Having heard a lot of positive comments and recommendations, I recently purchased my first Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette. It is the 88 Original Palette that consists of a mix of matte and satin/shimmery colours. I was rather impressed with their delivery as it came packaged in a pretty looking box, along with my other purchases, which I will be reviewing soon. The packaging was really good, all of my purchases were intact and neatly packed. The 88 Original Palette cost me $10.95 on sale (approx. £6.50) from their website (http://www.coastalscents.com/pl-001.html). The only drawback is that they don’t deliver to the UK, but can be easily purchased on Amazon, or eBay costing between £17 – £22.
The palette has a strong hard shell plastic case. The case is good quality and does not look cheap at all. I love that its black and sleek, and does not have any fancy prints on it. The palette looks really professional and does not take up much room, making it easy to store. The black case has a latch in the centre, which holds the palette tightly shut, keeping everything in place.
Inside the palette, along with the 88 eyeshadows is an inbuilt mirror, and two dual-tipped applicator sponges, which I haven’t tried out (I prefer to use the Real Techniques Starter Set 1406 brushes and a few brushes from Coastal Scents: they are much better!!! 😉). There is also a plastic sheet on top of the eyeshadows that comes with the pack, and I would suggest keeping this as it doesn’t smudge the shadows.
The colours are bright and vibrant. One of the reasons I purchased this palette is because of the large range of colours available – in satin as well as matte. Most colours are strongly pigmented, however you may need a shadow primer depending on your natural skin tone for the colours to stand out on the eyelid. I have found the shadows easy to blend and layer on effortlessly. One of my biggest concern before purchasing any eyeshadow was the fall out upon application- the Coastal Scents palette has minimal fall out, similar to the Mac eyeshadows. This palette can be used to create any sort of look – bridal, smokey, natural, or even funky.
For Halloween, I created a heavy smokey eye, bat girl inspired look using the bright yellow, purple, black, and a neutral/nude shade was used as a transition colour. The shadows stayed on for the whole evening, and did not smudge or slide at all (I did use my concealer before applying any eyeshadow).
I suggest you try this eyeshadow palette as not only is it inexpensive but you get a wide range of colours that are amazing quality.