Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eye Palette

Today I have for you another amazing eye palette that I discovered thanks to a friend. I had been wanting to buy the Naked palettes from Urban Decay; more specifically the Naked 3 palette was at the top of my wish list; but really could not afford to buy all of them, I had been saving all the extra money I could and finally had enough to buy one Naked palette. I was so undecided on whether or not the Naked palettes were really worth the money that I enlisted the help of some friends and asked opinions. One friend suggested I check out a post she came across done by Beauty Broadcast and you can check out that post here. She does a very good comparison between the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette and the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 palettes. This post and my friend's own experience with the Revealed palette is what swayed me to check them out.

I found that this Revealed 2 palette was indeed very similar to the Naked 3 palette, just like what I had heard online from other users and at just the fraction of the cost. Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette is $19.95 regular price, they occasionally go on sale and you can sign up for "price alerts" on their site to alert you to the sales via email.

I am hooked!! I am so glad that with the money I was going to spend on one Naked palette I decided I was going to spend on BOTH Revealed palettes!! Even with shipping (which was $8.95 for both palettes I believe) I still came in with a total price under the $54 price tag of one Naked palette. I was excited when they arrived.

Shipping was a lot faster than I expected, even though I had read reviews and heard from others that their shipping is fast. I got my shipping notice email the next day, it was in the morning and I was not expecting it that quick but I was so excited that I think I squeeled when I read the email. Once it shipped I think it only took about 2 days to get to me and I just chose their standard shipping, I did not upgrade or pay extra for quicker shipping.

Once it arrived it was all packaged in a nice flat rate box I believe. Inside they were wrapped so nicely in bubble wrap so that they didn't bang around in the shipping box. Each palette was in it's own individual palette box and inside Coastal Scents included a 4 color sample of some of their other shadows, a business card with their info on it, and a cute "I Love (it was actually a heart) makeup" sticker. I have yet to find the perfect place for this sticker so I am going to just hold on to it until I find it's perfect place, lol!

I opened up the palette and it was perfect, no damage at all! I was so impressed with their shipping and packaging! I have the Revealed palette (I ordered it the same time I ordered this one so they arrived together) so I was hoping that the shadows would be pigmented and as smooth as the ones in the Revealed palette. Boy I was not disappointed with these, these babies are so smooth and pigmented that you barely have to use any to get nice color. I couldn't wait to try them out and see how they are when you apply them with a brush.

I have tested these out for about a month now and I realized that applying my makeup was so easy. You really don't have to use a lot to get great color because they are so pigmented. There is a mix of matte shades, shimmers, and a few that are a little glittery. I didn't experience much fallout with application unless I put too much on my brush (which happened the first couple times until I got used to not having to put a lot on the brush). The more glittery/shimmery shades do have a bit of fallout but it's nothing that is going to deter me from using these shades because they are so gorgeous. My advice is maybe apply your eye makeup before you do the rest, that way you can cover up any fallout with your foundation and powder.

I have noticed that I have been reaching for the Revealed 2 palette and the Revealed palette everyday. I have not touched any other eyeshadow in my collection since getting these. These are my two favorite palettes and by far the best purchase I have ever made!

Below is just a quick swatch of each shade to show you how pigmented they are and just how beautiful these colors are. Each swatch is just one swipe of my finger on the color pot in the palette and then one swipe on the underside of my arm. I have numbered each shade on the palette for you and coordinated it with it's corresponding swatch on my arm.

Here is a close up of shades 19 and 20. I wanted to show you that shade 19 is a nice dark plummy brown with red glitter in it, almost just like Blackheart in the Naked 3 palette.

If you are wanting to purchase the Naked 3 palette but haven't because of the price (like I was), try this one out, it is a fraction of the cost and in my opinion just as good of quality (I will note that I don't own any Naked palettes for comparison but have tested a few shades out at Ulta on my hand to just see how they were).

When you sign up for an account at Coastal Scents you get points, you also earn points with each purchase, and you can use these points you collect for credits or an amount off of your next purchase. I will definitely be purchasing from Coastal Scents again. They sell all kinds of makeup, not just shadows and they sell brushes as well. I've gotten a couple Coastal Scents brushes in my Ipsy bags and I love them! You can purchase this palette on Coastal Scents' website here.

I hope you enjoyed this post!!

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