BH Cosmetics California Collection Eyeshadow Sampler Overview

 BH Cosmetics recently released three palettes inspired by iconic Californian cities. Each limited edition palette contains sixteen eyeshadows and four blushes. These palettes sell for a reasonable $17.95 a piece. Ipsy subscribers received a sampler containing one eyeshadow from each palette. BH Cosmetics does not test on animals. BH Cosmetics products are mass produced and repackaged in China.

 This little trio is kinda cute. This palette is quite small and is made of blue cardboard. A palm tree and some clouds grace the front of the palette, along with the BH Cosmetics logo and California Collection written in red lettering. This palette has a magnetic closure. The back of the palette offers a QR code. Inside is an image of each palette, and three eyeshadows in round pans. These pans are very loosely fit into the palette.
 Initially I wasn't very impressed by BH Cosmetics California Collection sample. Pigmentation seemed wear for two of the three shadows and I thought the three colors wouldn't work very well together. These eyeshadows were better than I thought they were, but BH Cosmetics California Collection failed to wow me. If I had to choose the best quality of these shadows, I'd say that they wear well. When worn over primer, they crease slightly after five to six hours, but they do not fade. All three shades are fallout free and do not kick up any residual powder.
 Hollywood is a matte violet. This is definitely the California Collection sampler's weak spot. Pigmentation is very poor and it applies patchily. The texture of BH Cosmetics' Hollywood shadow is very dry and hard. making it difficult to pick up on a brush. This shadow is really pretty awful. Hollywood's swatch featured in this post is three layers built up. Would I buy the Hollywood palette based off of this eyeshadow? Heck no.
San Francisco is a golden brown with small flecks of gold glitter. San Francisco is a really nice eyeshadow, its the best of the three. Its soft and nicely pigmented. This eyeshadow is easy to blend. What a huge improvement compared to the Hollywood shade! Would I buy BH Cosmetics' San Francisco palette based off this eyeshadow? Maybe! 
Malibu is a bright, frosty yellow gold. Malibu is quite pigmented and is intense on the eye. This eyeshadow is on the harder side and I find it a little difficult to blend. Malibu is somewhere between San Francisco and Hollywood in terms of quality. By the way, I've seen another blogger call this a dupe for Urban Decays Half Baked, which is absolutely not true. Would I buy the Malibu palette based off this eyeshadow? No, though I find overall color scheme quite appealing. 
BH Cosmetics' California Collection seems pretty sub par. I've seen a lot of positive reviews, and I'm only judging it on three eyeshadows, so I can't entirely discount the line. The quality of these eyeshadows are all over the board, ranging from decent to awful. Hollywood is one of the worst eyeshadows I've come across in a long time, but San Francisco and Malibu are both passable. Blendability is a major problem with ese eyeshadows. Based on the BH Cosmetics California Collection sampler, I wouldn't buy any of these three special edition palettes. 



Ingredients:
talc, mica, mineral oil, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, isopropyl palmitate, lanolin, methylparaben, propylparaben, bht. 

may contain: 
mica and titanium dioxide, iron dioxides, ultramarine blue, manganese violet, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, chrome oxide greens, chrome hydroxide green, fd&c red no. 40 al lake, fd&c yellow no. 5 al lake, fdc blue no. 1 al lake. blush: talc, mica, mineral oil, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, isopropyl palmitate, lanolin, methylparaben, propylparaben, bht. may contain: mica and titanium dioxide, iron dioxides, ultramarine blue, manganese violet, ferric ammonium ferrocyanide, chrome oxide greens, chrome hydroxide green, fd&c red no. 40 al lake, fd&c yellow no. 5 al lake, fdc blue no. 1 al lake. 


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3 comments

  1. Malibu is positively garish! @_@

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  2. Wow, that gold looks amazing! I love the look you've created with it! Also I agree with you; the gold is definitely a lot more yellow than half baked

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