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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Swatches: Coastal Scents Hot Pots Eyeshadows

I recently purchased a few eyeshadows from Coastal Scents because they were having a sale. I got $5 off a $25 order. Normally, each eyeshadow costs $4.49. (Update 3/10/2016: Price has been reduced to $1.95.)

Skip: They are all very pigmented except for M05, which I don't mind because I bought it to use as a base for Mac Humid. I find that the combination of M05 and Humid results in a less shimmery, but darker forest green color, which I had hoped for. I would skip M05 if you plan on using it alone because the color payoff is poor.

I also use CM09 or M17 with Mac Deep Truth. When I use Deep Truth alone, it's not pigmented enough. (I bought Deep Truth in the pro pans and I heard that the pot pans are much more pigmented. If anyone has Deep Truth in the pot pans, please let me know how pigmented the eyeshadow is.)

Dupes: M21 and S38 are perfect on the crease with Mac Swiss Chocolate for an everyday school look or for a professional environment. Coastal Scents describes S38 as a satin eyeshadow, but it has a more matte finish to me. Also, S38 has specks of gold in the pan, but once you apply it, you can barely see the gold. M21 is a lighter version of S38. Mac Haux is more brown and has a hint of a plum undertone. S38 is a more pinkish beige color.

I heard from other sites and blogs that S10 is a dupe for Mac Sumptuous Olive, but they couldn't be more wrong. Sumptuous Olive is a golden olive color, while S10 is a silver color with an olive green iridescence. I've also swatched Mac Patina and S05 to compare, but they are all very different colors.

Favorites: S10 is actually one of my favorites from this haul. I love applying it onto my lids and pairing it with Mac Humid in the crease.

CM07 and M08 are also my favorites because they're very pigmented and are a lovely pair for a dramatic look. However, beware because after I washed off CM07 with makeup remover, my eyelids were stained bright pink. (I use Olay Daily Facials' makeup remover cloths and also Chanel's eye makeup remover).

Note: Coastal Scents eyeshadows fit perfectly in my palette and are the same size as Mac eyeshadows. In terms of quality, Mac eyeshadows are better than Coastal Scents eyeshadows. I hit pan faster with Coastal Scents eyeshadows because the formula is smoother. They also get really dusty and crumbly in the pan and a lot of the product tends to fall down to my cheeks and under eye area when I apply them on my lids.

Mac Eyeshadows in pan form cost $11.00 for 1.5 grams (some of the eyeshadows have 1.3 grams) and cost $16 in pots. Coastal Scents eyeshadows cost $4.49 $1.95 (price reduced) for 1.5 grams.

What Coastal Scents eyeshadows are your favorites?

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  1. love ur blog,esp swatches n reviews.ty.

    san diego,ca

  2. @Lyn

    Thank you. That means so much to me. =)

  3. First of all - great blog!!!

    Now my question :)
    How would you compare Coastal Scents Hot Pots and SMH eyeshadows?

  4. @TrueGlam

    Thanx! =)

    In terms of quality, such as blendability, longevity, pigmentation, and texture, SMH eyeshadows and Coastal Scents hot pots are the same. I get fall outs will both because the eyeshadows are crumbly. Most are pigmented and long lasting when used with a primer. Some are gritty and glittery. Also, they are both the same size.

    As for the price, SMH eyeshadows are $6, while Coastal Scents hot pots are $4.49.

    Also, SMH use names for their eyeshadows, while Coastal Scents use numbers.

    I don't prefer one company over the other, but I will say that I like Mac eyeshadows better, even though Mac is more expensive.

    However, SMH and Coastal Scents are good alternatives if you are on a budget.


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