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Beauty on a Budget: Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette

I purchased 3 of the Coastal Scents palettes a month ago and I’ve been holding off on posting on them because I wanted to get a feel for how they perform first so that my reviews are accurate. The first palette I’m reviewing/swatching is the original 88 palette which is a mixture of matte and satin finish eyeshadows.

This type of palette is available from many sites and also on ebay but I purchased from the Coastal Scents website for $18.95. The shipping was quite pricey and I paid $31.74 for express shipping to Australia for an order that was $73.02 and which included 3 palettes and a few other little odds and ends. The package did arrive really quickly (about 5 days) and it was very well packaged.

It comes in a black plastic case that attracts fingerprints like no tomorrow!

There’s a mirror attached to the inside cover of the palette and there are two double-sided sponge tip applicators included.

The colours range from an off-white all the way through to a true black.

The thing that surprised me about this palette is just how small the shadows are! I thought each shadow was the size of a standard MAC eyeshadow pan but it’s less than half the size of one.

Here’s a comparison between MAC Electra eyeshadow on the left and a silver from the Coastal Scents palette on the right:

And for all you Aussies, here’s a comparison with a 5 cent coin so you can see how tiny it is:

You might be thinking at this stage that the eyeshadow pans are removeable since I seem to have pulled one out but they’re not. This just happened to happen to mine:

The eyeshadow pans don’t seem to be glued in to the palette using the strongest adhesive so after I dropped this palette once on to my carpet (from a not very high distance), this shadow just happened to pop out. It’s easily fixable but I haven’t glued it back in just yet because I wanted to take pictures for you all.

This also happened to my palette:

If you can’t tell, that’s the opening of the palette and it was a bit stiff so when I finally managed to get it open, a part of the clasp just fell off. I will say that the two other palettes I purchased have a different, sturdier clasp so maybe this is a design flaw that has been recognised and is being fixed.

Here are the swatches. I swatched them column by column (vertically from the top left hand shadow) and all of the eyeshadows are swatched over a primer. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the reason I didn’t swatch these without a primer is because the pigmentation isn’t fantastic when you don’t use a primer so a primer is a must. I should also say that I was cleaning my brush in between colours so my brush was a bit damp which could also have affected pigmentation.

COLUMN 1:

COLUMN 2:

COLUMN 3:

COLUMN 4:

COLUMN 5:

COLUMN 6:

COLUMN 7:

COLUMN 8:

COLUMN 9:

COLUMN 10:

COLUMN 11:

With a primer these shadows are fantastic but without a primer the mattes tend to be a bit chalky and the lighter coloured satin finish shadows are a bit sheer. The darker shades, matte or satin finish are quite pigmented even without a primer.

The colour selection is fantastic and this is a great beginner palette. It would be much better if there was a true pigmented white shadow and if they got rid of some of the shadows from the first column as they’re quite chalky and useless.

The shadow pans are small but I won’t be getting through any of these any time soon. I have a lot of eye shadows but I still think this was a good addition to my collection. There are colours in here that I don’t have and which will come in handy for certain looks but which I don’t need full size versions of such as a lot of the brighter shades.

Here’s a look I came up with to show you all how these shadows work together. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base and then used some NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk over that.

I circled the colours I used in red so just click the picture to view bigger.

These shadows are best used when patted on so the intensity is maintained. I find that these colours blend ok together but not as well as my higher end shadows such as MAC, Inglot, Sugarpill etc. When I need to blend these shades together I tend to use a patting motion over the edges where colours meet rather than a true blending technique.

All in all, this palette is great and I’m glad I actually swatched all the colours since alot of these shades look different swatched than in the pan. I definitely recommend purchasing this palette whether it’s from the Coastal Scents site or from Ebay.

Do any of you have this palette? How do you feel about it?

UPDATE 1/06/2011
I just wanted to clarify that I highly recommend this for purchase for beginners who don’t have many eye shadow’s and are trying to build their collection. To those who have alot of eye-shadows, I think this is a good palette if you need brighter shades but if neutrals are your thing then look elsewhere because I don’t think the neutral selection is the greatest.
Also apparently these palettes are cheaper on Ebay than Coastal Scents so save yourself the shipping and check out Ebay.
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EOTD Challenge: Pin Up

Today’s look for Sara-May’s ‘May 2011 FOTD Challenge’ is pin up. I absolutely love the pin up look because it’s classic and flattering on everyone. I especially adore the defined crease eye look a la Marilyn Monroe and I’ve already done a post on this look. Check it out here. I wasn’t planning on taking part in today’s challenge since I had already done something similar but I love it so much that I decided to give it another go!

My previous post was more of a classic pin up eye but today’s one has a bit of a twist as I used a pastel blue eyeshadow on the lid instead of the normal shimmery/matte beige colour. I first wore this look to a friend’s hens night a few weeks back and I loved it! I paired it with NARS Heatwave on the night but I think this eye looks gorgeous with a nude/light pink lip.

To get this look I decided to use my Coastal Scents Originial 88 palette. I numbered the colours on the picture below as a reference (click to view bigger) and I’ll explain how I used them in the look.

I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion all over the lid up to the brow bone.
MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot all the lid up to the brow bone as a base for the shadows.
The first eyeshadow I put down was colour 1 from the CS Palette which is a light cool brown and I used this to lightly define the crease concentrating the colour on the outer half of the crease.
I then patted colour 5 from the CS palette which is a shimmery pastel blue all over the lid just up to crease.
I then picked up some of colour 2 from the CS pallete (which is a dark cool brown) on an angled brow/liner brush and drew in a defined crease. I then blended the top of this line out with a tapered blending brush.
I then picked up some of colour 3 from the CS palette (which is a matte black) on the same angled brush and darkened the crease a bit concentrating on the outer edge of the line and then blended the top of the line out.
I used colour 4 from the CS palette (a pastel peach) as a brow bone highlight and a mixture of colour 4 and colour 6 as highlight around my tear duct.
I used Rimmel Exaggerate liquid liner in black all along my top lashline and ended the line in a flick.
I used Rimmel Soft Kohl liner in White on my water line and Rimmel Sexy curves mascara on my top lashes.
I finished the look off by adding so half lashes on the outer part of my lashline.

I chose to pair today’s look with a red lip and went with NYX Hot Red lipliner and NYX Snow White lipstick.

Coastal Scents Mini haul

I decided to order from Coastal Scents the other day because everyone raves on about how great these palettes are. I picked up the Original 88 palette, the Mirage palette, the 28 Neutral palette, 10 5gm jars, 10 little scoops, a synthetic blender brush and a crease brush.

Mirage 88 palette:

Original 88 palette:

28 Neutral palette:

I will be posting reviews and swatches for all the palettes but I wanted to get a feel for them first and see how they perform and whether I’d recommend them. If you have any of these palettes, I’d love to hear your thoughts below and what you think the best way is to use them to get the best colour payoff.

I’ll probably do a review on the brushes as well because I think I only paid like $2 or $3 for them so it would be awesome if they end up being a good alternative for those who can’t afford higher end brushes.

For any Aussies out there, do you know where I can buy empty 5gm or slightly bigger sample jars in Australia? I thought that they were something that were easy to find but I have gone to so many stores and no one sells them! It’s good to know that Coastal Scents sells them as a backup but I was hoping there were beauty supply stores that would stock these.