I received the BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Color Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette through a giveaway from MyStyleInsideOut:
I’ve been wearing this and playing around with different combinations for about a month now. Here are my thoughts.
I’m going to admit this right off the bat: I’ve never heard of Carli Bybel until I saw this palette on MyStyleInsideOut’s blog. 😳
This is Carli Bybel. She reminds me of a mix between Megan Fox and Kylie Jenner. 🙂
This is what BH Cosmetics says about this palette:
Beauty expert and YouTube sensation Carli Bybel designed this versatile 14 Color Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette to dial up the drama and add excitement to your look. Carli’s taste for chic refinement and modern elegance inspired her to select a collection of earthy neutrals and plummy brown shadows with four face highlighters that complement every skin tone. The mix of mattes and shimmers makes it easy to go from amped-up evening intensity to toned-down daytime options.
Earthy neutrals! Plummy browns! Just my cup of tea. The palette contains 10 eye shadows along the top 2 rows, and 4 highlights along the bottom. The highlighters are embossed with a flower design – it’s a nice touch! There are no names for any of shades but I’m not going to fault it for that. I’ll just number them 1-14:
Right off the bat I see that there’s a good ratio of shimmers to mattes. The top row contains 4 mattes and 1 shimmer, and the middle row contains 4 shimmers and 1 semi-matte. Here are the swatches:
#1 ivory (matte)
#2 rose (shimmer)
#3 pinky tan (matte)
#4 light plum (matte)
#5 plum (matte)
The top row is pink / plum toned. The most pigmented shade was #1 ivory shade – very buttery but kicked up a bit of dust.
#6 pink / gold (duochrome)
#7 gold (shimmer)
#8 bronze (metallic)
#9 burnt orange (metallic)
#10 chestnut (semi-matte)
The second row is quite bronze and warm toned. #8 and #9 had fantastic colour pay-off. I call #10 a semi-matte because it does contain sparse shimmer particles in the pan that do not show up on the skin.
My favourite eye shadow shades are #6, #8, and #10. The mattes have a drier texture compared to the shimmers – the best of the mattes were #1 and #10. A typically eye look for me is using the following shades: #8 (all over lid), #3 (transition), #10 (crease), #1 (brow highlight).
#11 icy pink (satin)
#12 champagne (shimmer)
#13 light bronze (metallic)
#14 bronze (metallic)
All of the highlights are quite shiny on the skin, and #13 and #14 for me are more like bronzey blushers. They’re really pretty as blushers, actually. My favourite highlighter is #12 – it’s not as metallic and creates a soft glow on the skin without looking too harsh.
The wear time on the eye shadows are decent – I get around 8 hours before I experience fading. I’d say that these are the types of powders that swatch better than they look on the lids. The highlighters, however, are fantastic. They last well on the skin and do not fade all day. While this palette does contain all the colours to do a complete eye look, I find some of the colours end up looking nearly the same as each other when applied on the eyelids (especially #2 and #6 and #7). And #14 (highlighter) is very similar to #9 (eye shadow). I would have liked to have seen a shimmery chocolate brown shade to replace one of them.
Initially I thought the palette was missing a shimmery eye shadow highlight and then I realized, duh! It has the highlighting powders along the bottom (namely #11 and #12) that could perform the same function. So it makes sense that they included a matte eye shadow highlight shade instead. 😛
The packaging is made of cardboard – a little less sturdy compared to the Tartelette Tease palette but sturdy enough that I would travel with it. And it contains a good quality full size mirror inside. I like that BH Cosmetics provided a clear film to protect the powders.
The palette contains a whopping 47.6g of product – this is the combined total of the 14 powders but there’s no information given about individual pan size – and is made in China.
• Neutrals colours
• Can create complete eye looks
• Highlighters to cater to variety of skin tones
• Long wearing formula
• Compact packaging including a mirror
• Mattes not as smooth or pigmented as the shimmers
• Some shades are similar to each other when applied
Stash worthiness: 8/10
For me, the eye shadows themselves rate a 7/10 but the highlighters are 9/10 so it averages out to an overall 8. Thank you MyStyleInsideOut for this! 😀 It was my first BH Cosmetics item and first impressions were good.
Last week I talked about Back o School stationery products, and I think this palette is a great option as a Back to School all-in-one palette. It’s easy to use, versatile, and good quality. Best of all, it’s very reasonably priced. It normally retails for $20 but it’s currently on sale for $14.50.
Have you tried BH Cosmetics before? What’s your go-to neutral palette?