Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five different shades of eyeshadow. It’s new for summer and is part of a limited edition launch from Wet ‘n’ Wild. I bought all of the original Centerstage Photo Op palettes when they released several months ago (and they seem to be all permanent now), and I didn’t have good luck then. Initially, when I swatched Newport Nights, I had more hope, as they were all more pigmented and a lot softer than the ones I had tried previously.

Unfortunately, these are powdery across the board, and during application, these would blend away into oblivion, so it was difficult to pack on the color–even over a primer. The center and bottom right shades performed the best and were visible on the lid, but the other three shades all ran together once applied. The wear without a primer is very, very dismal–faded within four hours (a far cry from “intensely-pigmented shadows” with “crease-resistant color that lasts all day”). With a primer, wear was better, but the application was still troublesome with the colors really needing a tacky, stark white base to perform decently. I’m always bummed when this happens, because Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadow trios and palettes are so much better than these, so I don’t know why these aren’t better.

Newport Nights #1 is a pale, neutral beige with a mostly matte finish. It was slightly powdery, so it did look a bit chalky against my skin tone (on fairer complexions, it should be fine). It had decent color payoff. Since it is a basic shade, there are many similar shades, but here are a few I pulled out: Disney Ali Ababwa is darker. Urban Decay Broken is slightly satiny. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is lighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. Urban Decay Foxy is warmer. MAC Vanilla is slightly satiny. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #2 is a warm, pinky-peach with a satiny finish–just a little shimmer and sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is warmer. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 is similar. MAC Orb is lighter. Chanel Intuition #1 is warmer. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #3 is a copper-shimmered, medium brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a sparkling finish. This had a slightly gritty texture from the loose sparkle that seemed to sit on top of the actual eyeshadow color. Disney Bazaar is darker. Urban Decay beware is less shimmery. theBalm Allegro is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye is more shimmery. NARS Isolde is more coppery. MAC On to Watch is less brown. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is less shimmery, darker. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #4 is a light-medium pink with a satin shimmer and subtle, cool undertones. The pigmentation was so-so to decent, but it was slightly powdery. MAC Rose is darker. NARS Douce Franceh #2 is also darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink is cooler-toned. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #5 is a meidum orange with warm, sunny undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery but had good color payoff. MAC Chessa is more shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is brighter, darker, less shimmery. Chanel Pearl River #4 is similar, slightly brighter. Chanel Tigerlily is slightly warmer. OCC Mimosa is more shimmery. Burberry Dark Spice #4 is darker, less warm-toned. Inglot #368 is lighter. See more comparisons.

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I'm always bummed when this happens, because Wet 'n' Wild's Color Icon eyeshadow trios and palettes are so much better than these, so I don't know why these aren't better.

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Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Maldives Sky Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five shades: aqua, purple, dark gray, bluish-teal, and blue. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-pigmented,” “crease-resistant,” and “last all day.”

Maldives Sky #1 is a light-medium aqua with a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff, but it was slightly powdery and almost looked chalky when applied to the lid. Inglot #345 is greener. Jasmine Blue Oasis is matte but close in color (slightly bluer). NARS Debbie Harry #4 is darker. Sugarpill Mochi is darker. MAC Aqua is slightly greener and matte. This particular hue is not well-known for being nicely pigmented, regardless of brand, which is not a justification but worth noting that it’s hard to get it right.

Maldives Sky #2 is a dark purple with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had sheer color payoff, but the worst part was how dry and stiff the texture was. Wet ‘n’ Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine #4 is very similar but more pigmented. Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away is shimmery. Inglot #379 is brighter, bolder.

Maldives Sky #3 is a dark gray with a matte finish and neutral undertones. You may notice a pattern developing here: sheerer color payoff, dry, stiff texture. Urban Decay Desperation is cooler-toned. MAC Scene is similar but satiny. Chanel Gris Exquis is darker. Inglot #339 is similar.

Maldives Sky #4 is a medium-dark teal with blue undertones and a slight dusting of silver pearl. It is dry, chalky, and sheer. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning is less blue, frosted. Sugarpill Mochi is lighter. Sephora Curacao Punch is more glittery, brighter. MAC Robin’s Egg is more teal-hued.

Maldives Sky #5 is a medium-dark blue with a satin-like finish. It had decent to good color payoff, but it still had a drier, stiffer texture that made it hard to apply and harder to blend out. It is fairly comparable to Wet ‘n’ Wild Shimmer the Night Away #8. MAC Switch to Blue is similar but a cream product.

I had a lot of trouble working with this palette; so much so, that I really just gave up after awhile, because the colors weren’t applying with much intensity, consistently disappearing, and had no desire to blend with each other. It was an exhausting exercise in frustration. Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon formula is so much better than this one, and that formula is such a winner and well-reviewed that I’m truly mind-boggled why they’d use something else (and one that was inferior).  When I wore what I did manage to apply, it wore well for about six hours before starting to fade.  It’s such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth. You’re better off taking your $4.99 and buying one of the existing Color Icon palettes.

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It's such a shame, because the colors they chose would be beautiful together, if only they were pigmented, soft, and smooth.

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Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a five-pan palette that features a warm-toned, desert-inspired color scheme.

Desert Festival #1 is a pale, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff; the texture was dry and stiff, so it made it harder to get enough product out to see more opaque color. (It looks even sheerer than it is, because it also happens to be nearly identical to my skin color!) MAC Grain is more frosted, slightly lighter. MAC Naked Lunch is a bit darker.

Desert Festival #2 is a brightened, medium orange with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was so soft that it was also a bit dusty. I didn’t have anything quite like this–there’s a very even balance between yellow and red in this shade, so it doesn’t turn too reddish or get too dark, but it’s also not a yellowy orange. Other oranges that are matte tend to be darker and redder.

Desert Festival #3 is a neutral-toned taupe brown with a satiny finish. It was, unfortunately, rather dry and stiff in texture, so the resulting color payoff was disappointing. MAC Nebula is darker. bareMinerals Wanderlust is more frosted. bareMinerals Apropos is cooler-toned.  NARS Bali is cooler-toned, grayer. Inglot #363 is warmer.

Desert Festival #4 is a shimmery, lightened, medium-orange with warm undertones. It had a better texture than some of the other shades, so the pigmentation was better. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Milani Primary Runway Eyes #3 is darker, redder. MAC Fresh Daily is richer in color.

Desert Festival #5 is a grayish brown with a satiny finish. It is just a bit darker than the center shade–more distinctly cool-toned. It had underwhelming color payoff, as it, again, had a stiff and dry texture that made it hard to get product out of the pan. MAC Nebula is more shimmery. MAC Concrete is more matte.

Overall, I was disappointed in the palette, because it had a drier, stiffer texture that resulted in rather low color payoff.  The best performing shade was the matte orange, followed by the shimmery orange; the other three shades were hard to work with. Muse had a similar experience, and she and I both expounded the benefits of Color Icon over this.  I could not wear this palette without a primer and achieve any semblance of decent color payoff, despite Wet ‘n’ Wild claiming these are “ultra-pigmented” and “crease-resistant.”  I did wear the shades as they were without a primer, and I saw fading after six hours.  With a primer, I didn’t have trouble with the shades fading.   The three drier shades were harder to blend and definitely will take more time and attention to finesse the colors just right.  Wet ‘n’ Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I’d recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

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Wet 'n' Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I'd recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette

An Orange Blush that’s Happy to See You

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Golden Goddess To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a mix of medium peach and orange-brown. Together, they create a coppery, orange-brown with a frosted, metallic sheen. NARS Luster is less brown, more orange. MAC Alpine Bronze is more subdued, less shimmery. MAC Glorify is browner. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is browner, darker.

This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I think many will find it too orange, though it is more flattering than an orange-toned bronzer/brown blush, because this is more orange than brown, so it adds color, warmth, and glow without potentially turning ruddy.  The frosted, metallic finish did emphasize pores and imperfections in skin texture.  It is a baked product, so you could use it wet or dry, though the pigmentation was true-to-pan when used dry.  When applied wet, you’ll get an even more metallic finish.  The texture is soft, more finely-milled than a lot of baked products, but not as finely-milled as most powder blushes. Rose Golden Goddess lasted just over six hours on me, and after seven, it looked patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

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This will tend to be more flattering on warmer complexions and deeper skin tones. I wish I saw better wear out of the formula, though, because then it would be a killer deal.

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Friday, January 4th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette

Maybe You Won’t Go to Carnaval, But How About a Glow of Rose?

Wet ‘n’ Wild Rose Champagne Glow To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a melange of light peach, peachy-orange, and medium pink. Blended together, they create a light, rosy-beige with a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Porcelain Pink is lighter. MAC Rhapsody in Two is similar. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is a touch more beige. MAC Redhead is less pink. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous is a smidgen darker.

I suspect of the three shades of To Reflect that I’ve seen from Wet ‘n’ Wild (I’ll post a review for the third one soon), this is likely the one that will have the most universal appeal.  On darker complexions, it will serve as a highlighter, and on the very lightest skin tones, it can work as a blush as well as a highlighter.  I’m medium in color, and it shows up as a highlighter and slight tint of color–there’s definite color, not just shimmer/sheen–on my skin.  The finish has a high-shine, frosted look to it, which did result in emphasis of my pores along my cheeks, so if that’s a major concern for you, then you might want to opt for a subtler highlighter.  This can be used wet for an even more metallic finish, if desired.

It’s a baked product, though it feels almost like a hybrid between traditional powder and baked, because it is smoother than a lot of baked products but still different from regular powder products.  Rose Champagne Glow lasted for six and a half hours on me, and after seven hours, it looked a bit faded and somewhat patchy. It’s on par with the majority of baked products and how long they wear on me, so if you normally get longer wear out of your baked products, this might wear similarly.

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My biggest problem with baked products is their wear; many of the formulas on the market (at all price points) don't wear a full eight hours on me like regular powder blush, and that is true with this one, which is where it lost the most points.

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Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette

A Bronzy, Baked Powder from Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Carnaval in Rio To Reflect Shimmer Palette ($4.99 for 0.40 oz.) is a rich, copper-shimmered bronze. Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon is darker, browner–less coppery. MAC Glorify is similar, slightly darker. MAC Worldly Wealth is less coppery.

It has a soft consistency, and it feels like a finely-milled baked powder, similar to MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinishes but smoother. It has a high-shine, frosted and metallic finish, so there is a great deal of reflection, but there is also a slight emphasis of pores and any natural imperfections in skin texture. Carnaval in Rio has a lot of warmth coming from the orange and copper hues in it, so it acts a bit like a bronzer or warming glow. I suspect that this is going to be particularly lovely on a deeper, warmer complexions. It lasted seven hours, which is a little longer than I get with many baked products, but a little short of the average blush/bronzer.

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It has good pigmentation, blendability, and is soft, though it does emphasize pores slightly and doesn't wear a full eight hours.

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