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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Swatches: Coastal Scents Hot Pots Eyeshadows S03 and M25

Coastal Scents was having a sale like usual. I bought some eyeshadows and their Mac 217 dupe, which I will be reviewing soon (review). For now, this post will be about the Hot Pots. =)

Natural Lighting

Coastal Scents Hot Pot S03 is a shimmery light champagne with a gold undertone. I was hesitant on buying this color because I thought it was just going to be a boring champagne shade, but I was so wrong. The gold undertone makes this eyeshadow look so pretty and different from my other neutral eyeshadows. Moreover, the color is very safe and it is the perfect lid color for an everyday look. You can't go wrong with this eyeshadow.

I swatched Urban Decay Blunt next to S03 for comparison. Blunt is a more vibrant gold color with a slight yellow undertone. I would use Blunt more for a going out look.

I wouldn't say S03 and Blunt are exact dupes. Both are must haves if you love gold eyeshadows. If I had to choose one out of the two, then I would get S03 for an everyday school or office look, but if you want something that is bold, then I would recommend getting Blunt.

With Flash

Coastal Scents Hot Pot M25 is a matte burgundy shade with a reddish berry undertone. It is much lighter than Stars Makeup Haven (SMH) Taz, which is a true burgundy shade. I prefer Taz because it looks better on medium to darker skin tones. I can still make M25 work on my skin tone, but I think it'll work much better on lighter complexions. I've also swatched Mac Sorcery to compare.

Natural Lighting

Note: Urban Decay Eyeshadows cost $17.00 for 1.5 grams at Nordstrom,, and Sephora. 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. Stars Makeup Haven (SMH) raised their price from $4.95 to $6.00 for 1.3 grams. Coastal Scents (CS) eyeshadows cost $1.95 for 1.5 grams.

The formula of Urban Decay eyeshadows is different than Mac, with the exception of some Mac eyeshadows. Urban Decay eyeshadows are much smoother and buttery, and the shimmery eyeshadows look much prettier than the Mac shimmery eyeshadows. However, I do get some fallouts when I apply certain Urban Decay eyeshadows (the ones with the microglitters), but I don't get as much fallouts as I do with my SMH & CS eyeshadows.

Have you tried any of these eyeshadows? 

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  1. Thank you for posting these pictures and reviews! They are really helpful! :D
    I already own the 88 Ultra Shimmer Palette and 77 Metal Mania Palette from Coastal Scents, but I find myself getting into the routine of using the same couple of colours. So now I am looking at the hot pots hoping to find something similar to the ones in my palettes and this is an awesome help!

  2. No problem hun! Glad the swatches are helpful. =)

  3. I have problem in mixing and combining colors, so I end up using couples of same colors every time, you know - for safety reason. Will you post or give us source on kinda documents to give direction about mixing or pairing up the colors please? Thanks heaps.

  4. @Anonymous

    Sure, I will make a post about eyeshadow combinations & name specific products in the near future. =)

  5. I saw some of Upcoming posts on the left of the sidebar but they're all inactivated. It would be great if we can just click and read the article, bcoz it's hard to know where in the archive you keep those. Also if possible, create 'Like' function so that we can see the preview of the title, then we'll read them. That would be great as most of your posts are very helpful to us. Thank you so much for all the effort :*

  6. Hi Joyce, hope you have a good day.
    Kindly let me know if MAC refilled eye shadows fit the CS empty palette. You know, the price is good and it's the quality of the eye shadow that we have to pay attention on, not the container so I guess if the answer is yes, it would be great.

  7. Hi Anonymous,

    My "Upcoming Posts" list means that those posts are being ready to get published on my blog. I haven't written them yet. =)

    I tried playing around with the settings, but I'm unable to add a "like" function.

    Also, MAC eyeshadows do fit in the Coastal Scents empty palette because their hot pots are the same size as MAC eyeshadows.

    Have you thought about getting the Stars Makeup Haven empty palette? It can fit 28 MAC eyeshadows and it costs $15.

  8. I haven't got a chance to grab one as in my country, make up stuff are easily imitated, they are branded as Dior Chanel ...etc but they're actually fake. I always get them when travelling only, already took note on SMH and will give it a try when possible. Awaiting your post about mixing and playing around with colours, babe. Have a nice day.

  9. Hi Hannah,

    Would you like to contact me by email? I can email you some eyeshadow combination suggestions if you let me know your skin type, complexion, and eyeshadows that you have. =) I'm not sure when I'll have a post up on my blog about it because I still have alot of other posts that are waiting to be written.


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