Wet n Wild Fergie Take The Day On Mattifying Powder in Pedestal: Review & Swatches

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Wet n Wild Fergie Mattifying Powder

Wet n Wild has released several new items for 2014, both under the Fergie sub-brand and the main brand. Thus far, I’ve reviewed the Fergie Vicious Varnish stains (love!), Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains (like), and Wet n Wild 5-pan eyeshadow palettes (dislike).  Today I have a review of the Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Take on the Day Mattifying Powder in Pedestal (the only shade).

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.

Here are the ingredients of the NARS powder (credit to Paula’s Choice):

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Squalane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Ascophyllum Nodosum (Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract), Magnesium Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

And the Wet n Wild ingredients:

Wet n Wild Take The Day On Mattifying Powder ingredients

The ingredients aren’t identical, but there are clear similarities – the first three ingredients are the same in each, albeit in a different order, and several other ingredients are the same as well.

However, overall I would not say that the Wet n Wild Mattifying powder is a good dupe of the NARS powder.  Although I don’t own the NARS, I’ve swatched it a couple times in store, and it has significantly less, although some, visible sparkle than the Wet n Wild.

Wet n Wild Take The Day On Mattifying Powder swatch

See what I mean? That’s a heavier swatch on the left, and blended out on the right – that is a lot of sparkle for a face powder! You can also see the sparkle in the pan – intentionally fuzzy picture below.

Wet n Wild Take The Day On Mattifying Powder sparkle

As I’m not a fan of visible sparkle on my face, this powder is not for me.  However, if you don’t mind a little sparkle and are looking for a cheaper alternative to the NARS, this product may be right up your alley.

As far as I can tell, the powder is not yet available to purchase online. However, drugstore.com sells most of the Wet n Wild Fergie line, so perhaps it will pop up there eventually!

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  • Oh wow, for an all-over mattifying powder, this most certainly contains too much sparkle! Even as a highlighter I’d say the sparkle is too visible. I’ll pass!

  • spooki

    Bummer, I was planning on buying this but I’m shiny enough as is, I don’t need sparkles on my face.

  • jordan

    i have both this and the nars powder, and the wet n wild doesn’t seem to keep the oil away as long as the nars does either. I like sparkle a little sparkle but the wet in wild is insane!

  • That’s crazy! Who needs tiny glitters in a mattifying powder?! I don’t own the NARS but I haven’t heard anything other than raves…

    • I’ve heard nothing but raves about the NARS as well, but it’s also too sparkly for my tastes (at least in some lighting).

  • Coco

    Saw this at Walgreens and almost picked it up. Glad I didn’t because I don’t like shimmery powders x

  • MakeupWithdrawal

    That’s really interesting! I bought this and have the pressed NARS version as well. However in my case I definitely find the NARS to be sparklier. My WnW seems to have much less sparkle than yours, finer too. Batch variation or something like that, perhaps?

    • Hmm, perhaps! Or maybe the NARS is sparklier than I remember – it was too sparkly for me to consider buying it. I hope you’ll post a comparison at some point 😀

  • Jewellsparkle

    I just wondered if you did try wearing it to see how well it works as a powder? Though I realise you’re not a sparkly face fan.

    • I tried it on the face, but it was too sparkly for me so I didn’t wear it long enough to really test it. Sorry!

  • That is odd! For me, it depends on the lighting – in some lighting I see sparkle, in some lighting I see none.