Whats Up Beauty Desert Monsoon Palette | Review + 5 Looks

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of the Whats Up Beauty Desert Monsoon Palette*. This was released with their Desert Monsoon collection and matching nail polish line, which I recently reviewed. I’ve been a fan of Whats up Nails for over three years now, having purchased many nail art supplies from them. I was thrilled to hear about them releasing their first beauty product, an eyeshadow palette! Surprisingly, I really haven’t tried anything from indie beauty brands yet, other than Colourpop, so I really went into this review not knowing what to expect. Truthfully, I went into it really hoping that I would like it since I enjoy the brand so much, but I really do think the results speak for themselves!

This post contains products received in PR*

Packaging and First Impressions

This eyeshadow palette comes in a cardboard palette with a magnetic closure. The cover art depicts a matte nighttime scene with lightning striking and the silhouette of a desert landscape in glossy black. The palette is pretty light in weight but all the details make it look really nice quality. Clearly a lot of thought went into its design!

Inside there are 12 shades ranging from cool neutrals, to metallic pinks, greens, purples and a blue. This palette is almost evenly split by formula, with five mattes and seven metallics. These shadows have no scent, other than the typical makeup scent.

Claims

“A stunning palette containing 12 eyeshadows designed for long wear and high color pay off. Formulated and manufactured in Italy, our pressed powders are easy to blend and build up for the perfect look. The palette comes with 7 shimmers and 5 creamy mattes, all formulas are talc free and cruelty free.

If you have never experienced the late summer rains in the deserts of the southwest you are missing an absolute spectacle. With our Desert Monsoon eyeshadow palette, we capture the torrential downpour, crackling thunder, dripping humidity and mix it all up with a scorching sun. All shadows come packed in a small and convenient packaging so you can bring the sweet smell of petrichor anywhere you go.”

Shades

Glow: light nude satin highlight
Canyon: warm chocolate brown creamy matte
Desert Rose: gold to warm pink duochrome metallic
Succulent: bluish purple to pinkish purple duochrome
Downpour: royal blue to deep purple duochrome metallic
Thunder: cold dark brown creamy matte
Dust Storm: warm light brown creamy matte
Humidity: cold pink metallic with frost sparkles
Sun: gold to green duochrome foil
Cactus: khaki with gold shimmer satin
Tempest: maroon creamy matte
Joshua Tree: cold medium brown creamy matte

Price and Quantity

This eyeshadow palette is priced at $52 CAD ($41 USD) and has 0.39 oz of product.

For a comparison of value to other palettes on the market, I would usually select palettes that have a similar colour scheme as alternative options, but I really can’t think of any with this colour scheme! Certainly not in the mainstream market, and I am personally not as in touch with the indie makeup scene. I did a brief scroll of Indiemood on instagram and I really didn’t see anything similar, so this palette could totally be one of a kind. If you do find anything similar, you can always do a comparison of the prices and quantities and see which is the better deal! But this time, we’ll be skipping it.

Pigmentation and Performance

Overall, I am STUNNED by this palette! I literally encountered ZERO problems and I am thrilled with the formulas!

Let me start out by saying the mattes in this palette are up there with Natasha Denona and Colourpop. Those formulas are my top two, and this one is just as good! The pigmentation was excellent, and sometimes even more than you would expect from how the shade appeared in the pan. The blending ability of these shades was also perfect. I encountered no problems getting a smooth blend, and they built up and layered really nicely. I think this is partially due to the curation of the colour in the palette, in that you have a nice range from light to dark, but the shades themselves are also just that good! I particularly loved Joshua Tree, which has a really beautiful cool undertone that almost seems to have a touch of taupe-y mauve to it, at least on my skin tone.

The metallics in this palette are phenomenal! There appear to be two different formulas, a more classical smooth metallic (Glow [although Glow is much more foiled] and Cactus) and an ultra sparkly metallic (Humidity, Desert Rose, Sun, Succulent, Downpour). These might be the sparkliest shadows in my collection, which made me think that there might be some sort of microglitter in there. However upon consulting the ingredients lists, these shades have both mica and synthetic fluorphlogopite (synthetic mica), which gives them that incredible sparkle while also being more environmentally friendly than plastic glitter. Honestly, the pictures just don’t do these shades justice, in terms of translating just how sparkly they are. I did do some instastories showing them off if you want to see them live!

As for metallic application, I really do suggest you do your eye looks before applying the rest of your makeup, given there is that sparkle in there. I personally always do this, since fallout during application is often inevitable. I also always apply metallics by finger on a tacky base, in particular, glitter glue. This really allows metallics to perform to their fullest potential and that was absolutely the case here! This formula in particular is nice and creamy, and with all shades, less is more. Glow in particular is very creamy (almost reminded me of the texture of Melt metallics which are very emollient), so less is more if you don’t want to add unnecessary texture to the lid. Something that I noticed was that despite being so sparkly was that I had ZERO sparkle fallout throughout the day. I even showed this in my instastories as well! Anyways, they’re a home run for me!

So let’s get into the eye looks and I will let you know all the shades used and my thoughts on each shade as we go through. Each look was created on a set concealer base, and metallics were applied on top of a glitter glue.

Shades Used
Joshua Tree
: Crease and lower lash line. This is a cool taupe brown matte that has great pigmentation, builds up nicely and blends flawlessly. I absolutely love the tone of this shade and used it to start almost every single look.
Dust Storm: Transition. This is a light beige matte that works nicely to smooth out a blend. I used it on the edges of most of my looks and it really helped perfect things.
Canyon: Outer corner and outer lower lash line. This is a warm chocolate brown matte that added beautiful depth to looks and blended really smoothly.
Glow: Lid and inner corner. This is a foiled light nude metallic that was very creamy. It applied really beautifully on top of glitter glue and I found you only need a small amount to have a large impact.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Mushroom” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Tempest
: Crease and lower lash line. This is a medium pink matte that has great pigmentation and blended smoothly.
Dust Storm: Transition.
Desert Rose: Lid and inner corner. This is a pink metallic with a sparkly gold reflect. Like all the others, it applied really nicely on a glitter glue.

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shade “Boots” and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Heartless” are on the waterline.

Shades Used
Joshua Tree
: Crease and lower lash line.
Tempest: Layered over Joshua Tree in the crease and lower lash line.
Dust Storm: Transition.
Canyon: Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Thunder: Outer corner. This is a very dark cool brown matte that really amps up the depth with any look. Again, was easy to blend!
Humidity: Inner lid and inner corner. This is a cool pink/lilac metallic that was just stunningly sparkly!!
Succulent: Center lid. This is a sparkly purple metallic with blue sparkles. Again, so beautiful!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade “Psychedelic Sister” and Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shade “Fluffie” are on the waterline.

Shades Used
Joshua Tree
: Crease and lower lash line.
Dust Storm: Transition.
Canyon: Outer corner and lower lash line.
Thunder: Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Sun: Inner lid and inner corner. This is an ultra sparkly foiled gold/green duochrome. It really does look either gold or green in different lights. So, so pretty.
Cactus: Center lid. This is a smooth moss green metallic that had nice body and applied well on a glitter glue.

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner in the shade “Spare Thyme” is on the waterline.

Shades Used
Joshua Tree
: Crease and lower lash line.
Dust Storm: Transition.
Canyon: Outer corner and lower lash line.
Thunder: Outer corner and outer lower lash line.
Succulent: Inner lid.
Humidity: Layered on inner corner.
Glow: Layered on inner corner.
Downpour: Center lid. This is a stunning royal blue metallic that is very foiled and sparkly. Gosh, I really just died wearing this one!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shades “Mainline” and “Heartless” are on the waterline and I am wearing the Colourpop Faux Mink Lashes in the style “Queenie”.

Final Thoughts

Overall this is the most impressive palette I have tried in a long time. I haven’t used metallics this breathtaking in… forever? I’m not sure I have anything that rivals these, and like I said, the mattes in this palette also rival my top two formulas: Colourpop and Natasha Denona. Is this what all indie shadows are like?? Because I am in love! Honestly, I am so impressed with this first launch from Whats Up Beauty and I truly can’t wait to see what comes next.

What do you think about this palette? Is it on your to buy list?

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review. As always, all of my opinions expressed here are never solicited and are entirely my own.

2 thoughts on “Whats Up Beauty Desert Monsoon Palette | Review + 5 Looks

  1. This palette looks & sounds amazing! Even more incredible that this is their first makeup launch. I love how you matched the your waterline to the eyeshadow, these eye looks are super pretty.

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