“ Brand: Coastal Scents / Type: Eyeshadows „
Ordered my palette from Paula at BeautyStore4u.co.uk Got it next day, wrapped carefully in a lot of bubble plastic. Since then I'll never look back. I use it for every day. The whole palette is very light and portable. I received it in a perfect condition. When I opened palette I was positively surprised-the colors are more vivid than on the picture. I used fingers and applied few colors on my hand and they looked awesome, very bright.
I applied some colors on eyelids with my fingers, and that was a brilliant idea-no chalky mess at all! Colors so strong like Makeup Forever or MAC eyeshadows. I blended at the end and the colors lasted all day, they actually stained my fingers a bit. So they are very pigmented and easy to blend. If they would be chalky even with the fingers they would go back with no question.
Both included applicators work great, and application is not chalky, but they are not meant to blend, so blending brush will be handy.
After reviewing several outlets for purchasing this palette, I had decided on a seller through ebay. High feedback was reassuring, and postage, despite taking a long time, was free. Overall I paid £20 for the product and packaging. Take care to examine a seller's feedback before committing to any purchase. There are some inevitable negatives labelled as damaged product or non-arrival but that is the risk you take ordering long distance on makeup products, and in the majority of cases the product will arrive okay.
I chose the Matte palette as I am not a fan of shimmery eye shadows. The pallette contains all of the colours I would ever need to use, and varying shades of the major / most popular colours. They are very vibrant colours and a highly pigmented. A little goes a long way, however they are quite stainable so you will need to scrub away with a makeup wipe to remove them! :)
My particular pallette came with 'Coastal Scents' printed across the front of a shiny black plastic case, in attractive font. The case acquires small scratches all over the exterior, however this is always the case with any product that has this sort of finish (Xbox elite, black Nintendo Wii etc). This particular case also had a small mirror on the interior for makeup application, and came with two small makeup brushes. I would however recommend that you have your own set of brushes as those that usually come included in makeup sets are just for show and not usually very good quality.
Although that said, the makeup applies easily if using fingers. If using a brush there is some powdering.
I got this palette for Christmas and wow. Just wow is all I have to say!
Unfortunately the charge for shipping to the UK is almost the cost of the palette itself, but it's so cheap for what you get and the quality is AMAZING.
I looked into this palette after I enjoyed doing tutorials from youtube and noticed how alot of the artists in there refered to coastal scents alot, plus I was fed up of having to grind my current eyeshadows as the pigments would not go onto my brush very well.
I felt like I was in a Willy Wonker land of make up 'The Snozzberries taste like Snozzberries' The green was GREEN! the pink was PINK! everything was like Rainbow Brite herself has been catapulted and smushes into these little compartments!
The colours are beautiful, I cannot get over how strong the pigmentations are! the downside is, the eyeshadows themselves look pretty small, but the colour packs so much punch I doubt you are going to use loads to cover your eyes, a little definately goes a long way on these beauts!
I would definately recommend this palette to the more experienced person with make-up as the colours are really intense yet amazingly blendable.
An amazing palette for a bargain price!
I know that these are called "coastal scents 88 piece..." but firstly I'd like to point out that they are not exclusive to Coastal Scents, they buy them in large batches and have their logo printed on. They are widely available on eBay under multiple brands, including Coastal Scents, Fräulein, Beauties Factory, Wales, Manly and Pro (thanks to bettytoo for added brand names) and sometimes unbranded, and from many sellers, most of which are located in Hong Kong. Some sellers even do multi-buy offers of multiple sets which can be quite good value for money. The CS prices are £12-£15 ($19-$25) with postage of nearly £20 to the UK and ebay ranges from £9-£25 including postage (cheaper from Hong Kong though I got a good deal from the UK). All in all, I'd go to eBay.
There are four 88 pan palettes, they all contain 88 pans, a mirror and two cheap sponge applicators.
Matt: The matte palette has the complete rainbow of colours with varying shades. 2 rows nude/yellow, 2 rows green, 2 rows blue, 2 rows pink/purple, a red/orange row and 2 black/brown/grey rows. Some of the shadows have a slight shimmer appearance but to be honest they all look matte on the skin.
Shimmer: This palette has much the same layout and shade choice as the matt palette, the only difference being that they are all shimmery.
Warm: The warm palette is a wider range of browns/oranges/nudes/plums/greys, about 50/50 shimmer matte. As far as I am aware it is only available from coastal scents, though there has recently become available a similar palette from china on eBay.
Bright: This is a palette that seems to be unique to Asian sellers and is mostly very bright shadows with a row of marbled eye shadows. I do not understand the appeal of the marbled ones, I would simply mix two shades on a brush but each to their own! I have not used this and do not intend to though I have been told it is of the same quality as the other palettes.
The case 245x180x15 mm and is shiny black plastic. My particular one is blank though if you get a branded on there may be writing and/or labels. Dirt and smudges show up easily (one of my pet hates) but it is easily wiped clean with a damn cloth. I have found the case to be sturdy though I have read some reviews stating that it breaks easily. Perhaps it depends on how you handle it. There is a small leaver with which the case is opened (on the right or bottom depending on your preferred orientation-I open it like a book).
The pans are about the size of a 5p coin and sit in 11 rows of 8 pans when opened like a book. In the shimmer/matt palettes they are grouped according to major colour group, in the warm palette they are less obviously grouped but still in a usable configuration. They compressed powder has a rounded top, this is neither good nor bad in my opinion but I do know that some people have a preference. For the most part they are evenly spaced, but the right most pans of the middle row are squashed together to make room for the clasp. I know this reduces costs for the manufacturers but it leaves my slightly obsessive brain a little rattled!
The pans are small, and if there are shades you use on a daily basis you are going to find that they are used within a few weeks, but if you're buying a palette you're not buying it for a single colour. I have a couple of "day" shadows I wear when doing a minimal look, and this for everything else.
The eye shadows are very highly pigmented, this is apparent from observation and confirmed by swatches. There are many videos and pictures on you-tube etc. that you can browse for swatches and make up looks made using the palettes before you buy. The powder is very fine and as such there is slight fallout when picking it up with a brush or sponge (less with fingers!).
*USE AND RESULTS*
I'll leave it up to you to decide whether primers are required. Personally I don't use them, I put foundation and translucent powder on my eyelids when doing my make up and I find this gives the same results as a primer. I always tap the excess off when applying eye shadows if using a brush or blow it off if using a sponge. The shadows go onto the eyelid smoothly and evenly, whether dabbing or sweeping, giving an even coverage. They are easily blended into each other or used wet for a dramatic edge. It is hard to find a balance between blendable and long lasting and I have to say these do remarkable well for a cheap product. They don't crease and there is minimal fading throughout the day. If going out at night I'd advise reapplying, but I've found this necessary regardless of brand of eye shadow.
*WARNINGS AND OTHER THINGS*
If you follow the guide books and only use colours/shades which suit your eye/skin/hair colour the matt/shimmer/bright palettes are not for you. I believe that any colour can and should be successfully used on everyone. A little experimentation is good for the self esteem.
Some of the colours are very bright, so these are not for the shy. Also, don't ever apply when wearing expensive, delicate or pale clothes, the high pigment content means that the shadows may stain.
If you find a shade that you like to use regularly, it won't last long in the palette, I would purchase the shade in larger form from whatever brand you prefer.
For the price, these would make good starter palettes for anyone looking to experiment with colour or a great gift for someone whose tastes you're not sure about. As a seasoned pro, I am suitable impressed and these will be a staple of my make-up collection for a long time to come.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
****88 Piece Makeup Palette and Ultra Shimmer 88 Eye Shadow Palette ****
I was going to review these separately but for some reason when dooyoo did my suggestion the link just goes to the makeup overview page so oh well.
The idea of these palettes is that the 2nd one is a shimmer version of the first but i have to say there are colours in the two of them that don't match up at all.
I don't like the packaging in these as the case looks quite cheap with coastal scents plastered all over it and i think it would look better plain. Also the plastic separating the different shadows also feels quite cheap. When you open them up there is an okay sized mirror with an applicator on both sides. One thing i found disappointing was the size of the eye shadows themselves - around the size of a 5p coin.
The colours themselves are highly pigmented and they are all really nice. I have had palettes in the past that have had colours that can only be described as "bogging".I am not sure about the shimmer palette but the original colours can be applied wet for a deeper finish.I would say that there is pretty much every single colour you could want in these kits and they work great on their own or mixed together. The colour payoff is great-the shimmer palette is great for creating bright eyes. I cant say how long this will last as i have been using them both for about a month and most of the colours don't even look like they have been touched.
The biggest difference is the price-the original is $21.95 and the shimmer is $24.95. If i had to just pick one i would say that the shimmer palette is slightly better. These can be bought from www.coastalscents.com or ebay.
I have had this palette for such a long time now! I used it alot at first, but at the moment I much prefer neutral eye shadow colours and this palette has little of these. It is great value for money and the eyeshadows are mostly very pigmented with the exception of a few. There are endless combinations you could create with this palette, but I still find I want or require a colour different to the ones here. The eyeshadow pans are very small, which is great for compact travel, but if you love a certain colour and use it everyday, it soon runs out and re-fill pans are not available.
The palette has a large mirror in one side which I find useful, and it comes with 2 dual ended sponge tip applicators which I do not use.
Problems - the palette has a clasp hinge which broke off pretty soon after I purchased the palette. This is not a problem as the product still opens and closes securely, but makes me wonder how well made the packaging really is. A few of the eyeshadows have also fallen out before, but I stuck them back in with some superglue.
Note - if you are a UK buyer, consider getting this from ebay instead - search 88 palette - you should find it for around £15 including P&P rather than £25 if you ordered it from Coastal Scents like I did, and wish I had checked ebay first! They are totally genuine too!
I normally use eyeshadows only by Dior or Lancome because they are most softest but also give great colour, so I don't know what made me buy this kit. I think it was the fact that I had heard quite a bit about it giving really good colour so I thought why not, and as it was cheap even if it wasn't that great, I wouldn't have lost out too much money.
So, upon receiving it, one of the shadows near the edge was cracked, but that didn't phase me, it happens in transit- I just wanted to try the colours.
I was very impressed with the colour pay off that you get with all of the colours in this pallette- I think these are close colours to Mac shadows and the consistency is great, I don't think they are chalky or rough at all. None of the shadows I have used have creased- but there is a reason for this- EVERY GIRL SHOULD USE EYEHSADOW PRIMER PRIOR TO APPLYING EYESHADOWS!- I can't tell you what a difference it makes, and I only found out about this when a Dior assistant gave me that little tip!
So, without an eyeshadow primer yes you probably will get fallout and creasing, but it is easily fixed.
For the retail price and the amount of shadow colours you get, I really wouldn't complain- they give great colour and consistency.
The only down side to this pallette is that if you use a few colours regularly (which in most cases is the neutrals) they will run out quickly as you don't get huge circles of shadow.
Also, you have the option of choosing whether you want a matte black or shiny black case which is a nice little bonus.
The Coastal Scents 88 piece makeup palette is currently priced at $21.95 and available from their website coastalcents.com.
As an avid make up user, I wanted to try this palette out for myself as I've heard some mixed opinions about it. My main eye shadow brands that I love are MAC, Dior and Urban Decay so I guess I'll try and compare it to these so I can give you a better picture of the quality.
This palette is made of a black, glossy plastic and is a bit smaller than the size of a magazine like a full size Cosmopolitan. So, whilst it might look huge in pictures, it's not actually that big but a good size. This palette is handy for taking with you on your travels as you'll have every colour you could possibly want.
So, these eye shadows come in different finishes; some are matte and others more frosted and satiny looking. You've got practically every colour possible so no complaints there. One thing I would say however, is that the shadows are slightly chalky and tend to cause quite a bit of fall-out when you put them on the lids. The pigmentation is quite good but not half as good as MAC and Urban Decay unfortunately. However, for the price you're paying it's not too bad. The colour pay off is pretty good and you can build them, also, when you apply a primer or cream base first, the shades will turn out more vibrant.
You get a good 10-15 or more uses from each shadow, depending on how much you like to use. (I like my colours vibrant so tend to use quite a bit.) The eye shadows are just over a 5 pence piece I'd say so whilst they're not that huge, you still get a good coupe of applications worth.
I would recommend this palette to anyone who is just starting out with make up so you can decide if it's something you'll be wanting to get into and help you decide what colours suit you etc.
Mix and match all your favourite eyeshadow colours in this handy compact case /