BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette Review + 2 looks

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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BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Review + Makeup Looks

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!

BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Eyeshadow Palette

Colour Story

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.

BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette Review


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

Look #1

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 πŸ™‚

Look #2

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!

BH Cosmetics Desert Oasis Palette Packaging

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.



  1. July 5, 2020 / 9:29 pm

    i can’t believe i had never seen this palette before! at least it doesn’t look familiar to me and i’ve been on their sites many times haha
    thanks for sharing the review regardless and i’m loving the second look. that shade on your eyelid looks so so stunning!

    • July 7, 2020 / 12:32 pm

      It’s been around for a couple years at least, it’s a great summer palette! They have a ton of palettes though and it’s usually near the bottom of the eyeshadow page haha
      Thanks Rossy! I have no regrets buying this 😊

  2. June 30, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    I always read such great reviews on this particular palette. I haven’t bought anything from BH Cosmetics in a while but I definitely have my eye on the Opalescent palette. It reminds of the Carli Bybel palette which I absolutely ADORE

    • July 7, 2020 / 12:36 pm

      Oh I can definitely see Carli bybel vibes from the opalescent palette! The shades look so beautiful. My last BH cosmetics order was placed a few months ago now and it still hasn’t shown up πŸ™

      • July 13, 2020 / 4:14 pm

        Oh no! I think with covid so many packages are taking way longer to show up. In SA there is rumored to be 3 million packages in backlog, as anyone who ships something from another country it has to stop in Johannesburg at Port Health, so they can make sure its safe to enter the country. Because of that there is a TONNNN of backlog and I really hope it gets sorted soon because I’m really itching to order from BH and Beauty Bay. Hope you get your order soon. Can’t wait to see a haul!

        • July 13, 2020 / 9:30 pm

          oh my gosh, three million!? That’s insane, no wonder things are taking so long to ship. For the most part shipping has returned to normal here, things maybe take an extra week now but it’s nothing like the start of the pandemic.

          I hope shipping speeds up for you too!

  3. June 24, 2020 / 9:56 pm

    Oh this looks stunning; I love the color story! That’s so awesome, what degree are you working towards at school? Best of luck!

    • June 27, 2020 / 7:46 pm

      It’s so pretty! I love these golden bronze shades for summer, it’s practically all I reach for. I’m taking a certificate in marketing, which can transfer into a bachelors of business management. I’m working at my own pace, so it will take a while to complete but I’m enjoying the mental challenge.

      • June 29, 2020 / 9:49 pm

        That sounds awesome; best of luck in your studies!

  4. June 22, 2020 / 11:37 am

    This palette is honestly beautiful. I love mattes, but tbh, most of my transition mattes look just like those few shades (or slightlyyy different). Great review! My sister was reading over my shoulder while I was reading this post,and she said she loved this palette and might get it. Great post πŸ™‚ xx

    Melina |

    • July 7, 2020 / 12:41 pm

      It would have been nice to have a few different matte shades, but at least they all work with the colors in the palette! I hope she loves the palette if she does get it 😊

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