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The truth behind cheapness of Coastal Scents. Fake MAC.

Since it's April Fool's day what can we found better to talk about but fools? :D
And what if we combine it with our favorite subject - beauty?

One of the reasons why i actually wanted to write about this is because since i do aloooot of research online i found some interesting theories about some famous brands. Well brand to be exact - Coastal Scents. Almost everyone interested in make-up knows this brand and owns their 88 palette. I do to. I bought it from their website directly a while ago. Everything is great. I like the quality, the palette is really well pigmented, it was cheap, i got amazingly kind costumer service (they answered tons of my e-mails very fast)
The question is - why i only had to pay 18 dollars for the whole pallette, when alot of people compare their shadows to MAC brand, which costs 14 dollars per unit. And here i got even 88 different colours. The thing is... everything from Coastal Scents are made in Hong Kong or somewhere near by. It's not being made in some lab by CS. Just some mass production factory. The original price of the pallette is no more than 5 bucks. I did research on ebay and found out that you can find the EXACT SAME pallette with that price and NO IT'S NOT FAKE. It's just the same pallette from the same factory just not being sold by CS. Just search for "88 palette" not Coastal Scents pallette. They are often called "Pro" or "Proffesional" palettes. Ofcourse how ebay works - you find cheap product and excitment goes down when you see the price of shipping, but if you lurk long enough you can find really cheap deals, from best rated sellers with low product and shipping price. My friend bought a palette like this from ebay and with everything included she paid circa 12 dollars. We compared the palettes and they were identical.
Coastal Scents is company founded by neat people, who buys stuff for cents and sells them to us with higher price.

Oh my, that sounded really harsh. I didn't mean to, just want to share what i found out :)

Another thing which has been widely discussed - Fake MAC products. When it comes to MAC, i strongly don't recomend buying these products from ebay. Unless they are limited edition items, there's a small chance that you'll find honest seller and purchase the real deal. And actually limited edition items are often being re-released, so no need to hunt for them and risk on ebay.
There also are lots of websites that claims to sell "real" MAC and other quality brand products relatively cheap. Oh yes, they are fake. Probobly one of the biggest that i saw was The selection they have may throw you off... but when you analyze products and photos better you can see that they are fake. First of all MAC ALWAYS names their lipsticks, lipglasses, eyeshadows etc. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM has a name. Not number.
The funniest thing was that they sell "Mac 180pc eyeshadow palette".
I mean come on... you can really see that it's just the same eyeshadows from "CS". Mac doesn't have such thing as this palette. Oh, and also - MAC never sells products with sponge brushes or just brushes in them.... :)
I feel like i could talk more about this, but i already said enough...I mean if you guys won't hear from me in next few days consider me killed by fake MAC mafia lol. I don't want to say that "MAC" products are bad, cause i actually never tried fake ones, but if you want to have the real thing always be aware of what and where are you buying your cosmetics :) Don't fall into the trap seduced by cheap price.

So if you have anything you want to say, or share your experience with fake products leave a comment below :)


  1. Great Article!! IT is amazing what one would print/type/claim to sell a product!
    I have several CS palettes...why do I need more than one ... or 2... I do not know...but I like them and love looking at them so hey! Shoot me!
    As for the fake MAC mafia...I'll watch your back! I think there are enough of us our there that know a bit more than they like...but too many to take least not all at once LOL!

  2. You know, these CS palettes are actually pretty good... Especially handy if you are make up artist :) Just as it turns out their value is way less than what they sell them for :)
    Thanks, dear, i feel safer now lol ;D

  3. Interesting article. I hate how everbody raves about MAC or high end brands just because they are expensive.

  4. Well MAC certainly is good quality brand also :) It is a little overprised... but you know there are tons of girls who actually collects make-up, and for them MAC stuff is know... lol :D

  5. Love your post and I've got something for you in my blog!!!Cheers!!!

  6. Interesting post. That Mac palette is too funny! :D. I got the Beauties Factory palette from Ebay..a seller in HK. I like it. N don't worry the fake Mac mafia are probably always busy in their "lab" :D


  7. I purchased a 120 palette from ebay for about $14 and I dont think it's bad. The colors are the same as the ones pictured above, for the most part.

    I do wonder though, I've heard good things about Coastal Scents brushes, are those just fake mac/bobbie brown brushes? Fake hype?

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  8. Thanks for the great article! Really informative. I also have a CS 88 palette and love it. However since I bought it, I did find some cheaper ones that are the exact same...but it is still reasonably priced, and oh well, they have to make their money somehow as well. As long as we both make a good deal, its good with me:)

  9. Jessica,no, i don't think that they are trying to fake famous brushes... they are pretty much on their own. :)But i actually haven't heard anything so good about these brushes :) But it's silly actually, cause, c'mon, it's just brushes.. they are all pretty much the same :)

    Yes, i agree with you Jay Anne Cosmetics ;D

  10. Great article! I like to save money but don't want to get ripped off.

  11. Hey!! I am an Indian and first time on your blog...I a glad you are making people aware about it.:)..I my self have been ripped off many times due to these reason.

  12. thanks for this post doll! i am a huge MAC lover, but yes it is an expensive habit! i used to work in a cosmetics lab, and came to find that mostly all makeup is made from the same raw materials, you are just paying for the packaging/brand name. i will check out this palette, it sounds amazing!

  13. Thanks for the great post about CS. I know a lot of people feel these are MAC dupes but I disagree. It's hard to justify purchasing them when you can find tons on ebay.

  14. Thanks for this great article! ♥

  15. Mmm, interesting! I've been looking into these palettes and wondering why there were some labelled MAC that were the same as the cheaper brands - CS, Fraulein, Manly etc. So, it's all the same stuff with varying labels - some of them plain dishonest!

    There are also some rumours about that these shadows are made with lead as one of the ingredients, coming from China. Any info on this to hand??

  16. I really love the fake MAC palette. I might go as far to say I like it better than MAC products.

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  18. Thank you makeup majesty. I dont even have to comment now. But I will say this. Why pay 3x 4x 5x the price for something just because it says MAC. It is all the same thing/same manufacturers. I dont like to be ripped off but I do love good quality low cost items. Coastal Scents palletes are really good for the price.

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    1. Plz tell me that this eyeshadow paletteis real or fake co i dnt wanno ruin my money for fake products

  29. Well, let me tell you there really is no comparison between cheap shadows like Coastal Scents/BH Cosmetics and MAC. MAC shadows are very high quality and they apply flawlessly. These cheap CS/BH shadows are fine..but often times chalky and have to be applied wet in order to look right. Don't get me wrong, they really aren't bad. But, you can't say that MAC shadows aren't worth the money because in all honesty, as a pro makeup artist, MAC shadows are the ones I trust the most and use professionally the most.


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