Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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! :)

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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. The real issue is how powdery and crumbly the eyeshadows were, so they had trouble binding and adhering to the lid, which led to patchy, uneven color that faded quickly.

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Wet 'n' Wild I'm Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
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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
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Wet 'n' Wild I'm Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
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Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (over NARS’ Primer)

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Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio over Milani Winter White

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31 thoughts on “Wet ‘n’ Wild I’m Seeing Triples Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Alicia Alicia

    The Milani pencil makes a huge difference! We can’t get these in Canada so I’ll have to look for them when I go to the U.S. this week. Can’t wait to see the other palettes :)

  2. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Even if these had better ratings in terms of quality/performance, I’d pass as I find the colours really unappealing. What a strange looking trio!

  3. What a disappointment! These look very chalky and not buttery like the regular WnW shadows

    • I think the worst part was that when they swatched, the pigmentation still seemed OK (the purple was weak, the other two were promising), but noooo, not at all.

  4. Wow, I am amazed at how the colours turned up differently on two different primers. This is proof that eyelid primers make all the difference in the world.

  5. My first impression gave thought this palette was completely fashioned after the wonderful sugarpill heartbreaker palette, but clearly the two are not in the same stratosphere. I’ll stick to Sugarpill.

  6. These palettes are so pretty to look at. Too bad this one wasn’t great.

  7. “This palette was an exercise in hope, frustration, and utter disappointment.” Ha! Well said, Christine. I know the feeling. Wet n Wild has some AMAZING Color Icon products, but I have been disappointed recently with a lot of their newer ones. I’m still a HUGE Color Icon fan, they’re making beautiful shadows and blushes available to everyone, but I do hope they get back on track with the quality. I can forgive them some missteps though (for now), given how they keep their price point low.

  8. Crossing my fingers for you because those colors look so nice when put over a white base!

  9. I got so excited looking at the photo, but the rating killed all my hopes.

  10. Serena Hobbs

    Wow a palette that reminds me of the Powerpuff Girls. :) Too bad its a dud.

  11. Avatar of T Violet Lee

    Too bad it’s such awful shadow. I swear I had a L’Oreal version of this exact palette in like 1984? I used to wear it in solid stripes (green inner corner to browbone, pink middle to browbone, blue outside corner to browbone). I’m sure it looked hideous but I loved it. :)

  12. Avatar of Malia Malia

    It does look so 1984 :). But I totally would have bought it if not for this review!

  13. What a shame… the shades looked really fun!

  14. Avatar of Kate Faith

    Huh! Nouveau Cheap and Musings of a Muse only had good things to say about these palettes, so they were a definite pick-up. Now I’m debating. Those swatches make me sad :(

    • I don’t think Muse reviewed the summer trios!

    • I think you’re thinking of the ‘Spring Awakening’ (something like that) collection. Muse reviewed Nude Awakening and Going in the Wild, whereas G @ Nouveau Cheap reviewed Nude Awakening only. G hasn’t yet reviewed these, she’s only said they’ve released/been seen in drugstores.

  15. stacey

    What does one expect for 2.99. Dont even bother to say made in PROC…to make us guess. Ha.

  16. I would never be able to pull of these bright colours from this palette. Doesn’t seem to interest me.

  17. Ew. Just… Ew. I get that these were supposed to be “mod” but no. Just flat out no. What a hot mess! Wet n Wild has been kind of failing on pigmentation in their limited edition Color Icons recently but they have been workable over a creamy base; the recent Going in the Wild palette shines over NYX’s Milk pencil.

  18. Disappointing! The shades looked so vibrant and pretty in the packaging.

  19. Catherine

    Wow, bright green for a brow bone color, gag. Hey WnW the 80s called they want their makeup looks back. No offense to anybody who wore that look at any time in their lives.

  20. Yikes! The one LE 8pan I got recently (forgot the name, the one with purples) performed fairly well. I wonder what was up with this one? Too much pigment, not enough binder?

  21. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    This is the typical drugstore “crap” I remember from my early teen years. One of the reasons I shy away from drugstore shadows most of the time – the horrid memories! LOL. It is really too bad as the original colour Icons were worth scouring Walmarts for, to get whatever actually made it to Canada.

  22. Thanks for curing this lemming.

  23. Unfortunately, I’ve had to stop buying Wet’n’Wild eye shadows. I’ve already had to purchase three different Comfort Zone palettes due to breakage, and at least 3 of the LE trios I have from last summer have crumbling eye shadows in them. The shadows are nice for the price, but they aren’t being pressed hard enough and break before you can use it. It seems like they’re making a lot of palettes that get makeup addicts really excited, but they fail to deliver in the end.

  24. Avatar of Lorena Lorena

    Oh my, you guys are so lucky! I would buy this, here in Brazil, this little pallete would coss $15~20 (R$40).
    Very lucky by having all those options! MAC lipstick here costs $45~$50. Be happy.

  25. I hope this is the worst of them because after reading Nouveau Cheaps review there are a few of the other trio’s I want. I’ve never bought WNW before but some of the colors, like the matte red, that I wouldn’t wear often enough to pay much for but would LOVE to own I think this price point is amazing!!