Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches}

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.

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Hello, my pretties! ♥

First of all, let me start by saying that I did not intend to review or swatch the Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics for you guys; however, after using it a few of times, I was so happy with it that I seriously felt the need to share this beautiful palette with you all. Why you ask? Because it's ridiculously GOOD!

As you look at the images, please keep in mind that I have already used this palette on more than a few occasions, therefore, it's a bit dirty and the stamping on the highlighters is slightly blurred out from my constant use lately. Please, don't crucify me for it ;) 

If you are interested in learning more about the Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics and finding out why you should totally buy it, just keep reading...

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

The Carli Bybel Palette is available for purchase on bhcosmetics.com. It normally retails for $20; however, at the time of this post, the palette is available on sale for $12.50 (which is the price I got it for). The palette features 14 eyeshadows + 4 highlighters that can be used on both eyes and face. This palette is cruelty-free, paraben-free, non-irritating, hypoallergenic and vegan.

The packaging is simple but quite beautiful. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it as far as the color & design. It looks luxurious with a white & pearl cushion background and beautiful silver-leaf cursive writing. Most people would panic at the fact that this palette is white; however, the hardy cardboard is covered with a glossy finish that prevents it from collecting dust or getting stained and it's easy to clean. It also has a large mirror on the inside, which makes it perfect for travel. It doesn't have a magnet on the front closure area and part of me wishes it did to protect the product inside further.

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

Just looking at the palette gives you an idea of how involved Carli was in the entire process: the small pink penguin on the spine of the palette, the ornate embossing on the highlighters, the inspirational quote "Aspire to Inspire" at the bottom of the mirror. It's all cute & simple but quite stunning & elegant -- all representative of Carli Bybel, her brand and personality.

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat


Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat
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Every single shade included in the Carli Bybel Palette gives beautiful payoff. These eyeshadows blend like a dream and are incredibly smooth but, unlike the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette, the matte eyeshadows aren't dusty and won't cause you to lose a lot of the product when dipping your brush to gather product.

I don't feel as though the colors are particularly unique, but I do enjoy the arrangement and color selection. They are quite appealing visually as a whole and the combinations one can come up with are very classy and elegant. No matter which shades you choose to incorporate in your look, they will all complement each other beautifully. Also, you can go for any look you choose: glowy, simple, daytime, glam or dramatic.

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(Left to Right)

Eyeshadow 1 → (Matte) Soft Cream
Eyeshadow 2 → (Shimmer) Soft Baby Pink
Eyeshadow 3 → (Matte) True Rose
Eyeshadow 4 → (Satin) Muted Plum
Eyeshadow 5 → (Satin) Vintage Burgundy

From the Top Row, I honestly cannot choose one color that I like more than the others. They are all absolutely gorgeous. This entire row could be a palette on its own & I would be perfectly happy with it. All these colors are right up my alley and have been my go to's since I received the Carli Bybel Palette in the mail this Fall.

The Top Row has a healthy mixture of shimmer, satin & matte colors. Regardless of the finish, they all are pigmented and blend like a dream. In my opinion, this entire row is what makes the palette extra special in my collection. Now that I have these colors in my rotation, I don't know how I lived without them before...They hold a very special place in my little ♥.

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

(Left to Right)

Eyeshadow 6 → (Shimmer) Champagne with Warm Pink Duo-Chrome
Eyeshadow 7 → (Shimmer) Soft Gold with Peach Duo-Chrome
Eyeshadow 8 → (Shimmer) Medium Bronze
Eyeshadow 9 → (Shimmer) Penny Copper
Eyeshadow 10 → (Matte) Deep Muted Taupe

I think all of these eyeshadows are just as pretty, blendable and pigmented as the previous ones; however, I feel less excited about this row because a lot more palettes out in the market already come with the majority of these colors. Having said that, I really adore Eyeshadow 6! It's a champagne/pink duo-chrome eyeshadow that I have been wanting to add to my collection for quite some time. It's absolutely gorgeous!! It pairs up very nicely with pretty much any makeup look you want to achieve.

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All of the highlights in this palette are shimmery. I love the different variations and also that you can use all of these same colors on your eyes as well. The highlights are also very pigmented, have little fallout and are easy to blend onto the skin. I really think all of these colors are flattering on all skin tones and colors if you know where to place them and manage the intensity carefully.

I personally don't love Highlight 1 on its own on my skin; however, I do love mixing it with a matte hot pink blush to create a more unique-looking blush. So, even if you don't love a color by itself, it's worth giving it a shot by mixing it with something you already have that needs an extra "oomph" to make it special.

Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

Highlight 1 → (Shimmer) Pale Pink
Highlight 2 → (Shimmer) Soft Champagne Pink
Highlight 3 → (Shimmer) Vintage Gold
Highlight 4 → (Shimmer) True Bronze

Highlight 2 & Highlight 3 are definitely my favorites out of this highlighting quartet. They show up beautifully and, depending on my mood, can create either a soft glow or a gorgeous wet look on the skin for those special nights when you just want to look extra.

Highlight 4 is absolutely stunning! Just be careful because it's really pigmented and a little goes a long way. I like to lightly dust it over matte bronzer to warm up my face a little more and give my face a slight goddess-like glow on those days when I'm feeling kinda blah.


Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics {In-Depth Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

I know there has been a lot of buzz on the internet about some of the eyeshadows and highlights on the Carli Bybel Palette being either the exact same or very similar. This is true to an extent. Some of the colors do fall under the same color family, therefore, are quite similar but not exactly the same. Also, keep in mind that your skin color and undertone play a big role in how these colors appear on the skin.

Eyeshadow 2 & Highlight 2 → Although they are alike, the eyeshadow has a more pink tinge to it where the highlight is slightly more beige in comparison.

Eyeshadow 6, Eyeshadow 7 & Highlight 3 → All of these shades are golds; however, the highlight is a lot warmer than the eyeshadows when compared to each other. The eyeshadows differentiate themselves from each other by the color intensity (champagne vs. soft gold) and the duo-chromes (pink vs. peach).

Eyeshadow 8, Eyeshadow 9 & Highlight 4 → The highlight is a true bronze. The eyeshadows are both in the bronze category, but one of them is a deeper bronze and the other has a more true copper nature.

Overall, I really like the Carli Bybel Palette by BH Cosmetics. Not only does it come with colors that are globally flattering and is of outstanding quality, it's also incredibly inexpensive and truly a must for any makeup lover (of any level!). I definitely recommend you getting your hands on it as soon as you get a chance and before they run out since it's limited edition. It's without a shadow of a doubt one of my all-time favorite palettes. This palette works for any and all skin colors and undertones. Carli did a great job in selecting colors that are truly flattering on anyone.

I really hope this blog post showcased the Carli Bybel Palette in the best light possible and inspired you to purchase it (No, I don't get any money for saying that or you buying it). I can't say enough good things about it. I also hope the comparisons above answered any questions you may have in regards to similarities between all the shades that appear in this palette.

I hope every single one of you is doing wonderfully & fully enjoying this Holiday Season to the max! Now that we are back in our hometown with our friends & family, we are happy to be spending more quality time with our loved ones than in previous years. As always, thank you all so much for stopping by and being so incredibly supportive & encouraging. I love you all so much! ♥

Until next time...