A little history: I first heard about Coastal Scents through various youtube gurus and beauty bloggers nearly two years ago. I’m not sure why I’ve never brought myself to actually try their products, but I finally made my first Coastal Scents purchase this past weekend. I placed my order this past Saturday, and today is Wednesday so shipping was very quick considering I went with standard Fedex ground. Coastal Scents is an ONLINE-ONLY cosmetics company, so unfortunately you can’t go into a store and swatch them before you make a purchase. So, I had to search through numerous beauty blogs and videos for reviews and swatches before finalizing my purchase. I unfortunately wasn’t able to find many reviews that includec up-close photos of the eye shadows :( So I’ll be providing them myself for anyone else who may be interested in trying this palette and happens to stumble across my site. I hope this helps you guys! :)
Packaged very well - Bubbled wrap and filler paper to protect the products during shipping.
The actual palette is very basic. A black plastic case with the logo and name of the palette on the front, ingridients listed on the back.
Very lightweight and thin
Ideal for travelling - Especially if you don’t want to carry a bunch of different eyeshadow singles, quads, compacts, etc. This one palette does the trick!
As you see in my pictures - I swatched one matte shadow, and one shimmery shadow. From what I can tell so far, the shades are pretty pigmented.
Appropriate for day or night/Easy to create different looks.
Very inexpensive. I got mine on sale for $16.11 (It is currently still on sale at coastalscents.com)
The eyeshadow pans are pretty big - I would say about the size of a half dollar.
I have yet to test these out, so I will update this post when I do.
If you guys have any questions in the meantime, or if you have this palette already - Let me know how you like it! :) I would love to get your feedback and opinions!
Product Review: 28 Neutral Palette from BH Cosmetics
This palette of neutral colors retails around $18 (however I got it for less during a holiday sale) from BH Cosmetics. A few companies, like Coastal Scents, also sell the exact same palette for about the same price.
It contains a good variety of warm and cool neutral colors. I’d say four of the colors are light enough to be used as a highlight. There is a variety of finishes, which I would categorize as shimmery, satin, and matte. A few of the colors have the tendency to be hard and a bit chalky, so using a good base is recommended to get the color to show up. The darker colors, however, are pretty well pigmented.
The only problem I have with this palette is that a few of the colors swatch almost identically, so there might not be a noticeable difference between similar colors when they’re used, even if they look pretty different in the pan.
Overall, I would recommend this palette for anyone looking to have a good variety of neutral colors. The palette is a bit thinner than the average cell phone, and about the size of a medium paperback book, so it’s seems like it would be okay for travel.
Hey! I love your blog! I have a question that I hope you can help me with. I'd like to become a makeup artist, but....how much makeup exactly do you need to get the job done? I've seen some makeup artists who have TONS of makeup, but how much do you really need? How much should you own before you're a "real makeup artist"? How much is necessary? Are they going overboard because they want to or because they feel they should? Is it possible to be a pro makeup artist with only a small amount?
If you haven’t already check my post on How To Be a Makeup Artist here.
I would stay you need a decently sized makeup kit to be a more established makeup artist. Pro makeup kits take years and years to build and you are never really finished! It’s always best to update your kit and fill it with new/popular products and you’ll find it addicting to keep buying for! Don’t expect to have a fully stocked, grand kit within a year or two, it’s best to slowly invest in your kit. You’ll most likely have to start out your kit with more affordable products which is fine, but the higher quality your products are the more you can charge and the more professional you’ll look. When it comes to being a makeup artist you’ll have to spend money to make money, people pay for the outcome and experience so you’ll need to invest in your little business! :)
You’ll need to have primers, foundations, concealers. moisturizers. etc for all skin types (oily, dry, acne prone, etc) and all skin tones (from the fairest of fair to deepest of deep skin tones) so it’s good to be prepared and have a wide selection of products to choose from. Unfortunately one to two foundations and primers won’t fit all skin types and occasions. Tips to save on costs is buying a few foundations in a light, medium and dark shade and mixing them to get the right shade so you don’t need to buy a whole bunch of foundations.
You’ll also need color selections like blushes, eyeshadow, bronzers, etc for all skin tones. Different shades will flatter different skin tones so having many shades and finishes would be ideal!
Check out some cost saving items you can add to your kit below
Apply to makeup counters/stores. You can often work as a freelance makeup artist for brands like MAC, Benefit, etc and use their products (so you don’t need a whole kit) and they give product for gratis (free) so great to add to your personal kit later on.
Mix shades to save money. You don’t need 50 lipsticks, mix lipstick shades to get a certain shade. Mix foundations shades for the right shade to save money instead of buying 50 foundations.
Palettes! Palettes will be your best friend. They save money and space. They make palettes for concealer, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, foundation, etc
Again, don’t overwhelm yourself and spend too much on your kit at first! Slowly invest and buy items for it. Starting off with more affordable products is totally okay! Good luck babe! Xo
Hi! So I'm a makeup novice who really wants to get better with creating and perfecting looks. I really want to buy a makeup palette or two but I don't know what kind to buy. I've been eyeing some Coastal Scents palettes but I'm not sure of the quality. What makeup palettes would you suggest for people trying to dabble into makeup? I'd like palette that's of good quality but not super expensive or is it better to splurge? Thanks for the advice! :)
I think it’s good to invest a bit in a good neutral eyeshadow palette! Sometimes as beginners you buy whats more affordable that may not be the best of quality eyeshadows making it hard to blend and apply, making your job harder than it has to be! So already not having the best of skills with makeup and adding poor quality makeup in the mix is a recipe for disaster. Not saying drugstore eyeshadow is bad but it’s nice to start with training wheels aka easy to work with eyeshadows. Good quality eyeshadows will be creamy and easy to blend! Plus a lot of times with high end palettes you get a value deal so a palette with 9 shadows for $35 comes out to around $3 a shadow. But if you’re on a tight budget i’d recommend the Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette or NYX’s cosmetics eyeshadow palettes!
Try Too Faced palettes, they are semi affordable at $36 each and come in quite a few palette variations!
Also, as a beginner i’d recommend investing in good brushes! Same reason as before, good quality brushes will make applying and blending out makeup much easier! I recommend brushes from Sigma, Sedona Lace, Real Techniques (sold at Walmart, Walgreens and Ulta). These are all more on the affordable side and they all make great brush kits!