Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Neutral Palette Showdown! Part Three

Coastal Scents, Makeup Geek & Lorac Pro 

This is the final post for the Neutral Palette Showdown Review series. If you haven't already, check out part one and two where I review the Urban Decay Naked palettes, my MAC neutral palette, the Victoria's Secret Nakeds palette and the Balms Nude'tude palette. 
This is the start of the end - of this series I mean.
I'm going to start with the Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette. I ordered mine from amazon about 2-2.5 years ago. The price on the website is $12.95. Yes, that is correct, I said $12.95. This has to be the cheapest palette that I own.  
This palette comes with, you guessed it, 28 neutral eyeshadow colors. There are matte shadows, shimmery shadows, light and dark. The colors don't have names but here are some photos and swatches.
This was one of the first palettes that I bought way back when I started getting into makeup. I used it all the time, and I have to say I really liked it. I haven't used this palette in a long time because of all the other palettes that I have now. But that doesn't mean it's not amazing. The colors are pigmented and the quality is pretty good. There are so many colors in this palette that you can make a lot of different looks with it. It is definitely a one-stop-shop. The only thing I will say about this palette that I didn't like is that the eyeshadows are a little powdery and so there is some fallout when I apply them. I usually try to tap off as much eyeshadow as I can to minimize the fallout. That is really annoying, especially when using the darker colors.
Over all I really like this palette. It is super affordable and you get a lot of product for your money. I would recommend this to anyone, especially if you are a beginner and are building up your collection. It is also really good to practice with when you don't want to use up your more expensive eyeshadows.
The next palette I'm going to talk about is my Makeup Geek palette. I made this palette myself, just like my Mac palette. I purchased the Makeup Geek eyeshadows from their website, and the palette I put them in is the Z Palette - which is awesome all on its own. Ill talk about that in a future post.
Each eyeshadow pan is $5.99 and I purchased six eyeshadows. The colors that I have are the following:
Cocoa Bear, Taupe Notch, Twilight, Beaches & Cream, Shimma Shimma, & Vanilla Bean.
I got introduced to the Makeup Geek brand from the creator of the makeup line, Marlena. Her Youtube username is Makeup Geek TV. Her tutorials are really nicely made and real easy to follow and to create the same looks. So when I heard she made her own makeup line I was really excited to try them out.
I really like that Makeup Geek sells their eyeshadows in pan form as well as in a compact because you can build your very own custom palette. I have been using these eyshadows for about a month now, so they are still a little new to me. But I am really enjoying them. These eyeshadows are comparable to the Mac eyeshadows. The quality is very nice, they are pigmented and the color payoff on the eyes is amazing. Even though the texture of the eyeshadows is pretty smooth, there is a little bit of fallout with the more shimmery shades. The fallout is very very minimal.
I am really excited about these eyeshadows. I can't wait to try out all the different colors. These eyeshadows are pretty much dupes for the Mac shadows. So if you like good quality products but don't like spending $12 for one eyeshadow, I recommend you try out the Makeup Geek ones, these are only $5.99.
The very last palette that I will be reviewing for this series is the oh-so-famous Lorac Pro Palette. I purchased this palette from the Sephora website. It retails for $42 and you get 16 eyeshadows and a mini Behind the Scenes eyeshadow primer. The top row of shadows are all matte colors, and the bottom row is all shimmery colors. The names are the following:
Top row: White, Cream, Taupe, Light Pink, Mauve, Sable, Espresso & Black
Bottom row: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze, Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple & Slate
I purchased this palette about 2-3 weeks ago, so it is still pretty new to me, but I wanted to include this palette in the Nuetral Palette Showdown series because this has been raved and ranted about all over the internet. I think the first person I saw talking about this palette was Kayleigh, check out her Youtube channel ForeverYours0727. She really liked this palette. But that was a really long time ago when the palette actually launched. Fast forward to the present, and I finally took the plunge and bought it.
This palette is different than any other neutral palette I have. What makes it unique to me is that half the eyeshadows are matte, and the other half of the eyeshadows are shimmery. No other palette has ever been this balanced. This is great because the amount of different looks you can make are endless. You have so many options to choose from. I really like this palette. The eyeshdows are really pigmented and the payoff is really good. You really don't need much product to get the color to show up of your eyes.
The only think I didn't like about this palette is that the eyeshadow pans are really small. So you aren't getting a lot of product.
This palette is more of a splurge item, but I think it was worth it. The quality is amazing and the colors are very versatile. So far I am really enjoying coming up with different looks with this palette.

To finish the Neutral Palette Showdown, I'm going to list my favorite neutral palette to least favorite neutral palettes from this series.

1. Mac neutral palette
2. Naked palette - Urban Decay
3. Naked 2 palette - Urban Decay
4. Lorac Pro palette
5. Nude'tude palette - The Balm
6. Makeup Geek neutral palette
7. Coastal Scents 28 Neutral palette
8. Naked Basics palette - Urban Decay
9. Nakeds palette - Victoria secret

I hope you enjoyed this series, I definitely enjoyed writing it.
Hopefully this can help you with what neutral palette you should choose, and if you should splurge or save.


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