BH Cosmetics Dual Effect Universal To Go Palette – Review & Swatches

I recently made an order from BH Cosmetics… my first order from them in about 7 or 8 years. A long time ago, BH Cosmetics used to be primarily known for their 88 Color Palettes, which I totally bought it because a YouTuber (I believe it must have been Kandee Johnson or Leesha from xSparkage) used it in a tutorial and I was 100% sold. Those little pans were about the size of a dime, they were powdery, pigmentation was iffy, and and I only used it a handful of times before I decided I wasn’t impressed and was pretty convinced I would never buy from them again.

Well, it’s been almost a decade later, and the influencers sucked me in again. BH Cosmetics has come out with a huge range of new products, I see them getting posted all over the beautysphere, and all of a sudden… the swatches and pictures and videos are… kind of amazing?

What I’m trying to say is that BH Cosmetics has stepped up their game so much that I actually went and placed an order with them, something I thought I would never do again, and I’m a believer now. A big time believer. (For reference: the pictures in this post are actually taken with my iPhone 7S+ because I wanted to start playing with everything right away the moment I opened my package.)

My order consisted of two main things: the Club Tropicana palette and the Blacklight Highlight palette (both of which I will do dedicated posts for). BH Cosmetics will often run sales (often = weekly) and have freebies if you spend a certain amount, and this little palette–the Dual Effect Universal To Go 6 Color Eyeshadow Palette–was a freebie with my order. I wasn’t expecting much initially, but once again, I have to admit when I’ve judged something wrong.

So let’s jump into this review, swatches, and one of the looks I made using it.

The Basics


The Eye To Go Eyeshadow Palettes contain 6 pans of eyeshadow within them and retail for only $4.99 USD, which is an absolute steal. The total net weight is 0.22 oz / 6.2 g of product in this palette.

These palettes are intended to be a taste of some of their most popular palettes, with an edit of six select colors that give you a variation of depth and color range. They have five color variants of this palette available on their website currently, but unfortunately Universal is not one of them. I emailed BH Cosmetics inquiring about this, and am currently waiting on a response.

BH Cosmetics describes these eyeshadows as “silky, pigment-packed powders that can be blended, layered and worn alone to create stripped-down to glammed-up looks”, which I think is pretty accurate–to the touch, these have an almost creamy feeling, far and away a huge improvement from what I remember from nearly ten years ago.

Ingredients: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Talc, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, O-Cymen-5-OL.
May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarines (CI 77007)] <6509a>

BH Cosmetics is cruelty-free. They state on their website, “We do not test any products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our manufacturers to sign a legally binding document stating that they do not test our products on animals.” Some, but not all, of their products are vegan, and you can find all their vegan options by entering the term “vegan” in their search box.

A pleasant surprise for me when researching the company was that they also have a statement about the use of palm oil here, stating, “BH Cosmetics is committed to advocating for and sourcing palm oil responsibly. We continue to work with suppliers, communities, and knowledgeable organizations to find ethical and sustainable solutions for doing so.”

I often will take the time to read about a company and find their stance on animal testing, if they have vegan products or not, if they exclude certain ingredients, etc., because I want to provide that information for my readers who find that important in their purchasing decision. It’s rare that I’ve seen a cosmetics company make a direct statement about palm oil on their site, and that has left a very positive impression on me and says a lot about the changes and improvements BH Cosmetics has made over the years to be a responsible and ethical company.


Photos & Swatches


The palette came with a dual-ended sponge applicator. Normally I am not a fan of sponge tip applicators, but in the case of this eyeshadow formulation, I find they actually are a good option for getting some excellent color payoff. When it comes to using this palette with my regular brushes, I do prefer to use a synthetic, semi-dense eyeshadow brush to pack on color. They blend out very smoothly.

Like stated earlier, I couldn’t wait to touch and play with this palette so I took these photos with my iPhone 7S+. (I promise you my future posts about the Club Tropicana palette and the Blacklight Highlight palette are going to be taken with my regular camera!) They were applied with a bare, clean finger, on bare skin, in indirect natural light–no flash. There are no color names as far as I could tell, so I numbered them accordingly.



I have used this palette a few times, and below are photos of one of the “go to” looks I’ve been wearing with it. Super simple, but very pretty and easy to do when in a rush.

BHCosmeticsOnTheGoUniversal06Close up eye shot using the Dual Effect Universal To Go Eyeshadow Palette

BHCosmeticsOnTheGoUniversal05Full face shot using the Dual Effect Universal To Go Eyeshadow Palette


For my eye makeup:

  • BH Cosmetics Dual Effect Universal Palette, shade #1 on the lid
  • BH Cosmetics Dual Effect Universal Palette, shade #3 on the outer edge/pulled into the crease
  • Persona Cosmetics “Humble” and “Maverick” from the Identity Palette to get that really soft, diffused blend
  • Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen for eyeliner
  • Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! for mascara
  • It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil to build shape of my eyebrow
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Mousse in Gray to fill brows


Review & Final Thoughts 

Let’s get straight to the point: the eyeshadows are creamy in their consistency, offering a lot of pigmentation that you maybe wouldn’t expect from something that sells for $4.99 USD. The colors themselves in this palette are really interesting, holding depth with some subtle tonal shifts and subdued sparkle within their foiled finish. They blend easily, build up easily, can be sheer if you want them to be–honestly, this is a super flexible palette to work with if you’re looking for a soft wash of color or wanting to make a full-on glam look.

I have oily eyelids, so I do wear a primer with my eyeshadows to help them last all day. These shadows did not fade away or crease when worn with my normal eyeshadow primer so I have no complaints about wear time or staying power.

It would be nice if one or two shades in this palette were matte, or near-matte, in their finish. I do find myself grabbing for another palette to get matte shades to use in my crease as a way to help blend out the edges the way that I like. That would be my only criticism with respect to this palette specifically.

Would I recommend it?

I absolutely would recommend it. After this cute little palette drew me in, and my experiences so far with playing with the other palettes I have (again–posts about those coming soon!), I am a total convert to BH Cosmetics now and only wish I would have given them another shot sooner. I definitely am looking to add more products to my collection from them, because in the past few years they expanded beyond eyeshadows into foundation, concealers, lip products, etc., so there’s a lot of catching up I have to do!


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