If you’re a on budget might I introduce you to the delightful Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette? This eyeshadow palette contains 28 shades of neutral, natural eyeshadows in a variety of matte and shimmer finishes for $11.95 currently on sale (regularly $19.95).
Count me surprised as I LOVE this thing.
This comes housed in a slim matte case which is rather large for travel but perfectly sized for storage as the thinner matte compact doesn’t take up a ton of room by being too bulky. It’ll travel well…but a slimmer case such as the one that Coastal Scents embraced with their Revealed Palette might be more portable friendly!
I think if you’ve tried some of the original, warm, or metallic 88 Shade Palettes you need to put aside what you know about them. I have these myself and I thought the shades a bit too frosty. And if I’m honest the Revealed Palette also had a few shades that were too frosty for my likes.
The Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette lacks that frost which makes it a way nicer palette. The palette is packed with a selection of some of the most traditional and universally used shade of beige, tan, cream, and browns that most people use in their daily natural looks. It’s a palette I can see myself using happily for all my natural looks.
About 75% of the shades are matte with a few satins thrown in. I was worried about the mattes being dry and/or chalky but they are quite soft and silky. They do run sheerer but with primer under them they have a nice intense color pay off. I was worried about colors being a little too like the Wet n Wild Flirting at the After Party Eyeshadow Palette where colors would fade through the wear or even fade during application. No worries though! With shadow prime colors remain intense through the wear and even during application I felt they applied and adhered to my lid very well.
Of course, the satin shades had the best formula of the finishes. They are soft and velvety. It wouldn’t say they have the same consistency you’d get from say an E.L.F. Palette but are a step above it. Pigmentation is excellent and I didn’t feel the need to wear primer under them. On my drier eyes they wore well without losing intensity or creasing through an eight hour period.
I’ve always personally loved having a ton of naturals in one place that’s probably why I love Urban Decay Naked so much but of course, this doesn’t have the same higher price as Naked does! So if you’re on a budget I’d say the Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette is a good way to go.
Two downsides though…these shadows do have mineral oil, not a problem at all for me but some folks aren’t keen on the ingredient and secondly, opening the palette I do get a very strong chemical scent. This doesn’t smell doesn’t translate once applied but each time you open the palette you will smell it.
Aside from these two issues I really enjoyed this palette and think it makes for a great budget pick up for those who can’t really afford to dish out $30 or more dollars on a palette.
You can grab it at www.coastalscents.com.