The Huda Beauty Haze Obsessions Palettes offer a softer, more muted take on color. Each palette contains a total of 5.8 grams / 0.2 oz of product and retails for $29.
The plastic palettes snap shut (no magnet) and contain a high quality mirror inside. The individual shades do not have names.
The mattes are, overall, a solid formula. They are plenty pigmented, though I have other matte formulas in my collection that offer more color payoff than these. They are easy and quick to blend but not so much that they dust away too easily. The only exception to this was the deep grey in the Khaki Haze palette, which required a bit of extra time to blend. I didn’t find them to be too loosely pressed or powdery in the pan nor were they difficult to pick up with a brush.
One small criticism is that the lightest matte shades weren’t super easy to differentiate from each other on the eye, especially in the Sand Haze palette. I was able to build them up to a point where I could see them clearly against the skin. However, used as blending shades, they don’t offer a whole lot of color variation to a look.
The shimmers come in a couple of finishes. There are standard shimmer/metallic shades which give you a smoother looking finish but not a super high shine. These have smaller particles and very little fallout.
There are also shades with larger flecks of sparkle mixed in with shimmer in the base of the shade. They are commonly referred to as “topper” shades which is a bit of a misnomer in this case. There is enough base color that I would consider them standalone shades that don’t require any color to be placed underneath them. These shades tend to have a higher shine finish and reflect light more intensely. These had enough fallout to warrant taking precautions against that fallout. I found using extra powder under the eyes to be more effective than doing my base afterward as the shimmer particles really wanted to stick to my skin.
In the Sand Haze palette, the “toppers” are the top two shades in the first column. The others are standard shimmers.
In the Purple Haze palette, there is one standard shimmer which is the center shade on the top row. The rest of the shimmers have larger flecks of sparkle.
In the Khaki Haze palette, all of the shimmer shades have larger flecks of sparkle. The two shades in the top row are a bit more sheer though.
I would describe these as neutral palettes with a hint of color. They would probably suit someone who loves neutrals but already has basic nude shades in their collection. You can get some subtle color out of these without it being overly loud. The looks you can get out of these are very “wearable”. If you are somebody that really loves color, these might be a bit too tame for you. Also consider that there isn’t that much depth to the colors. The deepest shades aren’t all that dark, which is something to note if you love very smoky looks.
All of the palettes were usable as standalone palettes where I didn’t find it necessary to pull in other palettes or singles to complete a look. That said, there were times when I found myself longing to reach for a matte white or matte black to add more contrast.
It seems that wear time has improved compared to previous palettes I’ve had from Huda Beauty. I remember getting around 5 hours of wear before seeing noticeable creasing with their New Nude palette and the Nude Obsessions palette in Light. These palettes wore closer to 8 hours before I could really start to see creasing. I did notice more fading with the warmer red- and orange- based shades. By the middle of the day those colors were noticeably less vibrant on the eye.