Wet n Wild has really stepped up their game since the 90s, when the best thing they had going for them was that cute strawberry flavored lip gloss in the pot. One of the newer additions to the line are the 8 pan eyeshadow palettes.
For the purposes of this review, I am going to name the shades using to the following system:
On the left:
Browbone Shade: L1
Eyelid Shade: L2
Crease Shade: L3
Definer Shade: L4
On the right:
Browbone Shade: R1
Eyelid Shade: R2
Crease Shade: R3
Definer Shade: R4
To start, I tested out each side over the course of several days. I liked what I saw and felt. With the exception of R1, the eyeshadows were extremely pigmented. R1 was a little on the sheer side. L1 was a little troublesome to blend, but I managed to make it work. It was not a major problem.
The swatches (in order of Browbone to Definer):
I experienced about 6-7 hours of wear time. The looks I did can be found here and here. The one problem with L4 was that it gave me a lot of fallout and was very powdery and soft. I kept having to blow away the excess powder. Otherwise, it’s a gorgeous deep shimmery brown. Another problem is that the packaging does not protect the product. I accidently dropped the box of makeup when it arrived, and when I opened it, the palette was covered in powdery eyeshadow. 😦 That’s why you see a chunk of shadow missing from L4. The fall was about 2 feet. It was partially the company’s fault because they did not put in enough bubble wrap when they fulfilled my order. Still, the eyeshadows should not have crumbled so easily. Be careful not to drop this palette.
There are a few MAC dupes in this palette. That’s another thing I love about Wet n Wild’s revamped line. For just a few bucks, you can get some MAC lookalikes that would have cost at least $30 if not more (if you’re getting pro pans). So far, I see Ricepaper, Club/Blue Brown, and Jest dupes. When I get a chance I’ll purchase the dupes I’m missing and swatch them for you guys. 🙂
Pros: Very affordable, great selection of colors for a palette, MAC dupes are included, good pigmentation and wear time.
Cons: R1 and L4 are problematic, the eyeshadows crumble easily.