Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Review

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  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette

The Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette is the type of palette that looks like it could be a go-to, everyday eyeshadow palette while providing options to go bolder and be more creative. It’s a matte-heavy palette that is sort of neutral but not really considering there are a lot purple, mauve, pink, and peach tones. The more colorful shades add some variety and interest but are still muted enough to reach for on the daily. Only 6 shades are shimmers and there is one 1 black gloss.

Price: $69
Availability: Huda Beauty, Sephora, Kohl’s

Swatches

This is an overview of all the swatches. To see them closer up, in more detail, see this post.

Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Swatches

Liberty – Medium pinky peach with a matte finish.
Heroine – Pale matte yellowy peach.
Avant-Garde – Deep brown base color with lots of silver and gold sparkles.
Renegade – Soft black with a matte finish.
Brave – Medium reddish mauve.
Beauty Chaos – Light-medium dusty lavender.
Rise Up – Light matte brown with subtle peach undertones.
Stand Up – Light rose gold shimmer with all fine particles.
Strong AF – Greyish purple shimmer with larger silver and gold sparkles.
Nirvana – Deep muted purple with a matte finish.
Haphazard – Deep grey base color with red-to-purple-shifting fine shimmer.
Fearless – Deep reddish brown with a matte finish.
Hope – Deep neutral matte brown.
Luv Anarchy – Light matte mauve.
Maverick – Metallic white gold with a mixture of fine shimmer and larger sparkle. Creamier/stiffer formula that is easier to pick up with a finger than with a brush.
Rebelle – Dimensional gold and lavender shimmer. Lots of larger gold particles and some finer lavender shimmer. Also has a creamier feel to it but is a bit easier to pick up with a brush.
Freedom – Light matte pink.
Grunge – Black glossy cream.

All of the mattes show up well without the need to build a whole lot to get good color payoff. Some of the lighter ones look a little darker on the lid than they appear in the pan. Beauty Chaos and Freedom were surprisingly deeper than I expected. The deepest mattes are nicely pigmented and can be the type to stick a little too strongly to the lid. They aren’t bad, I’ve had much more difficult and worse-looking outcomes but for these I find it helpful to use one of the lighter mattes underneath first and then go over top with one of the deeper shades. The result looks pretty similar and it is much easier to move the color around. I can also work in the opposite order and go straight in with a deeper shade but I have to be super careful about packing evenly and slowly blending outward to get a smooth gradient. Applying them with or without primer (ColourPop Party Proof Eyeshadow Primer) didn’t seem to make a difference in how they ahdered or blended. I got the most fallout from the matte black but for that and all the others just being sure to tap excess off the brush was plenty to get a clean application.

There are 6 shimmers in this palette and only 4 of those have a noticeable/bright reflective quality (for use as lid toppers). Haphazard gives me a satin finish at most and has a very prominent base color, enough that I could use this shade as a one-and-done shadow. Avant-Garde has some sparkle but most of what I see is its deeper base color. If you’re the type of person that likes to use shimmers on the lid most of the time, consider whether you think there is enough variety of shimmer in here to suit your taste. In general fallout was not bad from these. I got some fallout from the shades with larger/flakier particles (Strong AF, Maverick, and Rebelle) but it was much less than I was expecting from shades like these. Avant-Garde was the only one that had significant enough fallout to be annoying for me.

There are some things I find unique in here that I’m glad I have it for. Maverick is not my favorite shimmer to use on the lid because of its firmer/waxier formula but it works well to create a sparkly inner corner without needing to use a setting spray for the effect. Rebelle is an interesting crumbly looking mixture of gold and lavender that ends up looking nicely dimensional on the eye if pressed on the lid with a finger. I like the fine reddish shimmer in Haphazard and can’t think of another eyeshadow I have like this. And of course, the black gloss. I have some black creams (like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean and the black creams in the Patrick Ta Major Dimension III and Danessa Myricks Groundwork Palettes), but this is glossier and balmier. The gloss creases pretty bad but that is kind of the point. I like the smokey, dewy effect of just wearing it alone as eyeshadow and how easily and smoothly it blends around the edges.

Pros and Cons

Things I like:

  • Great variety of color and depth for the matte shades with nothing being too similar to each other.
  • Good color payoff and easy blending (recommend applying mattes in order of lightest to darkest though!)
  • Most shades had zero or very minimal fallout (only one had lots of fallout).
  • Some unique shades you don’t often find in neutral-ish palettes, like Haphazard, Maverick, Rebelle, and Grunge.
  • The matte black in here is good quality. Pigmented, nice and dark, has smooth, even color payoff.

Drawbacks to consider:

  • Not enough variety of shimmers to use as lid toppers for me personally.
  • Not a fan of the formula of Maverick.

Do I Recommend It?

I think this is one of the better larger neutral palettes from this year. It’s not a low-cost palette but the quality and variety is there to support it. If I was looking for a good all around neutral palette, the only thing that would hold me back from this one is there is really only one truly go-to neutral combo of shades I can use. If you want a true neutral palette this might be a smidge too colorful but if you want more variety that is still in comfort zone territory it might be a good pick for you.

Looks

  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 1
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 1

Look 1:

  • Hope – Outer lid/crease
  • Rise Up – Transition for Hope
  • Stand Up – Center of lid
  • Luv Anarchy – Inner crease, outer lower lashline
  • Maverick – Inner lower lashline
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 2
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 2

Look 2:

  • Freedom – Brow bone
  • Beauty Chaos – Transition (applied to entire lid and crease area as a base for the next shade)
  • Nirvana – All over lid/crease
  • Rebelle – Center of lid (dry brush, finger)
  • Maverick – Inner corner (dry brush)
  • Haphazard – Lower lashline
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in All Around White

Here I’m using that creamier/stiffer shade Maverick near the inner corner. This is the way I most enjoy using it personally for the sparkly effect I get without lots of fallout and without needing to use a setting spray to get it to adhere.

  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 3
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 3

Look 3:

  • Sydney Grace Snow Queen single eyeshadow – Brow bone, inner corner
  • Freedom – Transition, lower lashline
  • Rebelle – All over lid (dry brush)
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in All Around White

I tried to get both the gold and the lavender in the shimmer on the lid to show up here. It’s there but it’s easier to see in person.

  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 4
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 4

Look 4:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Blanc single eyeshadow – Brow bone
  • Heroine – Transition, inner lower lashline
  • Rise Up – Crease, outer lower lashline
  • Stand Up – Inner lid, inner corner
  • Avant-Garde – Outer lid, blended into crease
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in Boundless Bisque
Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 5

Look 5:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Blanc single eyeshadow – Brow bone, inner corner
  • Rise Up – Crease/transition
  • Hope – Outer lid, outer lower lashline

This is about the most truly neutral look I can get out of this palette. For some soft shimmer, I could top it with Stand Up (will add some rose gold to the look) or for more of a sparkly lid, I could top it with Maverick.

  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 6
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 6
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 6

Look 6:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Blanc single eyeshadow – Brow bone, inner corner
  • Heroine – Transition, inner lower lashline, inner lid
  • Liberty – Outer crease, center of lower lashline
  • Brave – Outer lid, outer lower lashline
  • Beauty Chaos – Inner crease
  • Grunge – Liner
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in Infinite Sand

I used a bunch of the mattes in different tones here to show them all together. The palette is more colorful than you might expect but the color is soft and still very easy to wear for most situations.

  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 7
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 7

Look 7:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Blanc single eyeshadow + Cherished from the Huda Beauty Rose Quartz Palette (mixed) – Brow bone, inner corner
  • Luv Anarchy – Transition, lower lashline
  • Nirvana – Outer lid/crease
  • Strong AF – Center of lid/crease
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in Infinite Sand
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 8
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 8

Look 8:

  • Grunge – All over lid, lower lashline
  • Freedom – Transition
  • Rebelle – Center of lid
  • Stand Up – Inner corner
  • Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil in Whatever Black

I’m using the black gloss all over the lid sort of like a base. I started this look wearing it all by itself but felt it was a little boring, so I added a shimmer to the center. It creases but I don’t think it looks bad if it’s intentional.

  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 9
  • Huda Beauty Pretty Grunge Palette Look 9

Look 9:

  • Heroine – Crease
  • Maverick – All over lid
  • Hope – Winged Liner

One more just to show you what Maverick looks like all over the lid. I applied this with a Sigma E56 brush (a stiffer, synthetic flat shader) and it took me a while to build it up evenly and strongly all over the lid. I could have also applied the shade with my finger but this formula can look a little thick and crinkly on the lid applying it that way.

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