It’s been a hot second since I’ve given any love to BH Cosmetics, but their new collaboration with Ashley Tisdale definitely deserves some attention.
When the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale line launched, I heard a lot of mixed reviews from bloggers. I couldn’t resist the gorgeous clean, foiled packaging, and still wanted to judge for myself.
At $12.50, the Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Night Goddess Palette is an awesome value with 9 eyeshadows, a bronzer, highlight and blush. There’s a mix of shimmers, satins and mattes to create a full eye look, and you can finish it off with the face powders that give you a luminous look.
Out of the nine shadows, there is a balance between deeper sultry shades and light delicate shades. You can mix and match to create gorgeous nighttime smoky eyes, or subtle every day looks.
Everything’s housed in a sturdy cardboard palette with magnetic closure, and a mirror on the inside to make it travel friendly.
I’ll say off the bat: the texture of the shades are a bit inconsistent. The mattes can kick up a lot of product, the shimmers get a little crumbly, but the satins are smooth as butter. Either way, all of the shades put down decent pigmentation.
They go on sheer at first, but can be built up to get stronger color payoff. As for the face powders, they all have great pigmentation and blend easily. It’s important to note that they are all shimmery (the bronzer a little less so) but enough for a pretty glow— no tacky sparkles here! Each of the swatches you see above are about two swipes of each shade.
Now usually, I don’t really make time to build up sheer shadows, but this palette still stands out to me a lot. The shadows blend extremely easily with one another, and you can mix or layer them on top of one another for a custom look. Because of this, I think this palette is great for makeup beginners or those who love makeup but don’t like to spend a ton of time doing it in the morning.
I created this subtle everyday smoky eye in less than five minutes by Wild Child, Moonlight and Animal on the lid with Nocturnal and 4AM in the outer corner. I used After Dark as a transition shade and Twilight on the brow bone. I lined my upper lid with 4AM using a small angled brush, and the whole eye look was effortless.
The Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Night Goddess Palette is a great option for those who like to experiment but need a palette a little more fool-proof. This one is easy to work with and still gives you some pretty shades to do not only your eyes but the face as well.