Space is a beautiful inspiration for makeup, and the new Galaxy Chic palette by BH Cosmetics features 18 stunning baked eye shadow shades mimicking the vibrant and swirling colors found throughout the cosmos. Space-themed things are always fun, and when I saw that this palette only cost $14, I ordered it immediately. Galaxy Chic contains a full range of delightful colors, from brilliant hues to smoky neutrals. And the quality is nice, too! The shadows have a luminous sheen, and a few of them include a delicate dose of glitter. I’ve been playing around with these shadows for a few days now and I have 3 looks to share with you.
A brief overview:
To start with, let’s look at the palette itself. It’s thin and lightweight with a magnetic closure. There’s a mirror in there, and the 18 shadow pans are recessed into the bottom of the palette. I love that it’s easy to store and I feel like the shadows are sufficiently protected.
In order to create a complete eye look with these shadows, I feel like I just need to supplement a lighter highlight color (I usually use a matte cream shade like Too Faced’s In the Buff) and a deep brown or black color for some extra contouring. I have no issue with supplementing these lightest lights and darkest darks for a look, as most palettes come with these basics and I have more than enough to choose from.
I’ve noticed that if I apply the non-glitter shadows, I basically experience no fallout whatsoever during application, but I will see some glitter fallout for the shades that do include it. Whenever I’m facing the risk of glitter fallout, I always like to apply my eye shadows before any other face makeup, and that’s been my strategy here. As much as enjoy a little sparkle, I actually would have preferred they left it out of this palette because the glitter seems to mostly fall down during application and very little of it remains on my eyes.
In general, I’m extremely happy with the quality of the shadows, so the glitter issue is basically my one complaint. Sometimes marbled shadows can result in muddy colors, but these are all really very pretty shades when applied and it’s easy to coordinate a few of them at a time into a variety of looks. Not bad for $14!
I’ll show you 3 looks I’ve worn over the past few days using Galaxy Chic. Two of them are daytime-friendly (and I did indeed wear them during the day to the office and outings with friends), and the third is a little more dramatic.
Look number one:
This one is really simple. I applied Moon (a grayish color with a purple sheen) all over my lid and into my crease, and then I patted Uranus (a bright light blue) over the middle of my lid to add a little extra pop and cool-toned shimmer. I lightly pulled Moon down to the outer edge of my lower lash line, and added Too Faced In the Buff (a matte cream shade) to my brow bone. I finished with some Maybelline gel liner and Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara (review here) to my upper lashes as well as Jane Iredale Longest Lash mascara (review here) to my lower lashes.
I’m also wearing: a blend of Sephora Collection 10 Hour Wear Perfection and Revlon Colorstay foundations, Nyx powder blush in Pinched, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, and Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Berry Soft.
There are lots of simple 1 and 2-shadow looks to be found in Galaxy Chic, and I love that. It really makes the palette a versatile option for everyday wear. It’s helpful to have nearly an entire row of more subdued tones for the days you want something pretty but don’t feel like going all out with then colors.
Look number two:
Here, I wanted to take advantage of all of the warm, sunny colors in the palette. I started with Saturn (a light yellow) on my lid, especially on the inner 2/3, and then added Sun (a golden shade, deeper than Saturn) and a little bit of Venus (that bold orange) onto the outer 1/3. Mars (a bronze brown) and Aphrodite (a rich reddish tone) are blended into the crease and outer corner. Mars is pulled into the outer lower lash line, while Saturn and Sun brighten the inner lower lash line. I used Too Faced In the Buff again on the brow bone, and finished with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Corrupt (a dark neutral brown) and Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara (review here) on my upper lashes as well as Jane Iredale Longest Lash mascara (review here) on my lower lashes.
I’m also wearing: a blend of Sephora Collection 10 Hour Wear Perfection and Revlon Colorstay foundations, Clarins Graphic Expressions Face & Blush Powder, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, and Revlon Super Lustrous lip gloss in Pango Peach (over my naturally red-toned lips).
Yellow is my favorite color, but it definitely can be difficult to find flattering shades of it to actually wear. However, Saturn and Sun are really lovely colors that add a real nice light to the eyes. They’re not super intense, and I think Saturn is especially beautiful for helping eyes look awake and friendly when added to the inner areas of the lid and lower lash line.
Look number three:
This look is a little more vibrant. I started with Cosmic (a very light lavender) on my lid, and added Milky Way (a violet, a little deeper than Cosmic) to the outer 1/3. Aphrodite (a deep reddish tone) and Eclipse (a medium purplish gray) are blended into the crease and outer corner. Neptune (a rich blue) is smudged onto the upper lash line, especially on the outer 1/2 or so, and blended upwards into the outer corner. A light-to-dark gradient of Cosmic, Milky Way, and Eclipse is applied to the lower lash line. I added a thin swipe of ELF liquid eyeliner (from my Disney Villains look book) as well as Sephora Collection Atomic Volume mascara (review here) to my upper lashes and Jane Iredale Longest Lash mascara (review here) to my lower lashes.
I’m also wearing: Dreamworld Hermetica foundation in Rhea II C, Dreamworld Hermetica Moon Glo finishing powder, Dreamworld Hermetica blush in Morianna (coming soon to their website), and Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie.
Clearly, this palette can offer a lot of drama if you’re in the mood. I still wore this look during the day, but the combination of the violet Milky Way and the rich blue Neptune add vibrancy and depth. These shades have the ability to create a bit of a jewel-toned combination, which is popular kind of look during the fall.
The Bottom Line:
I’m loving this palette as well as the price (even though I had to pay for shipping). I think the shadows coordinate really well and lend themselves to both simple one or two-shadow looks as well as more elaborate combinations, and it includes an impressively wide range of hues. The pigmentation is great and there isn’t a dud in the bunch, so I think it’s well worth a look if it’s catching your eye. I’d love to hear if you’ll be picking it up, and please share what looks you create with it!