Coastal Scents

Coastal Scents

Coastal Scents was founded in 2005 by Dorothy and Reto Kramer. They currently offer over 800 beauty products, from palettes to brushes.


Overall rating
3.9
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67%
would repurchase
3.9
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Overall rating
67%
would repurchase

Recent Coastal Scents Reviews

Forever Blush - Graceful
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2 months ago

This is a beautiful berry pink blush. This is a great cool pink for darker skin tones. It's a berry, but it's not purple. The Forever Blushes from Coastal Scents are similar to the La Femme ones as far as quality and pigmentation.

Forever Blush - Graceful
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2 months ago

This is a beautiful berry pink blush. This is a great cool pink for darker skin tones. It's a berry, but it's not purple. The Forever Blushes from Coastal Scents are similar to the La Femme ones as far as quality and pigmentation.


Hot Pots (All Shades)
5.0
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7 months ago

Coastal Scents hot pots truly beat out a lot of high end eyeshadow for me. Hear me out. The proliferation of eyeshadow palettes has offered much value, variety and quality in the realm of eye makeup. After using and wearing a range of eyeshadow from drugstore to high end, I have come to the conclusion that Coastal Scents hot pots are the best for the makeup beginner and everyday makeup wearer. While I do find MAC eyeshadow to be the most superior eyeshadow formula out there (no kick up of powder, hyperdimension, stunning finish, long lasting, variety, value, photographs excellently well, perfect pigmentation without being too pigmented, etc I could go on and on but I will stop), I still consider Coastal Scents hot pots my favorite for several reasons. Coastal Scents hot pots taught me with ease what no other eyeshadow could--what eyeshadow is supposed to look like, work like and act like. After using hot pots, my eyeshadow game went through the roof with any eyeshadow formula. It is true that many eyeshadow formulas should come with a manual no matter how experienced or talented one is. It requires knowledge and practice to really get it right because each formula works a little differently (Wet N Wild, Natasha Denona, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, Elf, Makeup Geek, NARS, Dior, Tom Ford, Morphe, Makeup Revolution etc). And even with advanced skill, some formulas require time and effort to blend (I'm looking at you MAC...but please don't change the formula because nobody has time for that either) and you can actually get the blending wrong. What I like most about Coastal Scents hot pots is that they create a) a seamless blend; with b) gorgeous dimension; creating c) an ideal stunning finished look; with d) ease of application; while e) requiring little time or effort, which may sound simple but has been incredibly difficult to achieve across a variety of brands. No matter your skill level, you can get it right and accomplish what no other eyeshadow can do as efficiently. And from there, you will be better skilled to handle other formulas because you will know what the final product should look like ideally, which is why I recommend it for beginners (as well as the skilled). In essence, Coastal Scents hot pots are eyeshadow #goals. It must be stressed that dimensionality in eyeshadow, though an aspect rarely discussed, is one of the most beautiful parts of eyeshadow, second to good blending in my opinion. But even worse than it being rarely discussed is that it is actually hard to find in some eyeshadows sadly. Even well blended eyeshadow can still look flat with little differentiation in depth and dimension depending on the brand. High dimensionality includes but is not limited to the difference between an eye contour making your eye socket look much deeper versus as it typically is; the depth created by a gradiant effect of lighter to deeper colors in the crease; or the mere richness, reflection and depth in a eyelid color that makes it look different depending on how the light hits it. Coastal Scents eyeshadows have high dimensionality in spades. Coastal Scents hot pots tend to create gorgeous dimension in the final look. Crease shades offer depth and stunning gradient effects which I have found difficult to mimic with other formulas. These shades can be wiped on quickly with a brush, blended together in seconds and blend together so beautifully as to be unbelievable even in comparison to some other brands that do not create as beautiful a final effect and will take much more precision, energy and time. The shimmer shades both on the lid and in the crease has breathtaking dimension and shine and can be applied so easily, quickly and beautifully with just your finger. This comes in handy when you are rushing out the door but you really want beautiful eye makeup. With such a low cost, Coastal Scents hot pots not only offer costs savings but also time and energy savings and a superior final product. Where hot pots fail is also actually its strength. Hot pots are not known for the extreme pigmentation that is currently on trend. I did not initially like hot pots for exactly this reason. I thought that pigmentation was everything. But what I found is that high pigmentation is not what I am after on an everyday basis. While I am absolutely in love with my other eyeshadows with extreme pigmentation, I do not desire to wear them to everyday situations like work or the grocery store. High pigmentation is better for stage, camera and video, thus I like to wear if filming, taking photographs, on holidays, vacations, parties and the like. But how often am I doing that? Not often. I find the hot pots pigmentation perfect for everyday *and* photographs. It's just that other eyeshadows create even a stronger pop effect with crazy pigmentation in photos but that does not mean the hot pots with less pigmentation will not take absolutely lovely photos. I prefer a subtle gorgeous eye look more regularly and less pigmentation (but perfect pigmentation) can be just the right thing. I definitely recommend hot pots for those who like to wear lovely, wearable eyeshadow often. I would not mind if more brands mimicked Coastal Scents. I was unhappy when Coastal Scents raised their hot pot prices to $3 from $2 (because I was spoiled on their prices) but it is worth it. Plus, they tend to have 99cent hot pot sales throughout the year. With over 200 smooth, most buttery hot pots to choose from, they are truly beating everyone out for shade options. And I have been able to learn and experiment with shades I would not otherwise be able to find on the market or I can preview before I purchase a more expensive version of a particular shade. Some of my favorite shades are Oatmeal Tan, Deep Roast, Light Bronze, Dark chocolate, Fools Gold, Incognito (soft subtle smoky black for any day...on outer v or lash line wooo!), Teal Green, Kokomo Cafe & Barista. I am thoroughly impressed with this product.

Hot Pots (All Shades)
5.0
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7 months ago

Coastal Scents hot pots truly beat out a lot of high end eyeshadow for me. Hear me out. The proliferation of eyeshadow palettes has offered much value, variety and quality in the realm of eye makeup. After using and wearing a range of eyeshadow from drugstore to high end, I have come to the conclusion that Coastal Scents hot pots are the best for the makeup beginner and everyday makeup wearer. While I do find MAC eyeshadow to be the most superior eyeshadow formula out there (no kick up of powder, hyperdimension, stunning finish, long lasting, variety, value, photographs excellently well, perfect pigmentation without being too pigmented, etc I could go on and on but I will stop), I still consider Coastal Scents hot pots my favorite for several reasons. Coastal Scents hot pots taught me with ease what no other eyeshadow could--what eyeshadow is supposed to look like, work like and act like. After using hot pots, my eyeshadow game went through the roof with any eyeshadow formula. It is true that many eyeshadow formulas should come with a manual no matter how experienced or talented one is. It requires knowledge and practice to really get it right because each formula works a little differently (Wet N Wild, Natasha Denona, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, Elf, Makeup Geek, NARS, Dior, Tom Ford, Morphe, Makeup Revolution etc). And even with advanced skill, some formulas require time and effort to blend (I'm looking at you MAC...but please don't change the formula because nobody has time for that either) and you can actually get the blending wrong. What I like most about Coastal Scents hot pots is that they create a) a seamless blend; with b) gorgeous dimension; creating c) an ideal stunning finished look; with d) ease of application; while e) requiring little time or effort, which may sound simple but has been incredibly difficult to achieve across a variety of brands. No matter your skill level, you can get it right and accomplish what no other eyeshadow can do as efficiently. And from there, you will be better skilled to handle other formulas because you will know what the final product should look like ideally, which is why I recommend it for beginners (as well as the skilled). In essence, Coastal Scents hot pots are eyeshadow #goals. It must be stressed that dimensionality in eyeshadow, though an aspect rarely discussed, is one of the most beautiful parts of eyeshadow, second to good blending in my opinion. But even worse than it being rarely discussed is that it is actually hard to find in some eyeshadows sadly. Even well blended eyeshadow can still look flat with little differentiation in depth and dimension depending on the brand. High dimensionality includes but is not limited to the difference between an eye contour making your eye socket look much deeper versus as it typically is; the depth created by a gradiant effect of lighter to deeper colors in the crease; or the mere richness, reflection and depth in a eyelid color that makes it look different depending on how the light hits it. Coastal Scents eyeshadows have high dimensionality in spades. Coastal Scents hot pots tend to create gorgeous dimension in the final look. Crease shades offer depth and stunning gradient effects which I have found difficult to mimic with other formulas. These shades can be wiped on quickly with a brush, blended together in seconds and blend together so beautifully as to be unbelievable even in comparison to some other brands that do not create as beautiful a final effect and will take much more precision, energy and time. The shimmer shades both on the lid and in the crease has breathtaking dimension and shine and can be applied so easily, quickly and beautifully with just your finger. This comes in handy when you are rushing out the door but you really want beautiful eye makeup. With such a low cost, Coastal Scents hot pots not only offer costs savings but also time and energy savings and a superior final product. Where hot pots fail is also actually its strength. Hot pots are not known for the extreme pigmentation that is currently on trend. I did not initially like hot pots for exactly this reason. I thought that pigmentation was everything. But what I found is that high pigmentation is not what I am after on an everyday basis. While I am absolutely in love with my other eyeshadows with extreme pigmentation, I do not desire to wear them to everyday situations like work or the grocery store. High pigmentation is better for stage, camera and video, thus I like to wear if filming, taking photographs, on holidays, vacations, parties and the like. But how often am I doing that? Not often. I find the hot pots pigmentation perfect for everyday *and* photographs. It's just that other eyeshadows create even a stronger pop effect with crazy pigmentation in photos but that does not mean the hot pots with less pigmentation will not take absolutely lovely photos. I prefer a subtle gorgeous eye look more regularly and less pigmentation (but perfect pigmentation) can be just the right thing. I definitely recommend hot pots for those who like to wear lovely, wearable eyeshadow often. I would not mind if more brands mimicked Coastal Scents. I was unhappy when Coastal Scents raised their hot pot prices to $3 from $2 (because I was spoiled on their prices) but it is worth it. Plus, they tend to have 99cent hot pot sales throughout the year. With over 200 smooth, most buttery hot pots to choose from, they are truly beating everyone out for shade options. And I have been able to learn and experiment with shades I would not otherwise be able to find on the market or I can preview before I purchase a more expensive version of a particular shade. Some of my favorite shades are Oatmeal Tan, Deep Roast, Light Bronze, Dark chocolate, Fools Gold, Incognito (soft subtle smoky black for any day...on outer v or lash line wooo!), Teal Green, Kokomo Cafe & Barista. I am thoroughly impressed with this product.

Reveal3d
3.0
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9 months ago

I picked this up in a special deal I saw on Free Stuff Finder for free and all I had to pay was the shipping of $4.50 This is a $20 palette. I've used some samples of Coastal Scents eye shadows before and was always quite impressed with them so I jumped at the chance to get this for free! Well, for the low price of shipping and handling that is. It is a fantastic deal for 20 eye colors that are all beautiful shades of nudes, plums, golds, taupes, and browns. This has a nice sturdy cardboard case with a magnetic close top similar to the Urban Decay Naked palettes but of course, much thinner cardboard and not quite as fancy packaging. There is no mirror beneath the lid and it does not come with a brush or other applicator. The colors here are well thought out and go well together so no matter what you mix and match everything works together. All of these shades look fabulous on my fair cool toned skin. This is a mix of mattes and shimmers but some of the shimmers are really a lot of work to get on and have to be built up. Some of these actually work better applying with a finger than with a brush. You have to just trial and error to see which application is best for each shadow. Some work better with makeup setting spray to aid the application. As always, I used a shadow primer base, a base color, the selected shadow shades, and finished with a setting spray to help the look last longer. There is a gorgeous gold in here that looks beautiful to add some light and glow to the lid but it really adds more shimmer and sparkle than color. The darkest color, a black is stunning and has a lot of sparkle, but it has the most fallout and fades easily. The shadows are a bit dry but they don't kick up a lot of powder and they don't go on too heavily. They have to be built up so they color payoff isn't the best and this does take a little effort to work with them. The mattes are nice, some of the shimmers are nice, and some of the shimmers are not so nice and leave a lot of fallout and fade quickly. I have had this for about a month and used it nearly every day to try to get a good feel for it and have used every shadow in here for a look at least once. Many of them I have used several times and are already favorite colors. The formula is not as easy to work with as some comparably priced shadows and this does require more work than is really necessary. These aren't terrible at all, but they are disappointing in comparison to Wet n Wild's color icon palettes, Juvia's Place, or Colour Pop shadows which are all similarly or even lower priced. This poor palette is not representative of the usual great quality of the shadows I've tried in the past from this brand. I've enjoyed it for the most part, and overall I like the colors and the eye looks I've created with it. I will use it, but it isn't the best palette I have. It's alright if you can find a deal on it like I did. It's certainly worth the $5 I paid, but had I paid $20 I would have been disappointed.

Reveal3d
3.0
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9 months ago

I picked this up in a special deal I saw on Free Stuff Finder for free and all I had to pay was the shipping of $4.50 This is a $20 palette. I've used some samples of Coastal Scents eye shadows before and was always quite impressed with them so I jumped at the chance to get this for free! Well, for the low price of shipping and handling that is. It is a fantastic deal for 20 eye colors that are all beautiful shades of nudes, plums, golds, taupes, and browns. This has a nice sturdy cardboard case with a magnetic close top similar to the Urban Decay Naked palettes but of course, much thinner cardboard and not quite as fancy packaging. There is no mirror beneath the lid and it does not come with a brush or other applicator. The colors here are well thought out and go well together so no matter what you mix and match everything works together. All of these shades look fabulous on my fair cool toned skin. This is a mix of mattes and shimmers but some of the shimmers are really a lot of work to get on and have to be built up. Some of these actually work better applying with a finger than with a brush. You have to just trial and error to see which application is best for each shadow. Some work better with makeup setting spray to aid the application. As always, I used a shadow primer base, a base color, the selected shadow shades, and finished with a setting spray to help the look last longer. There is a gorgeous gold in here that looks beautiful to add some light and glow to the lid but it really adds more shimmer and sparkle than color. The darkest color, a black is stunning and has a lot of sparkle, but it has the most fallout and fades easily. The shadows are a bit dry but they don't kick up a lot of powder and they don't go on too heavily. They have to be built up so they color payoff isn't the best and this does take a little effort to work with them. The mattes are nice, some of the shimmers are nice, and some of the shimmers are not so nice and leave a lot of fallout and fade quickly. I have had this for about a month and used it nearly every day to try to get a good feel for it and have used every shadow in here for a look at least once. Many of them I have used several times and are already favorite colors. The formula is not as easy to work with as some comparably priced shadows and this does require more work than is really necessary. These aren't terrible at all, but they are disappointing in comparison to Wet n Wild's color icon palettes, Juvia's Place, or Colour Pop shadows which are all similarly or even lower priced. This poor palette is not representative of the usual great quality of the shadows I've tried in the past from this brand. I've enjoyed it for the most part, and overall I like the colors and the eye looks I've created with it. I will use it, but it isn't the best palette I have. It's alright if you can find a deal on it like I did. It's certainly worth the $5 I paid, but had I paid $20 I would have been disappointed.