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Wet ‘n’ Wild Geometric Highlighting Powders

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder

Wet ‘n’ Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a new, limited edition highlighting formula for spring that will be available at local drugstores and mass retailers while supplies last. The formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” with a “silky-smooth texture that is easy to blend.” The texture of the three powders is soft, slightly looser in the pan than ideal (some excess gets kicked up), with medium, buildable coverage and a pearly shimmer. All three shades lasted right around the seven-hour mark for me. They’re nice, and at the price point, some of the more flattering highlighters I’ve tried from the drugstore (often, they are too sparkly/metallic!). I wish Wet ‘n’ Wild would add these or something like it to their permanent range. Good luck hunting these down!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Explorations Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a light, pastel pink with warm undertones and a pearly shimmer. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage with a luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. The texture is slightly powdery to work with, but it didn’t look powdery when I applied it to my cheeks. It may add a hint of color on very fair skin tones. This shade wore for seven hours on me. NARS Devotee (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Play It Proper (LE, $22.00) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Makeup Revolution Peach Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (95% similar). Laura Geller Charming Pink (P, $24.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Softly Does It (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Devotion (P, $44.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Right) (LE, $65.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Make Up For Ever #01 (P, $39.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). LORAC Moonlight (P, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Adoration (Left) (P) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Sun Ceremony Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.17 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with strong yellow tones (but no orange tones, so it looks almost like a “cool” gold) and a smooth, frosted shimmer. It blended out easily and applied with semi-opaque coverage that could be diffused or built-up for lesser or greater coverage as desired. The powder is a little powdery to work with, and it just made the skin look ever-so-slightly powdery when applied. A little extra buffing helped to work the powder into the skin and leave a pearly sheen behind instead (that didn’t emphasize pores). It wore for seven hours on me. Tarte Burst (P) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop School is Fun (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Glow (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). NARS Noctum (LE) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Golden Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Watch Me (LE, $30.00)(90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Black Bloom (LE, $80.00) is darker (90% similar). Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Gold (12) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Daylight (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $65.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Where the Dreamers Go Geometric Highlighting Powder ($4.99 for 0.20 oz.) is a pink-tinged white with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted sheen. This was the most shimmery/metallic of the three. It had medium coverage that was buildable to opaque payoff if desired, but the lightly powdery, smooth texture made it easy to diffuse and blend on the skin. The shimmer didn’t emphasize pores either, which is always nice. This shade lasted for seven hours before fading. NARS Summer Dual Intensity Blush I (LE) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Burberry No. 01 White (LE, $68.00) is less shimmery, more muted, warmer (90% similar). NYX Ice Queen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Dior Glowing Pink (001) (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Pastel (11) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Poudre Lumiere Glacee (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, more muted (90% similar). Tarte Champagne Pink (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Delice (78) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Chanel Perles et Fantaisies (Left) (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Trophy (LE, $30.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). L'Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Desert Explorations
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Sun Ceremony
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total
Wet 'n' Wild Geometric Highlighting Powder Where the Dreamers Go
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana Bronzer

Wet 'n' Wild Reserve Your Cabana Bronzer
Wet ‘n’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana Bronzer

Wet ‘n’ Wild Reserve Your Cabana Bronzer ($3.99 for 0.46 oz.) is a soft, golden beige with a luminous sheen. Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is more shimmery. Chanel Jardin de Camelias (LE, $65.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 (P, $48.00) is lighter. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, darker. Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less pigmented. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

This highlighter isn’t new, but when they originally launched, I couldn’t find this shade, and the other day I was at the drugstore and was reminded about it and picked one up to try–and I’m so glad I did. The texture of this powder is exceptionally smooth, almost creamy, with a finely-milled consistency that doesn’t get powdery at all. It has a really fine shimmer that translates into a glowing sheen, rather than noticeable shimmer, and it never turns frosty. It seemed nearly impossible to over-apply as a result! The resulting finish is absolutely beautiful, and it wears a solid eight hours.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Bronzer Reserve Your Cabana
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total

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Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild I'm His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m His Breezey 5-Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) contains five eyeshadows that range from silvery-white to navy blue. The quality of this palette is mediocre; every shade suffered from a powdery, sometimes chalky, base, so color payoff was often sheer, all were prone to fading quickly on the lid, and even in the event that a fair amount of color applied to the skin, it easily sheered away if you blended it at all. The consistency just didn’t allow the powder to bind, adhere, or smooth over the skin. It’s this type of quality that gives drugstore makeup a bad name–this reinforces every negative stereotype, and it’s unfortunate, because there are better products to be found in the drugstore aisles and Wet ‘n’ Wild used to make them to boot!

I had hoped that by now these palettes would be readily available online, but I still haven’t spotted the new 5-pan palettes, like this one, yet–they’re all permanent additions to Wet ‘n’ Wild’s range.

I’m His Breezey #1 is a soft, pale, bluish gray with a frosted finish. It had semi-sheer color payoff, and the texture was very, very powdery to work with. It managed less than four hours of decent wear on me. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #2 is a pale gray with a soft, frosted finish. It seemed like a promising shade initially, but it is so powdery to work with that it turns into a veil of color when applied. It had faded significantly after four hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #3 is a cool-toned, muted, dark purple-blue with a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, and the texture was powdery and dry. It started to crease and fade after three hours of wear. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #4 is a medium, sky blue with a soft, pearly finish. The texture was powdery, slightly chalky, while the pigmentation was semi-sheer. This shade had completely vanished by the sixth hour–as in, it looked like my regular lid–and it was showing signs of fading after three hours. See comparison swatches.

I’m His Breezey #5 is a medium-dark, brightened blue with silver sparkle. It was the least powdery shade in the palette, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It lasted longer than the other shades, too, and managed six hours. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette I'm His Breezey
5
Product
6
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5
Longevity
3.5
Application
56%
Total
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Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Naked Truth Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($3.99 for 0.21 oz.) consists of five eyeshadows. These are new–and permanent–beginning January. I found mine at Walgreens about a week ago. The formula is suposed to be “long-lasting, highly pigmented … satiny-smooth for crease resistant wear.” There are five of the 5-pan palettes being added to the permanent range. Recently, I’ve been rather disappointed with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s eyeshadow palettes, so I thought I would start with this neutral-themed one, as neutrals tend to easier to do than bright, bold colors. All five shades are on the softer side and can be powdery, so you’ll want to use a light touch when grabbing color and then pat, rather than sweep, on. I would recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath these, as alone, they are noticeably faded after six to seven hours.

I don’t think the formula is as good as the now-classic Color Icon Trios and 8-pan palettes–there’s a prevailing dryness/powderiness throughout all of them that makes them harder to work with, prone to fading, and lacking color payoff. It’s not the worst Color Trio palette I’ve tried, but it doesn’t live up to the original formula.  The color combination is nice, and I could see it being a workhorse of a neutral palette for some; I just wish the quality of this was like their original palettes (that are still available–not like I’m pining for shadows from 10 years ago!).

Naked Truth #1 is a light, yellow-toned beige with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. This shade was the most powdery of the five, and it had a tendency to sheer out a lot when applied to the lid, as it doesn’t adhere to the skin well. If you applied it over a slightly tacky base, it would be more pigmented and easier to use. Cle de Peau #119 (LE, $45.00) is yellower. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Mixologist (P) is less warm-toned. Make Up For Ever #126 (P, $20.00) is less yellow, more peach. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #2 is a light beige with yellow tones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, and it wasn’t too powdery and was blendable on the skin. Kat Von D Countess (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Broken (LE, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Brule (P, $15.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Daydream (P) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #3 is a dark, subtly warm-toned brown with a satin finish–a little sheen that ends up looking more matte than anything else on the lid. The texture was dry, slightly stiff to work with, but it wasn’t too powdery, though these characteristics resulted in semi-opaque pigmentation. Makeup Geek Bada-Bing (P, $5.99) is darker. Chanel Charming #4 (LE) is similar. Guerlain Two Spicy #2 (P) is slightly warmer. MAC Swiss Chocolate (P, $15.00) is warmer. Burberry Dark Spice #2 (P) is darker, warmer. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #4 is a warm, medium-dark brown-leaning taupe with a soft, pearly shimmer. This was the best shade in the palette, as it wasn’t too powdery and was nicely pigmented. MAC A Glimmer of Gold #4 (P, $21.00) is cooler-toned, darker. bareMinerals Toasted Espresso (LE, $14.00) is darker. MAC Just Before Dawn (LE, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Mystere #3 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches.

Naked Truth #5 is a medium brown with warm, coppery tones and gold sparkle over a satiny finish. It had decent color payoff, though the texture was powdery. This shade did give me problems with fall out during wear (not just during application). Makeup Geek Brown Sugar (P, $5.99) is slightly warmer, no sparkle. theBalm C4 (LE, $16.00) is warmer. Inglot #122R Bottom (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Lie Low (P, $21.00) is slightly darker, no sparkle. MAC Mulch (P, $15.00) is browner. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette Naked Truth
Naked Truth
Naked Truth
7.5
Product
8
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
77%
Total
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Top 10 of 2013: Best Drugstore/Budget Blushes, Highlighters, and Nail Lacquers

After reflecting on reviews I’ve done over the past year that are more budget-friendly, I definitely need to spend a little more time on cheek color in the upcoming year. Good thing I’ve already gotten a great start on that with some of the upcoming products for spring! 🙂 (So stay tuned!) Here is a mix of cheek colors, face tools, and a few polishes to round-out our last top ten for budget-friendly products.

What are your favorite budget-friendly cheek/face and/or nail products from this past year?

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild I Don't Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Don’t Do Camouflage Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is one of four new–and limited edition–Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios for fall. According to the brand, each trio features “highly pigmented shades” with a variety of finishes and pre-packaged with a tube of Mega Protein Mascara as a bonus. The trio will be available at local drugstores (not online as far as I know), though I haven’t spotted any displays near me yet (but I never seem to catch them!). I’m afraid that this trio is a major miss for me, once again. I had fingers and toes crossed for a return to pigmentation, but all three shades were lacking in quality. The eyelid shade had promising pigmentation, but the powdery texture was worrisome and ultimately was its downfall. I tried these on bare lids (about two to three hours of wear), with eyeshadow primer (NARS and Urban Decay) (four to five hours of wear), and then over NYX’s Milk (creamy white) and nothing was working. Even over what is typically the saving grace of most pitiful eyeshadows, it was faded, patchy, and uneven within three hours (and then almost gone entirely by the sixth hour).

I hope to review the other trios soon, but as a heads up, I’m not sure I will be reviewing any additional releases of the Color Icon Eyeshadow formula unless there is a drastic improvement. At this point, I think it’s clear that there is something different about the recent iterations of the formula compared to the previous (as well as what’s permanently available).

I Don’t Do Camouflage #1 is a pale, cool-toned blue with hints of purple and an icy silver shimmer. The texture was very powdery, and as a result, the color payoff was semi-sheer. This shade gave me the most trouble in the palette, as it was prone to blending away to nothing when applied to the lid. CoverGirl Ice Flame is a cream product. MAC Water & Ice is more frosted, more silver. MAC Bright Moon is darker. See comparison swatches.

I Don’t Do Camouflage #2 is a blackened navy blue with lighter navy blue satin shimmer. It had so-so color payoff, but the texture was somewhat stiff and dry. I recommend using a stiff brush and jabbing at the surface to dislodge more product before applying. NARS Ubangi is a cream product. Disney Midnight is similar. Urban Decay Occupy is brighter. MAC Waft is darker. MAC Shop & Drop is a bit bluer. bareMinerals Shaken Not Stirred is slightly bluer. Make Up For Ever #147 is similar. See comparison swatches.

I Don’t Do Camouflage #3 is a brightened, medium-dark cornflower blue with a soft, satin shimmer. It had good color payoff, though the texture was somewhat powdery. Uhnfortunately, I had a really tough time trying to pat this and have it stick to the lid, even when I used an eyeshadow primer or NYX Milk, which is a creamy eyeshadow pencil. It had such potential, but the powderiness just ruins it. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans is darker. Sugarpill Velocity is brighter. Urban Decay Chaos is darker, more matte. NARS Rated R #2 is lighter. Sugarpill ROyal Sugar is brighter, more sparkly. See comparison swatches.

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio I Don't Do Camouflage
4.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
6
Texture
3.5
Longevity
3
Application
52%
Total
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