Happy Monday, everyone!
I hope you're all enjoying a lovely start to the week. By the time this post goes live I'll be on vacation (I'm typing this up on Thursday night) enjoying some California sunshine! As I mentioned before, my posting situation will be a bit sporadic on vacation, but I've managed to churn out a couple of blog posts for your viewing pleasure this week ;)
I'll be doing a mini-series reviewing the two palettes in the BH Cosmetics Marble Collection. Today's post will focus on the Warm Stone eyeshadow palette and Wednesday's post will feature the Cool Stone palette. These are insanely affordable products. At $14 a pop you get 12 decently sized shadows - not too shabby if you ask me. Also take into account that BH Cosmetics does sales like nobody's business, so these palettes are often even cheaper than $14!
The packaging of this palette is absolutely stunning. The marbled effect on the cover is any Instagram/beauty blogger's dream come true. It's made out of heavy, durable duty plastic rather than the standard cardboard packaging that BH Cosmetics tends to use. There's also a huge mirror on the inside of the palette which makes it much more travel-friendly. We all know how strongly I feel about the importance of mirrors inside palettes, so this greatly satisfies me! The only slightly negative note I have to make about the packaging is the color choice for the cover. The Warm Stone palette has a blue marbled cover whereas the Cool Stone palette has a pink marbled cover. This seems backwards to me. I often find myself reaching for the pink-covered palette intending on choosing the Warm Stone shadows then getting bamboozled when it's the wrong palette.
The shadows are laid out in perfectly structured way. In this palette you get a mix of mattes, shimmers, and frosty shades. In my humble opinion, BH Cosmetics really knocked it out of the park in terms of color selection for this palette. The colors range from whites to peachy pinks to oranges and reds to neutral browns. If you're a fan of warm-toned shadows, you will no doubt love this shade selection. Furthermore, the Warm Stone palette contains every necessary type of shade you need to create many comprehensive looks. You have your highlighting shades, transition colors, crease and lid shades, and darker shadows to deepen up your outer-V. You can also make a complete look with each individual row if you're so inclined. That's pretty neat if you ask me!
The texture of the matte shadows are surprisingly creamy and smooth. Some other palettes I've tried from BH Cosmetics (excluding the Carli Bybel palette) have quite powdery eyeshadows, so this was definitely a pleasant surprise. The frosty shades do feel a bit gritty to me in comparison to the shimmers but it's not a dealbreaker by any means. All of the shadows - mattes, shimmers, and frosty shades alike - blend out very easily.
I do experience some fallout with a few of these shades, especially the mattes. This isn't a massive deal to me as I like to do my eyeshadow before my foundation for that very reason. Let this just be a word of caution for those of you who do their makeup routines opposite to mine.
Many of the shades here are fully pigmented from the get-go, but the darker shades tend to look patchy with only one swipe. However, they do layer super easily without pulling up any shadow you've already laid down and you'll definitely reach full pigmentation with a couple of layers.
As you can see in the swatches above, the taupe shade in row 2 and pink frosted shade in row 3 don't show up super strongly on me. I love using the taupe shade in my crease and the pink shade in my inner corner, but I do need to layer them up quite a bit. The darkest shade in the palette also needed several layers as well.
Overall, I think this palette is a fantastic value and performs well for its low price. If you're looking to add more warm-toned shadows into your life, I'd highly suggest checking out the BH Cosmetics Warm Stone palette!