Well hello there! It’s been a while since I last posted. What with all the indoor & outdoor home projects, as well as working full time and going back to school online I’ve been incredibly busy.
I’m enjoying my studies. I’m about halfway through my first economics course and it’s completely changed how I think about the economy and government policy. It’s a little humbling to realize how little I knew about how the world works. Economics is fascinating to me because it’s really the study of how people interact with each other and how policy manipulates our actions by changing incentives. Wow, I’m old and boring now.
Today’s post is a review and two looks using the BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette. I purchased this palette back in December, and it apparently took me six months to find time to write it!? Where did all that time go? I’ve really slowed down on makeup purchases. Aside from my Monthly Ipsy bag I haven’t been buying a lot of new makeup, I’ve actually been using up more products than I’m taking in! Yay!
I’ve previously reviewed the BH Love In London Palette, which I absolutely loved so it’s not shocking that I loved the Desert Oasis Palette too.
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The BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette
Bask in the splendor of exotic beauty with the Desert Oasis – 19 Color Shadow and Highlighter Palette. This essential mix of velvety-rich pigments in buttery matte and shimmer finishes, plus five luminous highlighters, lets you create endless looks for day and night. With shades ranging from cinnamon, taupe and soft gold to sapphire blue and warm grey, it has never been easier to illuminate your features with the essence of radiant sands and vivid night skies.
The BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette was taken off of BH Cosmetics’ website for a while, which was very strange! It seems to be back though, so I’m happy to share my thoughts on it.
This is a cardboard palette with a magnetic closure & a mirror. The palette has an eyeshadow section on one side, as well as a shimmer/highlighter section on the other side. I’m not sure if the shimmery shadows are actually meant to be face highlighters or not, but the larger pan size suggests so. I would have liked to see a couple more mattes, but the ones they included in the palette go with all the shimmers pretty well.
I think this palette is appealing visually, and even though it contains mostly neutral shades I’m still excited to use it every day!
The BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis palette definitely gives me desert vibes! It reminds me of my travels in Huacachina, Peru. I would have liked to have a few more matte shades to choose from but I like that they at least increased the pan size of the two matte brown/tan shades. I use them every time I use the palette.
Desert Oasis contains a lot of warm neutral brown shades with some pops of green & blue. There are so many different golden & champagne shimmer shades to choose from to really make those eyes pop! I think these are shades that would work for a lot of people, beginners and makeup enthusiasts alike.
The mattes remind me of the ColourPop Double Entendre Palette, but the shimmers give you a lot more colour to work with.
I’m keeping my Desert Oasis Palette review shorter than usual because I don’t know how long this palette will be around for. It’s an older palette, so this review maybe isn’t all that relevant to a lot of you.
The mattes are soft, pigmented and blend beautifully, and the shimmers are out of this world. Even though there are some very large shimmer/highlighter pans I don’t recommend using them as face highlighters. The powders are just too shimmery and they won’t look natural at all. On the eyes though — Stunning!
I love BH Cosmetics’ eyeshadow formula. I’m very late to the game only having tried them at the end of 2019, but I completely recommend their shadows. So that’s all you really need to know, let’s get into the looks!
BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette Makeup Looks
My one complaint with Desert Oasis was that some of the shades in the pan can be misleading. Prickly Pear was a little disappointing because it looks green in the pan but on the eyes it’s a rusty brown with only the slightest green flip. It’s pretty but I wanted that cactus green to stand out in a palette themed around the desert.
Here I really packed the shade on to make the green stand out. It’s hard to tell it’s green, but I still like how the eyeshadow look turned out. I got lots of compliments from family when I wore this look 🙂
I had to do a look featuring the lighter blue metallic shade, Turquoise. It really does tie the theme of the palette together, the crystalline blue is beautiful! I didn’t cut my crease with concealer but I did apply the blue metallic shade wet. I’ve been into softer looks without harsh edges these days (I’m usually too short on time to do anything fancy).
The blue looked more silver than blue on camera, but I don’t hate it! If I could change something about this look after the fact I would have blended out the edges with a black shade, instead of the brown at the edges. I think smokier edges would have looked cool!
Do you have the BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette?
I highly recommend it! The formula is fantastic, especially compared to similarly priced drugstore brands. I adore the way the mattes blend and the shimmers catch the light so nicely! I can’t wait to try more from BH Cosmetics.