BH Cosmetics California palettes

Friday, March 01, 2013

The latest palettes from BH Cosmetics come from the CALIFORNIA collection which include Hollywood, Malibu and San Francisco. Each palette while similar in shape and amount of items in it are very different from each other but can be paired together to create countless gorgeous looks.

BH San Francisco Eyeshadow & Blush Palette

"The San Francisco palette was inspired by the classic California city and style of San Francisco! This new magnetic paper palette brings together a beautiful mix of coppery golds and skyline blues reminiscent of the bridges and bay breeze. With 16 eyeshadows and 4 blushes, the San Francisco palette will transform you into a sophisticated bay-area girl, every time."

BH Malibu Eyeshadow & Blush Palette

"Be a beach babe year-round with BH Cosmetic’s Malibu makeup palette. Get that sun-kissed glow with these 16 warm and cool-toned eyeshadows and 4 blushes, inspired by the hot summers on the Malibu coast. Select from deep blue and aqua to sandy browns and sunset oranges. Plus this magnetic palette comes with a foldable mirror making it perfect for when you are on the go!"

BH Hollywood Eyeshadow & Blush Palette

"Have you always wanted to look like an A-list celebrity? BH's Hollywood palette has you covered with red-carpet reds to limelight greens that are sure to take your look from ordinary to extraordinary! This makeup palette includes 16 eyeshadows and 4 blushes and comes in a compact magnetic paper palette. Now you can create celebrity looks at home or on-the-go!"

I have been kicking myself since IMATS for not picking up the remaining two BH Cosmetics California palettes because these were selling at IMATS for only $5 each. Well today they finally launched on BH Cosmetics website but are selling for $10 each, still not a bad price for these shadow palettes.

I really like the shimmer blue and shimmer purple from the HOLLYWOOD palette and have used the matte black. The matte black in it tends to gray out as it fades over the course of a day so use a black NYX Jumbo Pencil or black cream shadow first then set with the matte black. I'm not super crazy about the the hot pink or the salmon shadows because those are two colors that I normally would not wear on myself on a daily basis HOWEVER the colors are fantastic for creating fantasy looks.

Swatched over Urban Decay Cosmetics Primer Potion
Indoor lights - no flash

My favorite shadows in the HOLLYWOOD palette are the two purples and two dark blues. I even have to say I like the greens in it but like the shimmer green more than the matte green. I've worn several of the colors from this palette and found that if I use a matching eyeliner or jumbo pencil as a base then set with the corresponding colors that it really intensifies the look. If you're timid about using these shadows as shadows you can do what I do - use the colors as an eyeliner instead. Overall, I'm pleased with the colors in the BH Hollywood palette and absolutely wish the shimmer blue and purple were available as 1 inch pans to purchase alone since I really love those two colors the most.

As for the blushes, yesterday I wore the three blushes - the two on the left and top right - as a highlighter (light lavender-pink blush on bottom left), blush (top right) and contour (top left color). I found these colors to be very pigmented and the colors lasted all day long with little fading. I would recommend if you use these blushes to use a light hand because you can quickly go too dark with these blushes.

Would I buy the other palettes? Yes but not until these are below the $10 price point. While $10 is not that expensive BH Cosmetics has other palettes like their 88 palettes on sale for $11 and sometimes even $9 which makes these palettes a bit expensive comparatively.

Would I suggest these palettes to someone who wants to try BH Cosmetics without buying a larger palette? I think if you don't want an 88 palette or the 120 palette but want a wider range of colors than six full size (1 inch pans) then yes you should consider getting one or all three of these palettes. If you're more shy or timid about bold colors then Malibu or San Francisco palettes are better suited as those don't contain as many bold or bright colors. I think the San Francisco would be best suited for someone not wanting a bunch of bold colors while Malibu would be for someone wanting the best of both worlds as it has some bold colors and some demure colors. All three palettes work alone of you can mix and match colors from the other two palettes to create endless looks.

I wish the price point was a little lower than $10 right now but that's 45% off their retail price of $17.95. I think the main retail price is on the expensive side especially if you compare it to other BH Cosmetics palettes. Overall the colors in BH Hollywood are great, I can't tell you how pigmented the colors in the other two palettes are since I don't own those but if the colors are anything like the colors in the 120 palettes (I own all five) then the quality is pretty good.

(Edit to add swatches.)

Disclaimer: BH Cosmetics HOLLYWOOD palette was provided to me by BH Cosmetics at IMATS for personal use and reviewing purposes. Opinions my own and no further compensation given.


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