I love Coastal Scents eye shadow palettes, the quality is usually great and the shadows are always beautiful. Coastal Scents often has great sales on their website and you can get the inside scoop by signing up for the newsletter like I do. This Halloween they had an amazing kit on sale that I could not resist.
If you read my blog frequently then you may notice that for many of my makeup looks I use a combination of palettes and the Coastal Scents 88 palette is frequently mentioned. In fact I have had the 88 shimmer palette for quite some time and it is still going strong.
This palette comes with 2 separate trays of shadows, one on top of the other in one black case. There are no sponge applicators which I personally don't use anyway. This palette does not have a mirror like some of the other palettes on the site. Each tray has a pink ribbon on the end which makes it easy to pop the color trays out of the case, just make sure not to remove the ribbons when you first open the packaging.
The 120 palette (Palette 2 on the website) is gorgeous! There are other palettes on the site with different color combinations but I chose this one because of the beautiful range of blues, purples, pinks, bright orange and greens. The actual circles of color are larger than that of the 88 palettes.
It also has a selection of grey and black for creating sultry smokey looks and a nice row of browns and sandy colors for crease blending and neutral looks. I also like that there are some gold shades and a line of soft pastel hues. The range of colors in this palette is just exquisite.
This palette contains both matte and shimmer finishes which is a good combination for creating versatile looks. They apply smooth and I don't have any issues with creasing. All the colors have a matte finish. These shadows can also be used wet for a more dramatic look.
Pigmentation & Quality
The shadows are very pigmented although I found that some shades were more pigmented then others. They are very good quality, easy to apply and you can build up the colors nicely with a flat eye shadow brush by patting on the color. The shadows are a great texture, soft but non chalky and you can create many different looks. I would suggest using a good primer to optimize the color pay-off. The quality and the finishes of these shadows actually seems similar to the high quality Inglot shadows I have.
There are way too many colors in this palette for me to swatch them all but here are a few swatches below
Be very careful not to drop these palettes because the color slots are not magnetized to the pan so if they pop out they will keep popping out unless you glue them in again. I learned this the hard way when I dropped my 88 shimmer palette and all the colors were re-arranged which messed up the color gradient.
Cost & Shipping
The 120 palette (2) is on sale individually right now for $15.95! (Originally priced at $18.95). I don’t know how long the sale will run for so if you are interested you can find the information by clicking- HERE Shipping was quite fast, The Coastal Scents facility is located in Miami and I received my order here in Toronto in one week. Shipping to Canada actually cost more than the palette did at about $22, so if you are planning to order the best thing to do is get everything you want from the website in a single order.
I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone in the market for high quality shadows at an affordable price. This palette is great for those who want to experiment with color and who want to create a variety of looks for every occasion. I would also recommend this palette to makeup artists and all makeup enthusiasts.
I will have some new makeup looks coming up soon using this palette and more reviews on Coastal Scents so stay tuned...