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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Smoky Eye with BH Hollywood Palette Tutorial

Looking to create a gorgeous smoky eye that your favorite A-list Celebrity wears?  With our BH Hollywood Palette, the perfect smoky eye can be created.


1) Prime your lids using the Eye and Lip Primer.

2) Apply a silver shade from the BH Hollywood Palette over the lid with your Blending Brush.

3) Use the white shimmer from the same palette as a highlighter.

4) With your Smudge Brush, apply a matte charcoal shade from the same palette on to the outer corners & crease. Blend out with your Blending Brush.

5) Apply a charcoal shade with silver glitter shade from the same palette for some extra sparkle.

6) Line the upper lash lines & waterlines with the Gel Eyeliner in “Onyx” using the Fine Eyeliner Brush.

7) Add a few coats of your favorite mascara to finish the look.


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California Makeup Palette Collection: BH Hollywood Palette Review

By Morena of TheDailySwatch

The BH Hollywood Palette contains 16 eye shadows and 4 blushes and is only $10! It’s part of the new California Makeup Palette Collection from  BH Cosmetics. This is a great palette for anyone who likes to wear bold, bright and dramatic looks.

Opening the the magnetized sides of the palettes reveals a classic Hollywood Boulevard scene. The purples, blacks and reds in the scene are the inspiration for some of the eye shadows in this palette.

The left side has some classic Hollywood colors, while the right hand side has some brighter neon colors. Each side is made up of two quads which can help you decide which colors to pair with each other.

The back of the palette states:

“Look like an A-List celebrity using these bold eyeshadow and face colours, personally hand-picked by a Hollywood makeup artist. Mix & match the jewel-toned shades for a stunning look on your next glamorous night out.”

This palette is bold and glamorous for sure!

What sets this apart from the other two palettes in this collection are the glitter eyeshadows. There are two in this palette and they are both located on the left side. The glitter adds an extra dimension to any eyeshadow look, but be careful when applying them. Sometimes a little bit of the glitter can come off and fall onto your face. The best thing would be to apply an eyeshadow primer beforehand so that it adheres better to your eyelid.

The left side of the palette is definitely the glamorous side, while the right is bright and bold..

You can really see the glitter in the red eyeshadow on the right. It applies a bit sheer, but applying a cream base (like the BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in Burn) can make it more intense while also keeping the glitter on your eyelids. My favorite color on this side of the palette is the matte fuchsia pink!

Here are swatches of the colors from the right side of the palette. Half of this side is matte, while the other half is shimmery. Each color comes in matte and shimmer, making this side of the palette useful for those who like to wear one color of eye shadow in two different finishes. My favorite color on this side is the matte purple. It’s one of the best matte purple eye shadows that I have found! It’s smooth, pigmented and completely matte.

The middle portion of the palette opens up to four blush colors and a mirror.

Following the glamorous theme, this palette has a fun glittery blush, a shimmery highlight and two matte blushes.

These blushes are really pigmented, but if applied lightly, they can provide great color and a nice glow. I really like the peachy matte blush and I think it’d be good to use every day.

This palette is perfect to use when going out to a party or going out on the town. The deep and bold colors will draw attention to your eyes and the blushes will give you a healthy glow. This palette is small and compact, making it great to bring along with you. Use an eye primer or cream base to make sure that your eye shadow lasts throughout the night so you won’t have to worry about it!

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