Although this is described as a mattifying powder, the extended description makes it clear that in addition to mattifying, it is supposed to have a luminous finish – it seems to be intended as a dupe of the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. From the Walgreens website product description,
Feel shiny within, not without! Revolutionary light-reflecting powder contains porous silica beads, which absorb oil and minimize shine. Lightweight powder feels weightless on the skin without adding color, and sets with a luminous, soft-focus finish.
In fact, in addition to the description, this powder seems to have a lot in common with the NARS (which I do not own). Both are fairly hard-textured pressed powders with some sparkle that are intended to mattify with a soft-focus finish. Both go on – or at least are intended to go on – translucent, though I’ve read that others noticed a white cast with the Wet n Wild (I did not). Both powders come with a similar velvety feeling sponge. Continue reading →
I recently found a Walgreens with a fully stocked, updated-for-2014 Wet n Wild display, and I bought several of the new products to test out. Today, I have a review and swatches of the Wet n Wild Fergie Vicious Varnish High Shine lip gloss stains. The stains come in the following ten colors, and I bought five of them, which are in bold. Continue reading →
It’s time for Reviews Revisited, Volume IV, where I discuss products I previously reviewed. Past volumes are here. Today, I’m going to talk about some products that never got a full review – items that I just swatched and wrote up some initial thoughts.
I’ll start with one of the new (and permanent) Wet n Wild Five Pan Palettes – I initially posted them only a month ago, but I brought the neutral palette, The Naked Truth, with me on my trip so I’ve used it quite a lot over the past few weeks. I didn’t like it very much initially – the shadows are on the sheer and dry side – but it’s grown on me. The matte shades – base and definer – are definitely dryer than I prefer, but still work for (respectively) blending out and as a liner. The eyelid shade is really quite lovely; the texture isn’t perfect, but it applies well and the color and finish are just gorgeous. I don’t have high hopes for the other palettes, but now that this one has grown on me, I’ll give them a shot.
Another more recent quick review was of Almay’s Shadow Softie in Smoke (review here // available here). My thoughts on the shade Smoke haven’t changed much – gorgeous shade, creases on me no matter what – but I also picked up a second shade, the matte purple Vintage Grape, which I do not recommend – it’s very, very sheer and not buildable at all. I would definitely return it if I hadn’t lost the receipt! I would consider buying another Shadow Softie, but only on sale or clearance, and only one of the sparkling shades.
Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes: upper lashes brush // upper lashes brush from a different angle // lower lashes brush
And finally, from last May, Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes. I’ve been using it on an off since I bought it – which means that I really need to throw it away approximately yesterday (I didn’t realize it was that old unless I looked up the date of my post!) – and it’s a good mascara, a nice brush, and utterly unremarkable. There’s nothing wrong with it, but nothing special about it either.
I recently came across a display of the new(ish) Wet n Wild Fergie BB cream at Walmart, and was intrigued enough to pick on up to try, although I hadn’t seen any reviews. That was a mistake – I think this picture says it all.
No makeup // WnW Fergie BB Cream unblended & blended
I deliberately applied the BB cream over a freckle, and you can see that it’s not hidden at all. I wouldn’t classify this as a BB cream (or foundation) – it’s a barely-tinted primer, or perhaps a barely-tinted sunscreen. The silver lining to the poor pigmentation is that it’s very useable as a sunscreen – I can apply the necessary half-teaspoon to my face without looking like I have makeup caked on – and in fact, without looking like I have makeup on at all.
I can’t find a place to purchase this online, and I believe it has very limited distribution in stores as well; I’ve never seen it at Walgreens, CVS, or Rite Aid. However, that’s not much of a loss – it’s definitely not recommended!
During the summer, I posted about the Wet n Wild Fergie Summer collection, which includes many different types of items including several nail polishes (note there’s also another nail polish only Fergie summer collection out). I purchased one of the nail polishes, Cabo Cruise, and it is GORGEOUS.
Look at that shimmer!
Photographed in full sun
I saw this around all summer but haven’t seen it lately . . . sorry about that :/ (I found this post in my drafts folder a little while ago – I wish I had published it this summer when the polish was still available!)
Good morning! Today I have swatches of three of Wet n Wild’s new MegaSlicks Balm Stains. As you can see, these are packaged like all the other twist up lip pencils — RevlonKissable Balm Stains, Jordana balm stains, Hard Candy All Glossed Up pencils, Covergirl Gloss Balms, Tarte Lipsurgence pencils, etc.
The Wet n Wild balm stains are a permanent addition to the line, and come in six colors. I have Lady and the Vamp, Red-dy or Not, and Rico Mauve. The other shades are named A Stiff Pink, Pinky Promise, and Nudist Colony.