Happy day-before-Friday, everyone!
I've recently been making a conscious effort to include more color in my eyeshadow looks instead of reproducing the same neutral eye every day, but I often find that the rainbow-themed eyeshadow palettes that hit the shelves are too bold or garish for my tastes. I commend people that can create such beautiful looks with palettes like the Urban Decay Electric palette, but unfortunately I am not one of those people.
Instead, I decided to create a custom palette of my own that contains "wearable" rainbow eyeshadow shades that I can easily incorporate into my everyday looks. To create such a palette, I used the Coastal Scents Hot Pot Shadow Pots.
You can buy all of the Hot Pot shades on the Coastal Scents website for $1.95 a piece. Twice a year, Coastal Scents has a 99 cent Hot Pot sale where you can purchase the eyeshadows for $1 each! This is the deal I took advantage of, and I highly recommend that you do the same. If you're chomping at the bit, $2 for an eyeshadow single ain't too shabby either!
You can also conveniently buy magnetic palettes that fit the Hot Pot single shadows through Coastal Scents. These palettes are interchangable, so you can always rearrange your shadows if you're feeling a burst of creative energy. I purchased the 12 pan palette for the low price of $5.95. The palette itself is extremely sturdy (case in point: I just dropped my palette on the floor and my shadows survived), and it also contains a full size mirror. This is perfect for traveling - you can create a palette to take with you on the go and not have to worry about bringing a mirror along for the ride.
For my palette, I wanted shadows from each color in the rainbow but I knew I'd be more prone to wear shadows that weren't highlighter-bright or neon, so I focused on some softer shades. I've heard that the the Hot Pot shades with shimmer and satin finishes are more pigmented than their matte shades, so I avoided matte shades for the most part. In the end, I purchased the shades Redstone, Canyon Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Golden Globe, Forest Eve, Jewel Teal, Rainstorm, Deep Eggplant, Panama Rose, Deep Merlot, Cloud White, and Thunderous.
Golden Globe: A gorgeous yellow-gold with golden shimmer and a satin finish. This shade is super pigmented and blends beautifully.
Pumpkin Pie: This is one of the only matte shades I bought and it is in fact the one I have the most problems with. It's a gorgeous peachy-orange shade, but it feels a bit chalky and requires a few swipes to get full pigmentation.
Canyon Coral: As the name suggests, this is a coral shade with a lovely bronze shift. This shade also has a satin finish which makes for smooth blending. I love this shade and find it extremely versatile.
Redstone: A true red with red shimmer and a satin finish. I love this red because it doesn't resemble a fire-truck like some red shadows do, which makes it much easier to incorporate into looks.
Deep Eggplant: Described as a deep purple, but actually presents as a shade that's a deep navy with silver sparkles that give it a shimmery finish. I was actually kind of disappointed with this shadow as I was looking forward to having a deep true violet shade.
Rainstorm: This color reminds me a lot of the color of blue jeans. It has purple and silver sparkles that give it a shimmery finish. This shade also requires a couple of swipes in order to reach its full pigmentation.
Jewel Teal: I am in LOVE with this shadow! This is an aqua shade with silver sparkles that give it a shimmer finish. It is so unique and pigmented and looks beautiful on your waterline.
Forest Eve: Olive shade with golden sparkles for a shimmery finish. This is another one of my favorite shades - it looks gorgeous with brown and hazel eyes!
Thunderous: Stormy gray with underlying brown tones. This shadow has a satin finish that makes it easy to blend. I tend to be afraid of deep gray shades, so I love the fact that this one is more subtle.
Cloud White: Let me tell you - this white is knock your socks off BRIGHT. This makes it perfect for an inner corner highlight. Unfortunately this one is also a matte shade so it does feel a bit chalky, but it's still workable.
Deep Merlot: Burgandy shade chock-full of silver sparkles with a shimmer finish. When I hear the word "merlot" I'm more prone to think of a deep red, but this shade is much more brown-toned. Nonetheless, it is still gorgeous!
Panama Rose: This is the shade I was most excited about after reading its many rave reviews. And it certainly lives up to the hype! It's a gorgeous pinky shade with violet undertones with lots of silver sparkles that give it a shimmery finish. Out of all the shadows in my palette, this one is my favorite.
Today I created a look using Forest Eve on my lid, Deep Eggplant in my crease, and a combination of Pumpkin Pie and Redstone above my crease. I was hesitant about the combination, but it actually provided for a really stunning look. Apologies for the suboptimal lighting - I assure you that in real life these shadows were insanely saturated!
Overall, I would absolutely recommend purchasing the Coastal Scents Hot Pot Shadow Pots if you're looking for single eyeshadow pans. However, I would stick with the shimmer and satin finishes rather than the matte finishes to ensure optimal blending abilities and pigmentation.
Have you tried the Coastal Scents Hot Pots? What are your favorite shades?