I’m proud to report that I somehow managed not to go nuts with all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and ended up only placing one order! Crazy, huh? 😛 Coastal Scents was offering 50% off of their ENTIRE website. Their stuff is already really affordable, so it was a steal at half off and I just couldn’t pass that up. So without further adieu, I present to you my Coastal Scents Black Friday Haul!
For a grand total of $17, shipping included, I snagged 3 brushes and 4 pots of their glitter powders. My order also came with a 4 shade sampler of the Revealed Palette and a nifty little sticker!
Coastal Scents can sometimes be a little hit or miss but this order turned out to be mostly a hit. Plus for the price I paid, I totally feel like I got more than my money’s worth.
The brushes that I ordered were the Classic Blender Crease Natural, Pro Blending Fluff and Classic Shadow Angle Natural. I had ordered a big set of brushes from Coastal Scents about 2 years ago and there ended up being a lot of winners in that set. They’ve all held up really well and I still use many of them almost daily. During the sale their individual brushes were only about $1 each so I figured “Hey, what have I got to lose?” Well, the answer turned out to be about $2.
The first brush here, the Classic Blender Crease Natural, turned out to be the only one I would really recommend but I am pretty happy with it. It’s a nice little crease brush, very soft, pretty much performs just as I had hoped! The other brushes were pretty disappointing though. The Pro Blending Fluff actually did a pretty good job of blending but it was soo rough! My brush holder has tons of inexpensive brushes in it but I’ve never really had a brush actually be so rough that it left my skin feeling a little painful until now. The Classic Shadow Angle brush was just as rough as the Pro Blending Fluff but it had more problems on top of that. Several of the bristles were stuck together with what I assume was glue so I had to snip that out, making the brush a little misshapen. But snipping out the glue still couldn’t save this brush because like I said, it was just uncomfortably rough.
The glitters, on the other hand, were just super! They’re normally $4.95 for 5g of glitter and their website suggests using them on your eyes so I’m going to assume that they’re eye-safe. Coastal Scents has a pretty decent selection of colors and I am SO going to be ordering more of these beauties! I picked up the shades Starburst, Black Out, Diamond Dust and Ruby Slipper. Each pot comes with a sifter top which is closed with a sticker so no surprise glitter explosions when you open the pot for the first time.
Look how beautiful! It’s hard to pick a favorite because they’re all stunning and I just have a serious weak spot for sparkly things but Diamond Dust is really spectacular! It’s a silver with rainbow sparks that catches the light so perfectly with every little move. This picture can’t do it justice but take my word that it really is awesome. 😉 Ruby Slipper is a beautiful true red. Starburst looks a little more gold here but it’s actually more of a really vibrant neon yellow like it appears in the above picture. Black Out is a deep, true black.
With my order I also got a pretty nice size sample of 4 of the shades from the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette which is basically Coastal Scents’ take on the Naked Palettes. The sample also came with a code on the back that will take $5 off on a purchase of a Revealed Palette. If this sample is any indication of the quality of the palette, it seems like it would be a pretty nice product and a great way to get some Naked Palette-esque colors for a fraction of the price. The matte shade was slightly disappointing as it wasn’t as soft or as pigmented as I would have liked but the shimmers were all fantastic! I was actually surprised at how well they swatched and how gorgeous they are.
I couldn’t wait to get these glitters on my face so today I grabbed Starburst and my Coastal Scents 252 Palette and got to work on this bright and sparkly eyeshadow look!
To make the colors extra vibrant, I first put down a thin layer of my NYX White Eyeshadow Base over my eye primer. Let me tell you, I swear by this stuff! I don’t even attempt colorful eyeshadow looks without it anymore because I know it’s just going to be disappointing. The NYX White Eyeshadow Base will make your eyeshadow SO much more vibrant so if your eyeshadow isn’t packing the punch you want it to, seriously check this stuff out! Okay, enough about my love affair with NYX’s White Eyeshadow Base.
For the rest of the look, I’m wearing my favorite lashes which are Siren from House of Lashes, Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lovecraft, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown and Sigma’s Blush in Heavenly.
So what did all of you snag in these awesome Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals? Give me something to lust over! 😛