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.
- Giving Realness (pale peachy nude)
- Legendary Face (light pink)
- Street Queen (medium cool pink).
- Voguing Madness (neon red)
- Runaway Red (bright red)
- Flawless (bright warm pink)
- Ball in Vienna (hot fuchsia pink)
- Global Fierceness (pinky-red)
- Epic (deep berry – my favorite!)
- Throwing Shade (purple berry)
The stains are packaged in clear tubes, so it’s easy to see the color. They have a very flexible doe-foot applicator which I found easy to use.
The texture of the Vicious Varnish gloss stains is a little bit hard to describe – it sort of has a thin, watery feel (like a stain), but is also slightly creamy. They’re very different from any other gloss stain hybrids I’ve tried; the YSL Glossy stains, L’oreal Color Caresse Gloss Stains, and (new) Milani Gloss Stains are all significantly thicker than the Wet n Wild ones.
On to the swatches!
The gloss stains are very long-lasting; the stain easily lasts five or more hours (and fades evenly, too!). I’ve read several reviews where the writer says that they stay glossy for several hours, but I find the watery/wet feeling kind of odd, so I have blotted them down into a stain every time I’ve worn them so far. I find that they feel a bit drying when initially applied (again, because of the watery stain texture), but over time they don’t continue to dry out my lips – once there is a stain, it feels like there is nothing at all on my lips. Adding balm does not affect the color or intensity of the stain.
The pigmentation is incredible – I think the swatches really speak for themselves. I am very impressed by how evenly these go on and how evenly they fade, given the intense pigmentation.
The Vicious Varnish gloss stains retail for $3.50, and are on the Walgreens website now; however, they’re not available to ship – only to pick up in-store. They’re not available on drugstore.com yet – but given that the other permanent Fergie products are available, they’ll probably show up eventually.
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