Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a five-pan palette that features a warm-toned, desert-inspired color scheme.

Desert Festival #1 is a pale, warm-toned beige with a satin finish. It had sheer color payoff; the texture was dry and stiff, so it made it harder to get enough product out to see more opaque color. (It looks even sheerer than it is, because it also happens to be nearly identical to my skin color!) MAC Grain is more frosted, slightly lighter. MAC Naked Lunch is a bit darker.

Desert Festival #2 is a brightened, medium orange with a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, though the texture was so soft that it was also a bit dusty. I didn’t have anything quite like this–there’s a very even balance between yellow and red in this shade, so it doesn’t turn too reddish or get too dark, but it’s also not a yellowy orange. Other oranges that are matte tend to be darker and redder.

Desert Festival #3 is a neutral-toned taupe brown with a satiny finish. It was, unfortunately, rather dry and stiff in texture, so the resulting color payoff was disappointing. MAC Nebula is darker. bareMinerals Wanderlust is more frosted. bareMinerals Apropos is cooler-toned.  NARS Bali is cooler-toned, grayer. Inglot #363 is warmer.

Desert Festival #4 is a shimmery, lightened, medium-orange with warm undertones. It had a better texture than some of the other shades, so the pigmentation was better. Chanel Pearl River #4 is brighter. Milani Primary Runway Eyes #3 is darker, redder. MAC Fresh Daily is richer in color.

Desert Festival #5 is a grayish brown with a satiny finish. It is just a bit darker than the center shade–more distinctly cool-toned. It had underwhelming color payoff, as it, again, had a stiff and dry texture that made it hard to get product out of the pan. MAC Nebula is more shimmery. MAC Concrete is more matte.

Overall, I was disappointed in the palette, because it had a drier, stiffer texture that resulted in rather low color payoff.  The best performing shade was the matte orange, followed by the shimmery orange; the other three shades were hard to work with. Muse had a similar experience, and she and I both expounded the benefits of Color Icon over this.  I could not wear this palette without a primer and achieve any semblance of decent color payoff, despite Wet ‘n’ Wild claiming these are “ultra-pigmented” and “crease-resistant.”  I did wear the shades as they were without a primer, and I saw fading after six hours.  With a primer, I didn’t have trouble with the shades fading.   The three drier shades were harder to blend and definitely will take more time and attention to finesse the colors just right.  Wet ‘n’ Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I’d recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

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Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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Wet 'n' Wild has done better in their Color Icon Trios/Palettes, so I'd recommend checking one of those in lieu of this one.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

6.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
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Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #1 Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #2 Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #3 Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #4 Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival #5 Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet 'n' Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette (over primer)

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On eyes: Burberry Dark Spice Eyeshadow Palette. On cheeks: Burberry Misty Blush.

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12 thoughts on “Wet ‘n’ Wild Desert Festival Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of tzwiggy t_zwiggy

    I really like the look you’ve done with this. Great colors for your skin tone. Too bad the palette sucks.

  2. Avatar of Cat Cat

    Damn. I was sooo looking forward to this review based on the look I saw you wearing with it that I saw in another review. I like the concept of these colors together, too bad.

  3. Oh, that’s too bad about the color pay off. It still looks really pretty on with your brown eyes.

    Monica.

  4. Avatar of Daisy Daisy

    Bummer about the low rating! However, the look you did with such a dismal palette is surprisingly striking.

  5. Mel

    Horrible color choice, even if the quality was amazing, I would pass this one.

  6. Mel

    Horrible color choice, even if the quality was amazing, I would pass this one.

  7. Mel

    How I wish you would review NYX new palletes (Love in Rio, Love in Paris, Love in Florence).

  8. Avatar of Gina Gina

    Nooo I was so excited for this when I saw the picture! Then as I scrolled down while reading the review, I got sadder and sadder. The color combination is gorgeous, and the packaging is actually really nice. But I have some relatively comparable shades, so even though this is cheap, it’s not worth it for me if the quality is bad.

  9. Jules

    You know, even if three of the colors are awful, I might have to get this just for the orange colors. They’re sure pretty. $5 for two shadows is still a helluva deal.

  10. I like the shade selection, it’s something a bit different but the colors still go together well (which sometimes isn’t true of WnW le palettes). Too bad about the quality

  11. Kat

    Looks more like a fall palette.

  12. Bethany

    Wow Christine, despite some of those eyeshadows being less than stellar and getting a D rating they really look lovely on you. The warm tones compliment your skin tone and eye colorso well! I really like the combo you did additionally.

    Too bad about the quality, huh? this would be an amazing palette for olive toned girls if the color pay off had been richer. Darn…