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:
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.
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.
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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