How to Use Shadow Pencils + Coastal Scents Swatches

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of blogs lately! I actually have lots of things to be blogging about- so let's get to it! I wanted to share some swatches of these new Coastal Scents double ended eyeshadow pencils. You might be thinking... I have tons of powder shadows- why do I need shadow pencils? Well, using a small amount of a cream-based product under your shadow can really make the color pop! The Coastal Scents pencils are nice because there are so many colors to choose from... allowing you to make the most of a number of different looks! Before I describe the colors- I have some tips for wearing shadow pencils...
  • Apply a primer first. These creamy pencils are not a substitute for a good shadow base like Palladio eye primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, or Urban Decay Primer Potion.
  • Use only a THIN layer of any cream-based shadow. You'll notice creasing if you apply too much.
  • After you apply the pencil, pat the area with your finger, or further blend the color with a brush. This takes care of any excess product, ensuring that you have only what you need on your lids.
  • If you have more than one cream shadow pencil- blend shades! The consistency will make for gorgeous fades between colors.
  • Unless you're going for an ultra glossy look that you're only wearing for a short amount of time, definitely top your cream based shadow with a powder. It will make for a super long-wearing look! (kind of like topping a cream blush with a powder blush)
  • Use jumbo pencils as a liner and smudge them out for a smokey look (top it with powder too!)
  • Experiment with different shades. Just because you use a turquoise pencil doesn't mean you have to top it with the same color of shadow. Mix & match different colors to create unusual undertones in your eye look! :)

Now on to my review! Coastal Scents has 12 dual-ended shadow pencils. They're rich and creamy, and the pigmentation is awesome. You can try out one for $2.95, or get the whole set for $29.95 (Coastal Scents sent me my set to review). These remind me of the NYX Jumbo shadow pencils, although most of these shades apply more smoothly, and feel a little less thick- which can be a good thing if you struggle with creasing. (According to my tips above- a thin layer is the best way to combat creasing). I've enjoyed using these alongside my 88 Shimmer palette- the pencils really set off the look! The price is great, and while it's awesome having the whole set, if you don't want to spend that kind of money- try a neutral pencil duo and a colorful one that you like the looks of. It's nice because there are 2 colors in each pencil! One drawback- the shade names are on the box they come in, not the pencils themselves. It's a small detail, but I had to write them all down because when I use these in tutorials- I want to be able to tell you what colors I'm using. I do enjoy that you get some semi-matte creamy shades, some shimmers, metallic shades, and even glitter! :)

*=Emily's Favorites

(Top 2 rows- left to right)
  • Celestial Moon... (metallic silver & silver glitter)
  • *Trendy Teal... (shimmery periwinkle blue & metallic teal)
  • *Copper Penny... (shimmery tan & shimmery warm mahogany brown)

(Second 2 rows- left to right)
  • Vanilla Chocolate... (creamy off-white & creamy dark brown)
  • *Mystery Wand... (metallic white & shimmery black)
  • Pink Fringe... (light metallic pink & shimmery lavender)

(Third 2 rows- left to right)
  • *Soft Touch... (iridescent white & metallic lavender)
  • Vibrant Glam... (shimmery yellow & metallic green)
  • Sapphire Sky... (metallic light blue & metallic sky blue)
(Fourth 2 rows- left to right)
  • *Peach DuJour... (light peach iridescent shimmer & deep gold shimmer)
  • Denim Blues... (creamy royal blue & creamy navy blue)
  • Emerald... (metallic emerald green & shimmery forest green)

Thanks for stopping by my blog & have a great day!


  1. Thanks for the advice and swatches, I'm a big fan of coastal scents. I see you changed your blog template - I use this one too, it's so pretty!
    Kat x Click&Make-Up

  2. Ohhh these look fantastic. Thanks for the heads up, Emily!

  3. thank you for the swatches! they look great!

  4. Thank you so much for the swatches and the tips Emily, you're great!! I've learned so much from you! :)


  5. Brilliant tips. I use eye liners a lot. I also use them sometimes to cut the crease as they give more definition.

  6. Hi, thanks for including the colour swatches. I hope someone sells them soon here in Australia! Diana

  7. I wish COastal Scents will soon be available here in the Philippines!!!!

  8. Hi Emily, I just want to tell you I love your tutorials, especially the ones in youtube. My husband heard your voice, and he told me, "Hey, she sounds like a broadcaster, learn your English from her." LOL I have just got into makeup recently, and so glad your tutorials and Top 10s are helping me a lot. And yes, I do focus on your way saying certain words too. Thank you!

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  11. Great swatches!

  12. Thanks for this review. Is it possible to see the difference the shadow pencils make with the shimmer palette? Perhaps you can swatch a couple shimmer palette colors with primer only and then with primer and shadow pencil to really see the difference the shadow pencil makes. I love Coastal Scents products and I really love the shimmer palette so I'm anxious to see the difference the shadow pencils make before I order.

    Thank you!

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