It feels like every time Huda Beauty drops a new launch, she takes the beauty world by storm. Add the fact that Huda remasatered a discontinued palette created a lot of conversations and split opinions from people. I like the conversation and personally felt a little annoyed with Huda’s decision to remaster the Rose Gold Palette. Had she announced her intention of updating an old palette at the time it was being discontinued, I would have been okay with it. In any case, I find myself here, reviewing the new re-mastered Rose Gold eyeshadow palette ($85 CAD) and currently sold out online at Sephora! Scroll down to see how this compares with the original Rose Gold palette.
The new palette comes with more sturdy packaging, a mirror on the inside (instead of the clear plastic front) and an insert of Huda’s marketing campaign image.
Interestingly enough, there are a few shades in this palette that look depressed, making me think it’s a different formula that even feels less a shadow and more a cream. While all these shades are powders, the depressed ones (imaged below: Dubai, Trust Fund and # Blessed) have a super pigmented, soft formula that is more emollient than traditional powder shadows.
To me, neither this nor the original palette screamed rose gold to me. In fact, the box that this palette came in is the most rose gold I’ve seen from this product. Trust Fund looks like it would be the only rose gold shade in the palette but it applies like a copper. The actual colour called ‘Rose Gold’ is a pink with a gold sheen to it. It would have been great to see more rose gold shades in this palette, but the colour story is still beautiful in both the original and remastered versions.
At the end of the day, this is a nice palette but would be most used for those who prefer colourful eyeshadow looks. The mattes and a few shimmers are neutral but not for the faint or subtle at heart. The shadows pack a punch, are highly pigmented and reflective on the lid. Depending on how you like to wear your eyeshadow this could be a great palette for you.
Compared to the Original Rose Gold Palette
The formula of the remastered palette is different: the mattes are softer, the pressed pigment formula in the original is replaced with highly reflective, creamier shimmers and the colours are more water resistant than the older formula, which was still long wearing.
The packaging is the second obvious difference, where the original palette had a plastic covering in thinner cardboard, the remastered version has a mirror on the inside and the shadows are housed in a sturdier component.
Both palettes have a similar colour story with 4 discontinued and 4 new shades in the remastered palette (pictured below)
Swatched side by side, you can note differences in colour and texture of the shadows, some more subtle than others. I think Bubbly and Pink Diamond are GORGEOUS shades but not enough to justify the new palette. While I got irritated with the pressed glitters in the original formula, using your finger to really dig into the pan picks up the most amount of product. The mattes in the original can be dry but building them up and buffing them out gives me the exact same effect as the remastered version. So net, if you have the original, avoid the temptation to pick up the remastered and save yourself some coins.
Enjoy the swatches!