Thursday, February 10, 2011

Getting started playing with makeup for under $20

Have you ever seen a makeup look or a YouTube  fun makeup look and you thought "I'd love to try that but I don't have those colors and it would be so expensive to go buy them for one look"? I do all the time! Also
I know I have thought that recently and then I remembered the Coast Scents 88 palettes! For around $18.95 you should get 88 colors to play with. That breaks down to roughly .22 a color. The colors are tiny but they have huge payoff and they are comparable in color payoff to MAC colors. MAC shadows are $14 a color. In any one look you might need four colors which at MAC could set you back $56 just in 4 shadows.I am not saying they are the same formula but they do look just as good as many MAC.

I swatched a few colors quickly with just my finger.

side to side. mac on the left

Can you tell which one is MAC? They aren't the same but hey they get the job done! Plus you don't have to buy a $14 Lime shadow if you want to wear it only a few times to match a certain dress.

To give you some idea. Here is the original palette that sells for $18.95 which has some matte and some shimmers.(can you tell I pulled out a real camera!)

Matte palette

whites
silver
blue

This is the Ultra Shimmer Palette which is $19.95.

shimmer palette
green and teal
purples

Does that mean I don't buy MAC and am not going to in the future? No way. Instead I use the 88 palette and the colors I really love and use often I buy in MAC because the palettes are as I said very small. Plus if you have been wanting to get into makeup but didn't want to waste a ton of money this is a great way to see if you like it. I personally like the Ultra Shimmer palette the best because I prefer shimmers but if you like mattes the Original palette is great too. I got both mine as a gift from my mom but they are available on Amazon. (If you buy from my links I will get a few cents. I am not in this for the money though and no one asked me to write this.) I just love learning about new fun things so I thought I would share it with others who might want to play.

swatches crop

It has every color of the rainbow. Don't see a color you like, use the primaries to mix up your own!

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14 comments:

hillary said...

Update: ordered Friday afternoon, arrived Monday morning! The color palettes are tinier than I expected, but I hardly knew what to expect. LOL

hillary said...

Oh boo. They don't ship to Canada. GRrrrrrr!

hillary said...

I didn't even know that such a thing was possible! This is awesome!

hillary said...

I haven't bought anything from there. The ulta idea sounds good. She can see and touch the ones she wants

hillary said...

Thank you. Would you also recommend the brush set from Coastal Scent? She prolly has brushes, but I don't know. Or maybe she can run to Ulta or something if necessary?

hillary said...

Shimmer. It is a safe bet and youthful.

hillary said...

If I were to buy one for my daughter, would you suggest the matte or the shimmer? She is soon-to-be-18 and I don't know her style. (I am totally denying that she is a woman, you know.)

hillary said...

I just ordered this! Whenever I go to the store I seem to be buying the same neutral shades of eyeshadow over and over. This will force me to get out of my box, and I love the idea of using wet as liner. Thanks, Hillary!

hillary said...

Good call! I have a few things from Costal Scents, though not any of the big palettes. This would have been great when I was just starting out, though. I had so many cheap drugstore items that I wound up trashing because the quality was just atrocious.

hillary said...

cool, thanks for the info! This would definitley be a great addition for me and the price is great.

hillary said...

I meant "primer" not "primper"

hillary said...

Awesome, thanks! I use primper when I remember.....but I always use a brush. Those foam things make me totally incompetent!

hillary said...

Without a primer I have meltdown with all shadows so I never go without it. It literally only adds seconds to the routine too. I am loving
Lime crimes it's like damn glue. Ive tried a lot and it's the best.
I've never had a longevitiy issue with this palette and ive had it 3 years. I say you should apply with a brush and not the foam applicator for maximum payoff. Id say they last as long if not more than macs packed shadow. If you use it wet you don't even need a primer and it isn't gonna budge. I've used it as a liner for years. When you see me do primary colors it's usually this.

hillary said...

I've been thinking about getting that kind of palette (because I have a really bad habit of buying a shade of shadow, wearing and loving it twice, and forgetting about it), but I've been nervous that something at that price wouldn't have a lot of "staying power." Do you have much problem with that? Obviously I wouldn't expect it to stand up to something like MAC but do you find colors wearing off by the time you get to work or bleeding down your face or anything like that?