Hello lovelies :) I appreciate your patience over the past few days as I've been busy with school and then the hurricane, which shut off our power! We're blessed that losing power is the only problem we had when others lost loved ones or their homes.
Let's get into this makeup thing, shall we? :)
Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection in Petal Pusher (L) and Comfort Zone (R)
I don't do surprises well. I can smell out a plan a mile away (unless my mom is involved- she could survive a prison interrogation FO SHO) and when I figure out you're trying to surprise me, I'm all over you like me on guacamole! D has been subject to this already more times than he would care to count in our year-and-a-half long relationship, poor thing. Christmas was a nightmare for him! And Valentine's Day? FORGET IT.
But anyhoo. Back to surprises. I actually like them, though I don't like to know I'm being surprised. Which is why I love these Wet N Wild palettes that much more. I was completely shocked to find out how fantastic they are, especially for only $5!
Like I've said before, I'd written off Wet N Wild years ago as being a cheap brand not worth having, until recently when I came across some beauty bloggers touting their wonders. So naturally, I needed to see for myself.
I promise, the top left shade isn't so blinding in person.
The first palette, Petal Pusher, is primarily made up of cool toned bluish-purples and a random black-based shadow to throw us all off. Generally, the colors themselves are great; they've attempted to some pretty sophisticated colors, which I appreciate from an economy brand. I just wish they were better quality. (Even just a little bit better!)
Petal Pusher Swatches
As you can seen in the photo above, the colors look like watercolors- they're sheer around the edges, which indicates a lack of pigmentation. I had to use quite a bit of product to achieve the depth of color you see. But despite that, the colors are pretty great.
I know this is a horrible picture, but I wanted you to see the highlight color, which isn't an opaque white like I originally thought, but an iridescent color. This was the only photo I took where could see the color changing in the light. I was at first irritated at the fact that it didn't show up in the swatch and that the company had made something that looked one way in the pan, but COMPLETELY different on. Then I realized that for a highlight color, this was ingenious. So now I love it.
This is a picture of the darker colors, including the random blacks. The shade on the far left is a bronze-y plum with a bit of red undertone (the warmest shade in the palette) and it very much reminds me of my favorite MAC eyeshadow, Trax. Trax is more purple and less red than this shade, however. The purples are great (I'm wearing them today), though again, if your skin prefers warm tones to cool, you'll need to add some warmth to your face to balance the look. Anyhoo, the blacks are dusty and basically meh, definitely only used to add some darkness to the outer v of the eye, for example. This is my least favorite of the two palettes.
Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone
This. Is. Why. I. Love. Cheap. Brands. This palette is fantastic! It's much warmer, which works better for my skin tone, and the color payoff is incredibly good. After dealing with Petal Pusher and being disappointed, I wasn't looking forward to Comfort Zone. Color me surprised!
The full Comfort Zone monty.
The swatches above were done with significantly fewer swipes of the pan than Petal Pusher. (Disclaimer: Because my camera isn't high-tech, and I'm probably not using it to its full potential, I use more product in swatches so that the camera will pick up the colors in photos.) The highlight color (top left shade in the palette) was just as sheer as the other highlight shade in Petal Pusher, which I can appreciate if that's intentional. The colors are pretty great, non?
Comfort Zone: Left Column
As you can see in the photo above, the highlight shade is quite sheer, but the other shades are buildable and it doesn't take long for them to be fully opaque. The copper-y color, second from left, was swatched with just one swipe, as it's incredibly soft and buttery. Very impressive. The dark colors, just like in Petal Pusher, are just meh; they're harder to work with, though these are still better than the other palette.
Comfort Zone: Right Column
The color payoff in the right column is similar to the left, with the dark color being the least pigmented. The lightest shade, the green color, and the awesome brown at the end are soft, easy to work with, and the color payoff is fantastic.
Speaking of the awesome brown shade...
Awesome brown shade.
This color is the light of my life. But let me set this story up: Several months ago, I was perusing the MAC counter and as usual, I lingered around the pigment stand. I found this amazing and wonderful color, simply called Blue Brown. (Not their most creative moment, non?) Anyhoo, I fell in love with this shade which is a duochrome, meaning that it shifts colors with the light. The base is a reddish brown with a blue/green pearl. AMAZING. For some reason, I never purchased it, though I think MAC pigments are a great bargain ($20 for .15oz of color that will last forever because it's so pigmented? YES PLEASE). Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, when I picked up Comfort Zone and discovered that it contained a shade ALMOST IDENTICAL to MAC's Blue Brown pigment. I was shocked to see that it was such a close dupe, as well as being one of the better quality shades in the palette as far as color payoff and blendability. (I may have made that word up.) I'm in lurve!
I think this color would work well for both cool and warm skin tones, due to the nature of the duochrome. Again, AWESOME.
Another shot, just for posterity.
Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Petal Pusher
Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Comfort Zone
There you have it! From what I've seen, these are pretty popular, so if you want one, RUN to your nearest CVS or Walmart and pick one up!
Much love homies,