Sunday, January 25th, 2009


(After swatching those, I wanted to do a look using those colors, LOL!)

Coastal Scents Ultra Shimmer 88 Eyeshadow Palette ($24.95) is very similar to the 88 Piece Makeup Palette ($21.95), with the major difference being these are full of high shimmer. I only swatched a few random colors, so that I could test (and you could see) the pigmentation and the level of shimmer, because the colors are exactly the same as the original 88 Makeup Palette.

All the raves from before still apply, because these shadows are smooth in texture and rich in color pay off. There’s no down side, no reason to poo-poo them in the least bit. For $25, it is, indeed, a beauty bargain. Regardless of whether or not you’re on a budget, I definitely recommend you check out either or both of these palettes. They’re well worth their price tags, and sometimes it’s good to be know you can get high quality products for less than $30. It won’t stop me from buying makeup from other, more expensive brands, but now I can set the bar higher for those brands to really wow me. For those on a budget, these are truly worth every hard-earned penny you spend. I can’t imagine anyone not being both impressed and excited to play with these palettes!

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Mineral Oil, Kaolin, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lanolin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT. May contain: Mica and titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Chrome Oxide Greens, Chrome Hydroxide Green, FD&C Red No.40 AlLake, FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake, FD&C blue No.1 Al Lake.

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79 thoughts on “Coastal Scents Ultra Shimmer 88 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

  1. Avatar of Madeline Madeleine

    Oh,buoy,oh buoy LOL I was looking at this palette the other day and thinking “do I really need another one since I already own 8×15 e/s each MAC palettes” ?
    I don’t,right? (just a rhetorical question) LOL

  2. Ooo! I have the boring matte version of this palette. Now I want this one!

  3. hi christine, where do you purchase this?

  4. carriespooner

    Of course you need it. There’s always more.. that’s what more means.

  5. Oh blimey, I’m gonna need this palette as well. Got the matte one a week back and am super-satisfied. The shimmer one looks equally stunning!

  6. Stina

    I believe they’re the same as these palettes sold on eBay.
    http://tiny.cc/Tr7Qy

    • Yes, they look the same. Coastal Scents is basically a distributor/wholesaler for a lot of products, so I wouldn’t be surprised if these were the same.

      I remember for a long time people called it the ORRA palette.

  7. Kathleen

    PLEASE, please do SEVERAL looks with this palette! PLEASE with cherries on top!

  8. jessica

    christine, could you do looks with this palette…ive had it for a while and never actually used it

  9. Kellie Norton

    Christine which palette do you like better, the shimmer one or regular one?

  10. natasha

    Hi Christine is there any coupon codes for coastalscents?

  11. heavenleiblu

    I have the matte palette, but these swatches make me wanna cave and get the shimmer one, too.

    Have you tried the neutral palette? I had it and liked it on myself, enough, but I did some bridal work today and used it exclusively on the bride’s eyes, and let me tell you, it was awesome the bride was beaming and she love love loved it.

  12. Avatar of Vanessa Vanessa

    Do you know of any sites that dupe Coastal Scents and MAC/other brands of eye shadows? I’m almost tempted to get this, but I would like to get bigger sizes of the colors I use a lot if that is the case :)

  13. Elizabeth

    I’m also wondering which one you would suggest–the shimmer or matte???

    • Depends on what you don’t have or what you prefer to use. The shimmer one is very nice, but ALL of them have shimmer, whereas the other palette is a mixture of matte to semi matte to subtle shimmer.

  14. Avatar of Dani Dani

    Do these have high pigmentation? They look so beautiful! I think I want this! =)

  15. LUC1

    YEAH CHRISTINE! I WANT TO KNOW WHICH PALETTE WOULD YOU SUGGEST
    SHIMMER OR MATTE??

  16. Just 22?? It’s like a joke for such a fab palette.

  17. Sei

    Have you tried the 120 pro palette? It’s supposed to be similar in a way, I bought that one first. I’m going to get this palette too then I can compare.

  18. i like this palette very much!

  19. Chica

    I look at this sometimes and wonder if I need that many more eyeshadows LOL :)
    I’m just completing my bridal make up course though and a whole bunch of colours in one easy to transport palette would be awesome!
    Does anyone know if all the colours are eyesafe?

  20. Sash

    OMFG! The price is right! Must have!

  21. Sash

    Which do you prefer, the Coastal Scents Ultra Shimmer 88 Eyeshadow or the previous one?

    I so wanna get it right now. I hope you do a look on either very soon! Or, did you?

  22. Sash

    I just tried to order, and everything is approximately $50+ based on shipping preference!!!!

  23. candy

    I have the 88 shimmer palette and dislike it. Yes, the colors are well pigmented but most are very chalky and hard to use. They dont seem to blend well.

  24. Ariana

    for those of your out there that are still debating on whether or not to buy this… GET IT NOW!

    I bought it about a week ago just thinking it was worth the $25 even if it sucked.

    To my surprise these are all really high quality shadows! I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I open the palette – don’t know which to use!

    Just make sure you have a strong base like Soft Ochre Paint Pot down first and these colors will come out strong and vibrant.

  25. LUC1

    WELL CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHICH PALETTE IS BETTER SHIMMER OR MATTE, SO I CAN BUY ONE ALREADY!!!

  26. knittingthrough

    Oh God! How can I decide if I should buy the shimmer or the matte one? (and no, I do not want 2)

    I really want to branch out of my safe colours (in my case browns, violets and metallic greys) and never know which colours to buy and try. This (or the other) palette would be a great way of trying out a lot of colours in the safety of my home…

  27. jennss

    I’ve read about a lot of constroversy over these palettes. Do you beleive they are safe to use? Have you had any issues? Many thanks.

  28. Dawn

    I was a little skeptical of these paletts, as far as color pay off goes, but I think i might give them a try after reading all the reviews. I don’t think I would need another eye shadow…but then again when do I EVER NEED more eye shadow?!?! LOL
    Can you use these wet too?

  29. melissa

    i just ordered this palette and i cant wait to receive it!! i read a lot of reviews how the matte one is better..but i wanna give this one a try cuz the swatches look very pretty. i just hope it wont be too intense on me! im kind of debating if i should order the matte one later on..=]

  30. vanessa

    I’m a beginner at make-up and really want to buy this but i’m not sure whether I should but the matte or the shimmer… So which is better?

  31. LiLy

    OOOOh this palette looks great!!!
    I really am torn between the two!! ahhhhh i love shimmery but like it really really shimmery?? like it smudges all over the face?? as for the matte one how many of them are shimmery?? if i use a shimmery base on the matte would it still look matte?

    gosh i just dont know what to chooooseee….

    • It is really shimmery, but the matte one has very few with shimmer. If you used a shimmery base, then it won’t look matte any more!

  32. Georgi

    OMG, i think i’ve watched all the videos on YouTube about the 2 palettes – matte & ultra shimmer. And now i’m just confused..i don’t really know which one to choose :-ss do the both have the same pigmentation? thx in advance Christine ;)

  33. Salt

    Hey Christine!I read some stuffs about That product and it’s made in China.I’m new in the makeup tiny and my mom doesn’t want me to get china-made products,there is Talc in this and I don’t want to have cancer!WHERE IS IT MADE??

  34. MiNGaLiNg

    im new to makeup, and LOVE your site!

    Just wondering, what the wear is like. I mean, How long do they last before fading etc?

  35. Charmaine

    I havae this palette and i love it!

  36. Sydney

    I read a review saying that this stained good white MAC makeup brushes. Have you noticed this happening to you?