First Impressions: BH Cosmetics 6 Color Highlight Palettes

I guess one of the first things you should know about me is that I love highlighter. I LOVE highlighter. I love highlight like Oprah loves bread. I love the shine, the shimmer, the glow. I love duochrome highlight, dewey highlight, glitter highlight. My face can stop traffic, and I will still want to brush on just a little more.

So naturally, I’ve been thirsting over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits for quite some time now– in particular Moonchild. The colors were right up my alley. I thought about that palette like every day. But I just could never bring myself to hit the “complete order” button on the Sephora website. I just couldn’t justify the $40 price tag to myself. A girl’s gotta eat every day, apparently. So when a friend mentioned the BH Cosmetics Blacklight palette as an alternative, I immediately jumped onto their website. Of course! Why hadn’t I thought to check for some kind of dupe?  BH happened to be having a sale at the time so the palette was marked at $10. Not bad for 6 colors. After going through the rave reviews I went ahead and ordered it, along with the Spotlight palette and a few other things (which I’ll get to on another post). $20 bucks for two 6 color palettes? That’s a pretty sweet deal.

The Spotlight Palette

(l-r) Vivid, Allure, Glow, Radiance, Dream, Ethereal
(l-r) Vivid, Allure, Glow, Radiance, Dream, Ethereal

The Spotlight palette is a beautiful neutral highlight palette filled with champagne, gold, and rose gold tones. The formula is highly pigmented, soft and velvety, and swatched like butter. It is great for everyday looks. I can see myself using this palette a lot for work, and for quick, more natural makeup.

The Blacklight Palette

(l-r) Electra, Laser, Kween, Strobe, On Point, Illusion
(l-r) Illusion, On Point, Strobe, Kween, Laser, Electra

Oh man, I love this palette. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it. First of all, the pictures on the website (or these for that matter) do it absolutely no justice. The colors are gorgeous, vibrant, shimmer gifts from the heavens. I’m not sure you can tell from the pictures but this palette has every possible kind of colored highlight you could want. Yellow (Electra), green (Laser), blue (kween), white (Strobe), pink (On Point), and purple(Illusion). Illusions has got to be my favorite because it looks pink in the pan, but it’s actually this beautiful purple with almost a blue duochrome. Drool. Like the Spotlight palette it’s so pigmented and velvety soft. This is an awesome palette if you’re not afraid of color, or even if you are, to maybe take a small step out of your comfort zone. After all, once they’re blended correctly, they probably show just a sheen of color, but I’ll have to put them to test first to confirm.

I did get a chance to play with the Aurora ABH palette, and while it was a really nice palette, I think these two really give it a run for it’s money. I did get them on sale, but BH is honestly always having sales on their website, so keep an eye out! At regular price they retail for $16.99 which is still way more affordable, especially if you take into consideration the amount of product you’re getting. The ABH Glow Kits are $40 for 6 colors, making them $6.60 a color, and you get about .16 grams of product in each pan. The BH palettes, retailing at $16.99 puts each color at about $2.83 each with about .2 grams in each pan, which in pan talk is quite larger. The BH palettes are also cruelty free, vegan, and gluten free, while ABH is cruelty free but not vegan.

All in all, I think these palettes are a great buy and an awesome alternative for the ABH Glow Kits, and totally worth the 17 bucks or lower if you wait for a sale.

So, how do you feel about highlighters and the entire “strobing” movement? What are your favorite drugstore and affordable highlighters? Are there any other highlighters you’d like to see me or Nati try? Let us know in the comments!

XOXO, Mari