This type of palette is available from many sites and also on ebay but I purchased from the Coastal Scents website for $18.95. The shipping was quite pricey and I paid $31.74 for express shipping to Australia for an order that was $73.02 and which included 3 palettes and a few other little odds and ends. The package did arrive really quickly (about 5 days) and it was very well packaged.
It comes in a black plastic case that attracts fingerprints like no tomorrow!
There's a mirror attached to the inside cover of the palette and there are two double-sided sponge tip applicators included.
The colours range from an off-white all the way through to a true black.
The thing that surprised me about this palette is just how small the shadows are! I thought each shadow was the size of a standard MAC eyeshadow pan but it's less than half the size of one.
Here's a comparison between MAC Electra eyeshadow on the left and a silver from the Coastal Scents palette on the right:
And for all you Aussies, here's a comparison with a 5 cent coin so you can see how tiny it is:
You might be thinking at this stage that the eyeshadow pans are removeable since I seem to have pulled one out but they're not. This just happened to happen to mine:
The eyeshadow pans don't seem to be glued in to the palette using the strongest adhesive so after I dropped this palette once on to my carpet (from a not very high distance), this shadow just happened to pop out. It's easily fixable but I haven't glued it back in just yet because I wanted to take pictures for you all.
This also happened to my palette:
If you can't tell, that's the opening of the palette and it was a bit stiff so when I finally managed to get it open, a part of the clasp just fell off. I will say that the two other palettes I purchased have a different, sturdier clasp so maybe this is a design flaw that has been recognised and is being fixed.
Here are the swatches. I swatched them column by column (vertically from the top left hand shadow) and all of the eyeshadows are swatched over a primer. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance and the reason I didn't swatch these without a primer is because the pigmentation isn't fantastic when you don't use a primer so a primer is a must. I should also say that I was cleaning my brush in between colours so my brush was a bit damp which could also have affected pigmentation.
With a primer these shadows are fantastic but without a primer the mattes tend to be a bit chalky and the lighter coloured satin finish shadows are a bit sheer. The darker shades, matte or satin finish are quite pigmented even without a primer.
The colour selection is fantastic and this is a great beginner palette. It would be much better if there was a true pigmented white shadow and if they got rid of some of the shadows from the first column as they're quite chalky and useless.
The shadow pans are small but I won't be getting through any of these any time soon. I have a lot of eye shadows but I still think this was a good addition to my collection. There are colours in here that I don't have and which will come in handy for certain looks but which I don't need full size versions of such as a lot of the brighter shades.
Here's a look I came up with to show you all how these shadows work together. I used Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base and then used some NYX Jumbo eye pencil in Milk over that.
I circled the colours I used in red so just click the picture to view bigger.
These shadows are best used when patted on so the intensity is maintained. I find that these colours blend ok together but not as well as my higher end shadows such as MAC, Inglot, Sugarpill etc. When I need to blend these shades together I tend to use a patting motion over the edges where colours meet rather than a true blending technique.
All in all, this palette is great and I'm glad I actually swatched all the colours since alot of these shades look different swatched than in the pan. I definitely recommend purchasing this palette whether it's from the Coastal Scents site or from Ebay.
Do any of you have this palette? How do you feel about it?
I just wanted to clarify that I highly recommend this for purchase for beginners who don't have many eye shadow's and are trying to build their collection. To those who have alot of eye-shadows, I think this is a good palette if you need brighter shades but if neutrals are your thing then look elsewhere because I don't think the neutral selection is the greatest.
Also apparently these palettes are cheaper on Ebay than Coastal Scents so save yourself the shipping and check out Ebay.