YOU KNOW THAT MOMENT WHEN A FORMULA BLOWS YOU AWAY AND YOU SUDDENLY WANT IT IN EVERY SHADE POSSIBLE? That’s the Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Melted Shadows.
One side is matte, the other metallic, as the name suggests. It makes for the perfect one product eye look!
Huda claims these are long-wearing, highly pigmented and easy to apply formula, but admittedly I had my trepidations.
I’d seen some really polarizing reviews on these, claiming that they flaked and bunched originally. I noticed that every time I saw a Youtuber apply them only to hate them, they were applying way too much. This isn’t a product that is meant to be painted on; Huda herself suggests applying dots of the matte shade and then blending with a brush.
So I bit the bullet and picked up two during the last Sephora sale to give a try…
HUDA BEAUTY MATTE & METAL MELTED SHADOWS
WHAT THE CLAIMS ARE: “The innovative Huda Beauty Matte & Metal Liquid Shadows bring versatile color and finish combinations that create must-have looks in one swipe. The matte shadows are highly pigmented and easy to blend, while the metallic shadows allow for a precise application with the paintbrush-like applicator.”
HOW MANY SHADES: There are currently 15 duos available. I chose Cashmere Robe/Penthouse Suite – a neutral taupe and metallic bronze, and Request Line/Slow Jams, a dusty mauve (it’s described as warm pink – but it’s definitely mauve) and rose gold.
THE COST: $33 CND
THE FORMULA: The matte side of these is almost a whipped liquid while the metallic is thinner. Both are incredibly pigmented.
THE LONGEVITY: These last all day on me with minimal fading or creasing.
THE APPLICATION: I think this is where some of the negative reviews have come from with this product; The matte side is not meant to be painted on opaquely.
The brand suggests 3 starting with 3 dots (literally), blending out and then building up. I’ve found I rarely would need to go back for me, with the 3 dot technique giving me gorgeous opaque colour across my lid and in my crease!
I use a fluffier synthetic crease brush and it blends without any skipping, bunching or flaking.
The metallic side can be ‘painted’ on, or again dabbed on and blended out. I prefer my finger or a flat brush for this for maximum impact.
MY THOUGHTS: If you can’t tell already, I LOVE these. I’m already debating picking up another shade!
Application is everything when it comes to getting optimum output, and if you use them as intended, they are so stunning and easy to work with.
I love how beautifully smooth the matte side blends; I’ve never encountered any sort of cream or liquid matte shadow that has this much give. It doesn’t catch in the creases of my eyes, look crepey, or bunch. Blending powder shadow on top is a dream, as is the metal side of these duos.
The metal side is just that: gorgeously reflective and sparkly without being glittery. I don’t find any rogue sparkles when I wear these.
The formula is slightly wetter, which means applies better with a firm brush of your finger in my experience, but I have buffed it out with a fluffy brush for a more diffused metallic look.
I’ve been reaching for these most days – it makes coming up with an eye look beyond easy and takes seconds to have something that looks like I spent 15 minutes on!
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