I’ve been on the “YouTube scene” for a good 7 years now, and without it I would not be where I am today – being wholeheartedly inspired to pursue my interests by all of the amazing inspirations I subscribe to on a daily basis.
I’ve been subscribed to New Zealand Beauty Guru Shannon Harris since before I can remember and I’ve watched her grow over the years – from making clubbing make up videos in her bedroom to becoming the CEO of her own cosmetics company. I absolutely love Shannon and she is – and will always remain one of my favorite girls to watch. If you don’t know who she is then you need to check her out.
When I heard that she was collaborating with American cosmetic company BHcosmetics to create her own unique palette I was very excited, as I know Shannon does not scrimp on quality and knows her stuff when it comes to make-up.
The palette is double sided and comes with nine eye-shadows in one side and nine lipstick colors in the other side.
As you can see from the photo there is a range of mostly neutral shades. There is a nice burnt orange shade, a lovely brown/blue duo-chrome shade and a peach shade that is very similar to “Peach smoothie” by Make Up Geek. I’d have to say that these three shades are my favorite in the palette and a nice warm neutral eye can be created using them together. I also love the champagne color (first row, second column), it’s a great shade for putting all over the lid for a light wash of color or for adding in the inner corner of the eyes to highlight and make the eyes pop.
The pigmentation of the colors is a little varied but overall I am pleased with how the shadows perform. I have used them both with and without an eye-shadow primer and they suit me fine. I would have liked a matte, warm brown to blend into the crease but the peach shade can do this just fine. The first shade is a little chalky but is fine to lay down as a base for the other shadows, although doesn’t pack a great deal of punch as far as color pay-off is concerned, at least for me anyway. Here is a detailed photo of the eye-shadow swatches…
As far as the lip colors go, of course I would prefer them to be in tubes but to have the range of colors altogether in one palette makes it very good for travelling. Again the shades are hit and miss as far as pigmentation goes, and you don’t get as much product in the pan as I’d like. I can tell that I will be using up the lesser pigmented shades quite quickly.
The formulation of the lipsticks are nice, quite glossy and creamy, best applied with a lip brush in order to get the precision on application. My favorite shades are the three more nude tones, plus there’s a really nice pink which is very bright and bold. The staying power of the colors is good when paired with a lip-liner, not using one would definitely require re-application throughout the day. But that’s OK as the palette comes with a mirror so taking it on the go is easy! (and you could use your fingers to apply, if you wanted to)
Overall I am impressed with the palette and I do find myself reaching for it most days. The packaging is beautiful and I love how compact it is. You can purchase the palette from the BHcosmetics website here for $14.50* (around £10, an absolute steal)
I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have the palette already let me know what you think of it! Until next time…
*(on sale as I write this post, originally $22.00)