Here are five of my favorite yellow gold eyeshadows! Not to be confused with pale golds, green-golds, or tarnished golds, of course Etrusque is/was limited edition, but it’s still available at NARS, so I had to include it!
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.
I think it's a nice palette, and for something that doesn't break the bank, it's definitely a good option for warmer neutrals. I found blending to be a little more time-consuming with these eyeshadows than is par for the course, which is in part due to the texture. These work best layered directly over a base but less so when layered on top of each other--that is when blending is more difficult.
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Another test look — Clarins Skin Illusion (the shade is too light but setting with Guerlain Les Violettes in #03 made it wearable for test purposes, at least), NYX Eyeshadow Base, Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Eyeshadow Palette, Physicians Formula Glow Pearls, and Guerlain Chant d’Aromes.
You will need the following…
Eyes: NYX Eyeshadow Base (base), Wet ‘n’ Wild Vanity Eyeshadow Palette (shimmering beige, gold, bronze, beige, dark brown), span style=”color: #9d4b7b;”>Wet ‘n’ Wild Olive Color Icon Eyeliner (olive green), Hourglass Film Noir Mascara (black)
Face: Clarins Skin Illusion (108), Guerlain Les Violettes Mineral Powder (03)
Cheeks: Physicians Formula Light Bronze Pearl Mineral Glow Pearls (bronze)
For eyes, start by applying NYX as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 294. Apply the shimmering beige eyeshadow to the inner tearduct with the 217. Next, apply the gold eyeshadow just above the lid and in the crease with the 239. Lightly blend the bronze eyeshadow into the crease with the 222, blending outwards, then layer with the dark brown eyeshadow. Pat the beige eyeshadow lightly above the crease and highlight the brow bone with the 217. Apply Stash liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Film Noir mascara.
For cheeks, apply Light Bronze Pearl on the apples of the cheeks and pat towards the temple with the 184.
For lips, apply Chant d’Aromes lipstick for a complementing lip.