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BH Cosmetics’ Modern Matte Eyeshadow Palette Swatches & Review

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In my very humble opinion, I think that if you love creating make up looks, its important to have a few varying colors of matte shades to work with.  I’ve been in serious need of matte shadows, but finding a decent matte at a decent cost is no small task.  And lately, my funds are limited.

Luckily, the world has BH Cosmetics to come to the rescue!  A company that I love simply because it allows a broke girl like me to indulge in my beauty addiction.

Price Tag

The Modern Mattes 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette includes a decent variety of hues and neutrals, and it sells regularly for US $11.50 for 1.38oz. I’m not affiliated with the company so unfortunately I can’t give you any promo codes.  The BH Cosmetics website is always having sales, though, so you might be able to get it cheaper if you keep an eye on it.

Ingredients/Ingrédients / Made in PRC – Total Net Wt / Poids Net 1.38 oz / 39 g ℮ (28 Eyeshadow / 28 Ombres à Paupières / 28 Lidschatten) Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Silica, Isopropyl Palmitate, Diisostearyl Malate, Squalane, Magnesium Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2), Ultramarines (CI 77007)]. 

Questionable ingredients: 

  • Yellow 5 Lake carries warnings that people with respiratory issues, such as asthma, should avoid using it.  The dye has shown to be carcinogenic and carry health risks. However, this ingredient is currently being used in many countries for cosmetics and food colorant. 
  • Isopropyl Palmitate is Palm Oil.  Palm Oil demand has increased dramatically and this has resulted in clear cutting of rainforests and peatlands.

First Opinions and Swatches

First things first: I love that this palette has a clear top instead of the solid black.  It displays the colours so much better.  The texture to the touch is not to chalky at all. Testing them on my arm, these shadows do not appear very opaque, but they are definitely buildable.  Also, there doesn’t appear to be too much fall out, but some of the colours do flake a bit.

Blendability and Wearability

I’ve been trying to teach myself a cut crease.  In case you don’t know what that is, it’s a technique to make your lids look larger by creating a fake crease just slightly above your natural one.  Most eyeshadow looks you see lately utilize this technique in one form or another.  I don’t usually do my eyeshadow like this, but I love trying out popular make up looks.

I figured the matte shadows would be perfect for me to create a basic, crease cut look, and it would allow me to see how the shadows performed.

This was the final look.  I didn’t use a primer and it didn’t require me to build up the colors like I thought I would have to.

I just want to make a point of saying that my skin is far from perfect.  There is a filter on my camera that automatically blurs imperfections.  I can’t control it.

Ultimately, I think this palette has exceeded my expectations.  I didn’t think the shadows would go on so colorful.  Blending them out does take a bit of work, but overall I’m happy with how it goes on and how it looks, for the price I spent.

If you’ve tried out this palette, or no of any other matte palettes that I just have to check out, leave me a comment below!

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