The only reason why I picked this up was because of the BH Cosmetics Weekend Festival, which in my opinion is among the very best eyeshadow palettes that was released in 2018! And that should tell you a lot because I had previously tested and tried 4 BH Cosmetics palette without being overly impressed. I even decluttered 3 of those palettes, and I am not a hard core declutterer at all. I am more of a collector that is quite content being surrounded by a big collection. Those three palettes were just not good enough to keep.
The Weekend Festival convinced me this was a brand worth keeping an eye out for, and since they released the Royal Affair palette with the same layout as the Weekend Festival palette I had high hopes that they stuck to the wonderful formula and created another bomb palette.
The color story of Royal Affair is quite different than the Weekend Festival palette though. This is a much more muted palette packed with everyday colors and wearable neutrals. A few pops of interesting shades makes this a lot more than your regular neutral palette though. Overall, it’s more muted. Where the Weekend Festival is fun and colorful, Royal Affair is more calm and sophisticated with a few pops of an inner wild child like the shade “Throne”.
Inside you get 7 shimmer shades that lean on being metallic, one gorgeous duochrome with a blue shift that is just the loveliest inner corner highlighter to make your neutral look become something more special. You also get a plentiful selection of 12 different mattes. Although you get 20 shades in total I don’t feel that you get anything repetitive or shades that look too similar on the eyes. You also get a nice balance of base shades, crease shades and deeper shades. So this is for sure a color story well put together.
But what about the quality? Is it the same as the Weekend Festival palette? I would sadly say no. I don’t think this palette is bad my any means, not at all! But the Weekend Festival palette is just excellent, and this one is not. it’s good, but not excellent. The brown toned mattes work great. I had no issues with them at all. They are pigmented and blend nicely. Some of the other mattes I had to work a bit extra with. Both Palace the grayish brown, Monarch the green, and Regal the deep berry I had issues blending because they could get a bit patchy. I found that I had to dip into the base shade Reign several times to blend out those shades properly. I did not have any issues like this with any of the mattes in the Weekend Festival palette, not even the bright colorful mattes.
The shimmers also need a bit of help. They do look nice enough on their own, but I found I had to dampen the brush to get the same intensity as you see in the pan. They simply needed to be dampened for the shine to really show up. Again, this is not something I had to do with Weekend Festival. This off course is a minor issue, that takes barely a second to solve, and I know many people always use a dampened brush with metallics and shimmers. If nothing else, it does help prevent fallout.
Although having this small issues I found it reasonably simple to work around it. Dampening the brush is not much extra effort after all, and spending a bit more time blending would result in nicely blended looks in the end. So you can definitely create beautiful looks with it, and you can definitely make every shadow work, and pigmentation is no issue at all! So still a good quality palette, it just dos not match the quality of Weekend Festival as I hoped it would.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret picking it up. It is after all a beautiful and versatile neutral palette with something extra and I am sure I will get good use out of it even though it would have been even better if this was comparable to Weekend Festival. Maybe it’s unfair to compare those too though. Because if the color story of Royal Affair is more up your alley that’s probably the palette you would reach for and prefer anyway.
With a little help these shades are for sure worth BH Cosmetics affordable price tag.
Do you have this palette? Or do you have both? I would be very interested to know how you think they compare!
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