Okay, okay, I have a highlighter obsession! So I had to try the 3D Highlighter Palettes from Huda Beauty. The first 2 that came out were the pink sands, which I am reviewing today, and the Golden Sands. They have recently released a new addition as well, the Summer Solstice Highlighter Palette. To be honest, the first time I saw them, I was on the fence – but today I am going to tell you more about them now I have had a good chance to play around.
3D Highlighter Palette Pink Sands
The 3D Highlighter Palette in Pink Sands contains 4 shades. They would all look gorgeous on fair to medium/tan skin tones. For reference I am an NC15 without fake tan, and can get up to an NC30 with a good spray tan. I find I can always get use of this palette in some shape or form, no matter where I am between NC15-30. Capri is a cream formula, and the other 3 are all very soft powders. The directions on the packaging, say to use Capri to ‘prep’ as your base highlighter as it is the cream. As you can see from the picture, I dug at this shade a little, I foud the top layer was a little hard, but underneath is divine. Santorini is designed to ‘Set’ from the cheek to the temples. As you would use a normal highlighter. Azores is the ‘sculpt’ shade, designed to be worn under the cheek bones, aka- where you would contour. Ibiza is the ‘flush’ shade for the apples of your cheeks.
3D Highlighter Palette Swatches – Pink Sands
I am not sure I completely agree with the directions on the 3D Highlighter packaging. I am glad they have come up with ways to use all of the shades, but for me, their suggestions don’t really work. This is how I like to use them.
As you can see from the swatches below, the first shade – Capri, is a gorgeous beige/champagne shade. It looks like it would be too dark to highlight my face with, but has a translucent look when applied with a dense brush. This is one of the few cream highlighters that applies brilliantly over the top of powder. I don’t like how it applies with my fingers, which is usually my preferred way to apply creams.
Santorini is a gorgeous pale white gold shade. It is amazing on my fair skin! It is a little too light for me when I have a tan, so I will mix it with Azores for a light gold highlight. Or Mix with Ibiza for a pale pinky gold highlighter.
Azores is not a good shade for under my cheeks. It tones down my bronzer, and just doesn’t look quite right. It does work with a larger bronzer brush, to add a sheen to the bronzer. Or as a regular highlighter.
Ibiza is a stunning sheer orangy pink. It is designed as a blush topper. But I am not the biggest blush girl, so will often use this on its own, to add a tiny hint of colour to the apples of my cheeks, and a gorgeous luminous sheen.
Is the 3D Highlighter Palette worth the Price Tag?
Oh 100% I can’t believe how insanely pigmented these highlighters are. It is one thing to look gorgeous in person, but to also photograph that way, is another very impressive feature. They draw very little attention to pores or textured skin. I won’t say none, because that’s not how highlighters work. I would put the texture on par with most soft, natural finish highlighters. But this packs way more punch! Most ‘blush topper’ shades I don’t use as they make the larger pores on the apples of my cheeks look obnoxious, but below you can see they just look average.
So yes! I would definitely recommended this Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette.
If you are in Australia you can pick it up from Sephora for $80.
*Thankyou One Day Dream PR for gifting this to me at the Sephora Showcase.