If you follow beauty bloggers on Instagram or have visited Sephora lately, you’ve no doubt seen the Huda Desert Dusk palette. It’s gorgeous!!! 😍 The richly toned palette features 18 shades in warm hues. I recently swatched the Desert Dusk palette in Sephora and instantly wanted it!!! However, past experience has taught me that dropping $50+ on a makeup palette is a bit reckless. I have an absurd amount of makeup; so I try to be reasonable these days in adding to my massive makeup collection. In adoring this palette online, I came across several bloggers who had purchased a lovely dupe of the Desert Dusk palette from Hush. The palette is by Bad Habit and is called the Athena palette. **Please note that this palette is exclusively available through the Hush app.
In contrast to the Desert Dusk palette, which retails for $65 USD (😲), the Athena palette retails for $12 USD!!! 😀 Shipping is also free on the Hush app. So purchasing the Athena palette was really a no-brainer! 🙂
A close-up of the Athena palette in natural lighting is shown below.
I swatched each row of the palette on bare skin (no primer). Swatches are shown below in both natural lighting and with flash.
Dupes aside, for a $12 palette, I am super impressed by the quality of these eye shadows!!! 😍😍😍 The pigmentation (especially in the 3rd row) is amazing! The metallic shades were super pigmented on my finger before I even swatched to my forearm. The mattes were decently pigmented and very buildable. I had my eye on the bright purple shade Justice, in particular. The comparable shade from the Desert Dusk palette is called Amethyst; and was the primary reason I became so smitten with the Desert Dusk palette. Amethyst and Justice are super similar; however, I noted that Amethyst had subtle golden sparkle undertones to it that Justice does not have – it’s a straight matte. So if you’re looking for an exact dupe of the Huda palette, there’s slight variation.
Since I did not purchase the Desert Dusk palette, I can’t do side-by-side comparisons. However, you can find side-by-side pictures done by Jen of Beauddiction here.
Overall, this palette is AMAZING for the price! I’m so glad I went with this instead of spending $65! If you’re comfortable investing in the Huda palette, by all means, treat yourself! 😁 But if you’re looking for a good alternative, look no further!
ShopHush.com also has dupes of several other high-end, pricey palettes that have been on my wishlist. Stay tuned, I suspect I’ll be making another purchase in the near future. 😉