fotd: eyeliner practice

October 22, 2015  |  Beauty, Coastal Scents, Face of the Day, Sephora  |  No Comments

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I’ve been on a bit of an eyeliner-free-spree lately, partly because I’ve fallen out of love with overly “done” looks and partly because I’ve been lazy. The last time I went through this phase, I completely lost the ability to draw on winged liner from lack of practice.

No, I’m not kidding. You really CAN forget how to draw on eyeliner if you go without it for long enough.

Having learnt my lesson the hard, frustrating, messy way, I make a point to wear winged liner every now and then…even if I’m not really feeling it. I do like how this eye look came out with the liner – I used Sephora’s Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner which I actually find to be easier to work with/control than some brush pens. It’s also way more opaque, and so reasonably priced for the quality – definitely one of Sephora’s unsung heroes.

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Face: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Cle de Peau Concealer, Too Faced Primed and Poreless Loose Powder
Cheeks: NARS blush in Gaiety, Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil,
Wet n Wild Reserve Your Cabana
Eyes: Coastal Scents Revealed Palette, Sephora Collection Liquid Eyeliner
Lancome Cils Booster (Mascara Primer), Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Brows: MAC Mystery // Lips: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in French Kiss

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review: coastal scents contour palette

January 24, 2015  |  Beauty, Coastal Scents, Product Reviews

I ordered the 6 Contour Blush Palette along with the Revealed palette, which I reviewed here. Likewise, this came packaged in a bubble wrap sleeve inside its own box, and arrived in perfect condition.

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Unlike the Revealed palette, this 6-colour contouring palette can’t be compared to any high end product because there’s really nothing exactly like it out there. There are other contouring palettes on the market, but the closest you’ll come to this exactly is a customised MAC pro palette…which would cost literally $100 more.

This palette gives you a lot of bang for your buck – the photos do show the pans as being quite large on the website, but I was surprised at just how big they were when they arrived. I also love that all the colours are 100% matte, which is surprisingly tricky to find.

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Altogether, you get 3 highlight shades, 2 blushes and a dark brown contour colour. The contour and blushes (one warm pink, one cool pink) are universally flattering shades and very pigmented – a little goes a long way, so I make sure to tap my brush off on the back of my left hand before application.

I found the highlights (white, pale yellow and pale peach) decently pigmented for pressed powders. Previously, I was using a matte white Bobbi Brown eyeshadow as a highlighter. Though of course the Bobbi Brown is more finely-milled and silkier to the touch, I was happy to discover that the pigmentation of this Contour Palette was on par with my old staple.

Overall I found this to be a great value. I picked up a couple extras for a beginner’s contouring class I was teaching, and they made the perfect starter palette. I’d highly recommend this to contouring newbies who want to get their technique down before investing in high end products. You can see a contoured look I created with this palette here.

Unfortunately, this palette isn’t going to cut it for professionals or discerning makeup lovers. The somewhat course texture of the powder makes precision blending tricky, and the warm undertone of the contour colour is workable but not ideal for pale skin tones. I much prefer my own mishmash of products…though for convenience I do wish they’d fit in a palette as sleek as this!

review: coastal scents revealed palette

January 16, 2015  |  Beauty, Coastal Scents, Product Reviews

These are the first items I’ve ever purchased from Coastal Scents. I’m not gonna lie – I hemmed and hawed for ages before placing my order! Their products are so affordable, I was convinced the quality was going to be sub-par. But at the same time I was intrigued: what if good cosmetics really did exist for a fraction of what I’d pay at Sephora?

Well, technically they already do in the form of drugstore brands. But a near-exact dupe of Urban Decay’s Naked 1 + 2 palettes for under $20? That was worth checking out.

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When my order arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Revealed palette (and the Contour and Blush palette, which I’ll be reviewing soon) came in its own bubble wrap sleeve inside its box. Not a single pan had been damaged in shipping.

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The Revealed palette was such a surprise. Firstly, I felt that the packaging looked as good as something you’d see from a much pricier brand. Despite it being cardboard, it was really well-made. Trust me on this – being in the paper goods business makes one super critical. In fact, I’d actually just ordered an Ammo palette from Urban Decay the week before and returned it immediately for being of horrifyingly poor quality. Oh, yes I did.

But back to the Revealed palette.The only downside to its packaging is that it lacks names for the colours, which can make referencing tricky. However, it’s an easy fix – all it takes is a white pen!

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I pulled out my Naked 1 and 2 palettes for comparison, and found that the Revealed palette really was almost identical in terms of colours. As far as quality goes, the colours are very pigmented and apply as smoothly as the Urban Decay ones. Truth be told, I was expecting the shadows to be chalky or rough, but when I swatched them I realised there wasn’t a noticeable difference in texture to my Naked palettes.

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Here is a colour dupe chart, compared to the Naked 1 and 2 palettes. Not all are exact dupes, but the ones that aren’t are very, very close.

In fact, they’re so close that I’m not actually sure I’d be able to tell the difference Revealed and the Naked palettes in a blind test. Here’s a comparison shot to prove my point – one eye done up with Naked 1’s Buck, Toasted, Hustle and Sin, and the other with Revealed’s number 7, 18, 17 and 3 respectively. Can you tell which is which?

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Drumroll please…I used Naked on the left and Revealed on the right. Sorry for the iPhone photos today! Adam was busy today and I didn’t want to bother him for too many photos, but he did quickly snap my whole face before we left the house. I think I look pretty normal despite having used a different palette for each eye!

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Aside from its similarity to my favourite palette, another thing I like about Revealed is how sleek and travel-friendly it is. I know the Naked palettes include a brush and mirror, but they are less of a priority for a frequent flier like me. Here’s how much space I’m saving in my suitcase:

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Conclusion: this palette is UH-mazing and I recommend it even if you already own the original Naked palettes. To me, it’s an travel-sized version of my most used eyeshadows, and so inexpensive I can easily replace it if it gets lost or damaged during travel. I’m scoring it as a win for cheap cosmetics, and can’t wait to snap up Revealed 2 (a.k.a. the Naked 3 dupe) next!

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