Huda Beauty ‘Mercury Retrograde’ Palette Dupes

*This post contains some affiliate links and codes. The Retrograde palette was purchased. Msost (if not all) of the dupes were pr samples

Huda Beauty ‘Mercury Retrograde‘ Palette Dupes

Tada!! At long last I’ve sniffed out sufficient dupes for this damn palette! For the most part, they aren’t exact but they’re pretty friggin close. This was a hard one! Mercury Retrograde is a gorgeous palette with a lot of unique colors and formulas. The only reason that I’d hesitate to recommend it is because it’s expensive af. And I’m also a big proponent of ‘shopping your stash’. If you’ve got a lot of makeup then you probably already own similar colors. Or you might only be interested in a few particular shades and would rather buy 1 or 2 single shadows instead of dropping $70 on a palette.

▪️Cosmic vs Clionadh Cosmetics Utopia (C$8 or approx $6 usd -15% w/ non-affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Cosmic is a pale, almost silvery, metallic pink. Utopia is cooler

Other options: CP Bubbly, Clionadh Talisman, Inglot 164, CP On the Fence, CP Nectar

▪️Utopia vs ColourPop Lay Low ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Utopia and Lay Low are matte corals. Utopia is a little more pink and Lay Low is a little more orange

Other options: Inglot 361, CP Wait For It, Looxi Peach-a-Boo

▪️Ultraviolet vs Clionadh Stencil (C$16 or approx $12 usd)- Ultraviolet is violet with pink sparkle. It’s one of my least favorite shades in the palette because mine developed a weird filmy layer that makes it a pain in the ass to apply. Stencil is more vibrant and has more intense pigmentation. It’s also duochrome so while Ultraviolet is a cool toned purple, Stencil’s base color shifts red and blue. They’re not exact dupes but Stencil is much prettier, imo

Other options: Clionadh Alexandrite, Devinah Vicious, Looxi Savage, Looxi Devious

▪️Nebula vs Bodyography Comet ($23)- when I’m looking for dupes I try my best to find affordable options but I made an exception for Nebula because it’s a really unique color with an unusual formula. Comet and Nebula both have sparkly purple and silver particles that combine to create a purplish gunmetal gray. They’re almost perfect dupes.

The closest formula dupe that I’ve come across is the shade REM from Nabla’s Dreamy 2 palette. The colors aren’t the same but the formula are. The ingredient lists are almost identical. Both palettes were made in Italy so I theorize that Huda and Nabla use the same lab. Just a theory tho.

‘Glass Beads’ is another name for ‘Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate’

Other options: Looxi Spyro, TOG Bewitched, TOG Your Majesty, Devinah ‘And Your Little Dog Too’

▪️️Mercury vs ColourPop Antimatter ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Mercury is sparkly teal with a dark purple base. To my eye, Antimatter is an exact dupe

Other options: Adept Cosmetics D4, Nabla Virgin Island

▪️Haze vs Lethal Cosmetics Yonder ($6)- Haze is a matte aqua. Yonder is darker

Other options: Nabla New Heaven, CP Muscle Beach, Cloud Beauty Jeanne

▪️Off Balance vs Clionadh Cosmetics Wildberry (C$6 or approx $4.50 usd, -10% w/ non-affil code: BEAUTYCULT)- Off Balance and Wildberry are rose colored mattes. Wildberry is darker

Other options: Inglot 295, CP Dreamboat, Devinah Meraki

▪️Galaxy vs ColourPop Snake Eyes ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Galaxy is a pink champagne color with an ultra metallic finish. Snake Eyes is cooler

Other options- CP Ego, Devinah Nickel, Beauty Escape Cosmetics Nibble Nibble Gnaw

▪️Libra vs ColourPop Friendly ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Libra and Friendly are lavender mattes. Libra is a little more pink

Other options- Nabla Lotus, CP Two to Mango, Lethal Cosmetics Crossroads, Sydney Grace Haven

▪️Crash vs Makeup Geek Prim & Proper ($5.50, -10% w/ affil code: BEAUTYCULT)- Crash and Prim & Proper are dusty rose mattes. They look identical to me

Other options: CP Chic Happens, Clionadh Truffle, Sydney Grace Laughter, CP Made to Last

▪️Momentum vs ColourPop Hear Me Out ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Momentum is a very pale matte pinky peach. ColourPop Outta Luck is an almost perfect dupe but it was discontinued. Hear Me Out is lighter. ColourPop Issues, Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie and ABH Orange Soda are all darker and more orange

Other options- CP Outta Luck, CP Lucky You, Sydney Grace Summer Magic, Sydney Grace Toast

▪️Supermoon vs Adept Cosmetics S6 ($3.50, -15% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Supermoon is a sparkly white with a subtle pink and blue shift. S6 is a sparkly white with a subtle blue shift but it’s not as glittery

If you like this type of shade then I’d also recommend Clionadh Glimmer or Glare. They’ve got more dramatic duochrome shifts and I think that they’re prettier than Supermoon

Other options: Looxi Walk of Shame, CP Tickled, CP Pay the Piper

▪️Vortex vs Inglot 308 ($8)- Vortex is blackened purple matte. 308 is a little more brown

Other options: CP Razy, Melt Cosmetics Mean Streak, MUG Taboo, Nabla Mimesis, Sydney Grace Mittens, CP Mousse

▪️Hot Mess vs ColourPop Going Steady ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Hot Mess and Going Steady are wine colored mattes. They look identical to me

Other options- MUG Dedicated, ABH Love Letter, Lethal Cosmetics Terminus

▪️Supernova vs Clionadh Torch (C$10 or approx $7.50 usd)- Supernova is a sparkly berry color with a fiery copper shift. Torch is a little darker

Other options- CP Thank U, Next, Beauty Escape Cosmetics Lincoln Road

▪️Karma vs ColourPop Charge It ($4.50, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Karma is a warm dusty rose matte. Charge It is a little brighter and more pink

Other Options- CP Labyrinth, Adept Cosmetics M2, CP The News, Looxi Caffeine Queen

▪️Gold Glitch vs Clionadh Honeycomb (C$8 or approx $6 usd, -15% w/ non-affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Gold Glitch has a peachy gold base with yellow gold and purple sparkle. Honeycomb has the same base color with yellow gold glitter. The only thing that it’s missing is the hint of purple

Other options: CP 20 Something, CP Flutter (glitter), ABH Peach Sorbet, Devinah Daybreak, Looxi Get Naked

▪️Frazzled vs ColourPop DGAF ($6, -10% w/ affil code BEAUTYCULT)- Frazzled is a pinky copper with green shimmer. DGAF might be a teeny bit more pink but otherwise it’s a perfect dupe

Other options: Devinah Zuma, CP Crackle, CP Not Ok, CP Up & Atom, Looxi Piña Coloda

And that’s it! We made it to the end! I just bought the Amrezy palette so I’ll probably work on dupes for that next


  1. Fantastic freaking dupes Ang! I have this palette and don’t even need or want dupes for it but I was solidly interested the whole way through the post to see what shades I might have in my collection like these!! Surprisingly not many, as I don’t buy that many Coloupop singles anymore…I know I have some of the Inglot ones (and bravo from bringing those out for some love!!!) and maybe some of the Devinahs as well. Definitely any of the old MUG ones. I still haven’t fallen for Sydney grace despite the high quality bc the brand was just too religious and goody too shoes before and I still haven’t been able to shake that image from my mind. Clionadh shadows are great but I haven’t reached beyond my initial duochrome and two Archeo/paleo orders because they’re so damn hard to get now. Always a stupid waiting list. They need to hire a staff to keep up with demand.


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