Coastal Scents Hot Pots & Joli Colibri Palette Review/Comparison to Colourpop Pressed Shadows

I am so excited to do this review! I have been talking about these eyeshadows way too much on Instagram and Twitter but that’s because of how in love I am, with most of them anyways. I discovered Coastal Scents and literally went wild. In about three weeks I have went from owning nothing from them to having four Hot Pots and six palettes…I have a problem, haha. Honestly, though, I’m shocked because I’ve heard about the Hot Pots but I have NEVER seen a review on these palettes. When I was looking for reviews there would be maybe a handful, if that. So I decided to do a service to the world and buy all but I think three of them to review. This review is going to be on the Joli Colibri palette and the four Hot Pots that I bought.

*I apologize in advance for my face in the pictures below. It looks like I’m mad at the world but I have hooded eyes so to show the shadow on my eyes I can’t really smile. Also, I am not that great at doing eyeshadow. These pictures are not any kind of tutorial, they’re just so you can accurately see the colors and to give you some ideas. Just click on the picture to be able to see detail 🙂

Elven Gold, Elven Midnight, Elven Green & Elven Blue

I thought I’d start with the most disappointing, the Hot Pots. I bought Elven Gold, Elven Midnight, Elven Green and Elven Blue. They were $1.95 apiece and the empty quad container was $3.95. Coastal Scents offers close to 400 Hot Pots so I was a little overwhelmed. I don’t do well with too much choice, haha. I went with these four because they were pretty shades, ones I don’t own and I liked that they were all called Elven. These were just okay. Elven Gold was a pretty shade but it has SO MUCH GLITTER. There was glitter everywhere and it’s more of a glitter topper than an actual eyeshadow, there was also a ton of fallout. Elven Midnight is probably my favorite of the four. It’s a unique purple/silver shade but it had a lot of fallout as well. Elven Green is a bright, pastel-ish green shade that I like but again, so much fallout. Elven Blue is beautiful but it is an awful mess. Not only is it filled with glitter but it has the worst fallout of the four and the fallout stained my face blue when I tried to wipe it off. It also stained my eyeshadow brush. After trying the palettes I really don’t have a desire to try more of the Hot Pots because they’re just not as good, in my opinion. Out of the four, I would recommend Elven Midnight the most.

Joli Colibri Eyeshadow Palette

The Joli Colibri palette is $12.95 and the first of the six that I’ve bought, which is why it’s being reviewed first. I am absolutely in love with this palette. It’s all cool tones that are exactly what I wanted for the winter months. It’s filled with browns, silvers, berries, pinks and blues. The swatches above do NOT do this palette justice. You can get a super neutral look with this or have intense color. I’ve used all of the shades in the palette except for the bright, berry/pink shade on the end of the middle row and the two lightest blue shades on the bottom row. I’ve been happy with every look I’ve made. The colors blend well, there’s little fallout and they’re nicely pigmented. Some of the shades you will have to build up to get intense color but I like that because it makes them easier to blend and easier to fix if you mess up. The first shade on the middle row is a silver glitter shade and it can be used as an eyeshadow on it’s own but I found it best to use over other shadows because it’s mainly glitter. You can use these wet but I have not tried them like that. There is six mattes in the palette and the rest are either shimmer or satin.

I know for me sometimes it can be hard to come up with good color combinations so I thought I would share which ones I’m loving. I’m not that creative with my eyeshadow but I was happy with how all of these looks came out. This palette is very easy to work with. I always wear an eyeshadow primer, typically the Milani primer.

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  1. I used the light pink/white shade (top row, first from the left) all over my lid and up to my brow bone.
  2. I then used the brown/berry shade (top row, at the end) in my crease.
  3. Then I used the shimmer berry shade (third from the left, on the middle row) all over my lid.
  4. I used the shimmer silver shade (first on the middle row) in my inner corner.
  5. I also used a little bit of the same shade I used in my crease on my lower lash line.

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  1. I used the light pink/white shade (top row, first from the left) all over my lid and up to my brow bone.
  2. Then I used the darkest blue (third from the left, on the bottom row) in my crease. It’s a shimmer but there’s no rules in makeup.
  3. Next I used the silver/lavender (top row, second shadow from the left) shade all over my lid.
  4. I used the shimmer silver shade (first on the middle row) in my inner corner and over the dark blue to tone it down some.
  5. I used the black shade (last from the left on the bottom row) on my lash line.
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My face in this picture is literally killing me so enjoy.

  1. I used the light pink/white shade (top row, first from the left) all over my lid and up to my brow bone.
  2. I mixed the two brown shades (end from the left on the top row) in my crease.
  3. I used the salmon shade (middle row, second from the left) all over my lid. *This shade was the least pigmented of all of them. I tried to use setting spray but that made a film over the shadow in the pan so I would not recommend that. It can be built up dry, however.
  4. I used the shimmer silver shade (first on the middle row) in my inner corner.
  5. I also used a little bit of the darkest brown shade I used in my crease on my lower lash line.

This palette really put me in my mind of Colourpop’s pressed shadow palettes, only better. I wanted to do a comparison between the two for packaging, size, price and performance.

  • Packaging: Coastal Scents and Colourpop’s packing is identical except Coastal Scents palettes are larger. Both are sturdy cardboard with magnetic closures.
  • Size: Coastal Scents 12 pan palettes are 15.6 grams/.48 ounces. Colourpop’s 12 pan palettes are 0.85 grams/0.03 ounces. So…a VERY large difference in the amount of eyeshadow you’re getting.
  • Price: Coastal Scents 12 pan palettes are $12.95 and Colourpop’s 12 pan palettes are $16.00. You’re paying a little more than $1.00 for each shadow in the Coastal Scents palette versus around $1.33 for each shade in the Colourpop palette.
  • Performance: The performance of the shadows from Coastal Scents and Colourpop are very similar but I found that my Yes Please palette (Colourpop) has more fallout and is harder to blend than my palettes from Coastal Scents.

If it wasn’t obvious, I think you should go with the Coastal Scents palettes over Colourpops. Of course, this is just my opinion and you can buy whatever you please. I’d love to know what you’ve tried from Coastal Scents or what you’ve had your eye on! Be sure to look out for my reviews on the rest of these palettes! Thank you for reading and have a great day!

2 thoughts on “Coastal Scents Hot Pots & Joli Colibri Palette Review/Comparison to Colourpop Pressed Shadows

  1. beautyonabudget94 says:

    400 Hot Pots are so many! I know sometimes they almost a 50% off sale, which made me really want to try out some of their singles shadows 😀 Like they’re so cheap, I don’t know why I didn’t order some. Maybe it could’ve been the high shipping price hahaha

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