California Makeup Palette Collection: BH San Francisco Palette Review

By Morena of TheDailySwatch

These palettes from BH Cosmetics were released recently as part of the California Makeup Collection. At only $10 each, these are a great deal! Each palette comes with 16 eye shadows and 4 blushes and are designed with California in mind. Whether you’re looking for a bright and bold look, or something more soft and neutral, the California Makeup Collection can do it all!

This is the BH San Francisco palette. The outside packaging hints at what is inside- cool toned eye shadows in blues, browns and greys (and more!). This palette is a must-have for spring!

When you open up the sides, you get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The colors in the picture are the inspiration for the shades in this palette.

The sides are magnetized so it’s easy to open and close.

As you can see, the eyeshadows on each side look quite different. The left hand side is dark and smokey and mainly matte. The right hand side has lighter shades in both matte and shimmer.

The back of the palettes states:

“Inspired by the classic San Francisco city, this palette contains eye and face colours that can transform you into a sophisticated bay area girl. Cool tones and feminine colours get you ready for gloom or shine.”

I can definitely see this palette being great to use on both gloomy and bright days!


Here are close-ups of each side. I’ve indicated which colours are matte and which are shimmer.

If you look closely as each side, you can see that the top four eyeshadows and the bottom four eyeshadows are like separate quads. This helps to show you which eyeshadows work really well with each other.

The above photo is swatches of the eye shadows from the left side of the palette. You can see in this photo that eye shadows beside each other go well together! These are mainly matte finish and can definitely be built up for a more opaque look. My favorite color on this side is the gold one! It’s very smooth and pigmented.

Here are swatches of the eyeshadows from the right side of the palette. These are mainly shimmery, but there are some matte finish ones as well. The pigmentation of the shimmery eyeshadows is great and they’re easy to blend. The matte mint green is a classic spring colour.

I recommend wearing these eyeshadows with some sort of eye primer or cream base. This will make them last longer and remain crease-free!  The BH Cosmetics Eye and Lip Primer and Eye Crayons are examples, but anything similar will work.

When you open up the middle part of the palette, four blushes are revealed. This palette has a great mix of colors which you can use to highlight and add color to your cheeks. There is also a good-sized mirror inside making this palette great for those of you always on-the-go!

Although these are labelled as blushes, the top two can definitely be used as a highlighter and/or a bronzer. This quad of face powders has a great combination of neutrals and brights, making it a versatile palette that can be used anytime, any day!

In this photo, the first two are the highlight colours and the last two are the blush colours. I really like the second peachy-coloured one! I think it’d be a great highlighter to use in the summer to give you a nice glow.

If you’re looking for a palette that can take you from rain to shine or day to night, this palette is for you! It’s small and compact, has a great mirror and is filled with a variety of colours to choose from.

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