Monday, 12 September 2011

BH Cosmetics 120 Eye Shadow Palette 1st Edition Review and Swatches

I've been using my BH palette for a couple months now and I believe I know the palettes and colors/finshes well enough to review it thouroughly.

First, I want to say that I really enjoy this palette and that the multitude of colors and finishes as well as the possibilities that it offers far outweigh, in my opinion, some of its flaws. This is to say that this palette isn't perfect (which you wouldn't expect it to be, since it's only about 30$), but for the price, the quality is definitely very good.

Ever since I got the palette, it inspired me to do tons of colorful looks. I have included some of my favorites along the review to help everyone visualise the kind of looks that are possible with this palette.

I would say that the two most important aspects to consider when buying this palette is pigmentation and texture. The main issue I have found is the pigmentation of many of the matte shadows in the palette. They tend to barely show up unless used over an eyeshadow base or primer (even then, some of the colors are still quite sheer). It is not uncommon with inexpensive matte eyeshadows however, and most of the colors can be used over a colored base for a better intensity.

On the other hand, I have had no issues with the pigmentation of shimmery, metallic and glittery eyeshadows, which all give great pigmentation (the results will of course be amplified over a base, which I recommend using anyway, since it helps the shadow stick and in the case of primers, will keep it from creasing).

Another slight issue with the palette is the chalkiness of some of the colors. Many shades have quite a bit of fallout, which isn't too hard to deal with, but something to consider nonetheless.

That is all the negative I have to say about the palette. Everything else is great. The color selection is mind blowing! With this palette you have every color of the rainbow, enough to make pretty much any colorful look you could think of. There are even a couple neutral shades such as gold, bronze, brown, white and black to smoke out looks or for natural crease and highlight colors. I don't think I will need much more than these eyeshadows in terms of colors any time soon.

The quantity of product for the price is also very impressive. You get 120 shadows that are about the size of a dime for a little less than 30$. That's around 25 cents per eyeshadow! An incredible find for anyone on a budget like me. The palettes are very often on sale too and you can get them for as low as 22-23$ sometimes. Now obviously the shadows are pretty small, but they last quite some time (and since there are so many, you never quite use the same ones, which also lenghtens the longevity of the palette).

As far as shipping goes, I always pay a bunch of money for it, since to get items here in Canada, shops from the US pretty much add a hefty 17$ to your shipping bill as soon as you mention your location (and Montreal is only about 1h30 from the border XD) even for tiny orders. I split the shipping for two palettes with a friend which was more reasonnable. The good side however is that the delivery was quick and that the product was very well packaged when it arrived (many layers of bubble wrap). All the shadows were intact, which I was very relieved about!

In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this palette for makeup beginners, or people that want to expand their collection. The quality is great for the price and I use it all the time. However, if you are used to high end shadows, you will definitely see some of its flaws. I personnally think it is worth the money though and I would definitely repurchase, I'm very happy with it!

Here are swatches of the whole palette. Keep in mind that this is swatched over Milk jumbo pencil (my only base at the moment -_- my UDPP ran out ages ago and I can't afford a new one!), since I wouldn't recommend using them without any kind of base underneath anyway!

From the first row up going down these are the swatches :

These swatched pretty sheer as you can tell. Love the 3rd one from the second row though!

More blues

Beautiful green shades, including yellowy ones.

The palette has an endless supply of greens XD

I love the first one from the second row! Isn't it intense? This one is also great with nothing underneath :D

Oranges! Cannot wait to use these for Halloween next month.

Blacks and whites, essential to most looks.
Pretty metallics! Some of my favorites of the palette.

These matte purples are great! Love pretty much all the purples of the palette :)

Look at that crazy hot pink! It's almost neon it's so bight (warning, it stains your eyelids, yep :S Love it anyway)

A real red shade! So rare in palettes (this one also stains, hence the rarity of the color). Tons of pretty pinks as well.

No palette would be complete without a couple earthy/neutral shades! Can make any look more wearable :)


  1. Woot you bought the flashy palette <3

  2. Thank you for this review!!
    I've been trawling through your blog and I really really really love it, from the content to the beautiful background! I've been an admirer of this blog for a bit and so now, I've nominated you for the versatile blogger award on my homepage!! please please please please accept it!!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed the review and very happy to hear that you like my blog :) it really makes my day!

    I will definitely accept the nomination! Thank you so much for nominating me :) I really appreciate it <3



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