Coastal Scents Hot Pots Review & Swatches | Neutrals

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Hi all, today we’re doing a long overdue post on Coastal Scents’ Hot Pots! Hot Pots are Coastal Scents’ single eyeshadows. They’re sold without packaging as magnetized pans for $1.95 each (further price breakdown in the ‘Price’ section, go figure). They also sell empty palettes that fit up to 28 pans. There’s 374 different shades, with every color and finish imaginable available, which can be very overwhelming when you first start looking.

Above, is the first Hot Pot palette I put together a few years ago. I find the shimmers perform universally well. They’re extremely pigmented, smooth, and creamy. The mattes are hit or miss. I’d say 60% are great, 30% are workable, and 10% are absolute trash.  You can find them exclusively on the Coastal Scents website. Below, I’ll describe each color, its texture, pigmentation, blendability, utility, and a score out of 5 based on these criteria.


Each shade was swatched twice, with a finger (left) and brush (right). For brushes, I used a natural bristle packing brush for mattes and a flat synthetic shader for shimmers and satins. My arm was primed with NYX Proof It! Eyeshadow Primer as I use a primer daily. Below each full arm swatch photo are close ups. For reference, I’m very fair and slightly warm toned (NC10, NARS Gobi, Maybelline 110). Some of the eyeshadows are swatched twice for comparison with similar colors.

Wishy Washy, Bombay, Cherry Moss, Timeless Taupe, Bermuda Sand, Midas Gold, Fool’s Gold

Wishy Washy | Satin, dove grey, powdery and sheer. This shade is too light to allow for it to be sheer and impactful, though it could be used as a transition shade. | 2/5

Bombay | Nearly-white grey, it appears satin in the pan but looks matte when applied with a brush. Again, this shade is sheer and light, but a potential transition shade. Whiter and matter than Wishy Washy. | 2/5

Cherry Moss | Warm sequoia with a golden-green duochrome. This shade is gorgeous. Pigmented, creamy, and unique, I highly recommend it. | 5/5

Timeless Taupe | Matte cool brown, I wouldn’t call it a taupe. It’s hard, chalky, and unpigmented. | 1/5

Bermuda Sands | Very light taupe, there’s a hint of fine silver shimmer in the pan but it completely blends away with a brush. I use this as a transition shade and to contour my nose. For people with medium and deeper skin, this will be too light. | 4/5

Midas Gold | Light matte yellow. I wish Midas would come and turn this into something better because it’s certainly not doing anything as is. Powdery, sheer, and hard. | 1/5

Fool’s Gold | Matte mustard. I love this shade, it’s very unique and performs well on the eye. | 5/5

Olivewood, Oatmeal Tan, Camel Taupe, Amaretto, Miami Spice, Kokomo Cafe

Olivewood | Matte deep khaki olive. This can be somewhat hard to work with but the color translates well to the eyes (it doesn’t blend out to a nebulous brown). I find it worth it due to how interesting the color is but be warned. | 3/5

Oatmeal Tan | Warm matte golden tan, this is the perfect everyday transition color for me. It’s soft, pigmented, blendable, and versatile. | 5/5

Camel Taupe | Light tan taupe with a very subtle silvery satin sheen. It’s decently pigmented, soft, and blendable but nothing special shade-wise. | 4/5

Amaretto | Shimmery, subtly red-hued bronze. It’s very pigmented, creamy, soft, and easy to work with. | 5/5

Miami Spice | Taupe with sparse, fine, blue glitter that blends away immediately. This is thin, hard, patchy, and looks nothing like it does in the pan. I read a poor review of this and convinced myself it was worth a shot because it was unique. Don’t do what I did. | 0/5

Kokomo Cafe | Light tan. Soft, blendable, but sheer, only really good as a transition color. Warmer than Camel Taupe.| 3/5

Petal Peach, Sundried, Tuscany, Cinnamon Stone, Bronze Peach, Paprika

Petal Peach | Bright matte pinky peach. Soft, blendable, and pigmented. This is one of my most used Hot Pots. | 5/5

Sundried | Shimmery rust. Pigmented, soft, and creamy. | 5/5

Tuscany |Matte dusty peach. Soft, blendable, and pigmented. Deeper, more muted than Petal Peach. | 5/5

Cinnamon Stone | Slightly warm, satin brown. Smooth, soft, and blendable.  Deeper, browner, and less shimmery than Sundried. | 4/5

Bronze Peach | Matte muted rosy peach. Smooth, soft, and blendable. | 5/5

Paprika | Matte mauve-peach. Soft, blendable, and pigmented. Deeper more red-based than Bronze Peach. | 5/5

Column VIbVIIa
Earth Rose, New Terrain, Deep Cider, Fine Wine, Maroon Berry, Chocolatier

Earth Rose | Satin rosy brown. Soft, creamy, buildable. | 4/5

New Terrain | Satin russet brown. Soft and blendable. Deeper, browner, less shimmery than Earth Rose. | 4/5

Deep Cider | Light taupe with sparse, fine, gold glitter. The glitter has no adhesion so it just dusts off, leaving you with a mediocre, sheer taupe. | 1/5

Fine Wine | Matte rosy mauve. Pigmented, blendable, and unique. It’s slightly gritty in the pan but it performs fine on the eye. | 4/5

Maroon Berry | Matte deep plum. Pigmented, unique, also slightly gritty in the pan but fine on the eye. | 4/5

Chocolatier | Matte burnt umber. Thin, but workable. | 3/5

6b Comparisons
Oatmeal Tan, Oktoberfest, Wild Raisin, Cinnamon Stone, Chocolatier

Oktoberfest | Rich matte brown ochre. This shade is pigmented, blendable, and gorgeous in the crease for warm looks. | 5/5

Wild Raisin | Deep, matte, aubergine brown. This is an interesting shade, it gives color without being overtly bright. Somewhat dry and gritty in the pan but it works on the eye. | 3/5

Cool Brown Comp

Kokomo Cafe, Coconut Husk, Deep Cider, New Terrain

Here I’ve swatched all the similar taupe shades together.

Coconut Husk | Light taupe-brown. Hard and sheer. Darker and cooler than Kokomo Cafe. Lighter, warmer than New Terrain. | 2/5

Column VII
Maroon Berry, Fine Wine, Wild Raisin, Cinnamon Stone, Chocolatier

Here’s a comparison of the berry-toned shades. Maroon Berry is more visibly purple than Wild Raisin. Chocolatier is much more brown than Wild Raisin. Fine Wine is the most obviously purple-hued color.


Hot Pots are normally priced at $1.95 for 1.5 grams in a standard 26mm round pan. This is super cheap, comparable to Maybelline and e.l.f. in price per gram. If you’re really savvy, Coastal Scents regularly does $0.99 Hot Pot sales, halving their price. I’ve included both prices in my spreadsheet below for reference. If you already have a Z-palette or something similar, that’s a real steal. That being said, the empty palettes are reasonably priced. If you’re looking to save on both the Hot Pots and the palette, they also do relatively frequent site-wide 40% off sales.

I’ve broken down how much each palette is filled, full price, with the $0.99 sale (marked with an asterisk), and with the 40% off sale (marked with an †). As you’ll see, the sales makes a huge difference. Depending on how many shadows you get and if you buy an empty palette or not, the sale values are different.

  • 1 pan, they call these ‘Go Pods’ = $3.90 or $2.94* or $2.34†
  • 4 pan palette with mirror = $11.75 or $7.91* or $7.05†
  • 12 pan palette with/without mirror = $29.35 or $17.83* or $17.61†
  • 28 pan palette with solid/see through lid = $64.55 or $37.67* or $38.73†

Coastal Scents


 Mica, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica and Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Chrome Oxide Greens, Chrome Hydroxide Green, FD&C Red No.40 Al Lake, FD&C Yellow No.5 Al Lake, FD&C Blue No.1 Al Lake.

The ingredients here are very standard for an eyeshadow. This formula has:

  • colorants (mica, titanium dioxide, everything following ‘May Contain’)
  • binding agents (talc, magnesium stearate)
  • texture-improvers (phenyl trimethicone, talc, magnesium stearate)
  • anti-caking agents (talc, kaolin)
  • preservatives (methylparaben, propylparaben)


Coastal Scents is an online-only brand out of the U.S. As many of you may know, many of their products are private label, meaning those products come from other manufacturers who stamp the Coastal Scents name on them. The brushes are produced by Crown Brushes who also private label some of Sedona Lace, Morphe, and Sigma’s brushes.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though! The seller may have better deals or incentives, such as those site-wide 40% off sales.

For the Hot Pots,  I couldn’t find another brand with the same ingredients list.

Bottom Line

These are great eyeshadows for the price, though they can be hit or miss. Doing your research on each individual shade will pay off. The huge color selection, customizability, and option to buy unusual and/or very specific shades makes these  worthwhile for me.

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