*Update* this palette is now discontinued but the new version is AMAZING and very similar, but with more shades! You can see that here!
If you’re a Carli Bybel fan, you’ve likely heard that she launched a palette collaboration with BH Cosmetics. This palette has been launched at the beginning of September 2015, and has been absolutely raved about.
Launch date: September 8th, 2015
Availability: limited edition, can be purchased online here.
Price: BH claims the original price was $20, but I’ve only ever seen it listed for $12.50
It features 10 eyeshadow shades (6 shimmery, and 4 more satin/matte) and 4 highlight shades, for all skin tones.
This palette is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and allergy tested.
Admittedly, I wasn’t sure I wanted it at first. I do like Carli Bybel and have watched her videos for years, but I was skeptical about the quality of the shadows as I’ve heard many mixed reviews about BH Cosmetics. After talking to a coworker who purchased it and loved it, I decided to give it a try – after all, with such an affordable price like that, how could I say no?
It took a couple of weeks to arrive, but shipping was only a couple of dollars so I really can’t complain about that.
The first thing I noticed upon its arrival was that I didn’t love the packaging – it’s a somewhat thin, cardboard-like material that many palettes come with. It is lightweight, which would make it travel-friendly. But I do like the white colour and the design – I think it looks clean and chic.
All my skepticism vanished as soon as I swatched the first shade. I was immediately blown away at the texture – they are so smooth, creamy, and pigmented. Seriously. They go on like gorgeous, shimmery butter. The textures and pigmentation of the shadows are truly up there with high end brands like MAC and Urban Decay (to be perfectly honest, I think they’re even smoother and creamier!)
I do notice the shadows kick up a little bit of fallout when you’re dipping your finger or brush into them – that’s usually what happens with a such a creamy or pigmented/metallic texture. As with any eyeshadow, they definitely work best and last the longest when applied over top of a primer.
The matte shades are definitely more on the pinky/purple side, so while there aren’t a ton of neutral blending shades, I think it’s just such a gorgeous, girly palette. The shadows apply so well to the eyes, and are very easy to blend. As with any shimmery or metallic shadow I find they work best when applied with a flat brush, or with your finger tips.
The Highlight Shades:
As for the highlight shades, these totally blew me away. I was expecting a powder or chalky texture, but just like the shadows they are smooth, pigmented, and creamy. They give a stunning highlight to the cheekbones, and come in a great range of shades. I really love the fact that she including a highlight tone for every skin tone – not just a pearly pale shade for pale skin. So while fair skin may not work as well with the deeper bronze tones (and vice versa) the highlight shades work beautiful as eyeshadows too! All the colours can be used interchangeable – that’s why they call it a 14 colour eyeshadow palette!
Overall, I think this palette is phenomenal and absolutely worth every penny. If you’re a makeup lover, Carli Bybel fan, or you’re just looking for a good affordable palette to add to your collection, I think this is truly one of the best you can get for the price!