Last week I saw someone on YouTube mention BH Cosmetics, and I realized that I’d just about completely forgotten about the brand! As someone who prefers to buy affordable and cruelty-free makeup, there’s a lot to love about them, and the only reason I don’t buy more from them is probably the simple fact that I have to remember to check them out online. There were a few basics that I was in need of, so I went ahead and placed an order that afternoon.
I’ve actually only ordered from BH once before, I think. I own their Galaxy Chic baked eyeshadow palette and … I think that might be it? But it’s time for me to try some more stuff. I bought a combination of some basics as well as some pretty things.
Well, the moment I checked their website I realized that there was a specific product I’d heard about but, again, forgotten to order once it’d been released. That’s the Carli Bybel eyeshadow and highlight palette, which I remember her introducing on her YouTube channel in the fall prior to the release. I enjoy her and her channel quite a bit, and I remember thinking that the shades looked really pretty, plus it’s extremely affordable at $12.50.
Apparently I missed out on a pretty frenzied launch, so it’s nice that the palette is easy to purchase at this point. As someone who’s skipped out on purchasing palettes like the Lorac Unzipped, Lorac Unzipped Gold, and Urban Decay Naked 3, I’m happy to be able to have this kind of shade collection in one little package. It seems like a really balanced collection of colors.
I’ll swatch and review this in a separate post, and at this point I’ve only tried three or so of the smaller eyeshadows, but I’ve been playing with all four of the larger highlighter shades and am really enjoying those. I was curious about how they’d look on my light skin, but I’m finding that all four are quite usable and pretty. The two on the right can be used more like blushes on my cheekbones (rather than above the cheekbones, which is where I’d place the lighter shades).
This cream concealer and corrector palette is another one I’d heard about before, so this seemed like a good opportunity to try it. Color correcting products are being released like mad right now in places like Sephora, but I’m extremely hesitant to put down a lot of money on something like this, and BH’s palette is $5. This comes in three shade options for different skin tones, and mine is the lightest one.
Getting into some of the basics I had been shopping around for, here are two brow products. I specifically wanted to try a new tinted brow gel, and their little Brow Whiz-like pencil also caught my attention. I’m trying the Studio Pro HD pencil in the shade Auburn and the Flawless Brow Gel in Neutral. I have yet to try the gel but can say that I’m actually really impressed with the shade and formula of the pencil. I think it looks fantastic in my brows. Both products are just $5.50.
Here are two eye basics, a gel liner and a cream shadow base. I recently tried to purchase a Makeup Geek gel liner while pre-ordering my Manny MUA eyeshadow palette, but they ran out of their black shade so I grabbed brown instead. So then when I was making my BH order it seemed like the perfect place to find another affordable option. BH offers a range of pen and pencil liners, but it looks like they only offer their Waterproof Gel Liner ($5) in the shade Onyx. Perhaps it was meant to be.
And then when I was browsing other eye products, I spotted the cream shadow bases called Smooth Canvas ($7), which seem to be emulating the Paint Pots from MAC (which are another one of those products that I’m sure are fabulous, but are generally too expensive for me). I grabbed the pale yellow shade called Bisque.
A MAC product that I do own is their pressed blot powder, but it’s always in my purse and so I never use it when I’m getting ready in my bathroom. I’ve been meaning to get a good mattifying powder to keep at home, and so this seemed like the perfect thing to try from BH. This is basically packaged exactly like a MAC pressed powder, but costs $5.50. It comes in 7 shades and is supposed to provide light coverage in addition to oil absorption, and I purchased the lightest shade which is #205. There’s a little sponge sitting in the compact underneath the powder pan for touching up on the go.
The last little bonus product that I added to my cart was this 10-piece brush set made of natural, recycled, and vegan materials. It was on special for $7 if I had a certain amount already in my cart, but I think it’s only $10 normally. I have a problem resisting cheap brushes! And I’m optimistic that this is actually a nice little set to have for traveling. So far I’ve only used the powder brush and foundation brush, but I’m pleased with how those worked for me. The only funny thing that stands out to me is the fact that the eye brushes are quite small (in the photo I’m holding up the largest all-over shadow brush).
I was able to use a small coupon that got me an additional $1.68 off and you get free shipping at $50, so in the end I paid $53.01. I’m excited about everything so far, and can talk more about specific products later on. And if you have any favorite BH products that you’d recommend, please do let me know! I’d love to hear.