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.
Maybe it’s a good thing….
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?
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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.
- 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!
- Lacks transitional and base colors which makes it hard to create a complete look solely with this palette.
- Mattes are dry and dense.
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!