion, I don’t like doing that. I want to get out ONE palette and put on eye shadow and go. I don’t really have time to be fiddling around with multiple palettes just to get a look. Also agree with you on the mattes. I don’t own any Huda palettes and was thinking about buying one of these because they are priced quite nicely but I’m not impressed yet…We shall see with the others.

    • Isabella Muse

      likewise! It’s making me think too much! Just give me something that works together! I know Christine (temptalia) pulled off a great look with it but I just struggled a lot! 🙁 I’m not giving up! determined ruby and topaz will be better 😀

      • kjh

        True. But there are times when I think she could get a good look from an ashtray. Even looks from shadows that rate poorly usually look terrific. Wasn’t that swatches, rather than reviews? Binxcat, one of T’s readers who blogs is not over the moon with these at all. The looks you did for this are beautiful. But I still feel somewhat let down. We clamor for color, get a thema con variazione based on one color, and then Bitch about it. IDK. I fear they are not all that user friendly, maybe too glitzy for not so lil ole me, and they probably take a shitload of work. Still think I might do the Sydney Grace bundle that came out of the Tarte April Fools palette. This also seems dated, rather than classic. You would not mistake it for anything other than Huda….or maybe ND. It’s so 20-teens. Not that that is necessary a bad thing. But this is the 80s eyeshadow for today.

        • Isabella Muse

          amen! I don’t know how she works her magic lol! Yeah it was! I’m waiting to hear what she says about the formula curious minds! I think if you’re cool with doing single shade looks it might work out otherwise you’ll need to haul in extra cool!

  • Felicia

    I too bought the Emerald and the Ruby. 🙂 Haven’t had a chance to play with them yet though. I think the two eye looks you created look really really pretty! I swatched all the colors from both palettes and the mattes did seem a bit dry in the Ruby palette too but not too bad. I cannot wait to play with these. I had purchased the Bobbi Brown Infra-Red palette and was so disappointed in the pigmentation but the Ruby palette more than makes up for that.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hey Felicia 🙂 Yay! I’m glad you’re excited about these. Honestly, I still am even though the mattes threw me for a curveball! I’m still eager for Ruby! Aw sorry 🙁 I thought for sure that was going to be a yay!

  • Dot

    The greens look stunning on you! I was set to purchase the blue and green one, but I’m glad I waited for reviews. Your swatches—and other blogs—show really chalky mattes, and the brand’s swatches are totally off! Sadly seems like this will be a pass; I was so excited to see some real color for a change too. Boo!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Dot! Sorry 🙁 I dunno if I’d say chalky but REALLY dry! And quite dense 🙁 sad sigh!

  • Saoirse

    I came SO close to buying Emerald. It was in my cart and my finger was literally hovering over the purchase button, but in those last seconds I realized this palette would have to be used in conjunction with other shades. I own random green eyeshadows across several palettes and singles, so if I was going to use more than one palette, I might as well just use what I have to create a green look. So, I didn’t buy it…but I stayed drawn to it. Now, after reading your review, I’m feeling better about not spending my money on it. Thank you for your detailed and honest review!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw my pleasure and I’m so sorry to disappoint you on this one :-/ I just felt like I had to go in with other shades and palettes to achieve a good look with it!

  • Christina

    These just aren’t shades of green that I am looking for, if they can really be called green. They’re more green-ish. LOL! I wanted more true greens: a rich emerald, a deep forest green, a grass green, a leafy green, etc. It’s too bad the formula isn’t that great either!

  • Lauren

    Just want to say that shimmery emerald looks stunning on you! Makes your eyes really pop.

  • Tay

    I feel like these are more like supplemental palettes than complete eye look palettes. With all the neutral palettes coming out, these feel like a good way to fill in any gaps that you’re wanting.

  • Kish

    I’ll wait for the Bad Habit dupe lol. If I’m paying for less than perfect mattes, I’ll pay $12. I’m awful, I know.

  • Susan

    Thanks for the review! I’m beginning to think I have a different definition of the color “green.”
    Take for example, Too faced’s Totally Cute “Clover,” I use it non-stop. Then, we have the UD Alice (in your face green) “Hatter.” Now, those are greens! Even the Makeup Revolution mint palette has a slightly darker but wearable comparison to TF’s “Clover.”

  • Becky Rubens

    I’ve been dying to get the emerald one and the amethyst one. I think in the bottom picture that green looks great on you. Which color or number from the pallette is it? It’s such a stunning color.

  • Hannah M

    I’ve been really underwhelmed by all the warm-neutral-with-one-pop-of-color palettes over the last year or two, so my heart still kind of wants to try these, but entire palettes just seems like overkill. I’ll probably just stick with my indie loose shadows if I want really good blues and greens.

    • Agona

      Agree on the first part of your statement; and yes, a series of monochromatic quads or quints would probably work better!

  • Mariele

    I’ve got no problem with palettes you can’t get a full look from just because I only ever wear one shade per day. 😛 Just one swipe on the lids. I’m not a fan of anything in the crease or a gradient of eyeshadows so I like the KISS mantra when it comes to eyeshadows. I was drooling over these because–yes! finally! greens! blues! and some wearable purples!–but the sad fact is I wear a red lip as a uniform and combining that with green eyeshadow makes me look like I’m prepping for a Christmas party or I’m an Irish hooker from the ’80s… sigh. And since you’d have to pry my red lipstick out of my cold, dead, hands, I think I’ll have to pass on the purple and blue for similar reasons. 🙁 The looks you made are lovely! The gloss you paired them with is very sweet.

    • Isabella Muse

      If you do that, you’ll totally be fine with this! ;-D Individual shades work great sometimes when I am in a rushing but I do like some contrast! LOL omg an Irish Hooker from the 80s please email pics ;D

  • jel888

    Waiting for Sapphire’s review, that’s the only one that I think I’ll be getting. On Temptalia, I’ve been following along and since I have dupes of almost every color in the Emerald one (which I had high hopes for), I’ll not be purchasing it.