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Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color

Wet 'n' Wild Gray's Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color
Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color

Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color ($1.99 for 0.46 fl. oz.) is a semi-sheer duochrome featuring both a murky, grayish green and an iridescent but played down violet. Under flash, it photographed as a purple polish and didn’t come across as sheer. In natural light, the grayish-green cast is more noticeable while the violet takes a backseat. The duochrome is there, but it isn’t as strong as it could be, due to the sheerness of the formula. I see this working better as a layering shade than alone. I did three coats and it wasn’t anywhere near opaque.

Wet ‘n’ Wild, however, claims that their Fast Dry Nail Color formula will dry in sixty seconds, are “vivid,” and “apply smooth for streak-free, even coverage.” It takes a few minutes to dry between coats (I’d say between two and three), which is two to three times the claimed drying time–two minutes is great, but it’s not sixty seconds. Based on the brand’s description of the range, I can’t assume they meant for Gray’s Anatomy to be a lone ranger and designed to be sheer.

I liked the brush, which has a slightly rouded tip, but it seemed a little wider than the average brush, but I think those with narrower nail beds should still be fine, because it did not seem unwieldy. The formula was a little runny and almost watery, which definitely didn’t help opacity issues I had with this color. It did wear well–just under a week with minor tip wear and no chips (I used Zoya Anchor/Armor as my base and top coats).

Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy Fast Dry Nail Color

C
6.5
Product
6.5
Pigmentation
7
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
73%
Total

5 Fun Duochromes

5 Fun Duochromes

Reader Sarah wanted to see five duochromes, and I thought I’d try to get some variety in type of product. A product with a duochrome finish or color will look like one color when you look at it straight on, and then when you angle it, it can look like an entirely different color (or nearly so). MAC has several duochrome eyeshadows and pigments (more than most other brands that I’m aware of)–far more than the two here on the list.

What’s your favorite duochrome beauty product?

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Sephora – 15% off for V.I.B.s – April 14-21st, 2011


Sephora – 15% off for V.I.B.s – April 14-21st, 2011

Sephora.com V.I.B.s can save 15% with code CHICWEEK, beginning April 14th through April 21st. VIBs should have received an announcement email, which can be printed and used to shop in store.  For BIs (Beauty Insiders), save 15% with code BICHIC, April 15th through 21st.

Fine Print

Online, use promo code CHICWEEK. VALID APRIL 14 THROUGH APRIL 21, 2011, AT 11:59 PM PST. May be used in Sephora stores, in Sephora inside jcpenney stores and on sephora.com (excluding Canadian checkout on sephora.com) on any merchandise purchase. Offer limited to Sephora V.I.B.’s only. Voucher must be presented at time of redemption when used in store. No minimum purchase required. May not be combined with any other promotions or with Sephora or jcpenney employee discounts. Not valid on previous purchases or with purchases or purchase of eGift certificates and gift cards. May not be sold or otherwise transferred. Return of discounted merchandise will be for the price actually paid. Not valid for cash or cash equivalant. Not responsible for lost or stolen promotion codes. Sephora reserves the right to change or rescind this offer at any time. Not valid for Sephora employees. Learn more about the V.I.B. program at any Sephora store or online at Sephora.com/go/VIB.

** Free tote valid only during the in-store event on Thursday, April 14, 2011, from 6 to 9 PM, with any merchandise purchase. Must be a V.I.B. to redeem. Valid while supplies last. Not valid on previous purchases, or purchase of eGift certificates and gift cards. Sephora reserves the right to end or change this promotion at any time. Tote not valid at Sephora inside jcpenney.

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.25 oz.) contains six eyeshadows–three with matte finishes and three with frost finishes. Vanity is a warm-toned palette with a mix of browns and golds. You can see a look I did with this palette here.

The three matte finished shades are: a soft, barely-there beige, dirtied light-medium tan brown, and deep, dark brown with burgundy-red undertones. These mattes were much better than the ones found in the recently launched spring palettes–much smoother, more pigmented, and applied better. I felt they swatched better than they applied, but they still applied decently. The beige shade is surprising, because for as light as it is, it wasn’t chalky at all.

The three frost finished shades are: a pale whitish-gold, bright yellow gold, and rich chocolate bronze. I found the pale gold to be rather sheer, and it easily disappeared when applied, so it did not apply evenly. The pigmentation and texture of the gold and bronze, though, is much nicer–both have good color pay off and are pretty soft, while the bronze is the best in the palette overall.

Vanity is housed in standard fare packaging for Wet ‘n’ Wild; a clear flip top with a black base. It’s sturdy enough for keeping at home, but it might not travel as well (if it’s tossed around a lot). It should stand up to some wear and tear. What I liked most was how well it secured closed. I didn’t find the included brushes to be worth using; they were scratchy and rather splayed.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette

B
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
3.5
Application
83%
Total

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