It’s here! The third installment in one of the most popular and affordable palette lines: the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 palette. The brand kept tight-lipped about the new addition to the Revealed family, which is officially available NOW, but I’ve got a first look for you which I hope will help decide if it’ll be one you pick up.
As usual, Revealed 3 has twenty shades housed in a super slim cardboard case. Unfortunately, there’s still no mirror on the inside, but the packaging is still study and travel friendly (I’ve brought #2 with me on practically every vacation since its release, and it has held up just fine).
To refresh your memory, the original Revealed palette was full of cool neutrals, and said to include many Naked 1 & 2 Urban Decay dupes. Revealed 2 brought beautiful rose gold and burgundy shades that are still incredibly on trend this season, many of which matched up to the Naked 3 palette.
Now, Revealed 3 is a palette all its own: on the bolder side of what you’d think of as neutral shades. Purples and violets dominate this time around, with hints of golds and taupes. We have a good range of shade tones, offering lighter colors for daily looks as well as a good chunk of smoky colors for a more dramatic mood. I also feel that the shade spectrum can work year round for each season.
The palette offers matte, satin and shimmer finish colors. I will take this moment to say that I’m disappointed that there are only three mattes in the entire palette. I’m a firm believer that mattes are a must-have to create a variety of makeup looks, so I was sad that they took them away from us after adding more in Revealed 2.
As far as formula, all shades are silky smooth across the board. The mattes are a bit on the powdery side, but I feel like as a whole, the texture has improved– especially for the shimmer shades.
(swatched without primer)
The pigmentation of most of the shades were on point, applying with strong color payoff and easy blendability (my computer says that’s not a word… whatever). However, there were a handful of shades that didn’t impress me… namely the lighter shimmers. They do perform slightly better over primer, but either way these will be options I don’t see myself utilizing too heavily, unless on top of another shade. But I won’t let those bring the whole palette down… I mean can we just take a second to appreciate that black? I’ve never seen such a deep, dark, shimmery black. I also love the third shade from the right on the bottom row, which is a unique purple-silver duochrome.
So the big question: do you need it if you already have one (or both) of the other Revealed palettes? Maybe the following comparison will help you decide:
As you can see, each palette definitely has its own color scheme going on, with the third being the most versatile in shades in my opinion, with its incorporation of the bold pinks and purples.
I’ll be honest— even though I’m huge on purple eyeshadow (which makes brown eyes pop), I’m not sure I prefer Revealed 3 over 2 (my favorite palette ever), simply because each shade in Revealed 2 performs outstandingly, and so I have a use for them all. However, #2 does sort of limit you do only pink-hued looks whereas Revealed 3 gives you more room to play around, even with the several purples.
The Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette is now available online for $19.95, like the other two palettes.