Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette - Yay or Nay?

I gave into the hype. I did. And I am not sorry, to say the least. I am the queen of impulsive purchases.
So while I was in Pakistan, I thought, hey, why not gift a birthday gift to myself? Genius right? So here it is. In all its glory. Even though I do a lot of impulsive shopping, any big amount that I think I want to spend, I take a day or two. I read reviews, I watch videos and then I usually decide to skip it. But this time, I really really needed an eye palette because as much as I love Anastasia Beverly Hills, I am kind of sick of using the same brand all the time.

I purchased this directly from cult beauty for £56 on the same day it released in the UK.

So is this palette really worth the hype it has generated along with the Fenty beauty line? Keeping in mind that I didn't purchase the Rose Gold edition one because well, I didn't want to at that time and I am glad I didn't.

The palette consists of 18 shades with four different textures: 8 matte shades, 3 duo chrome toppers, 6 pressed pearls and one glitter.

The day, I got it, I was in such a reluctant state of whether I should return it or not since I heard so many mixed reviews. But then I thought, with the hype it has generated, it can't be that bad. Plus, Huda Beauty decided to add a mirror to the palette this time as opposed to the rose gold edition. So that is a win.

The matte shades do have a fallout when swatched on your hand but they apply beautifully on the eyes. I am so glad that there are a few burnt orange type shades since I was already thinking of investing in a few. Although, I am not really feeling the shade Musk. It's more of a transition shade but looks kind of weird on my skin tone (NC-42). The shades that absolutely light my fire are Blazing, Oud and Saffron. Blazing is an amazing crease and transition shade.

Coming to the toppers, I wasn't really blown away. I mean they are not that good and not that bad. Although I think the shade twilight has been a hit amongst the people who bought it. Even retrograde applies really nicely but celestial is just a miss. These toppers can be worn alone or with a shadow underneath!

The pressed pearl/foiled shadows are my favourite! You really have to see them in real life to be able to appreciate their pigmentation and the way they apply so seamlessly, almost like butter. My favourite has to be Blood Moon and Turkish Delight. Not really impressed by the shade, Nefertiti. It wasn't as pigmented as the other pressed pearl shades.

The last but not the least, Cosmo. The most controversial shade in this palette. This shade is a pressed glitter that can be applied as a glitter liner or as a lid topper but so many people just apply it without a setting spray or a glitter glue. I swatched it without setting spray and the glitter just spread all over while the one with the setting spray stayed put. Huda later put up a snap saying that once you press the glitter with your hand in the pan, it will just stay there but to save from further damage, the protective card that is provided should be kept over the shades.

All in all, it's a good first time Huda Beauty palette. Obviously, like other palettes, there are a few hits and misses. I do wish there was a black shadow in the palette like the Rose Gold Edition one. Keeping in mind the price factor, the palette is great if you don't already have the Rose Gold Edition. Else, it definitely is a collector's item! I can definitely see myself using this palette for both everyday purposes and for going out as well.

Have you got this palette yet? What are your thoughts?