**This collection is permanent and will become more readily available in the next month or two**
Okay, let me start by saying that I did not expect to purchase anything from this collection. Not because I do not like Wet n Wild ( Anything in their ColorIcon series holds a place in my heart!), rather I assumed it would be unobtainable in my area, as most WnW products are. Well, to my surprise I found it! I ran into my local Rite Aid (which I NEVER go into-I am a CVS/Walgreens girl) to purchase a birthday card for my grandmother and on my way out (insert Harp sounds here) There It WAS!! I frantically grabbed one of each (which was practically all that was left). I didn't get to open them up and play until hours later, and my goodness - I was blown away! At the time of my "shopping spree", these trios were on sale for a whopping $1.99 each. C'mon now, that is INSANE! I have had these for about a week now, and I cannot stop using them. They are THAT good! Here are some swatches of each of the trios. The left two of each color are on
Too-Faced Shadow Insurance (first applied wet, and then dry) and the left two are on NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk (also applied wet and then dry).
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The silver highlight color (which is, in my opinion, too intense for a highlight color) is pretty consistent with it's swatches only turning SLIGHTLY grayer when applied wet. The black crease color is a mild matte black when applied dry on a primer, becoming more intense when put over a base. Apply that bad boy wet, and out come the sparkles! The pink eyelid color changes the most going from sheer, but buildable (when dry on a primer), to a bold hot pink with a violet sheen (applied wet on primer), then a more intense sheer pink (on the base) and finally a bold magenta color, showing more of the violet (when applied wet on base).
I DREAM OF GREENIE
This trio has my new favorite highlighting color in it! This light-minty color is pure awesomeness! As the swatches show, it is extremely versatile (it CAN be applied light enough to use as a highlighting color, but if you apply it wet - it is GREAT for an inner corner color). The crease color is a very pretty cool-toned green (perhaps it could be a cooler version of Kelly Green?!). This color swatched pretty much the same regardless of the way I applied it (with the exception of being mildly deeper when applied wet). The eyelid color is so neat! It is a bright lime green with a soft yellow sheen to it. This color is buildable, starting off somewhat sheer and ending in an even BRIGHTER tone. I like to use this color all over the lower lid, applying wet on the "outer V" for more definition. This trio is NOT for the faint of heart, but if ya dig bright colors, rock it babe!
Honestly, I am not a natural toned eyeshadow kind of gal. I pretty much grabbed this trio to complete the set and to use the highlight color. BUT, I like it. I like it A LOT! The highlight color is just as gorgeous as I had anticipated, and I use it quite often. As the swatches show, it stays pretty much the same regardless of application method (just getting a little richer when applying wet, but I feel that the same results would come from layering when dry). I am going to skip to the eyelid color (on the bottom)- this is a taupe-y that is a classic. I feel that everyone needs a color similar to this in their personal and professional kit. This color will work on any skin tone. Due to the shimmeryness (not a word, I know) of it, this color may not be the best for aged skin, however. All in all, it's great. Good for those days you only have 5 minutes to do makeup! Now, for that crease color (in the middle). I hate it. Not quite loathe, but a strong dislike. This is just my opinion, and you may find that you adore it, so for $2-$3 check it out for yourself. With any WnW dark brown I have used, I find that the color blends to a muddy grayish-black. This color is quite lovely when patted on, but as soon as you go to mesh it with another color or blend the edges out - WOOF! ugh, I don't like it! Thank goodness the other two colors redeem the trio!
I'M FEELING RETRO
Pretty, umm, retro. I used these colors in my previously posted 80's look. How appropriate, right!? This trio, honestly, is kind of hard to pull off without looking "tacky" or like Mimi. Well, at least when using all three together with no other colors. With that criticism out of the way - GET THIS TRIO if nothing else. It has a basic icy/frosty white as a highlight color. The crease color is a frosty teal with blue undertones and a gold sheen (also has itsy-bitsy blue and teal shimmer, only visible when applied wet using a patting motion). The star of this trio (as far as I am concerned) is the eyelid color. It reminds me of a pinker version of Urban Decay's Fishnet (will post swatch comparison at a later date). Applied dry on a primer and/or base it is a bright bluish pink with a purple sheen. When it is applied using the foiling method (wet), the shadow becomes more magenta with a darker blue undertone. Gorgeous!
I'VE GOT GOOD JEANSWith Flash:
This trio is rad. As mentioned with the Spoiled Brat trio, the labeled "browbone" color is way too dark. It is a lovely silver with a light blue tone ( much like a pair of light blue jeans!!!). I found that applying it wet only muted the shimmer a tad and made the blue become slightly more predominant. This crease color is DARK. It is not uber-pigmented, but definitely pigmented more than one would assume.
Personally, I find it looks the best when applied wet on a white base (even better on a black base, such as NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Blackbean). I have not really used this as a crease color because I have found that it gets slightly muddy (which I think is the prevailing complaint with these shadows). My favorite in this trio is the eyelid color (which kinda reminds me of Urban Decay's Honey). The only difference the different applications made was the metallic payoff. When applied wet on a primer, it looks much more shimmery and when throw on the base wet, BAM! I am talkin' GOLD! (still does not compete with my all-time fav Glamour Doll Eyes' Trophy Wife - do yourself a favor and BUY IT!).
I'M GETTING SUNBURNED
These colors coincide with each other perfectly! I feel that they really make my green eyes POP. (That term cracks me up for some reason, it sounds like sickness or something!) The highlight color COULD be used as such- with a fluffy brush and a light hand. It is a gorgeous pink and I think it is just light enough to use on the inner corner without looking "sickly". When I applied this color wet, it became a little more metallic looking, that's about it. The brown crease color is poo if you want to actually use it as a crease color. Re-read my notes on the SILENT TREATMENT trio if you want to know my thoughts on this color (however, this brown is a little more workable). This gold-bronze color is ridiculously pigmented and super-creamy. It looks almost identical regardless of application method. I am in love! It does have a faint pink tint to it (which I like b/c it makes it more usable on cooler/paler skin tones!)
The collection gets a B+
There are a couple of colors I was not overly fond of, but all in all, it's a stellar collection. Getting 18 shadows for under $20, this is damn near unbeatable. Please keep in mind, most of these shadows ARE on the powdery side, but hey, that happens - and I, for one, can deal with that when it is worth it!
Do yourself a favor and grab at least one of these trios and test em out for yourselves. Leave me your feedback, let me know your thoughts! I hope this helps!
Stay Gorgeous Lovedoves,