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I’m so excited to be doing reviews again, I totally missed doing this. This palette review is one of those that I fell behind on but even though BH Cosmetics no longer has this on their site, I find it’s still a good idea for me to review this palette so you can get a general idea of the quality of eyeshadow palettes they make.
I purchased this palette along with their Trendy in Tokyo palette which I reviewed last year. I practically played with both of these palettes around the same time and back to back at times. Trust me when I say, that even though these palettes are a little old at this point, their formula did improve compared to the palettes that came before these.
Packaging & Cost Breakdown
Just like Trendy in Tokyo, this is a cardboard palette that comes in a cardboard sleeve. The palette comes with a mirror, which is nice. The packaging is simple and the palette itself comes with varying shades inspired by tropical/island hues and each shade name is written underneath each pan.
This 16-pan palette comes with 6 shimmer and 9 matte shades, has a net weight of 16 grams (or 0.56 oz) and retailed for $16.00 USD when I bought it, but the price had increased to $17.00 USD when they had it on their website. Using those numbers, the cost per pan and cost per gram comes to $1.06 USD. It is worth mentioning this brand is cruelty-free.
Formula & Application
Firstly, the formula of this palette. The purple, pink and red mattes felt slightly more chalky compared to the neutral shades (Sand, Crepe, and Intoxicating). I think Villa falls somewhere in between all those, but even so, most of the shades feel really buttery smooth and that includes the shimmers. The shimmers are by far the most buttery, but that does not surprise me as they’ve always done really well with the shimmers. There is still some fallout when you dip into the pan, as expected, but these babies pack a punch. They’re very pigmented and are unsurprisingly great eyeshadows for the price these palettes went for.
BH Cosmetics is by no means a super popular brand but just like e.l.f. Cosmetics, they have come a long way in terms of perfecting and improving their eyeshadow formula (I’ve talked about this in my To The Rescue palette review). I for one, am super proud of them because I’ve bought their stuff for many years before makeup became so big, and back then, their eyeshadow formula was soo chalky. That’s not to say their stuff isn’t good, I still think their products are definitely worth your money if you don’t care for a bit of chalkiness and fallout. If I can make these shades work and look good, so can you, and this is also a really good palette for beginners who are dipping their toes into color.
Despite what I said, I literally have no complaints about this palette. I expected some chalky shades and fallout, but that does not bother me. Again, this brand has improved over the years and I’m glad that I still gravitate to them because their color palettes have been some of my absolutely favorite. Both this palette and Trendy in Tokyo gave me the push and inspiration I needed when I was in a rut, and I cannot even begin to tell you how creative I felt and how many ideas popped into my head when I finally received these in the mail.
Shade Breakdown & Swatches
Let’s take a closer look at these shades. You guys all know that swatches are not always a good interpretation of how well a palette performs, but in this case, I felt like the swatches really did show the potential these shades have and then some.
- Sand — warm soft matte beige
- Crepe — yellow/orange matte
- Exotic — yellow/gold shimmer
- Coastline — silver with gold flecks shimmer (partial duochrome)
- Marina — pale pink shimmer
- Cabana — plum matte
- Beach Club — warm pink shimmer
- Super Yacht — purple with lilac flecks shimmer
- Paradise — warm-toned gold shimmer
- Villa — peachy pink matte
- Pampelonne — bright azure blue matte
- Bay — navy matte
- Intoxicating — cool pastel yellow matte
- Night Life — berry matte
- Jet Set — red matte
- Sizzle — raspberry pink matte with subtle lilac flecks
Here are some of my favorite looks that I created with this palette. Feel free to look at my whole lookbook if you want to see more. Believe me when I tell you, that between Trendy in Tokyo and this, this one made me feel more inspired and creative and I thoroughly enjoyed creating every single look.
#1 Cosmic Dust
This is my favorite look using this palette!
Bay, Pampellonne, Night Life, Jet Set, Sizzle, Crepe, Villa, Intoxicating, Marina
#2 Sunset Over Water
Intoxicating, Crepe, Villa, Sizzle, Pampellonne, Exotic
#3 Blue-Berry Ombre
Bay, Pampellonne, Night Life, Sizzle, Coastline, Villa, Beach Club
That concludes this review. I’d love to know your thoughts on BH Cosmetics if you’ve ever heard of them before and/or purchased from them before. I would love to know what others think of this brand because not many feature them.
What do you think of this palette? Would you purchase?
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Disclosure: this review is a personal opinion and is honest. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. Product(s) was/were purchased by me, unless noted otherwise.