As promised from my previous post, today I am bringing a review of the Blacklight Highlight Palette from the order I placed with BH Cosmetics back in June. I’m really excited about this because I feel like there’s so much that could be said about this palette’s value, its quality, the colors, etc… so it’s probably best to just dive right in and get started with the basics.
The Blacklight Highlight Palette retails for only $16.99 USD, but if you join the BH Cosmetics mailing list or check back on their website often (hint: check on the weekends), they regularly run specials, and this palette is sometimes included with their promotions. The total net weight of product is 1.23 oz / 35 g in this palette, which contains 6 highlighters.
Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica, Triisotridecyl Trimellitate, Magnesium Myristate, o-Cymen-5-ol, Phenoxyethanol.
May Contain [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)] <61126.0a>
BH Cosmetics describes these highlighters as an “assortment of iridescent shimmer powders that produce enchanting effects”, and when you see the color selection and how they swatch, you won’t be surprised that these are the kind of colors you want to put on the planes of your face, to add glow to your eye makeup, or transform a lipstick with. Not to mention that I have seen many people in the beautysphere make comparisons to some higher end products (looking at you, ABH Moon Child and Aurora glow kits… KVD Alchemist… etc).
As you can see below, this palette comes in standard cardboard packaging but has a huge mirror included, which is amazing considering there are a lot of palettes out there that are two or three times as expensive and don’t include a mirror of any kind. I really appreciate extra bonuses like this when I feel like I’m already getting so much for what I paid.
I wrote this next bit on my previous post, but I think it’s important to include it in this post as well, because I think extra information like this about a brand is helpful when trying to make decisions on how you want to spend your money as a consumer:
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
Most of these photos were taken with my iPhone 7S+ because there is just something about its camera and how well it captures color in natural daylight.
The swatch photos were taken with my old beat up Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. The pan pictures from the Canon fall a bit short of the product/pan photos from the iPhone, but it does a much better job of capturing the color reflect and/or shift in the swatches, appearing more true to eye.
All swatches were taken in indirect sunlight, no flash, using a clean finger on bare skin.
- Electra is a light, glowy, buttery yellow.
- Strobe is an icy pearl white.
- Laser is like the iridescent lime green you’d see on the wing of a dragonfly.
- On Point is a cool-toned pearl flamingo pink.
- Kween is a glowy, bright, cerulean blue.
- Illusion truly lives up to its name. I expected something peachy, but it comes off as a pinky-lavender with a strong blue shift.
Review & Final Thoughts
Let it be known that first and foremost, these shades are pigmented. A “light hand” will surprise you by packing a punch–you need to barely touch your brush on each highlight to pick up what you think is a small amount of product, and then the moment you apply it, you learn a quick lesson. (Ask me how I know.) Once you get a feel for these highlighters, though, you’ll start to realize all the ways you can use them. You can apply sheer for that soft glow on the cheek bones and brow bone, you can apply a bit heavier with your eye makeup to add the most interesting effect to the colors you already have on, or a bright pop of highlight to the inner corners of your eyes, for example.
The highlighters are not as creamy-feeling as the BH Cosmetics Dual Effect eyeshadows I just posted about. These feel like a soft powder and, depending how heavy handed you are with your brush, you can experience some kick up. The finish doesn’t appear to have any distinct glitter particles when buffed onto skin, and if there are any, they are microshimmer. Looking at my swatches above though should hopefully show that there isn’t obvious sparkle–there’s more of a “light reflective” quality than anything.
I have been playing around with this palette for a little while and discovering my favorite ways to wear these shades. My favorite brush so far is a fan brush, because it allows me to do a sheer highlight on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow, etc. If I need to buff anything out, I just gently use my finger tip to buff it out a bit. I reach for Strobe a lot (perfect shade for my skin tone), but find the other shades surprisingly wearable depending on what I choose to wear on my eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Would I recommend it?
Absolutely! I have been recommending it for a little while now. I’ve posted about this in some beauty groups I’m in, sharing my swatch photos early before making this post. Let me just say the response from everyone else was exactly the same as my initial response: holy wow! A few friends of mine have also since purchased this and we can’t stop oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over how beautiful this palette is. I’m hoping to pick up the Spotlight Highlight Palette as my next addition from BH Cosmetics and am looking forward to seeing what other products they will be rolling out in the future.