Coastal Scents 4 Review and Face of the Day

Hey doll hey! Hope all is well with you today. Today it’s cold and raining so my Fibromyalgia is acting up. My pain level is around an 8.

Today I review for you the 4th palette in the Coastal Scents Revealed line, Reveal Matte. It’s a spot on dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette (Urban Decay on the left). The Urban Decay Palette (regularly $54 on sale for $29 for NET WT. 12 x 0.04 oz on the Urban Decay website) has 12 shadows and the Revealed palette (regularly $20 on sale for $5 for Net Weight: 30g / 1oz on the Coastal Scents website) has 20.

I really love that I am doing these Revealed reviews blind. Every day I open a new palette not knowing what it’s going to look like and being pleasantly surprised.

Today I’m not feeling so good so I did another neutral halo eye look. It’s quick and easy and still looks pretty.

Each Revealed palette I open just keeps getting better and better. I give the Revealed Mattes palette an A++. Once again it could benefit from a dark brown but I understand that this palette was meant to dupe the Urban Decay one so a dark brown would have been out of place in this palette.

This is an all matte palette. The shadows are finely milled and very buttery. They blend like a dream, in fact I would dare to say they blend better than the Urban Decay palette does, it’s not as pigmented but it’s not too far off from the pigmentation of the Naked Ultimate Basics palette.

I find that the Revealed Matte palette shadows blend together better than the Ultimate Basics palette does. I did this same eye look with the Ultimate Basics and the colors muddled together, with the Revealed Matte palette the colors stand out from each other.

Now on to the face of the day…..

Base: I primed with the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer ($38 for 1 fluid ounce on the IT website). I concealed my dark under eyes with the Tarte CC Undereye Corrector ($25 for .08 ounces at Sephora) in the color light medium, then I concealed the whole under eye with the Balm Time Balm Concealer ($18 for .26 ounces on the Balm website) in the color light medium. I chose IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ ($15 for .4 ounces at Sephora) in the color Medium. I set my whole face, including under eyes with the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 for 1 ounce at Ulta)  in the color translucent. I bronzed my face with BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer ($10 on their website) in the color Bronze Babe.


Eyes:  Primed my eyes with Tarte Shape Tape ($27 for .33 ounces at Ulta) in the color light medium honey. I used the Revealed Matte Palette and set my Shape Tape with the 1st color on the top (medium cream matte). My first transition color is the 4th color on the bottom (medium tan matte) and I followed it up with the 5th color on the bottom (light brown with orange undertone matte). For my crease and the inner and outer 1/3 of the lid I picked the 3rd color on the bottom (terra cotta matte). I also used this shade on my lower lash line. For the center 1/3 of my lid I used Hikari cream pigment ($15 on the Hikari website) in the color honey dew. I highlighted my inner corner with Urban Decay single shadow ($20 at Ulta) in the color midnight cowboy. I lined my upper lids with BH Cosmetics Power Pencil ($8 on the BH website) in the color black. I used the BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter ($5 on the BH website) matte side on my brow bone and set it with the 2nd shade on the top of the Reveal Matte palette (a light cream matte). I did my eyebrows with the ELF Ultra Precise Brow Pencil ($5 on the ELF website) and Wow Brow ($4 on the ELF website) in the color dark brown. I used the Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black ($5.7 at Target).

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Cheeks and Lips: I used Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush ($29 at Ulta) in the color Natural Beauty. I highlighted the tops on my cheeks, temples, nose, and cupid’s bow with Essence Pure Nude Highlighter (4.49 at Ulta) in the color be my light. I lined my lips with NYX Suede Matte Lip Liner ($4 at Ulta)  in the color Milan and I used Maybelline  Super Stay Matte Ink ($9.49 at Ulta) in the color Lover.


Final Thoughts….


IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Primer is just Ok for me. It doesn’t do much for my pores but it does lock down the foundation. I’d give it a C+. I don’t like the smell but I do like how smooth my skin feels with it.

The Balm Time Balm Concealer gets a C- for me. It’s billed as a dark circle concealer but I always have to use a color corrector with it. It gets trapped in my under eye lines but it does make the under eye look hydrated.

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream comes in 12 shades, 3 for deeper skin. I really like this cc cream. It makes my skin look perfected without over covering my skin. It doesn’t feel heavy like most cc and bb creams feel. It’s not greasy, and it doesn’t oxidize. You do however need to set this cc cream as it stays tacky. I’d give it a solid B. This is because there isn’t much shade difference between the deeper shades… in 2019 there should be more inclusive shade ranges.

BH Cosmetics Brilliance Bronzer is low key becoming my favorite powder bronzer. I would give it a A-. Again, not a lot in the range for deeper skinned beauties. I love how radiant this bronzer is. It’s super pigmented so you have to go in with a light hand.

Coastal Scents Revealed Matte palette gets an A++ from me, again I wish there was a dark brown shade but this palette is amazing! It out preforms it’s dupe by a long shot. I definitely see myself reaching for this palette much more for everyday makeup looks, or even as a companion palette to a shimmery palette. Out of all the Reveal palettes I have reviewed so far, I would say this is the palette to get.

BH Studio Pro Brow Highlighter is a dead on dupe for the Billion Dollar Brow’s highlighter. I still like the BH Cosmetics one more, because the of the price, yes but also because it has a creamier formula. I give it an A+.

The brow products and mascara are my staple go to products so I wont bore you again with them … just run ….. grab them while you can.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again … Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes are my FAVORITE blushes of life! They are matte, pigmented, and silky. I give them an A+++.

Maybelline  Super Stay Matte Ink is not my favorite formula. It’s billed as giving you up to 16 hours of saturated liquid matte. It gets a C- from me. It doesn’t dry down like most liquid lipsticks. It stays sticky in an uncomfortable way. If I leave me lips pressed together too long they peel away color from the contact. The color range is nice but it’s just not my favorite formula.

Well…. that’s all for now dolls. Heart you heaps. Hope the day gives you everything you deserve. Remember, save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.


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