Review: Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Palette

So it’s been out for a while now but I still hear people raving about how good it is, and with that, I knew I had to own it!

I’ve ordered from BH cosmetics before and this time it only took 10 days to get to me (it arrived the day before my birthday – yay). Even though BH cosmetics is an American site and its all in USD there are always massive sales on, I’ve never paid full price for anything that I’ve purchased from there. Get the palette here!

If you don’t know who Carli Babel is, she is an American YouTube beauty, lifestyle, fashion and fitness guru. Her videos are really well done and she’s really easy to watch.

The Palette

The packaging looks gorgeous. Its high quality cardboard that feels firm and sturdy. It has an almost quilted design on the front and back of the palette (you’ll see in the photos) with silver metallic writing. The white and silver make it look very chic. On the inside there is a decent sized mirror, however it isn’t free standing so it will need to be held or propped up with something. There is a quote on the inside which reads ‘Aspire to Inspire’ I think that is a really nice message. Because the palette is cardboard it isn’t as bulky or heavy as others which makes ideal for travel and don’t worry about it flying open, it has a magnetic closure so your shadows are safe!

Each of the four highlight shades has a floral imprint which I’m not sure how I feel about it, yes it looks nice, but it doesn’t tie into anything else in the palette. There are floral designs on the inside of the palette boarder but they’re not the same, and the eyeshadows don’t have anything stamped into them it just looks a little out of place, but thats just how I see it. Other people might not see it the way I do.

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The palette is an eyeshadow and highlight palette. 10 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters that accommodate a variety of skin tones. There is an even mix of shimmer and matte shades in the palette 5 matte and 5 shimmer but of the shimmer shades 4 of them are almost identical to the highlighters which kind of bothers me. I feel like there could have been four different eyeshadow shades and if I wanted the shade of the highlight I could use that as eyeshadow anyway? Because the palette is aimed towards all skin tones the darkest highlight is never going to be used by me as a highlight shade, it’s just a large eyeshadow in my opinion (and I’m sure the lighter highlight shades are great eyeshadow options for those with a deeper skin tone to mine) but there is a full sized eyeshadow and highlight that is basically the same colour. That is one of the only downsides I can see to this palette.

The shadows don’t have a lot of fall out and the highlighters are some next level glow going on, on your face. The matte shadows can be a little chalky but its nothing that can’t be worked with. The shimmer shades are creamy/buttery and very pigmented!

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This is a look I did for my birthday brunch using just this palette.

Swatches:

Top Row.

top row
L-R: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5
  1. Matte cream coloured highlight doesn’t show up on my arm but looks great on the eyes.
  2. Champagne shimmer. One of my favourites.
  3. Matte cool toned light brown. Good transition colour.
  4. Matte muted plum – a mix between 3 & 5
  5. Matte plum colour. Can’t wait for Autumn with this colour!

 

Bottom Row

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L-R: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5
  1. Champagne gold shimmer.
  2. Ture gold shimmer.
  3. Rust brown with copper reflect shimmer.
  4. Copper shimmer.
  5. Matte dark brown/olive green mix

 

Highlighters:

HL
L-R H1, H2, H3, H4
  1. Pinky toned highlight – fair
  2. Champagne toned highlight – fair to medium
  3. Honey Gold toned highlight – medium to dark
  4. Copper Gold toned highlight – dark

 

Comparison: Here are some swatches of the highlight shades with the eyeshadows shades that look almost identical.

comparison

Looking at the swatches in a grid pattern the top row has two groups and the bottom row has two groups.

Top row group one: H1 and T1 – Group two: H2 and B1

Bottom row group one: H3 and B2 – Group two H4- B4

As you can see the shades are pretty similar. For anyone wondering I use a mix of the first and second highlight for my face.

You can still get the palette on bh cosmetics.com but I’m not sure if it will be around forever so if you’re after it, get in quick!

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2 for 1 eye look!

I’m pretty sure we all have what we call our ‘go to’ make up look. Something simple but striking that we know we can 100% ace when we’re in a rush and need a little pretty pick-me-up or when we over indulged on our beauty sleep and need to get ready in 10 actual minutes.

My go to look is a simple gold/brown smokey eye. It can be toned up or down depending on the occasion. I used my Stila eyes are the window – Soul palette.

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The eye look as I said is so simple. Follow the pictorial above to get the look! So many palettes come with shades like this, I reach for my Stila palette, Naked palette and also the Chi Chi Nudes palette.

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For the first look I used a nude lip colour. This is one if the Maybelline color drama lip pencils in the shade ‘Nude Perfection’ I think the nude colour gives the look a “sweet and innocent” vibe, especially in contrast to the purple. It is quite a peachy nude, I would like to maybe use a cooler toned grey nude (or even just a grey) to match the outer corner eyelid shade.
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For the ‘second’ look, I added some lashes and changed out the lip colour for this bright bold purple! Its one of the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lips in the shade ‘I’m Royalty’ I LOVE this shade (I love purple lipstick) and I think it works really well with this look. Not to mention going great with brown eyes. I felt more like myself with the purple lip. I felt more confident and it shows when you see the two ‘looks’ compared with one another in the next photoset. I look happier and more confident.

I also showed a photo with my glasses on, to prove that A) The eye look can be for anything, work, uni, looking good with glasses and B) If you’re a wearer of glasses, use them to enhance your face and your makeup! I’ll be doing a few ‘Makeup for glasses wearers’ posts in the future!

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As I said above, you can tell that I feel more confident (werk it) with the bold lip. But that just proves (to me) that one should embrace their makeup, and use it to enhance themselves not to use it as a mask.

Its amazing what a pair of lashes and a different lip colour can do! It also goes to show that when you’ve got confidence it really shines through, and that is what I think is most important!  I love purple lipstick, especially with brown eyes, it gives me a cadbury chocolate vibe that I don’t even hate!

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Matte Battle

I am a huge fan of matte finish lip products and when I noticed a heap of them on the market lately, I’m not gonna lie, I think my bank account died a little inside.

There are 3 brands that I’ve had my eye on for a while:

Bourjois: I’ve been a fan of their products and their liquid eyeliner is my all time favourite.

Australis: I’ve used their products a lot, and I like them, I’m becoming even more of a fan of their lip products, but I’ve never tried anything from this range before.

Savvy: I’ve never used anything from this brand before, but with a price tag of under $10, I’m not gonna say no.

I have 3 products from each line and have worn at least one from each line for a full day plus I’ve swatched all products. Lets get into it!


Bourjois:

 Rouge Edition Velvet

 Right off the bat, I have to say that the packaging is really nice, its simple elegant and like all things French, its a little bit chic. However, one thing I will say, is the safety seal that each product is individually wrapped in was an absolute disaster to remove. Resulting in flakey plastic stuck to the packaging making it a bit of an eye sore. I know its not that big of a deal. But its something I noticed and thought you all should know. Prepare for battle when opening these badboys.

The colours (Left to Right) Grand Cru, Olé Flamingo and Pink Pong

The sales pitch:

 “Its soft, melting texture glides on to the lips and turns into a matt, velvety and incredibly light colour. Lips are left smooth and soft as velvet.

Enriched with evanescent oils, it’s incredibly sensuous formula provides a soft, second-skin feel, without drying or fading lips.”

Texture/Consistency: Its true, they are incredibly soft and it does just glide right on. Lips do feel smooth without feeling ‘gloopy’. Also true that your lips don’t feel dry. This is a big win in my book.

Colour/Pigment: I was so happy with 2 out of 3 of the purchases. The colours are strong and vibrant (the photos don’t do them justice) But the colour ‘Grand Cru’ just doesn’t cut it. I don’t know what went wrong with this one but it is an epic disappointment.

Smell: No aroma. Smells like your average lip product.

Application: Easy. Like I said before, product just glides on, the applicator makes thing simple and mess free.

Wear and Tear: When I wore it, It lasted the whole day, I don’t think I touched up and I’m sure I went out for lunch whilst wearing it. It honestly feels like you’re not wearing anything, which is good and bad I think. I like knowing something is on my face before I accidentally wipe my mouth. But other than that. It is a great product.

Price: This is one of the only downsides, of the products on review today this one is the priciest by far, the only reason I bout the three (let alone one) is because they are currently on sale. I got them for $10 each instead of the usual price of $25. Honestly they are good, but there are a lot more products out there that do the same thing or better for the same price or cheaper. Just keep that in mind. But if you see them on sale, snag them up! But keep in mind Grand Cru is a bit disappointing.

Swatches:


Australis:

 Velourlips Matte Lip Cream

I love a lot of Australis’ lip products and I was quite excited to give these a try.

Again with packaging, these have really cute packaging (and you don’t have to deal with a demonic safety seal, this one is simple to remove).

This range of lip product has cute names that are ‘City’ themed. When I see something like that its almost an instant purchase for me. Then I have to reason with myself, but I’m glad I purchased this.  

Left to Right the colours are: Ny-cee, Tok-i-o and Ma-li-boo

The sales pitch: 

“Highly pigmented lips are the look of the moment, and this lip cream takes it to the next level with its beautiful matte finish! The creamy long-wear formula glides on easily with its doe foot applicator, finishing to a velvety matte look with intense, full coverage colour payoff. Perfect for when you want lasting, matte colour that moves with your lips without flaking.”

Texture/Consistency: Quite a lot thicker than the Bourjois ones, but its not that bad. I didn’t find them as moisturising, but thats not saying they were like sandpaper to put on. They are a nice smooth consistency. But we wary, this product does ‘dry’ quite quick, so any mistakes better be removed quickly. They do feel a bit dry throughout the day, but nothing that is too uncomfortable or a moisturising clear lipgloss or balm cant fix.

Colour/Pigment: Amazing colour and pigment. They’re more vibrant in person, the photos (again) just don’t seem to cut it.

Smell: I’m not sure if it is meant to be this way, or not, but they have a kind of Cherry smell to them. I find it quite pleasant.

Application: Super easy, glide on smoothly. They do dry quick.

Wear and Tear: This product is a solid decision if you don’t intent on changing lippy throughout the say. If you go with one of these, you’ve made a commitment. They stayed on the whole day, I was eating, drinking, talking and it stayed true to the sales pitch and “moved with my lips without flaking”.

Price: These beauties are $9.99! And the pros outweigh the cons by a landslide. If the other colours in the range suited my skin tone I would buy them. (I might just do it anyway to complete the set)

Swatches

 Savvy:

Ultra Matte Lip Colour

Last but not least, we have Savvy. A brand I’ve never used but since buying these I’ve bought more of their products!. 

  Packaging! I love the frosted glass packaging for this product. Its similar to the Australis packaging, but the frosted glass makes it (in my opinion) stand out from other lip products in the same shape.

The theme for the names for these products seem to be ‘Hollywood’ themed the colours here (Left to Right) are: Miss Monroe (personal favourite), Icon, Rodeo Drive

 

Texture/Consistency: Similar to the Australis products, however these ones are a bit more dryer and will flake (it takes the whole day with no touch ups to get to that stage though)

Colour/Pigment: I’m in love with ‘Miss Monroe’. This colour is what the Bourjois’ ‘Grand Cru’ should have been. The other two colours are fully pigmented and give great coverage.

Smell: Not really any smell.

Application: Just like the others, quite easy. This also dry’s quickly, it isn’t moisturising like Bourjois is, and it does feel quite dry and a little bit sticky during the day, but thats only if you press your lips together quite hard, so don’t do that and you should be fine.

Wear and Tear: Just like Australis this is a commitment. But maybe up a level. Its almost an ordeal to get this off if you’ve made a mistake, so make sure you know what you’re doing. This product will stay all day and night with minimal attention required.

Price: I’m fairly sure this product was $7.99, and that is a bargain. For that price, I can say who cares about a slightly dry feeling when the pay off of colour is so great.

Swatches

Overall:

I would recommend all products to anyone who was interested but keep in mind, Bourjois is pricier and ‘Grand Cru’ is a let down (unless you really put the effort into application). But for the price, you get moisture. Australis is pleasant and with the odd cherry smell its just the ‘cherry on top’ (BAD PUN) It is cheaper than Bourjois, and is a little drying, but doesn’t flake. The colours are all great too.

The Savvy products I would also recommend. They are more drying than the other two and do tend to flake, but it took me a whole day of wear and tear for it to start flaking so I think for $8. you’re getting your moneys worth. Also, Miss Monroe is a gorgeous vintage deep red colour true to the name and is what Grand Cru should have been.

A WORD OF ADVICE: For the more drying lip products, put a moisturising lip balm on before application and throughout the day if needed. It does so much difference. 

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