Huda Beauty 3-D Highlighter Palette REVIEW and SWATCHES | Pink Sands

Today I thought I’d review the new Pink Sands 3-D Highlighter by Huda Beauty! There is a companion palette to this, Gold Sands which is aimed more towards medium-deep skintones, which I have yet to pick up. 

What It Is

A highlighter palette with two different textures: a pearlescent creamy shade and three light-catching pressed pearl hues. 

What It Does

Inspired by Huda Kattan’s hack of layering oil with powder highlighter to amplify her glow, this palette is packed with two different textures. The Melted Strobe, a pearlescent creamy formula enriched with karite butter, creates a flawless, lit-from-within canvas for layering powders. The three, light-catching pressed pearls are staggered in complimentary tones to give you sculpted, 3D radiance. With effortless blendability and layering power, this palette lets you build and sculpt your highlight to a desired level of radiance—from subtle, natural radiance to an all-over glow. 

The palette itself contains:

0.35 oz/ 10.3 mL Melted Strobe Cream Highlight 

3 x 0.28 oz/ 7.93 g Powder Highlight 

These highlighters are made without Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates and is cruelty-free. 

“I wanted to make getting the ultimate glow easy for everyone. So we combined colors, formula and technique to make highlighting like a pro within each person’s grasp. Highlighter can really magnify any makeup, but there are concerns for people with larger pores as the pigments tend to emphasize skin unevenness which is a problem that I have. I love to blend face oils and pigments together to smooth the skin texture and amplify the reflection of the pearls. That’s when I knew I had to create this highlighter. It’s the all-in-one, ultimate cheek palette for everyone.”—Huda Kattan


The palette costs $45 USD / $59 CDN


The front has a beautiful photo of Huda and reflects off the eyeshadow and highlight points. It’s quite an intriguing packaging idea for the product. 

The inside you have the four highlighters, and above is instructions on how to use the product. Personally, I think this is a plus, but I would have preferred a mirror for the price. 


Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the cream in this palette, which is called Capri. I find it quite sheer, and even as a base I’m just not overal thrilled with the performance. It doesn’t emphasize texture, which is good, but overall I’m not a fan. 

The powders are better, but still aren’t the typical Highlight that I’d reach for.

I expect Santorini to be more pigmented, but with a brush it doesn’t pick up very much product, and without using Capri as a base, it falls flat.

The same goes for Azores, it’s very sheer and doesn’t pick up well with a brush. 

Ibiza is the best of the four highlighters, and it’s more so a blush topper. Even so, the formula was more pigmented and picked up better with a brush.

Pink Sands vs Gold Sands

Like I stated earlier, I have yet to pick up gold Sands, and I’m unsure if I’m going to. But I wanted to include swatches from sephora showing the difference between the two palettes!


To be completely honest, I’m quite let down by this palette. I went in without many expectations for this, but every single highlighter fell flat, aside from Ibiza which will work fine as a blush topper and highlight for me. 

I ended up paying only about $40 CDN for a brand new palette, but I wish I had spent the extra money and bought it from sephora, as there’s a good chance I’d have returned it. Alas, I’m stuck with this purchase and as such I will continue to use the hell out of it and try to get it to work for me. 

I think if you’re into a more subtle highlighter, you’d enjoy this.

But if you’re a “Glow to the heavens” sort of girl like myself, I wouldn’t suggest picking this up. 

If you have this palette and love it, please let me know what I can do to improve my experience with it!

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