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Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet 'n' Wild I'm Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio

Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio ($2.99 for 0.12 oz.) consists of a lime green, medium-dark blue, and a pink-plum. It’s one of six limited edition trios that will be popping in drugstores this July. The Color Icon formula is described as “high-pigmentation” that “lasts and lasts.”

This palette was an exercise in hope, frustration, and utter disappointment. When Wet ‘n’ Wild first launched the Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios, they were amazing and made a believer out of me of highly pigmented eyeshadow for under $5. I remember paying $10 for each trio on eBay because they sold out so quickly locally, and even at $10, they were totally worth it. So, when I first saw all the beautiful bright and bold colors Wet ‘n’ Wild was launching for summer, I truly couldn’t wait to swatch. Look at the trio: it’s like POW! color! and it screams summer. I swatched, and I deflated a little: everything was so soft that it crumbled and disintegrated into a semi-loose powder, but the pigmentation seemed manageable.

On the lid, it was the stuff of nightmares. It’s not a color combination I’d think of, but I was determined to at least try them together, and so I did. Over bare lids, over NARS’ Smudge Proof, over Wet ‘n’ Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer, over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and it was disappointing across the board. I tried an arsenal of brushes as well as sponge-tip applicators (including the ones that came in the palette). The consistency was just so powdery that it needed a slightly tacky, creamy base to adhere, bind, and build. Otherwise, the product wouldn’t stick, and you’d pack and pack the color on until you had more underneath your eye than on it, and by the time you did the other eye, it looked faded and uneven. I felt so defeated that I thought, “It’s the color combination. It just doesn’t work. Let me try it with Inglot eyeshadows…” and in two minutes–really just throwing it on as an experiment–and it was like, “No, it’s not me, it’s you!” Because Inglot was pigmented, even, and the colors could actually be used together without turning into a muddy, powdery mess.

I’m Seeing Triples Browbone is a warm-toned, lime green with a satin finish. It had a slightly powdery texture but was the least powdery of the three. It had semi-opaque color payoff. Sephora Apple Mojito is slightly darker, less warm-toned. Sugarpill Acidberry is brighter. MAC Lucky Green is more shimmery. Illamasqua Pivot is more matte. Wet ‘n’ Wild I Dream of Greenie has a lime green shade that’s a bit more neon and shimmery but better performing. See comparison swatches.

I’m Seeing Triples Crease is a medium-dark blue with a nearly matte finish. It’s actually an interesting blue, because there’s a little cobalt in there, that gives it a cooler tone and look, and it is more unique than not. It seemed to have really nice color payoff, but it was very powdery, so it has to be patted on the lid with very minimal blending or else it sheers out a lot. Urban Decay Radium is darker, more muted, shimmery. MAC Winkle is lighter. Inglot #369 is lighter. See comparison swatches.

I’m Seeing Triples Eyelid is a pinky-plum with a nearly matte finish–if you can get it to be opaque, you’ll see more of the satin finish come out. This one was noticeably sheer even swatched, and it was the hardest to apply on the lid. Disney Sha La La is more berry-ish. Sugarpill 2AM is cooler-toned, purpler. MAC Vibrant Grape is deeper. MAC Plum Dressing is warmer, darker. See comparison swatches.

Is there any redemption? It’s $2.99. With a sufficiently tacky base (I’m thinking NYX Milk would be an excellent budget-friendly option that many already have in their stashes), it could be worth playing around with. I tried just the green and blue shades over Milani’s Winter White Shadow Eyez (eyeshadow pencil), which is shimmery so it amplified the finish of both eyeshadows, and the difference is dramatic–it doesn’t even look like the same product. They both applied better, and they wore longer, too–about eight hours before there looked to be fading (though the Shadow Eyez last around ten hours or better on me alone) but no creasing. The wear of the eyeshadows over regular primer didn’t cause creasing, but the shadows looked sad and faded after six hours. On bare lids, all three had completely disappeared after four hours (it did not “last and last” as promised).

I have a few of the other trios to test still, and I’ve only worn one other one, which wasn’t as bad as this one (not particularly impressive), so I’m still holding out hope that I just happened to start with the worst of the trios this time around.  Cross your fingers for me! 🙂

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio I'm Seeing Triples
6
Product
8
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
4
Longevity
3
Application
61%
Total
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Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes Review & Photos

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes
Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ($6.00 for 30) are designed for gently cleansing skin and “[reviving] skin and [removing] dead cells.” Pacifica says they can be used to remove makeup, but “[they] do not use chemical solvants, [so] they will not remove the most water-proof make-up.” I appreciate the honesty there, though I did use it to remove regular makeup and felt it did an excellent job moving all bits and traces of my foundation, eye makeup (including mascara), and lipstick. None of what I’ve worn is really waterproof (except maybe eyeliner), so whether it has a place in your routine will depend on whether you want it to break down waterproof makeup, too.

Each wipe was extremely saturated with cleanser, even though the package had been sitting face-up so the first wipe was the top wipe, which was still saturated and wet. A lot of times, I store makeup wipes upside down so that the first wipe you remove has been on the bottom staying its most moist, but with these, I didn’t need to do that. I’ve been using these here and there for the past three weeks, and I’ve used a third of the amount in the package. These also had a harder, plastic “seal” over the resealable plastic flap, so they should stay wet.  They smell like lightly sweetened coconut, but the scent doesn’t linger.

At this price point ($0.20/each), they’re comparable or cheaper than wipes by brands like Aveeno ($0.28/each), Neutrogena ($0.28/each), and Almay ($0.24). Ponds has a value pack, which brings down the cost to $0.16. I normally use MAC’s Makeup Removing Wipes ($0.29/each), and I seriously have six 100-packs in my house at all times–they’re my go-to for removing swatches, but I can’t use them on my eyes often (on my cheeks and lips are fine), so I really like that I can use these all over.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin (vegetable), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract , Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract , Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (all natural).

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder ($34.00 for 0.26 oz.) is supposed to be a “silky, weightless finishing powder with a luminous, demi-matte Naked finish.” It’s designed to set your makeup and reduce shine, so it can be used after you’ve applied your foundation initially as well as later on during the day as a touch-up powder.

Urban Decay recommends Light for shades 0.5 through 3.0; Medium Light for shades 2.0 through 4.0; Medium for shades 4.5 through 6.5; Medium Dark for shades 6.0 through 8.0; and Dark for shades 8.0 through 12.0. I used Medium over 4.0 in the photos, for reference. I applied it using Urban Decay’s Good Karma Finishing Brush. The texture is soft, incredibly finely-milled, and feels like a silky powder as it goes onto the skin. Applied over Urban Decay’s Naked Liquid Foundation, it made the resulting finish more matte and definitely more “blurred.”

It boosted the wear of the liquid foundation by another hour, so I was able to get eight and a half hours of wear before my t-zone started to show some fading, which started to be noticeable after nine and a half hours of wear. If used to touch-up, then the foundation looks mostly intact even after eleven hours of wear. I liked how well it softened the look of my normal-to-dry skin without appearing powdery, but I did miss some of the subtle luminosity of the liquid foundation, so I might opt to use this more as a touch-up powder a few hours into wear (personally).  The powder was supposed to have a luminous and demi-matte finish, but it read rather matte when I tested it.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder Medium
Medium
Medium
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup ($39.00 for 1.0 oz.) is supposed to be a “weightless” and “invisible” foundation with a “luminous, demi-matte finish” and “buildable coverage.” There are eighteen shades to choose from with shades ending in zero indicating a warm-toned shade, and shades ending with a five are for cooler complexions.

I used 4.0, which was somewhat too yellow on me (compared to my natural skin tone)–I’m actually curious whether 3.5 or 4.5 would be a better match for me. I ended up blending all the way down my neck to help it match my skin better. It is also more forgiving, because it is a lighter coverage formula, so it does sheer out. The consistency is thin, liquidy, but it doesn’t feel watery or runny. It’s easy to apply, spread, and blend out without using more than you need. While it is naturally a sheerer foundation, it does build to light-medium coverage and covers my natural redness, a few acne/post-acne marks, and evens out my skin tone overall. You can definitely see the impact foundation has in the before and after photos!

The foundation dries down (without using powder) within ten minutes or so, and what you see in photographs is a semi-matte finish where there is enough luminosity in the finish that it doesn’t look flat. It’s not sticky, and it’s comfortable to wear because it doesn’t feel heavy or mask-like. It’s supposed to have “light-diffusing spheres for a soft-focus finish,” and what it actually translates to is smoother-looking skin, even if you don’t really have it. On my normal-to-dry skin, it wears well for seven and a half hours, then it starts to fade around my t-zone, but it looked rather nice even nine hours later–it didn’t turn patchy or fade too noticeably.

Urban Decay   Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

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MAC By Request Eyeshadows (2013 Edition)

MAC Eyeshadow
MAC By Request (2013) Eyeshadows

MAC Ashbury Eyeshadow is described as a “matte taupe grey [with a Matte finish].” It’s a cool-toned, gray-brown with a hint of green (at least on my warmer complexion; I think it will be less apparent on cooler skin tones) and a matte finish. It had good color payoff and had a soft, smooth feel. Urban Decay Pistol is shimmery. NARS Bali is darker. MAC Legendary Black is darker, shimmery. MAC Concrete is darker. Inglot #348 is much darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Butterscotch Eyeshadow is described as a “matte warm beige [with a Matte finish].” It’s a warm-toned, muted yellow with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, and the texture was very soft though slightly powdery. Bobbi Brown Banana is very similar. NARS Misfit #1 is lighter. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #1 is lighter, shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Chill Eyeshadow is described as a “soft white with shimmer [with a Satin finish].” It’s a brightened, cool-toned white with a seemingly matte finish (I really didn’t see any shimmer!). It had decent to good color payoff, and it was fairly smooth and not too powdery. Sugarpill Tako is matte. MAC How to Marry is more shimmery. MAC Vellum is cooler-toned, shimmery. MAC Crystal Avalanche is shimmery. bareMinerals Five Star is more shimmery. Inglot #373 is matte. Bobbi Brown White is matte. See comparison swatches.

MAC Diesel Eyeshadow is described as a “cool grey frost [with a Frost finish].” It’s a medium-dark gray with a frosted finish. It had decent to good pigmentation but the texture was just a bit dry. Giorgio Armani #21 is very similar. Urban Decay Asphalt is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Gunmetal is darker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Fiction Eyeshadow is described as a “muted green with shimmer [with a Frost finish].” It’s a warm, olive green with a fine gold and olive green shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was soft and just a smidgen dry. It seemed better than my original Fiction, though. Clinique Whopping Willow is warmer. Urban Decay Jealous is greener. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is less green. Urban Decay Mildew is warmer. NARS Taiga #2 is darker. MAC Greensmoke is greener. Guerlain Coup de Foudre #1 is warmer. bareMinerals Eureka is warmer. Inglot #419 is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

I wore these shades together, and they were very true-to-form for MAC eyeshadows.  They lasted well for seven to eight hours with some slight fading after eight to nine hours–the mattes tended to fade a bit faster than the more shimmery shades. Voting begins later today on MAC’s Facebook.

MAC Eyeshadow Ashbury
Ashbury
Ashbury
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Butterscotch
Butterscotch
Butterscotch
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
89%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Chill
Chill
Chill
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Diesel
Diesel
Diesel
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total
MAC Eyeshadow Fiction
Fiction
Fiction
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

MAC By Request Lipsticks (2013 Edition)

MAC Flavour Lipstick
MAC By Request (2013 Edition) Lipsticks

MAC Flavour Lipstick is described as a “soft, muted peachy-pink [with a Satin finish].” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium pink-coral with a subtle sheen but fairly creamy finish. It had a soft, smooth consistency that applied well without tugging or dragging on the lips, and it delivered opaque color coverage. It lasted four and a half hours when I wore it, and it was neither drying nor hydrating. Urban Decay Native is very similar. Revlon Pink Lemonade is sheerer.NARS Bolero is more matte. MAC Haute Altitude is darker. MAC Ever Hip is warmer. MAC Coral Bliss is warmer. See comparison swatches.

MAC Glam Lipstick is described as a “vivid, bright pinky-red [with a Matte finish].” It’s a rich, vibrant cool-toned red with a strong blue undertone that it turns pink when sheered out. It delivered full color coverage, and the texture was slightly creamy but more comparable to recent Retro Matte finishes like RiRi Woo, Heaux, etc. It wore for eight hours and left a stain that continued on for a couple more hours. It was neither hydrating nor drying. There is no shortage of dupes for this shade, though, as it is a very classic red. MAC RiRi Woo is similar, not quite as pink-toned. NYX Chic Red is darker. NARS Dragon Girl is similar. NARS Luxembourg is brighter. MAC Russian Red is darker, not as cool-toned. MAC Ruby Woo is not as pink-toned. MAC Ronnie Red is similar. MAC Love Goddess is pinker. Guerlain Calligraphy #5 is similar. Dior Marilyn is also similar. Buxom Scoundrel is not as cool-toned. See comparison swatches.

MAC Hoop Lipstick is described as a “mid-tone rosy pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a brightened, light-medium pink with subtle warm undertones and a subtle sheen. It had full color coverage, and the consistency was lightly creamy and like more recent MAC Matte lipsticks. It lasted four hours on me. Urban Decay Rush is more subdued. MAC Force of Love is brighter, darker. MAC Betty Bright is warmer, less pink. Chanel Hyde Park is pinker. See comparison swatches.

MAC Pink Poodle Lipstick is described as a “vivid, fuchsia-pink [with a Glaze finish].” It’s a cool-toned, fuchsia pink with iridiescent bluish-fuchsia shimmer. It had semi-opaque color coverage; there’s a slight translucency that allows the natural lip color to come through, so if you have naturally redder lips, this will appear redder overall. It wore five hours on me and was slightly drying. Revlon Fuchsia Shock is lighter, not as blue-based. MAC Midnight Mambo is purpler. MAC Rare Exotic is darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is cooler-toned, matte. MAC Lickable is slightly warmer. MAC Girl About Town is darker. Estee Lauder Demure is less cool-toned. Chanel Extatique is lighter. Buxom Exhibitionist is less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

MAC Rozz Lipstick is described as a “watermelon reddish pink [with a Matte finish].” It’s a bold, coral-orange with strong red undertones and a matte finish. It had really rich, opaque color payoff, and the consistency was lightly creamy so it didn’t tug on lips but didn’t slide around. It wore for six and a half hours and left a light stain behind. It was neither drying nor hydrating. NARS Mysterious Red is darker. Chanel Amant is more orange, more muted. MAC Scarlet Ibis is more orange. MAC Lady Danger is more orange, lighter. Hourglass Raven is slightly more orange. See comparison swatches. (Also: In the Originals collection, you may remember Rozz Revival, which was inspired by this shade.)

MAC Tomango Lipstick is described as a “bright reddish orange [with a Matte finish].” It’s a vibrant, brightened medium orange with strong red undertones and a matte finish. It had a lightly creamy consistency that applied evenly and well, and the color was rich and fully opaque on lips. It wore for six hours well and was neither hydrating nor drying. Urban Decay Bang is slightly brighter. Maybelline Orange Edge is similar in color, shinier. Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin is slightly redder. Maybelline Neon Red is shinier. MAC Scarlet Ibis is redder. MAC Sail La Vie is similar. MAC Morange is lighter. MAC Lady Danger is very similar–perhaps a fraction darker. Buxom Rogue is shinier.
See comparison swatches.

Voting begins later today on MAC’s Facebook.

MAC Lipstick Flavour
Flavour
Flavour
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick Glam
Glam
Glam
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Hoop
Hoop
Hoop
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
MAC Lipstick Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
Pink Poodle
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
MAC Lipstick Rozz
Rozz
Rozz
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total
MAC Lipstick Tomango
Tomango
Tomango
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
96%
Total

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