Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/05

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette
Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette

Golden Sand

Huda Beauty Golden Sand 3D Highlighter Palette ($45.00 for 1.10 oz.) includes one cream highlighter and three powder highlighters housed in a slim, cardboard palette (no mirror). Each highlighter has quite a bit of product–it’s a substantial size for a cheek palette. The brand released two versions (the other is Pink Sand), though I was surprised they weren’t more dissimilar. The Pink Sand version is supposed to be lighter skin tones with the Golden Sand version for medium and dark skin tones.

The cream highlighter had more pigmentation than the average cream highlighter, but the formulation was incredibly dense, thick, and difficult to blend out or use; it was extremely challenging to use it over any base products as it caused it them to break down and move around a lot. The powder formula was smooth but dense, and they needed a heavier hand or a denser brush to get even coverage and color onto the skin.

The cream formula is described as a “pearlescent creamy formula” that will create a “flawless, lit-from-within canvas” and is ideal for layering with powders, though it can also be used “on its own for [a] dewy and natural” effect. The powder highlighters can be used alone or together and are merely described as “light-catching.” The palette is designed so you can build the level of luminosity from subtle to over-the-top. I felt like the cream highlighter definitely gave a more natural sheen, but the three powder highlighters were all quite frosted to metallic and layering any over the cream base made them just as shimmery, if not more so.

7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
80%
Total

01/03

Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight
Huda Beauty Fiji Cream Highlight

Fiji

Fiji is a bright, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation, but it applied terribly. The finish of this on bare skin was glowing and natural without being metallic. It had a very dense, thick texture that made it extremely difficult to use with anything but fingertips, and it was still a pain to blend it out on the skin.

I was not able to successfully apply it over liquid foundation after trying four times, as it moved the base product so much and caused noticeable patchiness/unevenness. When I tried layering one of the powders of it, the powders looked chunky, almost caked onto the skin. On its own, it lasted for six hours before looking patchy.

Ingredients

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax), Diisostearyl Malate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Polybutene, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, May contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77400 (Bronze Powder).

Fiji
4
Product
10
Pigmentation
3
Texture
6
Longevity
2
Application
56%
Total

01/03

Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Seychelles Powder Highlight

Seychelles

Seychelles is a soft, light-medium gold with warm, yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had opaque color payoff that applied evenly to bare skin. It had a smooth, denser texture that needed a more moderate hand, but it still felt creamy (though it’s a powder) to the touch and blended out beautifully on the skin without accentuating my skin’s natural texture. This shade lasted for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, May contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Seychelles
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

01/03

Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Tahiti Powder Highlight

Tahiti

Tahiti is a medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a golden sheen. It had medium, buildable pigmentation that applied fairly easily to bare skin. The texture was smooth, but it was firmer and not just because it was also a denser powder product–it didn’t have as much give or as much creaminess compared to Seychelles or Zanzibar. It did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture. The highlighter stayed on well for eight hours before fading noticeably.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, May contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Tahiti
8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
83%
Total

01/03

Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight
Huda Beauty Zanzibar Powder Highlight

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is a light-medium pink-coral with golden pearl. The color payoff was completely opaque in a single layer, while the consistency was smooth, denser but almost “cream-like” despite being a powder, and blendable on the skin. The powder sat well on the skin and did not bring out the texture of my skin. It wore well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polybutene, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, May contain (+/-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Zanzibar
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette $45.00/1.1 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Dior Star Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette
  • Sephora Cocoa Contour Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • Maybelline White Gold ColorSensational Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I’m really disappointed that the 2 palettes just aren’t terribly different from one another. Which is when I can be very grateful for dupes for some within my own hoard, I guess!

Hey Christine, I think you missed Seychelles?
I like the look of this one more than its sister palette, but that cream highlighter is still a no.

At the risk of stating the obvious, these would have done better….and fairly well, as all powder palettes. Totally on overload with highlighters, even more than with warm eye palettes. Everything you don’t fancy is followed by an opportunity for something you’d love. Actually, I LIKE not being tempted and breezing through the review. I spend enough time on the stuff I DO like. The new format….well, not so new now, enables me not to read every word and gauge every dupe, which is a good thing. Not only money, but time saved.

Based on the copy, it seemed like using a cream element with the powder highlighter was a signature of Huda Beauty (I’m not overly familiar with her myself), but I agree that they would have scored better if they were all powder.

Christine, I think this looks beautiful on you. I’m NC30 in Mac foundations would you recommend this palette or the pink sands version?

Thank you for your review. I have both palettes and have played with them a little. I personally had no issues with the cream highlighter, but I have not tried to use it alone. I used it on my cheekbones (zygomatic arch) sometimes I blended with a beautyblender, then I topped with one of the other colors. So I for me when i used it as a primer, it performed and lasted as advertised. I have combination T-zone oily skin. I have never tried it on bare skin or done any of the extensive testing like you you do for your viewers. I was surprised like you that the colors in the two palettes were so close. I am fair/light and both palettes are very wearable for me and honestly don’t look that different. Thank you for your beautiful pictures and thoughts.

That is great to hear, Lisa! I’m so glad that your cream highlighter is working for you. Mine has such a thick texture – super hard to use for me 🙁 I wonder if it set too quickly after it was poured or something.

When you applied it to your cheek bones and then blended with a beautyblender, how did you get the initial product on your cheekbones? Beautyblender or fingertips or something else?

Oh gee, at first I thought you had accidentally re-posted this review, but I then realized this is the “darker” palette, although this palette doesn’t look much darker than the lighter one. But sadness, I really love these yellow-based gold colors, but the formula needs to be better . BTW, I think you forgot to post the swatch/review for Seychelles. Will be checking out your dupes list!

I love that you are still smiling, even when you are wearing a terrible product! Fiji’s “F” grade would have made me want to scream, but there you are smiling like it’s an “A” so we can judge for ourselves!!

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