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 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.
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!
- Matte cream coloured highlight doesn’t show up on my arm but looks great on the eyes.
- Champagne shimmer. One of my favourites.
- Matte cool toned light brown. Good transition colour.
- Matte muted plum – a mix between 3 & 5
- Matte plum colour. Can’t wait for Autumn with this colour!
- Champagne gold shimmer.
- Ture gold shimmer.
- Rust brown with copper reflect shimmer.
- Copper shimmer.
- Matte dark brown/olive green mix
- Pinky toned highlight – fair
- Champagne toned highlight – fair to medium
- Honey Gold toned highlight – medium to dark
- Copper Gold toned highlight – dark
Comparison: Here are some swatches of the highlight shades with the eyeshadows shades that look almost identical.
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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