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Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches}

Happy Thursday my beauties.
I know it’s been a while but this lockdown has all of us feeling a certain way. I haven’t been posting reviews as I’m aware that many of you aren’t spending money on makeup, especially international branded products. That being said, I know some of you look to my blog for reviews, so I figured I’d carry on as I love the idea of you stopping by when you’re curious about a certain product.

Today I have another eyeshadow palette review from one of my favourite brands. The Huda Beauty  Mercury Retrograde palette launched October last year (2019) just days before Mercury actually went into retrograde from October 31 to November 20.


Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde eyeshadow palette – $67

I purchase this palette shortly after it was released. It was a no brainer for me as this colour story with all the glitz, glitter and statement colours, just spoke to me.



Embark on a new journey through space with the HUDA BEAUTY Mercury Retrograde eyeshadow palette.

This palette will take you to infinity and beyond with 18 incredible galactic inspired colours and textures to deliver infinite possibilities.



Do I even need to say more? Just look at this packaging. The artwork is beautifully done and so aesthetically pleasing.
Everything about it is so mesmerizing, from the colour theme, Huda’s eye makeup as well as the iridescent shift on the outer packaging.
The palette has a transparent durable plastic component which feels pretty weighted and gives it that luxury feel. The palette also has a large great quality mirror.


Eyeshadow and pigmentation

This palette features 9 buttery mattes, 6 high-shine creamy metallics saturated with electrifying pearls, 1 glitter powder charged with glass pearls and silver sparkles and 2 sheer multi-reflective shadows for a multidimensional glow.

It has the perfect selection of colourful, neutral as well as warm-toned shadows. The shade selection fits the theme so well and quite a few of the colourful shadows might seem a little intimidating but they’re all very approachable.

The shimmer finishes are particularly impressive. There are a few different kinds of shimmers as mentioned above.

The “high shine creamy metallics “ shadows feel extremely creamy and have a sort of a bouncy texture that feels wet to the touch. They remind me of the Colourpop supershock texture. You have to be careful and not apply too much pressure when going in with your fingers because you’ll definitely make a dent. Hence the reason my shadows look the way they do in these pictures. These work best when applied with your finger or a flat synthetic brush.

The “sheer multi-reflective shadows” shimmer shadows are more of a topper shadow. These don’t have an extremely pigmented base but they look stunning when applied on top of other shadows. They can transform any shadow by adding a beautiful pearlescent glow that looks dazzling depending on how the light catches the eye. I apply these with my finger as I feel that the pressure of my finger sort of warms up the shadow to give more of a reflective effect. They are a little underwhelming on their own, so definitely use them as toppers.

The matte shadows perform really well. They’re a tad bit powdery but are soft, have great pigment and blend well. The shade Vortex (the darkest shade) is the only shadow that’s a little dry, has quite a bit of kick-up and one I spent a lot of time trying to finesse. This is disappointing since it’s the only shade one can use to create depth in a look. Some of the shades also translate differently on the eye than what they look like in the pans. They appear deeper and more vibrant which I don’t mind but just something I thought I’d mention.

The glitter eyeshadow formula is undeniably beautiful. It’s more of a pressed glitter cream hybrid. It doesn’t look or feel chunky and doesn’t shed all over your face. Really such a well formulated glittery eyeshadow.

Shade description

Row 1:

  • Cosmic
  • Utopia
  • UltraViolet
  • Nebula
  • Mercury
  • Haze


Row 2:

  • Off Balance
  • Galaxy
  • Libra
  • Crash
  • Momentum
  • Supermoon


Row 3:

  • Vortex
  • Hot Mess
  • Supernova
  • Karma
  • Gold Glitch
  • Frazzled


Final thoughts

Overall, I feel like this is a gorgeous palette. The shade selection is not only dreamy and beautiful to look at but you can create some distinctive eye looks. I’m particularly impressed by the metallics and the one glitter shadow.

The palette, like all the other big Huda Beauty palettes, is pretty expensive. I love the palette but just don’t think it’s worth the $67 price tag. I would recommend this palette for its versatility and the variety it brings to any makeup look. It’s pretty unique but rather purchase it when it goes on sale.

You have plenty of intense colours to work with if you are a bold colour lover.  You can create something unique that’s pretty and soft for an everyday effortless look. I especially love the ethereal looks I can create. Or you can have fun with bold colours and glitter. The choice is yours!

Do you own this palette? What are your thoughts on the different textures and the colour story? Would you purchase it? Let me know in the comments below




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