I kid you not, I hardly remember making this purchase. All I know is that one cold day in December I woke with an emotional hangover to find a series of purchase confirmations in my email. I guess I was lonely and decided that I needed more makeup… I immediately had buyer remorse because I’m not really a huge Carly Bybel fan and I had little interest in the palette. I searched Youtube and found that everyone LOVED it. They RAVED about it. I had to dig really deep to find bad reviews on it. Seeing the positive reviews perked up my spirits a little but my expectations still weren’t high. Carly is a high profile Beauty Guru and I didn’t think many aspiring youtubers would say anything bad about her. Cynical? Damn right I am.
In a surprisingly short period of time (about a week) my package arrived. Here’s what I got:
In some sort of pregnant emotional hysteria I purchased the BH Cosmetics Floral Blush Duo in Lilac ($4USD), the Missy Lynn Color Lock Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Cloud 9 ($6.50USD) (another youtuber collab I’m guessing??), and of course the Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette ($12.50USD). I also received a free travel makeup palette. I forgot to take a pick of it… I was charged $6 USD for shipping. My total was $29 USD and at the time of purchase it was around $37 CDN for the entire thing. For what I got, I think the pricing and conversion was good. L’Oreal Palettes are $29 so I’m way ahead of drugstore prices, I guess.
With a heavy heart and a bit of a negative attitude I dove in to the products and was quite taken aback. I have a sample BH Cosmetics eyeshadow that I got a while ago in an Ipsy box and it was surprisingly pigmented. I should have remembered that because everything I picked up had great pigmentation – even the free travel palette quad.
Floral Blush Duo in Lilac ($4USD)
I really like this blush. It’s light and airy. It brightens my cheeks. The blush is dominantly matte and the other side of the duo is a highlighter. That highlighter means business too! It’s pretty nice but to be honest, I didn’t play with it too much since the Carli Bybel Palette features 4 highlighters.
Missy Lynn Color Lock Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Cloud 9 ($6.50USD)
I hate this lipstick. Yup. I hate it. I put it on and immediately took it off. The colour looks terrible on me. It turns grey and makes me look dead. The texture seemed ok but for $6.50 USD I’m sure you could find better here in Canada for less.
Now. On to the Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette ($12.50USD)!!
I have a lot to say about this palette. Right up front… I freakin’ love it! Seriously!! I did not see this coming! I had always wanted to do a BH Cosmetics order for the blog (as well as ELF, Sleek, ColourPop and things like that) but I had a hard time finding things I’m interested in from them. I do love their brushes… anyway I’m rambling. Let’s dig in to this palette!
This palette comes in a cardboard case with a large mirror. The packaging is nothing to write home about. Carly says on her channel that she designed it and is very proud of it. Good for her but it’s visually not to my taste. The mirror is serviceable and the packaging is light. Included are 10 shadows and 4 highlighters (below, eye shadow top row, eye shadow second row and then the highlighters).
I find the pigmentation to be above and beyond what I would expect for a palette in this price range. There is not a single dud. Not one. Not even the mattes! On the eye they perform amazingly and are so easy to blend. Will they stand up to a Urban Decay or Makeup Geek shadow? Not likely. But the entire palette is only $2.50 USD more than the cost of 1 Makeup Geek Foiled Shadow and I won’t even bother comparing the price to Urban Decay. All that being said… you know what brand’s ass they kick that is also found at Sephora?? Tarte!
I couldn’t help but notice that the Carli Bybel Palette was similar in motif to a much loved but hardly used Tarte palette that I own called “Sultry Sunset.” I love the combo of purple and gold and fell in love with the shade selection in the Sultry Sunset palette but I found that the shadows were stiff and chalky. Well Carly’s palette is similar, has more shades, and is way better (below Tarte’s shadows followed by Carly’s)!
As you can see above. The Carli Bybel palette is much richer in pigmentation than the Tarte one. It’s also far more workable and easier to use on the eyes than Tarte’s.
A side by side comparison of the palettes so you can see what I’m talking about!
The other thing that I really enjoy about the Carli Bybel palette is how usable it is. When she promotes her palette she says that she was looking to create a palette of versatile shades that would work for all skin tones and take you from day to night. I think she totally achieved that! I have warn this so many times since I bought it! To work and out at night 🙂 There isn’t a shade in her that is super unique but I like how you get this very flexible collection in one sleek palette. She did a fantastic job on the eye shadows all together.
Now. What about them highlighters??? The answer is that they are insane. They are crazy intense. So much so that many people who are fair skinned complain that 2 out of the 4 won’t work for them at all!
It’s true, I only reach for the first 2 shades for a highlight. However you can use the other 2 as shadows or you can very carefully layer them over blush! I have been experimenting with using the bronzier highlights with a wispy fan brush and layering them over top of a matte blush to see if I can change the colour or create a golden blush effect. It totally works and this means I get to have lots of fun creating new pairs 🙂
Now to wrap it all up… I will mention the 1 major con with the Carli Bybel Palette. It smells like plastic. It stinks. I’ve owned it for well over a month and it still stinks. You have to bring it close to your face to smell it. I don’t notice the odor off my brushes when working with the product inside the palette but if I use the mirror I can catch a whiff 😦 Also the 1st highlighter broke on me. I fixed it but I thought I should mention it. The highlighters are insanely buttery and fragile. For that reason I’d worry about traveling with it.
Despite the flaws that I mentioned I still regularly reach for this palette. I’m so pleased with it. Even $20 CDN is worth it for this palette. I once bought the Maybelline Nudes Palette for $9.99 and found it unusable so I’d happily pay $20 for this one! I love the shade selection and I love the quality of the product.
Would I order from BH Cosmetics again? Sure. Absolutely!