Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette – Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!!! I’m back with another palette review and as you can tell from the title of this post it’s the Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde palette. Not too long ago Huda Beauty had a massive sale on their website and I thought it was the best time for me to spend tons of money that I don’t have. This palette was included in the sale but I just could not resist.

This is the only big 18 shade palette that I own from Huda just because none of the others ever really appealed to me but I was torn between getting this one and the New Nudes just because it’s so pretty and would perfect for everyday looks but I fell in love with the colour story and packaging on this palette it is absolutely stunning as you can see below.

Taken in Direct Sunlight to show off the reflective nature of the palette

The Mercury Retrograde palette retails for £58/$67 you can purchase this palette from retailers such as Boots, Cult Beauty, Selfridges and many more. I purchased directly of the Huda Beauty website and I did place quiet a big order on a lot of sale items so it worked out to be a lot cheaper for me and surprisingly I did not have to pay customs or a delivery fee.

This is such a dreamy palette it has mermaid and fairy vibes written all over it! It is a girly palette and my heart screams with joy every time I look at it. There are so many different types of purples and I am obsessed with the stunning aqua shade Haze like I would die for Haze. I little dramatic I know but just look at it and the rest of the palette! I’m a sucker for anything cosmic and mystical but I’ve really enjoyed using the palette even incorporating it into my daily makeup routine.

Taken in Direct Sunlight


There are 18 shades all together but if we break it down there 9 mattes, 6 metallics, 1 glitter powder and 2 sheer multi-reflective shadows.

Shades:
Cosmic – a bright, light-medium pink with a metallic sheen
Utopia – a medium coral with a matte finish
Ultraviolet – a light-medium purple with a sparkling, metallic finish
Nebula – a medium-dark lavender with flecks of silver, gold, and lavender glitter
Mercury – a blackened teal base with flecks of blue-teal shimmer and sparkle.
Haze –  a medium aqua with a matte finish
Off Balance – a warm medium pink with a matte finish
Galaxy – a very warm light-medium pink with a metallic sheen
Libra – a medium bright lavender with a matte finish
Crash – a soft, tea pink with a matte finish
Momentum – a light peachy beige with a matte finish
Supermoon – a pale white with iridescent flecks of sparkle
Vortex – a muted, cool toned deep purple with a matte finish
Hot Mess – a medium reddish-berry with a matte finish
Supernova – a reddish-copper base with flecks of pink sparkle
Karma – a warm muted, medium-dark coral with a matte finish
Gold Glitch – a bright, light-medium copper with flecks of gold and pink sparkle
Frazzled – a warm medium copper with flashes of green and gold sparkle

Taken in Direct Sunlight

Let’s talk about pigmentation and how well the shadows perform. The mattes are so buttery and so pigmented a little goes a long way with them. I don’t really have any trouble to fall out with these mattes they are very vibrant and look so good on the skin. That being said Vortex is not exactly on par with the other shades. It’s a lot more chalky and doesn’t blend as nicely or layer as well as the others you really have to go to work to achieve a flawless blend which is annoying because all the other shades so creamy!!!

Now the metallic shades are super pretty and have such a gorgeous sheen to them. My only complaint is about Galaxy, once it’s on the skin it feel a little bit more powdery then creamy. The whole wet look that you get with a shimmer/metallic shade it doesn’t really exist with this shade and it’s a shame because the colour is so lovely. The on glitter powder in the palette – Nebula is very pretty but trust me you want to you use your finger to apply because you aren’t going to get anything with a brush so there is no point. You could always try the brushes created my Huda Beauty for her palettes but I’m sit to my fingers for now.

The same can be said for the 2 sheer multi-reflective shades Golden Glitch and Supermoon. They weren’t my favourite to work with but using a wet brush did the trick for me. You can see in the swatches don’t do themselves any justice. You can’t even tell that they are the multi-reflective shades. They are such stunning shades in the pan and when used wet but they should be so much easier to work with. Now with all that being said all the shadows are very long lasting and don’t seem to crease either so that’s a brownie point.

These are the three looks that I created using the palette they are all pretty simple especially look number one. This palette is so mystical but it also has some very basic shades that you can use for an everyday look. I love versatility in palettes and this one is honestly one of my favourite colour stories. If you are a purple lover like myself but you want something with a little bit of a twist this could be the palette for you.

Overall I’d rate the Mercury Retrograde Palette 7/10 I really like it! Some of the shades may be a little hit and miss like Vortex and some of others but for me it doesn’t take away from how pretty and whimsical this palette is. I know that is pricey palette but there are 18 shades so it works out to be about £3.20 a shadow so if you can justify it and you love all the colours then why not treat yourself. If that’s not the case and you only like one or two shade look for a dupe, all palettes have dupes trust me and it will be work out more cost effective.

I’m really enjoying doing this three looks per palette thing that I’m doing. I can’t wait to share the next palette with you I’m torn between the Jackie Aina and the Amrezy ABH Palettes so I guess it will be a surprise. I would love to hear your thoughts and what your favourite shade in this palette is? Let me know which look you liked the most! If you would like full details for each of the looks just click on my Instagram and it’s all in the caption!

Dose Of Colors x Desi & Katy Friendcation Palette – Review & Swatches

The Dose of Colors Friendcation Palette is a collaboration with two of my fave YouTubers Desi Perkins and Katy. This is their second collab with the brand – they released an eyeshadow palette, 3 highlighters, 2 lip glosses, 2 lipsticks and 4 velvet mattes. I purchased 2 velvets mattes and 1 of the lip glosses as well. I wanted to get a highlighter-but the one I wanted was never in stock so that didn’t happen.

I’ve had this palette for a while now and I’ve used it several times on a few clients but never really got around to playing with it myself. Lockdown has been a great way for me to get back into being some what creative or at least trying to be. It has been a while since I took product and swatch pictures and as you can see I am totally off my game. Bear with me and I promise I’ll get back into the swing of it.

Taken in direct sunlight

The palette is limited edition but a year later it is still available on the Dose of Colors website as well as Beauty Bay. The retail price the last I checked which was about five minutes is £49 or $55. Bear in mind if you live in the UK your best option is to purchase off Beauty Bay that way you won’t have to pay customs and duty fees.

So let’s get into the fun part the 10 beautiful shades! The palette includes 5 mattes and 5 glitter shades. I would say the mattes are nice basic warm-toned neutrals. You can create anything from a minimal natural look to a full-blown smokey eye with them. The glitters are pretty jewel tones that I find suit all skin tones, they are just so pretty I can’t get enough!

Shades :
Basic – a matte nude pink
Cheens – a matte deep brown
Necessary – a matte camel tan
Dirty Money – a glitter olive green with a gold shift
A Moment – a glitter navy blue with purple shift
Try Me – a glitter rusty red
Just a Kiss – a glitter champagne
Girl Bye – a matte burgundy shade
Churro – a matte chocolate brown
Game Over – a glitter black with silver

Taken in Direct Sunlight

As you can see the palette is super pigmented especially the matte shades! They do not swatch or apply patchy which is a dream. They are just creamy and they blend so easily. The glitter shades are great, you can apply them with a flat synthetic eyeshadow brush however I find that this is not the best option for me. I prefer to use my fingers this allows me to achieve maximum glitter potential – but this can get a little messy because of fall out. You can also wet the flat top brush for a more dimensional look using the glitter shades this is the safest option plus they sparkle a bit more. These shadows are extremely long-lasting to the point my eyes where watering heavily and usually that means my eye makeup will get messy but let me tell you these shadows did not budge. You could not even tell my eyes had a bit of a leaking incident!!

These are the three looks I created using the Friendcation palette. They are very basic and use all the shades in the palette. I just wanted to show the main easy to achieve options. I know that a cranberry eye look was an obvious one that I didn’t go for but if you have followed me from day one you’ll know I’m obsessed with berry tones so I didn’t want to bombard you another berry-toned look. What I really love about this palette is that there are so many combinations and pretty looks that you can create, you by no means have to stick to the obvious! It’s makeup and honestly, there are no rule when you are creating art!

Overall I’d give this palette an 8/10 I really love it! It’s one of those palettes you pull out on a special occasion because you want to look extra dolled up and pretty and it delivers every single time. It’s a little bit on the pricey side but if you are a fan of Desi and Katy you’ll want to support their collaboration and that’s great but if you can’t splurge out you very easily find dupes for nearly all the shades.

So that wraps up today’s post I would love to hear your thoughts and what your favourite shade in this palette is? Let me know which look you liked the most! If you would like full details for each of the looks just click on my Instagram and it’s all in the caption!