Monday, March 7th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild I Got Good Jeans Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I Got Good Jeans Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: I Got Good Jeans

Wet ‘n’ Wild I Got Good Jeans Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) includes a pale, silvery blue with a frost-metallic finish; deep, navy blue with a soft frost finish; and a darkened, yellow gold with a soft metallic finish. The color pay off was really nice on all three shades–very true-to-pan. Each shade was smooth to the touch, too. I had minor fall out with the gold shade and the slightest fading with the navy blue when worn.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is pretty good overall. The eyeshadows are soft, smooth, and well-pigmented. I noticed a little bit of fall out with the gold shade and minor fading with the blue–both being very slight and more nitpicky than anything else.

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Wet 'n' Wild I Got Good Jeans Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This is definitely one of the better variations from the new spring trios! These are common enough shades that they make great affordable alternatives to higher-end shades like Urban Decay Mary Jane, MAC Deep Truth, and MAC Goldmine.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

Tarte NeutralEyes Eyeshadow Palette
Tarte NeutralEyes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte NeutralEyes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Neutral Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.60 oz.) features ten of Tarte’s Amazonian clay eyeshadows. It also includes Brown emphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner, double-ended shadow brush, and miniature-sized Lifted Eye Primer.  It comes in a shimmering purple palette with zipper and snake print detailing.

  • Matte Bone is a soft beige with a matte finish. It has a very smooth feel.
  • Matte Taupe is a softened grayish taupe with a semi-matte finish–it has just a touch of sheen.
  • Matte Olive Green is an olive-tinged charcoal brown with a semi-matte finish. I just didn’t see green in this shade when swatched. This one was also a little sheer and powdery.
  • Shimmering Bronze is a muted copper with a frost finish.
  • Matte Deep Teal is a darkened bluish-teal with a satin sheen. It was a touch sheer. (Yes, this shade arrived broken.)
  • Matte Soft Pink is a pale pinked beige with a matte finish–it’s very similar to Matte Bone, except there it leans pink.
  • Shimmering Soft Peach is a champagne shimmered peach with a frost finish. It goes on rather sheer.
  • Matte Brown is a medium-dark red-toned brown with a semi-matte finish.
  • Matte Plum is a red-toned plum purple with a semi-matte finish. I wish this had beenmore pigmented–it was a little powdery and sheer.
  • Matte Navy is a blackened blue-teal with a matte finish.
  • Brown Aqua-Gel Eyeliner is a medium-dark chocolate brown with subtle warm undertones. It is incredibly smooth and creamy, but it was so creamy that the tip of the pencil broke off upon first use.

my thoughts on the formula: The formula on these eyeshadows was scattered–a couple were silky smooth and had true-to-pan color, while others were powdery and sheered out with the slightest touch. The eyeliner glides on with nice pigmentation and wears all day but one has to be careful with it or else it breaks.

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Tarte Neutral Eyes Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

C-
I struggled with several of these eyeshadows. The ones I noted having either pigmentation or texture issues were as troublesome applied to eyes as they were swatched. I felt like just a simple touch of the brush made these sheer out so quickly. It's a shame, because the palete itself has cute, funky packaging and comes with a whole lotta product for your $44.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Spoiled Brat Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: Spoiled Brat

Wet ‘n’ Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) includes a frosted light-medium silver, dark matte black with silver sparkle, and fuchsia pink with a satin-frost finish.

I had major issues with the crease shade, because I really had to pack on the color to even get a somewhat solid swatch (the image included in this post is about four layers of product).  Even in the swatch, the silver sparkles are nearly invisible. To make matters worse, the black shade fades within a few hours of wear (not that it started out particularly intense). Wet ‘n’ Wild can do frost finishes pretty well, but more matte shades like the black shade in this palette really leave something to be desired.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is, unfortunately, a bit of a mixed bag. The silver and fuchsia shade are soft, smooth, and pigmented. The black (crease) shade fades after a few hours of wear in addition to lacking pigmentation and being chalky, stiff, and difficult to work with.

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Wet 'n' Wild Spoiled Brat Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

B
I'm not sure why the formula they use for their matte shades seems to be lacking both texture and pigmentation, but I hope they find a way to improve upon it in the future. I feel like it detracts from an otherwise noteworthy eyeshadow formula.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, March 4th, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild I'm Feeling Retro Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Feeling Retro Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio: I’m Feeling Retro

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Feeling Retro Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a mix of bright pops of color and a softer brow bone shade… that actually makes sense!  The brow bone shade is a pale white with a frosted finish–it’s a touch sheer.  The crease shade is a moody medium-dark blue with a frost finish.  The eyelid shade is a fuchsia-purple with a pink iridescence/duochrome–think shades like MAC Stars ‘n Rockets and Urban Decay’s Fishnet.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this trio is well-pigmented, smooth to the touch, and the colors themselves performed well in a wear test–easy to apply and blend while lasting the eight hours I wore it for (without any fading that I could see).   The brow bone shade wasn’t quite as pigmented as the other two shades but I wouldn’t say it’s sheer (decent but not good, you know?).

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Wet 'n' Wild I'm Feeling Retro Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Photos, Review

B
The two colored shades are fun, pigmented, and love that the fuchsia-purple shade is more of a duochrome finish, too.  You just don't get to see that in this price range usually.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow
theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow

theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow

theBalm Sexy Stacey Eyeshadow ($16.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pewter.” It’s a dark gray with silver shimmer and sheen–and the faintest hint of teal micro-shimmer. I wouldn’t call it pewter myself; it’s just too gray to be pewter, which tends to lean more taupe or gold, depending on the base.

my thoughts on the formula: theBalm’s eyeshadows are soft, silky smooth, and packed with pigment. They apply evenly, blend out beautifully, and aren’t powdery at all (sometimes a side effect of really soft eyeshadows). I find they are so easy to use, because they apply without fall out and blend with other shadows effortlessly. Worth noting, too, is individual eyeshadows come with 0.12 oz., which is just over double the average eyeshdaow–and at a rather affordable price tag.

The Glossover

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Sexy Stacey

A
This a nice shade for a gray/silver smoky eye--it reminds me of MAC's Silver Ring but a bit smokier.  It has such a soft, smooth texture coupled with excellent pigmentation that it's a great gray to have on standby.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.30 oz.) includes eight different eyeshadows, and in all honetsy, they almost seem more like two four-pan palettes stuck together. All eight shades coordinate and complement each other, but the quality of the second column is significantly superior compared to the first column. The one thing I have noticed with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadows is that their frosts are done well, but the more matte the shade is, the lesser the quality is, both in pigmentation and in wear.

The first column includes a semi-sheer, silvered white with a frosted finish, medium silvered gray with a frost finish; semi-matte dark black with blue sparkle, and matte black. The black with blue sparkle shade is a little sheer in the black color base, and the blue sparkles either disappear by the time one applies or leave a little fall out beneath the eye–the effect of the blue sparkle just doesn’t come through very much (the best thing to do would be to layer over a sticky base and reall pack it on, and then you might get a better result). The matte black shade is a bit chalky and stiff, making it rather unpigmented when swatched. I hoped that it would perform better in practice, but it didn’t get nearly as intense applied as it looks in the pan–but more frustrating was that it seemed to fade after a few hours.

The second column consists of a pale, icy blue with a frosted finish, aqua-teal with a golden sheen and frosted finish, rich midnight navy blue with a softened frost finish, and semi-matte black with soft silver sparkle. With these four, I only had issues with the matte black with silver sparkle shade, which took some layering to get the intensity level to match the color in the pan. Like the black with blue sparkle in the first column, the silver sparkle doesn’t translate much when used, so it ends up being more of a semi-matte/matte black. It is more pigmented than the matte black shade in the first column, though. Unfortunately, it, too, suffers from some fading after three to four hours of wear. The other three shades are fantastic, with really soft, smooth texture and rich color pay off. The aqua-teal is absolutely gorgeous–very much to the tune of MAC Parrot but lighter and brighter.

It is disappointing that four of eight shades have some problems, with two having issues with fading. If you do normally buy higher-end, I do think the quality of the second column makes the palette well worth the price tag, but if your budget is tight, you may find yourself at odds with the palette overall. If these were split in two, I would have given quality scores of 21/30 and 28/30 respectively. As I do with palettes, I individually assessed each shade, added them up, then divided by eight to get an average quality score, which was around 26/30.

my thoughts on the formula: Color Icon Eyeshadows are definitely some of the best eyeshadows you’ll find in the drugstore, and this palette shows both the best and worsts of the formula overall. The frostier shades seem to work the best and have no problem wearing all day (over a base, of course), while the more matte shades tend to lack in pigmentation and fade after a few hours (they don’t disappear, but they do fade noticeably).

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Wet 'n' Wild Blue had Me at Hello Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Photos, Review

B+
The second column is so much better, and it pains me that the first column brings down the overall score for the palette because of its shortcomings. Whether you spend $5 or 50, your budget is yours, and your money should be well spent.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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