Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wet 'n Wild Spring Collection: Flirting at the After Party

I bought the Wet 'n Wild Flirting at the After Party 8-pan palette from my local Duane Reade (I wasn't able to get my hands on Walking the Red Carpet from the Spring Collection, though) and I took about a week to play around with it and give you my honest opinion.

The packaging is the same as the other Color Icon palettes by Wet 'N Wild except it is white instead of black. The color-payoff of the shadows is good, except slightly more powder will kick up than classic palettes such as Petal Pusher and Comfort Zone. I do have to say that the swatches are going to be pretty terrible as the lightest shades are almost identical to my very fair skin-tone (NC15 on a good day). You will notice that many colors appear very similar and only very minor differences can be detected between some. All colors have been swatched to appear more concentrated a couple of times and no primer was used.
Wet 'n Wild Flirting at the After Party palette - daylight
Specifically, the Left Eyelid and Left Definer colors are extremely similar, they are both aubergine eggplant shades (both darker than the Left Crease which is more of a Lavender shade). In the pan they are also both very similar to the Right Definer shade, however, this shade comes off with much more of a brownish tint than a purple one.
Wet 'n Wild Flirting at the After Party Palette - ambient light

Here's a look I was able to create with the palette.

- Left Eyelid color all over my lid
- mixed the Browbone colors and highlighted my browbone with them right under my eyebrow
- used the Left Crease color and contoured the crease of my eye
- used the Left and Right definers (mixing both of them together) to define the outer corner of my eye

Finishing touches:
-  Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara
- Jesse's Girl black liquid eyeliner
- Rimmel Scandaleyes waterproof kohl in Nude on the upper lash line
- Starlooks Gem Pencil in Topaz on the lower lash line
- Milani Liquif'Eye metallic eye liner pencil in black outer third of bottom lash line

 I do notice that I can recreate a very similar look with some of the shades in my Petal Pusher palette. I recommend getting this palette if you're a fan of Wet 'n Wild or if you're lacking some purple eyeshadows. The formulation isn't the best I've seen from Wet 'n Wild but it's still a lot better than most other drugstore eyeshadows. The pigmentation is definitely there and if you're a huge fan of orchid, this is the palette for you. If you already own lots of makeup, I'd say skip it, you probably already have dupes in your collection (MAC's Beautiful Iris comes to mind).

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