Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Review & Swatches: Coastal Scents 26 Shadow Blush Combo Palette

I'm sure by now most of you have already heard about Coastal Scents palettes. I myself own 2 of them; this, and the 88 matte one. They're a-okay, to be honest with you. I can't say they're very suitable for makeup beginners because some of the eyeshadows are actually hard to blend. And you know how it is - if you want to practice blending, you're gonna need forgiving shadows. But at least for me, this particular palette has some of the loveliest browns and purples ever. That's why I still use this palette quite often. The 88 one, however, has kind of lost its appeal to me. I haven't even touched about half of the shades in that palette.















Some of these eyeshadows have better quality than the others. The matte ones are chalkier in texture compared to the shimmery ones. The lighter shades seem to refuse showing up on my skin, but with a good base, you can still pull off decent pigmentation out of them. One more drawback I could point out is the nonexistence of a highlight or base color. Sometimes when I use this palette, I have to dig around my stash to find a single highlight color to complete the look. Uncool.

I did post some swatches on the blushes last year but my pictures were blurry, so I'm just going to replace that post with this one. I had people stumbled on my blog googling about this palette, I don't want to scare them away with my old crappy swatches.







As you can see, there's a shade for every skin tone. Though, I admit, the 4th color tend to look muddy on me. I can never wear the 5th (the dark plum one) without overdoing it, so I'm left with the 1st and 3rd as favorites. The texture of these blushes, as you can probably tell from the swatches, is dry and a little chalky. I usually apply them by layering the color using a duo fibre brush.

Some people might worry about the sturdiness of the case considering how cheap this palette is. Well, I'd say, worry no more. I've had this palette for 1+ year and it's still as good as new. I'm one of the clumsiest girl you'll ever met; I drop and break things. LOL. So yes I've had this palette fell off of my grasp quite a few times before but none of the eyeshadows are shattered. They all still look fine and dandy.

All in all, I'd only recommend this palette if you're into the kind of neutral colors. It's a pretty versatile palette and could come in handy sometimes. I like creating natural everyday (boring) look to a luxurious gold-purple smokey look with it.

Does any of you own this palette too?

20 comments:

  1. the swatches are awesome!! thanks for sharing!! I've been thinkin about getting a blush palette from coastal scents.. this totally helped!!

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  2. Ooh I own this palette. I love one of the blushes, but I don't use some of the e/s because they are powdery and have very little color payoff. Not a bad palette for beginners though.

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  3. @Annette: you're welcome. glad to help :)

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  4. The pigmentation is great! I have the warm palette and I agree that it's a bit hard to blend..

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  5. That's such a pretty palette! I love the colors. Unfortunately, I don't own this one. I own the 88 shimmer and the 28 (I think) neutral palette.

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  6. Hi Fifi! Great review on the Coastal Scents shadow/blush palette - and the swatches came out really nicely in your pictures :) I don't own a Coastal scents palette and I don't think I would get one. I have the worse blending skills ever and it would probably frustrate me to try to make a shadow work...but you're right, some of the colours are gorgeous. I love #14 in particular. Purples are probably the most flattering shadow colours for me and they're gorgeous on you too!

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  7. thanks for the swatches and review honey :) finally, after all these great things are being said about coastal scents palettes, you're piping up about the negatives! :D

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  8. sebenernya aku pengen banget palet ini fi,bisa bikin smokey eye neutral/brown pake ini ga yah?
    kamu pernah bikin gak pake ini?
    i love the shadea fii!

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  9. @Frida: hmm aku pernah bikin smokey eye ala Kim K gitu pake palette ini, ada di sini postnya.

    maksudnya smokey brown yg gak terlalu jreng gitu yah? pake ini pasti bisa kok. warna-warnanya gampang di mix & match :D

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  10. Great swatches~ I don't even own any of these kinds of big palettes but I guess it's because I don't usually.. scratch that I like never do -__-'

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  11. Thanks for the swatches dear. I've been lemming on this for quite some time now and i think I might just purchase it real soon.

    And thanks so much for your comment! With liquid blushes, I use my fingers or a sponge to blend it out, and with cream blush I use either a duo fiber brush or a small angled blush brush to stipple it on. I hope that helps!

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  12. Dude, I think I would buy this just for #7 *______*

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  13. Salam kenal fifi.. ;)
    Suka bgt sama blog kamu,, ak uda lama jadi silent reader disini.. :p
    Setuju sama kamu,, aku punya palette 120 warna dan itu rasanya too much buat ak.. Banyak yang ga dicolek.. Mikir berapa puluh lagi deh kalo mo beli palette yang isinya bejibun gt.. :p

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  14. Thanks for the swatches! I know that the palettes aren't so much for beginners but even as a beginner I don't mind having them. They're really great value for the money imo. :)

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  15. @SilhouetteScreams: LOL! I know, right? I think #7 is gorgeous too! :D

    @Ephong: memang iya susahnya kalo palette suka ada yg gak kesentuh sama sekali, jadi sayang juga duitnya.. hehe >.<

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  16. thats such great palette! so nice colors!

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  17. I've always wanted CS palette, but then I'm afraid I have no reason to buy other e/s after owning their 88 colors -.-"" so so far I'm still restraining myself from buying lolz
    thanks for the swatches! you must be busy wiping your arms with eyemakeup remover XD XD

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  18. Thanks for the Lovely swatches hun! The shades in this palette are really nice! xoxo

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  19. I had this palette for over a year and never used it because I didn't like the texture and wished they were more pigmented! =( Ended up selling it because I never used it but your swatches are so gorgeous I kind of wish I gave it another try before I sold it.

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  20. beautiful swatches !
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