After having purged so much makeup and seeing Nat start the purging process for herself, I asked myself a question. Of all my makeup, what do I have that I really enjoy? One item that came to mind was my Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics. It was $12 USD (+shipping). At the time I picked up a lipstick and a blush plus I received a discount off my shipping and a free mini eyeshadow palette. I think I payed around $36 CDN all included. Over all I was really satisfied with my order. I started to wonder if there is more available at BH Cosmetics that I would like and feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of. So I placed another order to see.
When I priced out the lipsticks on BH’s website I didn’t feel they had anything particularly unique and the prices were on par or slightly more expensive than drugstore lipsticks I like and can find easily here in Canada. I decided not to bother with lip products. I did enjoy the blush I purchased with the Carli palette so I thought I’d repurchase a blush, grab another youtuber collab and try a palette that is entirely BH’s creation. Here’s what I got:
After conversion from USD to CDN and shipping I paid about $43 CDN. I was a bit surprised when I saw the conversion because last time it was a lot better. I foolishly forgot that the Canadian Dollar was a lot stronger earlier in the year than it currently is so next time I will pay closer attention! Still, $43 for 3 eyeshadow palettes and a blush isn’t bad at all.
The BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette
I’m going to start off with my least favourite item. The BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette. This is a nicely put together eyeshadow palette and what looks to me as BH’s attempt at slightly elevating their product. Instead of flimsy plastic like the big palettes they have, or cardboard that is used on most other specialty palettes, they went with a more luxe feeling hard plastic case and mirror.
I’ve seen way more expensive palettes have crappy packaging so bonus points to BH for making an affordable product in great packaging!
Of course at the end of the day it’s all about the shadows and this particular palette falls apart when I try to use it. By that I mean I have to work, like REALLY WORK! To blend these shadows and build up pigment. It’s a shame because it has such a gorgeous colour selection.
The BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette was a bit of a fail for me. I’m not even sure I will bother keeping it 😦
The Shaaanxo Palette
Shaaanxo is a Beauty Guru/Youtuber who collabed with BH to produce this palette. It’s a double sided palette, one side has 9 eyeshadows and the other contains 9 lipsticks. Each side has a mirror. The fact that it’s double sided prevents the powder products from getting in to the cream products – what a well thought out design!
When I bought it I wasn’t sold on the idea of a lip palette. I’d also never tried one so I figured it’d be fun to try something out of the box for me. I could see myself using the lipsticks when I’m around the house and have guests or something like that. Now that I’ve received it and have been using it for a few months I can say that yes, I would apply the lipsticks when I’m at home but that doesn’t make the format of a lip palette worth it to me. It’s just not my thing. The lipsticks included are all nice and creamy, totally wearable. If you like lip palettes then you might enjoy it!
As for the eyeshadows… I couldn’t help but notice a similarity between the Shaaanxo and the BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette.
The BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette included 3 more shadows but it had similar feel as the Shaaanxo Palette. I was a little worried I’d bought 2 palettes that would produce virtually the same looks! Luckily for me the Shaaanxo Palette is much better in terms of quality than the BH Cosmetics Marble Collection Warm Stone Palette. I really like it and can see myself getting a lot of use out of it. It reminds me of the Lorac Unzipped, it’s stiff but somehow blends itself on the lid. The palette is well curated, you basically can’t make a bad combination with it! My overall impression is that this palette is what I would hope to get for the drugstore price. Nice shadows, they all are good and usable, but there are a few problems to overcome – no show stoppers. I’m thinking I might do a deeper review later if people are interested.
What we have here is another super inexpensive but great quality blush. These make great add-ons to your BH orders. I noticed that BH turns over their blushes quite a bit. The colour selection tends to be limited as well. I think there were only 4 shades to choose from. It also had an over spray that quickly went away revealing a satin blush. I really like the blush and plan to use this one and my other BH blush for my next project pan in the New Year.
The Foil Mini Palette
This was my free gift. I’ve since swatched the shadows but not used them. They swatch nicely, I think I will hang on to it for a while since it’s so tiny and easy to store. I like the aqua shade and would like to think that one day, when I’m feeling brave, I will use it as a pop of colour for a look. One thing I want to mention is that BH has a full sized foil palette that they sell which people are debating if it’s a Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows dupe. If BH’s foiled shadows are the same formula as this mini one then no. I don’t think it’s a dupe. It’s just not as pigmented as MUG. It does have the potential of being a more affordable alternative to the MUG foiled shadows or something like the Vice Palettes for those seeking a colourful palette but not wanting to shell out lots of money for it.
Final Thoughts on Ordering from BH
I went in to this haul wondering if BH Cosmetics had more to offer than just the Carli Bybel Palette? And yes. I think they have a lot of great products. The challenge is that their palette’s quality seems to vary from product to product. So check out reviews (if you can find any… I had a hard time finding decent reviews of some of their products) before you buy. When I think of BH I put them in the same category as ELF – they’re so inexpensive that’s sometimes it’s worth taking the gamble because they do have hidden gems. I would totally order again but I’m going to wait until their product turns over again and I find a few things that I want.
It’s also worth noting that BH Cosmetics is 100% cruelty free! So bonus 🙂