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Review & Swatchfest: BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliners in Ultraviolet, Night, Blow, Fresh, and Rose Gold

BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliners 
BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliners
In my recent order with BH Cosmetics (the same one where I picked up the Jenni Rivera 36 Color Eyeshadow and Blush Palette), I decided to pick up another products that I have been lusting after ever since I first ran my cursor over them: BH Cosmetics Gel Liners. There are 25 shades in the line that range from your basic black liner to hot red and vibrant pink and they are only $7.95 (although they are always on sale, and I ended up getting mine for $3.50 a piece). Because I have plenty of black gel liners, I decided to take a walk on the wild side and get some bright colors for spring.

Ultraviolet looks nearly black in the pot, but swatches as a bright, vibrant purple. Night looks closer to purple in the pot, but comes off as a deep, dark plum with blue-purple shimmer. Blow is an electric pink with shimmer that leans a little violet. Fresh is a shimmery pale blue that almost leans towards mint, which is very on trend for spring 2013. Rose Gold is a warm, shimmery champagne.

Not only do all of these liners maintain their pigmentation when put to practical use, but they dry down to a near budge-proof finish. The weather happened to be particularly nasty and slushy on the days I was testing these, and I didn't notice any running or flaking! While some are softer than others in the pan - for instance, Ultraviolet is a little harder than Blow or Fresh - all are smooth and creamy which makes them lovely not only as liners, but also as bases to eyeshadow colors (I'm looking at you, Rose Gold).

For a lack of anything better to critique these on, the shimmer in shades like Fresh and Blow isn't quite as fine as it might in higher end products, but I don't think it's apparent unless you look closely (if you even mind, that is). Aside from that, I really can't recommend the BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliners enough. The quality is comparable to MAC and you get exactly the same amount of product, but at a small fraction of the price and with a wider range of colors. You can purchase these from the BH Cosmetics website!


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BH Cosmetics on Hautelook today!


+BH Cosmetics is on Hautelook today! Judging by the promo image above, it look like the Jenni Rivera Palette and the 10 Pan Blush Palette might be available, so I thought I would share the review I've done of both! While both are great, if you have to choose one, Jenni Rivera is the way to go. The blushes are stellar and include a dupe for theBalm's Hot Mama Blush, and the shadows are all smooth and pigmented. If you happen to miss the Hautelook sale, each are available permanently on the BH Cosmetics website where they will frequently have sales on each. 

Happy Shopping! 


Review & Swatchfest: BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera 36 Color Eyeshadow and Blush Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera 36 Eyeshadow and Blush Palette is probably one of the most beautiful palettes I've seen come from the companies known for their huge eyeshadow palettes. Unlike 180 neutrals, or 250 colors of the rainbow, the colors in this palette look carefully coordinated and nearly all of them perform well. Despite flaunting great pictures on the product page, I was a little worried that these shadows and blushes would be similar to, if not the same as, those that I've encountered in the metal mania palette or the 10 pan blush palette. Not only is that not the case, but some of them look unbelievably lik high end shadows and blushes (a topic that might need another post altogether)!

Overall, there is a great mix of textures in this palette, with everything from matte, satin, shimmer, and all out glitter. While the matte shadows can lean a little powdery, they aren't as bad as I've encountered from high end brands, and the colors are some I would consider hard to find elsewhere (as well as a few good staples like brown and camel). At first, the shade range looked overwhelmingly warm to me, but as I went through the shades, I found there were cool taupes, a white, and a grey. While some shades were smoother, softer, or more pigmented than others, there are too many to go into detail here. I'd say the palette is overwhelmingly filled with shadows that perform well.

The blushes follow the same trend. In addition to having soft shimmery shades, there are bold matte blushes. While not all applied perfectly smoothly, the pigmentation is stellar and all blended out easily. One nice thing about the bold blushes (and shadows) in this palette is that they make it a great selection for a wide variety of skin tones. For anyone from fair to deep skin, this palette can be blended out or built up to provide the pigmentation desired. The second palette in from the left is nearly identical to theBalm's Hot Mama Blush!

It's hard to tell what this palette normally retails for as BH Cosmetics always has the retail price crossed off and another sale price listed, but it is currently $12.48 - an unbelievable steal if you ask me. Currently (until Feb. 28th) you can get the palette for $7.50 with code JENNI70! Stay tuned to the blog where I will update you on current or upcoming sales on my favorites! If they aren't having a sale, however, you might try Hautelook as BH Cosmetics will occasionally pop up there.

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette


BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette

BH Cosmetics Jenni Rivera Palette




Review & Swatchfest: Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer

Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer

Flower Beauty is Drew Barrymore's new makeup line available exclusively at Walmart. Made with affordability in mind, nothing in the range exceeds the $15 mark, which puts it on par with most other higher end drugstore lines. In an effort to round up my top 10 concealers for an upcoming video I'm planning, I thought I would try Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer since only a select few drugstore concealers claim to provide "seamless coverage" and "natural luminosity". Unfortunately, I don't think this concealer is top 10 material. 

I picked the lightest shade, BC1, because it's the fairest shade with a somewhat neutral undertone (BC2 was almost as light, but leaned more pink). The applicator is a twist up pen, which I love for ease of application and keeping a product neat, clean, and uncontaminated for longer. 

I wouldn't say this conceals dark circles, so an additional color corrector might be necessary, but it definitely covers minor blemishes and freckles and is slightly reflective to brighten the appearance the undereye area. Unfortunately, however, it didn't stay all day on me. After applying at 7am, I noticed it was significantly worn away by 3pm. I don't have terribly oily skin, so those who do might want to prime as well as set with a powder to ensure it stays in place all day. Even with my neutral undertones, BC1 was a little too yellow-leaning for me. I think I might need a mixture of BC1 and 2 to get my perfect shade. Although, given the wear time, I might just want to invest in one product for $16.

The $7.98 price tag puts it on par with similar products like Maybelline's Magic Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer at $7.99, but with slightly lesser lasting power. As I said before, it does a good job at concealing and perfecting minor pigment issues, but a heavier concealer might be needed for darker undereye areas. Also, those with combination skin, oily skin, and even an eye area that just doesn't hold product well will want to prime and set for all-day wear. 


Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer


Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer

Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer

Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer

Flower Beauty Lighten Up! Brightening Concealer
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Review & Swatchfest: Flower Beauty Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You A Lot, Vine of the Times, and Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow
Flower Beauty is Drew Barrymore's new makeup line available exclusively at Walmart. Made with affordability in mind, nothing in the range exceeds the $15 mark, which puts it on par with most other higher end drugstore lines. When looking at the extensive collection, I tried to pick products that looked unique to the drugstore realm and the créme eyshadows were some of the first in my basket. With a recent explosion in brands coming up with their own cream shadow formulations, and Maybelline in particular knocking it out of the park with their Color Tattoos, I thought it would be good to compare these for good measure. Here we go!

First thing I want to note, especially of the colors I chose, is how unique the shade range is. There are the basic champagnes, coppers, and browns, but there were also fun purples, greens, and pinks to be had! Lilac You A Lot is (obviously) a lilac, but also has a fun iridescence and a slight blue shift. Vine of the Times is a pastel lime green, again with a slight iridescence. And Orchid-ing Around is a deep, ashy plum, with steely grey shimmer. Overall, the texture of these is closer to a mousse than a cream, but both Orchid-ing Around and Lilac You A Lot are thicker than Vine of the Times. 

Given the consistency, I was convinced these would crease within an hour or two, but I was shocked to find they didn't! Additionally, they play well with powder products once they are dry and even though the pigment didn't go full force for longer than 8 hours, they were still relatively in-tact at the end of the day (sans primer). I don't have oily lids, so I would recommend applying your primer of choice if you do.

One downside to these is how buildable they are. They have good pigmentation for the most part, but the texture limits how much you can layer them without ending up with a cakey looking eye. This wouldn't be an issue if it weren't for the other drugstore products, like Color Tattoos, than can be worn sheer or built for opacity. Then again, shades similar to these aren't available in that line. 

Ultimately, these are great and unique créme shadows to the drugstore market. At $7.98, these cost the same as, if not a little more than, Maybelline Color Tattoos. The texture is drastically different, the staying power is slightly shorter, and they are slightly les buildable, but if you like the color variety Flower Beauty offers, I would say go for it!

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You A Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You a Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You A Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You a Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Lilac You a Lot

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Vine of the Times

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

Flower Cosmetics Color Play Créme Shadow in Orchid-ing Around

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*Excuse the yellow hue. The "after" shot was taken after dark and with harsh artificial lighting.

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