Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hard Being the It Girl Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a light-medium pink, cobalt blue, and yellow-y beige, all with matte finishes. The eyeshadows suffer from a really poor texture that is very powdery (almost dusty!), somewhat chalky, and a pain to use. Through a lot of different attempts at using the trios from the summer collection, your best bet is applying the eyeshadows over a creamy, slightly tacky white base (whatever that may be for you), as regular primers (like Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced shadow Insurance, NARS Smudge Proof) do not work well with these–they only prolong wear by a few hours but don’t boost the color payoff enough. A tackier base will help minimize the powder sheering away or not adhering to the lid, while the white coloring will amplify the colors.

Wet ‘n’ Wild proclaims long-wear and high pigment with the Color Icon formula–which has proved to be true in the past–but is a miss here. Alone, these eyeshadows are nearly gone (with some settled into the creases) within three to five hours; with a primer, make it six to seven hours with half the product remaining and it always looking like a faded version of what you see in the palette.

Hard Being the It Girl #1 is a light-medium pink with subtle cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good color payoff, but it was somewhat chalky and powdery. See comparison swatches.

Hard Being the It Girl #2 a medium-dark, cobalt blue with a matte finish. It had seemingly good color payoff, but the texture was still quite powdery so this proved for difficult application–it would sheer out and disappear almost instantly. You really need a sticky/creamy base to capture all the powder before it disappears. Pat on, avoid blending a lot, just lightly diffuse along the edges. See comparison swatches.

Hard Being the It Girl #3 is a light beige with slight yellow undertones and a mostly matte finish. It performed much like the other two: incredibly powdery which made for poor application. See comparison swatches.

If you think that maybe I’m expecting too much for the price tag, consider the previous palettes Wet ‘n’ Wild has released that have been much, much better like Comfort Zone and Blue Had Me at Hello.

* Please note: This is a quick review, but I’ve still pulled dupes, I just haven’t gone through them one-by-one and broken out how they differ.

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild To Muse and Carouse Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a peachy-orange, medium-dark brown, and light-medium blue all with matte finishes. Everything was powdery, and two of the shades were also chalky. I had major wear issues with these, as the eyeshadows on their own (not to sound like a broken record, but Wet ‘n’ Wild advertises the Color Icon formula as long-wearing and highly-pigmented, which is why the poor wear is such a problem) disappear in their entirety after five hours of wear–they were half-gone after three hours. It was like my lids were hungry for eyeshadow. Over a primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance), they were slightly better–six hours with a fair amount of fading. Over a creamy base (I used NYX Milk), they performed the best and wore fairly well for seven hours, but you’ll be packing on the eyeshadow to get the color payoff to be true-to-pan.

To Muse and Carouse #1 is a light-medium orange with a matte finish. It’s chalky and somewhat powdery, but it had so-so color payoff. See comparison swatches.

To Muse and Carouse #2 is a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery. See comparison swatches.

To Muse and Carouse #3 is a light-medium blue with a matte finish. It was incredibly sheer, powdery, and chalky. See comparison swatches.

* Please note: This is a quick review, so while I’ve still pulled dupes, I just haven’t gone through them one-by-one and broken out how they differ.

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The eyeshadows were powdery, chalky, and dry, which resulted in poor color payoff, uneven color application, color to fade quickly, and all-around disappointment.

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Three's a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Three’s a Party Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a white, red, and black. Of all the trios, this is the only one I’d really consider getting, which is due to the red eyeshadow, as it is difficult to find red eyeshadows, period, let alone at this price point. The red and black eyeshadows are also better than the majority of the collection, as they did not fade as quickly and were much more pigmented. I experienced noticeable fading without a primer (remember, Wet ‘n’ Wild touts these as highly pigmented and long-wearing!) after four hours. Over a primer, I was able to get to seven hours overall before it started looking faded.

Three’s a Party #1 is a pale, matte white. It’s chalky, powdery, and sheer; fades quickly and easily on the lid without a tacky base (try NYX Milk). LORAC White, MAC Chill, Sugarpill Tako, Make Up For Ever #00, and Inglot #373 are all matte whites that are similar (almost all perform better, though). NYX Milk is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Three’s a Party #2 is a warm, medium-dark red with orange undertones and a satiny finish. It was very powdery, though it was more pigmented than other shades have been. It really needs a white base for true-to-pan color. Fyrinnae Hitched is warmer, more sheen. Illamasqua Daemon is similar in color. Sugarpill Asylum is more shimmery. Sugarpill Love+ is redder, brighter. Inglot #366 is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches.

Three’s a Party #3 is a charcoal black with cool undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented, but it had a slightly drier texture that made it harder to blend out on the lid. Here are several other matte black eyeshadows to consider: theBalm Serious , Sugarpill Bulletproof, Urban Decay Blackout, Milani Pitch Black, bareMinerals Lights Down, that are all matte and black. See comparison swatches.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) contains a yellow, purple, and medium-dark pink eyeshadow. It’s a limited edition trio that you may still find, or you may be out of luck. I’ve asked my local stores, and they haven’t heard anything, and I haven’t seen them myself (in-stores), but I know they’ve released elsewhere and been cleaned out quickly.

This post, more or less, is to let you know that your time (and money) might be better spent elsewhere. Initially, I was actually able to get some color to adhere and show up on the lid without using a creamy white base, but all of the colors just fade so quickly–in mere hours. Of course, though touted as long-wearing and highly-pigmented, all three shades were completely gone after four hours of wear without a primer. Over a regular primer, there was significant fading but a hint of color left after six hours (these eyeshadows just eat primer!), and then over NYX Milk, they lasted seven hours with some fading and had better color payoff, too.

Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #1 is a light-medium yellow with a satin finish. It had so-so color payoff, but it was very powdery and somewhat chalky, so it was very easily sheered out during application. Your best bet is to pat it on, and if possible, over something tacky/creamy. Fyrinnae Banana Mochi is more shimmery. MAC Bright Yellow is slightly lighter, more matte. See comparison swatches.

Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #2 is a medium purple with subtle cool undertones and a satiny, almost matte, finish. It was very powdery and somewhat chalky, and it suffered from the same issues as the yellow eyeshadow–incredibly prone to sheering out on the lid during application. NARS Flowers 1 #3 is more satin-like. MAC Spoiled Rich is warmer. MAC Shock-a-holic is brighter. Inglot #386 is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Your 15 Minutes Aren’t Up #3 is a warm, medium-dark pink with a matte finish. Like the other two, it was powdery and chalky, but it was the least powdery and chalky of the three. It had so-so color payoff but did sheer out easily on the lid. Urban Decay Noise is cooler-toned. MAC Tease with Ease is more shimmery. MAC Gameela is redder. Guerlain Terra Azzurra #2 is cooler-toned. Dior Bow is darker. See comparison swatches.

There are three other trios, and I did take photos/swatches of all them (as well as I’ve tested them all) — how would you feel about me just posting swatches and just an overview (no dupes or shade-by-shade review)? I’d like to just kick ‘em out, but it’s always hard for me to post without a full review! Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments :)

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Thursday, August 29th, 2013

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Violet Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Violet Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Violet Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that launches in-stores on September 12th. It contains six eyeshadows. Like the other eyeshadow palettes, it’s more of a miss than a hit, because the eyeshadows are not consistent and I didn’t feel like any of the eyeshadows in this palette were even great. A couple were decent to good, but it feels like a situation where you’re just impressed when one isn’t horrible. Carbon is the worst performer, and how dry and stiff it is makes you want to tear your hair out. Both Carbon and Envisioning Pink were significantly faded after six hours of wear.

Lithe Spirit is described as a “cool cream [with a Satin finish].” It’s a cool-toned, pale beige with a mostly matte finish. It had fairly good color payoff, was slightly dry/powdery, but it was workable. This is a repromote. Urban Decay Kinky is more beige. MAC Creamy Bisque is shimmery. MAC All Races is darker, purpler. See comparison swatches.

Envisioning Pink is described as a “mid-tone blue pink [with a Satin finish].” It is a cool-toned, blue-based, medum pink with a mostly matte finish. It was very powdery, so it was somewhat sheer but very prone to sheering out and fading during wear. MAC Feather Pink is lighter. MAC Pin-up Purple is darker. Bobbi Brown Ultra Violet is darker. See comparison swatches.

Violet Impact is described as a “vibrant violet [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a pink-tinted violet purple with a soft, pearly sheen. It had so-so pigmentation, but the texture was a bit dry, so it was stiffer and more difficult to apply and blend on the lid. MAC Power Boosted is similar, slightly pinker. MAC Spoiled Rich is purpler, less shimmery. MAC Push the Edge is purpler, darker. Inglot #439 is much purpler. See comparison swatches.

Showgirl is described as a “dark blue grey [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium, blue-based gray with a frosted finish. The texture was somewhat dry, almost flaky, so it didn’t apply as smoothly as I expected for a VP. The color payoff was fairly good, though. This is a repromote. theBalm Matt McDonald is darker. MAC Frozen Blue is lighter. MAC Cyber is lighter, cream. See comparison swatches.

Graphic Style is described as a “deep silver [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a cool-toned, brown-tinged taupe with a soft, pearly finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was fairly smooth. Urban Decay Armor is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Mushroom is warmer, lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 is less shimmery, darker. MAC Dangerously Cuvee is lighter, cream. MAC Moth Brown is less shimmery. MAC Electroplate is lighter. Inglot #434 is grayer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Carbon is described as an intense black [with a Matte finish].” It’s supposed to be a medium-dark black with a matte finish, but because the color payoff and texture are so poor, it’s really just a splotchy black. The texture is so stiff and dry that it is a total pain in the behind to apply and blend. There are plenty of black eyeshadows to choose from. See a few comparison swatches.

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Lithe Spirit

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Envisioning Pink

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Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper Eyeshadow Palette ($43.50 for 0.19 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette that launches in-stores on September 12th. It contains six eyeshadows with a warm-toned theme.  This palette is decent to good, though it’s not perfect and at the price point, you can find better-performing products.  If these are the types of colors you’d wear often and see yourself really reaching for this palette often, I think you’d probably still enjoy it. For one or two shades, though, it is less likely to be worth it.  These shades performed well enough to be worn alone without too much issues–most of them made it to eight hours of wear with minimal fading, though the Lustres had some fall out, which is par for the course with that finish.

Easy Gesture is described as a “pale warm beige [with a Frost finish].” It’s a light peach with slight beige tones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good color payoff and was easy to blend out on the skin. LORAC Nude is more beige. LORAC Champagne is warmer, more beige. Urban Decay Skimp is less frosted. Urban Decay Sellout is warmer. MAC Orb is less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Artistic License is described as a “mid-tone frosty pink gold [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a warm, peachy-pink with a golden sheen. It had decent color payoff but is somewhat sheer. It could be softer, more buttery, for a Veluxe Pearl. Urban Decay X is similar. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 has a less pronounced golden sheen. MAC Expensive Pink is more orange, darker. Chanel Intuition #1 is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Dear Cupcake is described as a “mid-tone coral pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a light-mediu,, pink-coral with a mostly matte finish. It was powdery, and it had semi-opaque color payoff. It is a repromote. MAC Rose is pinker. MAC Free to Be and MAC Early Bird are both more coral, less pink. Chanel Rose Favorite is darker, pinker. See comparison swatches.

Creative Copper is described as a “sparkling true gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a medium-dark, brown-toned gold with copper sparkle. It had semi-opaque color payoff, but it had a Lustre finish, so it had chunky sparkle/glitter that sat on top and didn’t bind well with the underlying color. MAC Brownluxe #3 is more orange, less sparkly. theBalm Manic Maribel is slightly more coppery. Urban Decay Limelight is very similar. Urban Decay Penny Lane is more copper. MAC Retrospeck #2 is less sparkly, warmer. MAC Amber Lights is browner, less sparkly. MAC Up the Ante is browner, cream. See comparison swatches.

Golden Touch is described as a “tarnished taupe [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a medium-dark, warm-toned brown with a golden sheen–but there’s a mutedness to it that I see as a “taupe” tint. It had good pigmentation, and it had a soft, blendable texture. Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze is darker, cream. Maybelline Downtown Brown is warmer. bareMinerals Schmooze is similar. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is also similar. Urban Decay Suspect is more taupe. MAC Cactus Thorn is similar. MAC Patina is more taupe. Benefit Thanks a Latte is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Carbonized is described as a “deep warm brown [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a pearly sheen. It had nice color payoff and a soft, blendable texture. MAC Divine Decadence is lighter, warmer. LORAC Sable is more matte. Urban Decay West is more metallic. MAC Life’s Luxury is a cream product. MAC Make Your Mark is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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Antonio Lopez 6 Eyes/Creative Copper

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