I’ve spoken a lot about Models Prefer on my blog over the years for the simple fact that I love their products. Models Prefer is Priceline’s own brand and they have their normal staple range (they have a huge variety of products – I use their brushes every day) as well as releasing limited edition collections every few months.
Their latest release is their ‘Coastal Collection’ – a tropical beach/summer themed collection perfect for the current warmer weather. It contains their Saltwater Eyeshadow Palette*, the Paradise Bronzer*, the By the Shore Kabuki Brush* and the Pure Shores Highlighter*.
I didn’t expect to love the By the Shore Kabuki Brush quite as much as I did. It has a cute seashell handle which is surprisingly easy to hold and use. The bristles of this brush are soft yet firm and the density to which the brush hairs are packed make it the perfect shape for contouring the face. It is also perfect to use as a highlighting brush to dust lightly to the top of the cheekbones.
The Pure Shores Highlighter is hands down my favourite piece from this collection. It is the affordable drugstore highlighter of my dreams and I was kicking myself after the first use that I’d had this sitting on my desk for such a long time! It is a beautiful light golden highlighter that packs a pigmented punch of glow to the cheek. I really love this for every day – it has a metallic finish that some may not appreciate but I don’t see such a thing as too much highlighter. It is truly a dream and I haven’t been able to put it down.
The Paradise Bronzer is definitely too dark and too shimmery for me to use as a bronzer – this is definitely not for the faint hearted or the fair skinned! I knew from first glance it wouldn’t suit me so I can’t give an accurate review as to how it works on the cheeks but it makes a really pretty eyeshadow on me.
Swatches bottom – top: Highlighter, Bronzer – see what I mean?!
The Saltwater Eyeshadow Palette is a really fun item. It has so many beautiful unique eyeshadow shades and I don’t think I have ever seen another palette similar to this. It has all of the beachy summer shades you could ever want or need. There’s no denying that I have gotten the most use out of the top row of warm shades but I have played around a little bit with the pops of colour.
This eyeshadow palette is both a hit and a miss for me – some of the shades are amazing and others I really and truly struggle with. The mattes are my favourites – they are the most consistent in their pigment and their wear. Some of the shimmers I can use with a brush – others need fingers and others I just can’t build up. I usually find shimmer shades easier to work with so I’m not quite sure what’s happened. I am usually such a huge fan of Models Prefer eyeshadows so I may have received a ‘bad’ palette because this just wasn’t amazing for me, but the one I swatched in store a few weeks ago was ‘better’ than this one – so who knows!
The Models Prefer Coastal Collection is available currently in Priceline stores and online – if you’re going to buy anything definitely get the highlighter it is INCREDIBLE!