So, recently, I've been on this eye shadow craze. Based on online reviews and bloggers, the two lower cost eye shadows with great quality are NYX and Coastal Scents.
Some people love NYX so much that they buy tons of single NYX eyeshadows. Seeing how addictive this was, I decided to buy a palette to save money and not have that never ending lust for more eye shadow singles.
The crazy thing is you can get NYX Eyeshadow Palette S104 78 colors for $25.00 with free shipping! <--This was the best price I was able to get it for. You can also get it HERE sometimes on sale. I liked the NYX Eyeshadow Palette S104, because it had 78 colors including a huge array of fantastic vivid colors like purple, orange, yellow, etc, but the majority were commonly used neutrals.
Coastal Scents was reputed to have even higher pigmentation than NYX, so I purchased this as well. For Coastal Scents, after much research, I picked Coastal Scents 78 Piece Makeup Palette. <--- This is only $16.11 (free shipping) with subscribe and save. It has 78 pieces, mostly eyeshadow, but also 6 beautiful blush shades. I chose this palette once again because while it consisted mostly of everyday neutrals, it also had many choices of bright vivid colors.
Now, both of them arrived to me safe and sound and I can do the review! :)
Not that this matters all that much, but the packaging from NYX looked A LOT more professional. It was glossy and the design was very pretty.
Cardboard box aside, the NYX S104 palette was very well built. It was extremely professional looking and the hinges were nice quality. The Coastal Scents was just a plastic flap. Applicators from both products were not that great, but I've never come across a great foam eye shadow applicator. Most people use separate brushes with these palettes anyway.
You get a good quantity of eye shadows that should last you a VERY long time! Even though the eye shadow pots are small, the colors are super pigmented so not a whole lot is needed. Going through one small pot would take me a very long time! The NYX S104 palette has some more product holding 3.13 oz. The Coastal Scents 78 palette holds 2.45 oz.
Now, on to the stuff that matters! quality of the eye shadows! Top row is NYX; bottom is Coastal Scents. As you can see, both palettes have some very pigmented shades. While most of the eye shadows in each of the palettes are highly pigmented, a few of the eye shadows are not.
The crazy thing is that I wore NYX eye shadows for over an hour working out sweating, and the NYX stayed on FLAWLESSLY. And, I have very oily eyelids to begin with!
NYX S104 Palette Ratings (Remember, I'm a tough critic) :
Lasting Power- 9
Coastal Scents 78 Palette Ratings:
Lasting Power- 8
Both palettes are great buys and perform VERY well. However, doing this over again, I'd definitely only purchase the NYX Eyeshadow Palette S104!