I’ve had some really good luck with BH Cosmetics lately and recently saw that they launched some fun new stuff for the spring season. I have three new palettes that I’ve bought: the Marble Collection in Warm Stone featuring 12 eyeshadows ($11.99), the Supernova 18 Color Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($15.99), and the Blacklight Highlight 6 Color Palette ($16.99). These are each quite different from each other, but all have their own unique appeal. I’d like to share some swatches and thoughts on all three.
The Marble Collection in Warm Stone (there’s also a Cool Stone version, if you’re curious) blew me away in terms of presentation, and I think it’s just the nicest thing I’ve ever bought from BH. I’ve never had an issue with the quality of the makeup I’ve bought from them, but this palette is also a major step forward with packaging design. They’ve also got a little fancy and called it a “collection” rather than a palette. And yet, it’s still just $12!
It comes in a really attractive and sturdy plastic palette with a marbled design, and it has a full sized mirror inside. Additionally, the top stays open to whatever angle you open it. There are 12 shadows with different finishes, from matte to high shimmer (but no glitter).
I really enjoy these shadows, and I think the color selection is lovely and balanced. Obviously you can use the colors however you like but to me it looks like three color quads arranged in horizontal rows, which means it’s easy to visualize different looks and how I might use each color. So, it’s well thought out. And the quality of the shadows has been working really well for me, too. Personally, my most-used shades are the top four.
There are only two shadows for which I can offer caveats. The first is the matte light gray, which is hardly visible on my arm, though I’m still not entirely sure if that’s the shadow’s fault or if it’s really just too similar to my skin tone. The second is the light pink shimmer in the lower left corner of the palette, which looks quite different on my skin than it does in the pan. What I’ll say about that one is that it’s not super duper opaque, but it has a really surprising iridescent quality and is generally easy to work with. That iridescence means it comes off looking warmer in the pan and cooler on the skin.
I bought the Galaxy Chic baked eyeshadow palette a long, long time ago, and was pretty stoked to see that BH just created the Supernova palette with a similar format but new color selection (same size, same price).
I like Galaxy Chic a lot and the Supernova formula is the same. The baked shadows all have the same texture and finish, which is soft and shimmery when dry and metallic when dampened. I think they’re super easy to work with and the only downside is that swiping the dry shadow around a lot may result in some microshimmer falling down below my eyes. So, I recommend just being mindful of that.
They’re packaged in a cardboard palette with magnetic closure and smaller mirror, but it’s functional and protects the softer shadows really well—I actually think the softer and lighter weight cardboard may protect the softer domed shadows better than a heavier plastic would if the palette took a tumble on a tiled bathroom floor.
The downside of the cardboard is that I can tell you from personal experience that it comes with the possibility of warping, which happened to my Galaxy Chic palette. That was a huge part of why I ended up de-potting the pans into an empty palette (which had to be extra deep since the shadows are baked and domed) and flirted with breaking the soft powders in the process. I think I kept it in too humid an environment in close proximity to my shower, so I won’t do that again.
I bought the Blacklight Highlight palette for the purpose of dissuading myself from purchasing any much more expensive highlighting palette with a similarly ethereal color selection. This is a fun group of shades that will work on cheekbones, on the eyes, or on the body. And I think body application was something BH considered when designing the palette, because the pans are dang huge. I’d personally prefer to have a smaller palette with smaller pans for the sake of storage, but you can’t argue against the value of the thing.
It is packaged in a slim cardboard palette with a magnetic closure and a pretty good mirror. I wasn’t sure which colors would actually look ok on me so I thought buying these kinds of highlights in the most affordable way would be smart, and then if I only ended up liking a couple I could always de-pot them. Surprisingly, I think they’re pretty wearable, considering how much color they actually offer. I’ve been forcing myself to apply them with a light hand before going to my relatively conservative office job to really try everything out on a day-to-day basis, and hey, I think they’ve been working for me just fine.
My favorite shade in this to use on my cheeks is the silvery Strobe, but I have also found that the blue Kween is surprisingly beautiful, as well. I think it’s just because it still has that iciness without being super colorful (unless built up), but I definitely wasn’t expecting it to look so nice on the face. The green Laser looks super pretty and interesting on the brow bone. For some reason, the least workable shade on my cheeks is lavender-pink Illusion. That was a total shock to me because it has a pinkness to it and the rosier On Point still looks just fine on me, but it just seems to have a high color intensity that clashes a bit with my skin. I think it’s lovelier on my eyes, and the upside is that it’s a cheap way to try what has become an incredibly trendy highlight shade. The color reminds me of this video tutorial from Sephora’s YouTube channel dedicated to holographic highlights.
In general, I think the quality, texture, and finish of the powders is really nice. They highlight skin texture just a tiny bit, but I think I notice that because they’re shinier than the highlights I typically reach for, and that’s just how things tend to go with highly luminous products. Overall, the powders adhere, blend, and last well on my skin. This is a really cool launch from BH, and if you’re interested in a highlight palette with a less adventurous shade selection, they also released the Spotlight Highlight palette (same format and price) and a deluxe version of the Carli Bybel palette, which also includes a handful of beautiful highlights.
I’m really excited for all of these new releases. Have you tried any of these yet? Anything catch your eye? I’d love to hear!