Coastal Scents Ultra Shimmer 88 Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

(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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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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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

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.

To be honest, they’re both different. If you wear a lot of shimmers, go for the shimmer. If you don’t have enough non-shimmers, the regular version is nice.

If you go to the coastal Scents website and sign up for their newsletter, they will send you sale notifications. I’ve never noticed a code, but but when they have a sale, the sale price is automatically adjusted when you put an item in your cart.

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.

I haven’t tried the neutral palette – I just got these two palettes, as well as a blush palette and some of the liners.

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 🙂

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.

It depends on what you need. If you wear a lot of frosty shadows or you don’t have enough, the shimmer one is probably more up your alley.

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.

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?

LOL! I don’t really know, but they’re selling it as an eyeshadow palette, so it seems like it better be eye safe if that’s the case…

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?

Just depends on what you want. Shimmer is ALL shimmer shadows, whereas the other one has a combination of matte and lightly shimmered ones.

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.

I think I was using the wrong primer. I started using it with UDPP but changed then with the too faced eyeshadow insurace and they look BETTER!! I kind of like it know!!

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.

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…

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?

LOL! I’m not sure if you can use these wet, and I’m one of those people who are too scared to try for fear of it getting ruined!

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..=]

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?

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!

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 😉

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??

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