Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Currently Obsessed: Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette

Hi, everyone! So this is my second "Currently Obsessed" post in as many weeks- I've been lucky enough to stumble across some truly top-notch products of late! Last month I stopped by the FTB Beauty Pop-Up Shop and picked up a few treasures. Among them was one of the best bargain items I've discovered in some time! The Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette features ten pigmented blushes in one sleek package. Even though my stash was far from lacking in blushes, I ultimately snagged this because each and every shade in the palette looked absolutely beautiful and like something I would wear gladly. Plus, it cost a mere $16.99 CAD, which adds up to less than $2 per colour. Truly a blush- and budget-fiend's dream!



The palette is boxed in an ultra pretty cardboard package with a vibrant multi-coloured design on the front.

The palette itself is basic and no-frills: a slightly reflective black case that's as slim as possible give that it houses ten shades. It tends to fingerprint easily, but this isn't such a problem for me, especially given the price!




The back of the box gives a sneak preview of the shades inside the palette and- ta da!- beneath are the lovely blushes!

As you can see, the blushes come in circular pans that are about three-quarters the size of a MAC blush. 




As for the shades included, here are my best descriptions (and shade comparisons):

Top Row:
1) a neutral dusty rose with plummy undertones (like a slightly lighter NARS Sin
2) a warm yellow peach (similar to Illamasqua Lover)
3) a cool candy pink with silver shimmer (like NARS Angelika
4) a warm, tawny coral (like a slightly deeper MAC Modern Mandarin)
5) a warm tan plum (like a deeper MAC Margin)

Bottom Row:
6) a neutral to cool baby pink (similar to NARS Desire)
7) a golden nude (similar to MAC Sunbasque
8) a warm matte coral-tinged pink (close to NARS Amour)
9) an ultra-cool fuchsia (similar to MAC Full Fuchsia
10) a warm bronzy brown (like a slightly more orange-toned NARS Laguna)

Here are swatches of the shades (same placement as in the palette) on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):

Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette under artificial light

Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette under natural sunlight


And now onto the pros and cons!

Pros:

  • Perfect mix of warm and cool tones
  • Extremely pigmented shades- a little goes a very long way!
  • Incredibly soft- these blend like a dream!
  • Long-wearing formula really stays put all day long (even in this steamy summer heat)
  • None of the shades features over-the-top shimmer or glitter. No disco ball cheeks here!
  • These shades should be flattering on most skin tones, with the exceptions of extremely fair or deep complexions
  • Sleek, compact packaging
  • At only $17 CAD, this is an amazing value!

Cons:
  • The texture of these aren't as elegant and finely-milled as more expensive blushes, so it's difficult to achieve a super-sheer application
  • Plastic packaging perhaps not the most durable and gets dirty quite easily
  • This palette would really benefit from a mirror!


So there you go- one of my best budget buys of all time! I think I've worn 7 or 8 of these blushes so far and I can confidently say that I've been thoroughly impressed which each and every one. They blend like a dream, are vibrant without looking clown-like, and have lasted on my cheeks even on the steamiest of days. At less than $2 a pop, the quality is truly top-notch! I'm so happy I picked this up and can't wait to try more from from the brand. 

Have you tried anything from Coastal Scents? Would a palette like this melt your heart like it did mine? What are your favourite budget blushes?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

20 comments:

  1. Hi jen!

    you're totally right - these colours are simply gorgeous!! every one of them! usually in a palette there's only a few i like, but this is totally worth buying the whole set!

    i'm just getting on the website now to have a mooch! is there anything else from there that you really rate??

    Love Shani xo
    Co-founder at Style Honey
    www.stylehoney.com

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  2. glad you enjoy it! i dont know why but i didn't quite get along with mine (mine was from BH cosmetics though im not sure that makes a difference) so ended up selling it. thats ok... i'm drowning in blushes :P
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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  3. for the price, it definitely sounds like something worth trying! Need to pick up some coastal scents goodies soon!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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  4. Oh my, I am loving the more orange-coral shades in this palette. I may have to check it out.
    Great post!
    Meghan
    Today's Beauty Obsession

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  5. I love this palette,so good!:)
    :))

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  6. indeed..a mirror would definitely help with packaging!
    love the bold colors but, it's good to know about the sheer application challenge. I prefer that kind of color. =)
    xo,
    nancy

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  7. This is so pretty! Love all the different shades. I've always wanted a blush palette, I'll check this one out!

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  8. Amazing review!
    I have yet to try anything from coastal scents but darn this pallet is tempting.
    Amazing value all those shades look beautiful.
    TarteTanya

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  9. Great post!! The price sounds almost too good to be true!

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

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  10. That is so gorgeous! I'm super jelly!

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  11. Great post, over all this palette seems amazing, on first impression from the colours I'd definitely think of a more expensive brand!

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  12. Wow, so beautiful colors. *__*
    Lovely greets Ness

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  13. The box is really pretty! I kind of wish they'd up their game on those palette designs though :p

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  14. These look gorgeous!! I need to invest in a blush palette. Such a bargain!

    The Sunday Chapter xxx

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  15. These colors are so pretty! And I know this sounds a bit silly but are the blushes cream or power I can't really tell lol
    spencrescurls.blogspot.com

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  16. For that price point you really can't complain and the colors look just wonderfully pigmented. I think your cons are spot on and hopefully the packaging won't be so cheap that the lid breaks off, which is something I find happens to me with even the higher end brands sometimes.

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  17. I was initially unsure about this palette (i.e. quality) but I think you nailed the review right on! I always tend to find the packaging of Coastal Scents/Sedona Lace products to be somewhat flimsy but what an amazing variety for $17 (SO MUCH VALUE!)

    Stephanie @ theFantasia.com | Bloglovin'

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All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)