Coastal Scents Hot Pots Review
I’ve mentioned Coastal Scents a few times here and there and my opinion has always been mixed as far as my experience with the brand. Some of their products really impress me, while others greatly disappoint. About a year ago, I purchased some of their Hot Pots off of their website because they were having a sale making their already affordable single eyeshadows only 99 cents. 99 cents!!! I purchased one of their pre-made palettes to place them all in and bought almost enough to fill the entire palette. Since they have over 370 shades to choose from, I figured it would be helpful to review the ones I purchased to hopefully make your decisions easier.
When looking at the shadows, it’d be easy to compare them to Mac, Makeup Geek, or Morphe just because of them all having the same idea as far as purchasing single eyeshadows and that the pan sizes are all the same. Even though Coastal Scents is the one with the most selection, they’re also the one with the least amount of consistency within their line. Their website is fairly easy to navigate, but their shipping can be more on the pricey side (around $8) while not being very urgent with filling and delivering the orders.
I love the palette that I bought for the eyeshadows because it makes everything so much easier. It is only about $10 on their website, which is very affordable but I’d still recommend waiting for a sale since the shipping can end up making it cost much more. The slots in the palette are already magnetic and can also fit Makeup Geek, Morphe, and Mac shadows perfectly. Aside from my almost free DIY Z Palette, this Coastal Scents palette is my next favorite alternative to the actual Z Palette.
I only have two eyeshadows in the first row because I wanted to leave room for future purchases or other brand shadows that I might want to fill it with. These two matte shadows are Cloud White (left) and Bombay (right). They do feel nice and are pigmented enough for what I need them to be. I use Cloud White to highlight above the brow bone, underneath the eyes for dark circles, and on the inner corner of the eye. Bombay is a nice shade to blend with because it adds just enough dimension between colors without being too much.
The shadows I have placed in the second row are mostly all browns and neutral tones: Flesh Tone, Frosty Taupe, Timeless Taupe, Kokomo Cafe, Oatmeal Tan, Brownstone, and Pale Pollen. Flesh Tone, Frosty Taupe, and Pale Pollen are the only shades that aren’t matte in this row. Flesh Tone is one of my favorite colors and catches so much light with all of its shimmer. It’s definitely a must-have! The pigmentation and texture on all of these are very nice, but Pale Pollen is my least favorite because it’s the least pigmented.
The third row is where we start getting into the color and has a wider variety of different finishes: Peach (shimmer), Melon (satin matte), Light Plum (shimmer), Profound Plum (matte), Vintage Burgundy (satin), Burnished Brunette (satin matte), and Light Yellow (matte). Peach is almost an exact dupe for Makeup Geek’s Cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitan has just the slightest bit more of a gold sheen to it, but on the lid it’s not even noticeable. Profound Plum is my least favorite out of this group because, as you can see in the swatch, its the least pigmented and most patchy.
The last row has most of the purples and all the brightest colors: Mauve, Vibrant Maroon, Wild Raisin, Maroon Berry, Black Berry, Pinehurst, and Niagara. All of the shades in this row are matte, except for Niagara which is a shimmer and one of the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen. I don’t use it very often (maybe I should this summer), but I could swatch it all day! I’m not sure if it’s just the formula with the purples or what, but most of these were really dry in texture and hard to blend. Mauve is almost barely noticeable, but can provide such a pretty hint of color.
With these Hot Pots, it’s hard to give an overall opinion because they vary so much from shade to shade. The shadows that stuck out to me in particular and the ones I definitely recommend are Flesh Tone and Niagara, they feel like butter. White Cloud is pretty nice, but I still prefer Ulta’s Naked much more. I also liked all of the browns, I just feel like I already have all of those colors somewhere in my collection anyway so it’s not worth the hassle of purchasing online, plus paying and waiting for shipping. If you want to try these just because, I’d definitely wait for a sale even though they are already very affordable. It’d be nice as something to have as a backup for colors you don’t use very often since they have such a wide variety, but as far as products I use on a regular basis I would recommend to just stick with Makeup Geek. I hope you found this helpful and if you have any other questions, please leave them for me in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend!