Sunday, February 7, 2016

Aspire to Inspire

I'm sure you've all heard by now about the Carli Bybel palette! It's a collab between BH Cosmetics and Carli Bybel and the internet went crazy for this particular colab. I thought it was limited edition, but the palette is nearly always in stock and it's so nice that this palette is probably going to be available to anyone who would like it. It's only $12.50 which for 10 shadows and 4 large highlighters is pretty much a bargain. Most people were actually worried about the shipping price, especially if you're international but the shipping only cost me $6.50 and took about 2 weeks to arrive. It is also a cruelty free palette so no animals were harmed!
So first let's talk about the packaging. I'm so used to owning palettes with black packaging and the only palette that I've got with white packaging is the MUA Undressed Me Too (Review here.) and it is really dirty now since I use it so much. The Carli Bybel palette has white packaging with a quilted cushion on the cover along with her signature and the BH Cosmetics logo. The inside of the palette has stripes which let me just say, is a total win right there. It has cardboard packaging and it's really lightweight but it still feels quite sturdy. The lid closes with a magnet so that once you close the palette it's actually closed. It also has a good sized mirror on the inside, and because the packaging isn't matte it will also make it really easy to clean. Nothing worse than a dirty palette!
There are a total of 4 matte eyeshadows and the rest are shimmer. I'm really into matte shadows, especially for transition and above the crease shades. It just ties the whole thing together in my opinion. There are no names for the eyeshadows so I can't specify the name for a particular eyeshadow. This palette is quite autumn like which seeing as Carli Bybel really likes her warm, plum and copper shades, it feels like her palette and something she would own and use. I feel like this palette can work well for every skin tone whether you're really pale like me, or whether you've got a really dark skin tone. There are shades here for everyone. 
(L-R: Neutral, Rose Gold, Brown Mauve, Champagne, Gold, Brown)
Neutral is a matte eyeshadow and this shade is one of my absolute favourites. I love using these to apply all over my lid, under the brown bone and to blend out the edges of an eyeshadow. It really matches my skin tone well. This was quite powdery but it didn't leave any fall out and it also blends quite well.
Rose Gold is a shimmer eyeshadow and this is one of those eyeshadows I feel everybody should have in their collection. It's a light rose gold eyeshadow with gold shimmer through it and is a cool toned eyeshadow. This is really pigmented and a little on a flat shader brush goes a really long way.
Brown Mauve is a matte eyeshadow and it's one that I would mainly use as a transition shade. It also has a slight undertone of a purple which goes really well with so many eye colours. On other reviews that I've seen this is more of a pink-purple than a brown. I love using this on my lower lash line as well. It's not as pigmented as the other eyeshadows, but it's still pigmented and more importantly, it's not patchy!
Champagne is a shimmer eyeshadow and this is a gold with a pink undertone to it. I feel like this is another rose gold eyeshadow, except it leans more towards the gold side.
Gold is a shimmer eyeshadow and it's a true gold eyeshadow.
Brown is a shimmer eyeshadow and it's got a copper undertone to it with gold shimmer. This also applies as if it's a wet eyeshadow, it's that pigmented. It also gave me a tiny bit of fall out.
(L-R: Gray Mauve, Burgundy, Copper, Taupe)
Gray Mauve is a matte eyeshadow and it's a pink-purple with a gray undertone. This really reminds me of Makeup Geek's Unexpected except it's just a tiny bit darker. This would be such a nice transition colour, or as a really good blending colour. I would use this in other ways but I think that's one of the best ways to use it.
Burgundy is a semi-matte eyeshadow and it's a reddish burgundy. It has only the slightest shimmer and the shimmer is gold. This also remind's me of Makeup Geek's Bitten, except the one in the Carli Bybel palette has the slightest purple undertone to it, whilst Bitten has more of a red tone to it.
Copper is a shimmer eyeshadow and it is an orange copper. This has some really nice gold shimmer going through it, and I can see myself using this as in a sandwich smokey eye look, or even as an all over the lid shade.
Taupe is a shimmer eyeshadow and it is a taupe which is a gray based brown and it is one of my favourite colours. It also some gold shimmer in it and leans more towards a warm tone. Paired with the copper shade or any other shade this would look pretty much amazing!

(L-R: White Gold, Rose Gold, Pink Copper, Bronze)

White Gold is a very pale pink gold and this would look really nice on someone with my skin tone. To be completely honest I haven't used this as a cheek highlight yet, but I've used this in my inner corner and I really like it.
Rose Gold is a shimmer with golden pink tone to it. It has a very light gold shimmer going through it and this is the only highlight I've really tested out and worn. The one thing I don't like about this is that it really emphasizes your pores. It's such a nice highlight though that I can just ignore the pore problem.
Pink Copper would be a really great highlight for medium to dark skin tones. I can't see this working on me even when I have a tan. But I would actually like to try this out as an eyeshadow. I really like the colour of this and the light gold shimmer in it. It would actually look nice on its own as an all over the lid shade. 
Bronze is a straight up shimmery shade. In her video, Carli Bybel said you could use this as a bronzer, but there is no way that this could be used as a bronzer. It has way too much shimmer. But, this would be such a good highlight for someone with a very dark skin tone. If not, you can just as well use it as an eyeshadow which is what I'm going to do. 

If you ever wanted highlight on fleek, you definitely have to try out the highlighters from this palette! The highlighters aren't as pigmented as the eyeshadows, but they give you such a nice strong highlight, that I'm actually glad they're not as pigmented.

I named the eyeshadows myself, so that I could refer to a particular shade easily, so don't think that these are actual names. All of the eyeshadows and highlighters are really pigmented, and incredibly smooth. The only thing is that most of the eyeshadows and highlighters are quite powdery so dipping your brush or even your finger in them will leave so much powder all over. It's the only annoying thing about thing about it to be honest! But, I don't really get that much fall out whenever I'm using them on my eye/face so that's what really matters. The other great thing about this palette is that all the colours are really versatile, especially with the highlighters. If you can't use them as a highlighter, you could easily use them for your eyeshadow.

I think this palette is a total win, and congratulations to Carli Bybel for creating such an amazing and versatile palette. It's also really nice that she went for an inexpensive palette and created something which has a lot of her signature eyeshadow colours.