Gosh this pains me so to write this post but I know it needs to be done. I’ve gotten so many questions about my thoughts on the BH Cosmetics x Shaaanxo Palette and I’m finally ready to share them with you. If you were thinking of picking this up, read on so you can save your money and your time.
YouTube beauty vlogger and makeup artist Shannon Harris, known to her fans as Shaaanxo, shares her makeup secrets with an inspirational message. Her girl-next-door relatability and engaging personality make her the most subscribed-to channel in New Zealand and one of the top beauty influencers globally. Shaaanxo has hand-picked a mix of dynamic and down-to-earth shades that add up to a multitude of wearable looks that flatter a variety of skin tones.
The BH Cosmetics x Shaaanxo Palette is a dual sided palette made of sturdy cardboard. It’s pink watercolour effect is pretty and girly and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. One side holds 9 eyeshadow pans and the other 9 lipstick pans. Each eyeshadow is 1.7g which is a bit more than a single MAC eyeshadow refill. The lipstick pans are much smaller at 0.9g which means there is very little product. The palette is lightweight for travel and I like the concept of having both powder and cream formulas in one palette without them being able to mix. None of the shades are named so that’s always a bit of a bummer for me. I feel I get more insight into the person and their thoughts based on some of the names of the products. Either side of the palette also comes with a decently sized mirror of good quality. I hate when cheap mirrors are scratched and smoked out you can’t even see yourself in them.
The eyeshadows in the BH Cosmetics x Shaaanxo Palette are warmer, more neutral toned shades. There are 3 mattes and 5 shimmers and 1 duochrome shade. Based on just looking at the shades, these are some of the favourites I lean towards for everyday wear. It can be played down simplistically or glammed up for a more dramatic look.
The lipstick shades are absolutely stunning. I’m a self-confessed lipstick junkie and I would wear every one of these shades depending on my mood. There are lighter, nude and rosy shades along with your more dramatic red and deep purple.
This is where it went all downhill for me. The first time I used the palette I thought I was using the wrong brushes because the eyeshadows were just looking off. I struggled to get the colour to show up and when I went in to blend it came out looking all patchy. After that, regardless of which brushes I used, I always hated the way my eyeshadow looked. I got my beauty blogger friend to try it out and same thing happened. That’s when I knew it wasn’t just in my mind. The pigmentation is hit and miss but the shadows do look better when applied with a wet brush.
The lipsticks on the other hand, as pretty as they are, just don’t do it for me. They all have the same creamy, tacky consistency which doesn’t last long on the lips. They are pigmented no doubt but without the inclusion of a lip brush, makes applying these more of a nuisance than anything else.
The shadows do last a good 5-6 hours on the lid when using a primer. Always use a primer. The darker shades do not stain the skin too much but the lighter shadows do seem to fade away as the day progresses.
Is it a dupe for the Kylie Bronze palette?
To be honest, I can’t answer that. I don’t own the bronze palette but after watching the video below I don’t think it is. Also if Kylie’s eyeshadow formula is consistent across the board then it’s not possible. I own the Kylie Burgundy palette and the pigmentation and ease to use it is just amazing. I’ll have a full review up on that palette too.
The BH Cosmetics x Shaaanxo Palette retails for an astonishingly affordable $14.50 (R194). That works out to just 60c per shadow. That’s a steal as far as the cost is concerned considering you are getting 18 different eyeshadow and lipstick shades. If you’d like to see a full breakdown in comparison to other palettes, please click here.
Where to Buy
The palette can be bought directly from the BH Cosmetics website here. They do offer international shipping and it only costs an extra $6 to ship to SA. This costs don’t include tax duties once it arrives in the country. It also shows delivery within 10-20 working days but that excludes time spent in customs.
The reason I feel so bad for writing this post is because I didn’t actually pay for this palette. I ordered with a friend who was getting some other items from the BH Cosmetics site and when the stuff got delivered, she refused to accept money for it. So in essence this was a gift.
For the price you’re paying, I’d rather suggest getting the Carli Bybel palette which I reviewed here. It’s on sale from the initial $20 price tag to also just $14.50. I’ve had that palette for more than a year and it’s still one of my favourites. It even made it on to my Best of 2015 post. The BH Cosmetics x Shaaanxo Palette isn’t the worst I’ve ever tried because you can still create a few looks from it but all the hard work you need to put it makes it obsolete for me. If you see in the swatches above, the shades look more rich and vibrant on lighter skin so perhaps this one was made for specific skin tones in mind. If you’d tried this palette before, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.