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Carli Bybel Eyeshadow + Highlighter Palette

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I’ve been meaning to write a review of the BH Cosmetics X Carli Bybel palette for awhile now. I just never got around to it.


The palette sits there in my makeup drawer, staring at me accusingly. Why? It is asking. Why can’t you write about me? Don’t you love me?

Well, yes. I do love you, actually.


I’m just really lazy.

(See above.)

(I’m not going to embed that same gif again. That’s just ridiculous.)

(I mean, this whole blog is ridiculous. Just… don’t tell anyone, ok? And we’ll pretend this is a staid, serious blog. About personal finance or something. Yeah, that’s right. This is a personal finance blog dedicated to helping people get money so they can buy makeup.)

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So, back to the Carli Bybel palette. I’ve been meaning to write a review on it for a while, mostly because it seems to be so overlooked in the beauty community. It’s been around for some time but you barely hear people talking about it. It’s all Jaclyn Hill
(OMG what do you think of the new Jaclyn Hill x Morphe vault collection?? Aaaaaah I want it so bad)
And Colourpop and
Ugh I’m too lazy to think of other popular, affordable makeup brands right now.

(insert lazy gif for the third time…)

(Well, not actually insert it. You know what I mean.)

Anyway, BH Cosmetics is a very affordable brand that doesn’t get much love. When I saw the Carli Bybel palette on the Ulta website, I didn’t even know what it was because I had never heard of it. I went Googling around to find reviews and didn’t find much, actually.

(Of course, I bought the palette anyway, even without reviews. Because makeup. Well, really because of the six highlighters in the palette. Which are awesome.)

So, worry no more, dear readers! I am here to give you the in-depth review of the Carli Bybel palette that you were all subconsciously craving!

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The Carli Bybel Palette

The palette has 15 small eyeshadows and 6 larger highlighters. And when I say small eyeshadows, I mean small. The pan sizes are much smaller than I was expecting. The eyeshadows are in rosy, feminine tones, which I really like. There is an equal amount of mattes and shimmers

(ok, they can’t be exactly equal, since 15 is an odd number. But the palette does not skew heavily to one or the other, like some other palettes do.)

Here are the swatches:

Carli Bybel palette matte eyeshadow swatches
Carli Bybel palette matte eyeshadow swatches
Carli Bybel palette shimmer eyeshadow swatches
Carli Bybel palette shimmer eyeshadow swatches
Carli Bybel palette highlighter swatches
Carli Bybel palette highlighter swatches

(Aren’t they beautiful? I especially love the shadow of my phone over my arm.


The eyeshadows

As you can see, some of the colors swatched better than others. And as I was swatching them, some gave a rich color payoff in one go, and others I had to go over a few times until they were at a decent pigmentation level. So the quality is a bit hit or miss, which I guess can be expected at this price point.

My biggest issue with the shadows is that they Just. Don’t Last.

I’ve tried them with a variety of primers, and with concealers as primers, and without fail, let’s insert some more commas in this sentence because why not, without fail, the shadows have basically worn off my eyes a few hours into the day. Which is really frustrating, because I really like the colors of the shadows, as I mentioned above. I wore that peachy-orangey shade all over my lid the other day, and it really made my blue eyes pop. So I definitely like the eyeshadows and use them even though they don’t last, because they are so pretty while they do last.

The highlighters

The star of the show is definitely the highlighters. They are amazing. Period.

And they last all day. Which is surprising, since my big issue with the eyeshadows is that they don’t last all day. But I guess the highlighters decided to make up for it. They last all day, and look gorgeous on the skin, and are just all-around awesome. I love highlighting the inner corners of my eyes with the white highlighter; no other highlighter or eyeshadow I have tried (in my not-that-extensive-collection) (shhh don’t tell anybody) has ever done as good a job at highlighting the inner corners.

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Bottom line: should you get the BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel palette?


The end 😊

Okay, okay, just kidding. I think it’s still worth it to get the palette because of the price point. It’s twenty two bucks, and BH Cosmetics is constantly having sales on their website. (While I am writing this, the palette is 50% off). They always have big red numbers up, saying “sale ends in this many hours!!” but then the second that sale ends, another one begins. So don’t worry about missing a sale with them.

And the highlighters are really, really awesome.

BH has two highlighter palettes that I am dying to try also and that are supposed to be really good.

(But then again, I am dying to try all the makeups.)

(Yes, all the makeups. Give them to me. Now. I want.)


Ahem. Anyway. You can get the Carly Bybel palette on BH cosmetics’ website, at Ulta, on Amazon, or on Beauty Bay for those of you that need international shipping.

Product grade: Oooh, this is a hard one. If it were just the highlighters, I would say A+, but the eyeshadows do need to bring it down some since I just can’t forgive their lack of staying power. So let’s say around A-/B+

Take care!

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