Coastal Scents before (I have a few of their Revealed Palettes) but I only recently discovered from poking around on their site that you can create your own palettes! As a beauty blogger, I try lots of different eyeshadow palettes from many different brands, but I often think about how much fun it would be to create my own and choose the colors and finishes that my ideal palette would have.
Coastal Scents makes it really easy...they offer empty palettes that can hold 1, 4, 12, or 28 shades and then they have single eyeshadow pans called Hot Pots that are $1.95 each. I chose a 12 pan palette ($5.95) and once I filled it up with 12 Hot Pots, my order came to $29.35...not bad!
The only part of the process I found to be difficult was choosing what shades I wanted! Not only are there more than 300 colors to choose from, it's not always easy to tell what a color will look like in person vs. on your computer screen.
One thing I did to make the process a little bit easier was to right click the colors I liked and saved them to my computer. Then I opened up Paint and pasted them in there, arranging them how I wanted and seeing which colors looked best together.
This was the final result!
Overall, I was going for a mostly warm-toned palette with shades that I could use every day and I'm very happy with all of the colors with the exception of Dark Mango. On the website it looked like it was more of a burnt orange but in person it's very bright! I might swap it out for a more muted orange next time I order, but for now it does give a pretty pop of color to an otherwise "boring" palette.
I was very pleased with the pigmentation of the shadows! I didn't get one single dud, they all blend nicely on the eyes and show up true-to-pan. The shimmer shades are so buttery that they feel almost like cream shadows and they go on very intensely. The matte shades aren't as buttery but they don't feel dry or dusty...they have a soft, velvety feel. All of the shades had a bit of fallout but not so bad that they're kicking up dust everywhere.
They're also pretty long-lasting! Here, I'm wearing Bronzed Peach (one of my favorite mattes in the palette) and Coconut Husk (matte) in the crease with Caramel Ice (shimmer) on the lid and it was still going strong 6 hours after I applied them. I wore primer on one eye and applied the shadows to my bare lid on the other to see how they compared and both eyes wore the same for most of the day. Toward the end of the night, the side without primer looked a little bit more faded than the primer side but I was still impressed with how they wore either way.
You can start here at CoastalScents.com
**Update! I wanted to show you a Coastal Scents palette that reader Susan shared with me! She missed out on the Anastasia Master Palette by Mario and created her own using the Coastal Scents eyeshadows...how cool is that? She was happy to share a photo and included the names of the eyeshadows she used in case you're interested in doing the same thing. :) **
Have you ever tried Coastal Scents Hot Pots or created your own palette? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!
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