I mentioned in my BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival Palette review that I had another bright and colourful palette review coming soon, so here it is… let me introduce you to the BPerfect x Stacey Marie Carnival Palette.
This is my first ever BPerfect product, and to be honest I didn’t know a whole lot about the brand until I saw pictures of this palette on Stacey Marie’s Instagram. BPerfect Cosmetics launched in 2013 in Belfast and are huge over in Ireland. They recently launched on Beauty Bay making their products much more accessible to everyone.
I bought my palette as soon as it launched on the BPerfect website (before they launched on Beauty Bay). I have to say how amazing the service was – considering it came from Ireland, it was with me just one day later. That’s impressive. The palette cost £39.99 + £3.95 postage (here). As I said, the palette is now also available on Beauty Bay, although it’s currently sold out, for £40 (here).
The palette contains 24 eyeshadows ( a mix of matte and high-pigment shimmers) and 2 highlighters, all housed in chunky cardboard packaging, with a mirror inside. I love the colourful design on the packaging but it is pretty bulky overall so takes up quite a lot of room in my collection.
Just look at that stunning shade range. It’s probably got just about every shade you’d ever need all in one place with the bonus of two perfect highlighter shades.
These are pretty much the only shades of highlight I use – a gold and a pink. The only other shade I use is more of a champagne but I do have umpteen of them in my collection already. These highlighters are blinding! If you go in with a light hand they can be very wearable so don’t worry if you don’t love the Insta-highlight trend. But if you are into that look then layering on more will give you just what you want. It looks really good if you spritz some setting spray first and then applying the highlight while skin is still a bit dewy – this makes the highlight stand out even more while still melting into the base products.
But the highlighters are just the appetiser, the shadows are the main course…
I know finger swatches can be deceptive but my god are these some pigmented shadows. I can assure you that they are just as pigmented on the eyes too. I only wish I was as good as staceymariemua (Instagram) and mmmmitchell (Instagram) to be able to show you some looks but I’m not even close! I have been practicing though so maybe one day I’ll be sharing some looks on my Instagram feed.
I was a little concerned that the shadows would be a bit hard to work with, as I got the vibe that this is a professional MUA product but the shadows are very easy to blend and all play well together – no patchiness, no muddiness.
So far, the shades I’ve been using and loving the most have been Basic, Shuffle, Keen, Hustle and Recharge. Basic was always going to be a favourite for me, that kind of shade is my go to transition shade or all over shade for everyday wear. Shuffle and Keen are the yellows I needed in my collection and although I’ve not quite mastered the full yellow eyeshadow look yet (Dan’s words were ‘you look like you’ve got something wrong with your liver’ cheers then!), it’s still been fun to play with new colours. Hustle is just stunning and perfect to add some drama for a nighttime look. I’m 100% in love with a blue lower lash line and Recharge has been perfect for this.
This palette really inspires me to be more brave and creative. OK, so I’m not going to be wearing a rainbow smokey eye to work any time soon but if I’m going somewhere special I might try something different. I’m even looking at the PLouise Makeup Academy beginners courses as I really want to learn some new skills.
If you’re a bold eyeshadow lover, I’d go as far as saying you need this palette! But if you’re a simple, neutral eyeshadow lover, you probably won’t get the full use of it, so it might not be for you. But don’t be intimidated by it, if you want to practice just do what I do and play around with it before bed and then wash it off! Check out some tutorials and practice, practice, practice. Jamie Genevieve recently posted an Instagram Cut Crease tutorial (this one) and this was even out of her comfort zone so remember everyone starts somewhere.
What do you think of this palette? Do you love the look of it or is it definitely not your bag? Let me know in the comments below.
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