Saturday, July 13, 2013

BH Cosmetics Malibu Palette - First Impressions+Swatches

Hello again lovelies! As I'm sure many of you know from my giveaway I recently purchased all three of BH Cosmetics' California Collection palettes. And, because I'm a tease, while my giveaway is active I'm going to be doing a lot of teaser posts for these palettes. The first of which I am doing today and it is my initial impressions of the Malibu palette with some swatches. I'll have a full review up later as well as some looks featuring the palette.
But on to the details of the palette! The Malibu palette, as well as the other palettes in the California Collection, sells for $11 (US) at BH Cosmetics website. And in each palette you get 4 blushers and 16 lovely shadows. So it's quite a good deal price wise.


The palette comes in a little sleeve with the same design that the palette has on it. It's Malibu themed, and I think they do a pretty good representation of the vibes there. I've only been to Malibu twice, but this hits the memory pretty well.Totally cute, right?


The palette itself has magnets to keep the sides folded up, and the magnets are quite strong so I'm not worried about it flopping open on me. The sides open to reveal the eyeshadows and a pretty little scene like the one from the sleeve and the outside of the palette. That middle bit opens up to reveal the blushers and a mirror.


The mirror is a nice size for when you're out and about, and I really like the way the colors are all displayed. The only thing I don't like is that the colors don't have names. But being that BH Cosmetics is really all about the palettes it's pretty understandable. I do like how they divied up the eyeshadows; it seems to me like the shadows on the left are more day-time colors, whereas the colors on the right make for nice evening colors. And really, all of them make fabulous beach colors, which is what you generally think of when you think Malibu.

Blushers from the Malibu palette
This palette comes with four blushers, and there's a little something for everyone in their choice of colors. The pink blusher is pretty universal and I think it would look good on most any skin color. Next to the pink blusher is a really neat metallic blusher that could probably be used as a bronzer depending on your skin. The metallic blusher seems like it's probably going to be a titch too dark for mine and other very fair skinned people, but I haven't worn it yet so I suppose we'll see. At the bottom left is a very light highlight with some subtle gold undertones. It's very pretty and I think it would look good on most anyone, I have seen someone with quite dark skin wear it and it's lovely, gives a very pretty glow. And the bottom right is a bronzer, very light tan. And I mean very light! In my opinion it's really more of a highlight for anyone that has pigmentation to their skin. Like, with my fair skin I could probably use this as a highlight or an all over bronzer for a healthy glow. But I think this would be a gorgeous highlight for someone with dark skin! And they swatched really nice, very soft and easy to work with but not so soft that you end up losing product.

Malibu palette blusher swatches
All of these blushers were super easy to swatch, and they blended out beautifully. I really like the pink, it's matte and gives a very natural and gorgeous look.

Eyeshadows from the Malibu palette
Alright, there are 16 eyeshadows in this palette and they're a good mix of shimmer, matte and metallic colors. I love all the blue shades, some of them are really pretty.

Swatches from the left side of the Malibu palette
Swatches from the right side of the Malibu palette
These shadows were swatched over primer and went on quite well. The matte dark blue was the only shadow that didn't apply fabulously, but even that one I found to be quite manageable. The shimmer/metallic shades applied the easiest, which seems to be a theme in most all eyeshadows, and all of them look amazing. 
This is my first time using BH Cosmetics, and I've got to say that I'm pretty pleased. This palette is super cute and has a gorgeous selection of colors that are quite pigmented and blend out well. I'm really glad that I decided to give these a try. 
And if you like this palette why not try to win this and the other two California Collection palettes on my giveaway. This giveaway is live until 12 am EST on August 16, 2013, so make sure to get those entries in!! :)


And this concludes my first impressions for the Malibu palette. I kind of got carried away and it's really more of a review, but what can I say? I really like it and I talk way too much lol. Good luck to those of you participating in my giveaway, and I hope everyone has a lovely weekend! Til next time!!


14 comments:

  1. this palette is gorge!but if not used without a primer on, would it still be as pigmented as that?as i have yet to check out BH cosmetics..i hope they ship internationally :D hehe

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    1. These are actually over a light concealer, I had just run out of primer. But I actually just grabbed my palette and tested some of the shadows w/o primer on my wrist. Some of the brighter light colors are a little less vibrant, but they don't lose their opacity and are still really pretty. And the darker colors and neutral colors stay pretty well the same w/o primer. So I'd say that w/o primer you'd just get a softer look depending on which colors you used.

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  2. OMG what an amazing palette... I love it!!!!! The shades are all so pigmented and lovely xx

    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie

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    1. I was super happy with the shades in this palette. I can't wait to swatch the other palettes I got from BH!!

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    1. Aren't they though? I'm so happy with my purchase so far! :)

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  4. I really love the blues in this! :)

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  5. The swatches are beautiful! I was considering getting this one and one of the other ones but I have so many eyeshadows already! I will definitely keep this on my wish list though :)

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    1. They really are nice. I got all three because they were on sale as a bundle. Thanks for stopping by!! xx

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