Wet n Wild Spring Forward Eyeshadow Palette Swatches: Nude Awakening & Going In The Wild


Wet n Wild Spring Awakening Palettes

I finally found them! I’m talking about Wet n Wild’s Spring Forward Eyeshadow Palettes, which are limited edition for Spring 2013; first spotted several weeks ago, they’ve been quite elusive in my neck of the woods, and I didn’t find them until today.  I bought a set for myself and another set to give away; the giveaway is in a separate post here.

Since I just bought these palettes, this post is pictures, swatches, and initial thoughts, rather than a full review.

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening

First up: Nude Awakening (Note: Do not search for the name of this palette on Google images with Safe Search turned off, at least not if you want to see eyeshadow!).

I swatched by going top to bottom down the left column, then down the right colum.

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Swatches

Nude Awakening

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Swatches-2

Nude Awakening – Left Column

The left brownbone shade is my favorite shade out of both palettes; it doesn’t show up very well on my skin because of the color, but the finish is gorgeous – it’s almost but not quite matte. It’s a very similar finish to Burberry Trench, though the color is a little lighter. I think it is going to be my new favorite highlight shade, and this shade alone is worth the ($5) price of the palette for me.

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening Swatches-3

Nude Awakening – Right Column

Another thing I really love about this palette is that the eyeshadows aren’t overly shimmery; they’re more of a low pearl or satin finish, which I find really flattering. I hate to say it since it’s currently so hard to find, but I think I really love this palette (so far)

Nude Awakening’s color scheme – neutrals plus grey & soft black – is reminiscent of the Urban Decay Naked Palette.  So, I pulled out my Naked Palette to see if there were any actual dupes, and I found some similar shades.

Wet n Wild Nude Awakening - Urban Decay Naked - Dupes

UD Buck vs. WnW Left Crease // UD Gunmetal vs. WnW Right Crease //
Urban Decay Creep vs. WnW Right Definer

Everyone has different ideas about what they consider a dupe, but I personally think Gunmetal and Creep are duped, and the Buck shade is similar, but not quite a dupe.

Wet n Wild Going in the Wild

Wet n Wild Going in the Wild

Moving on, we have Going in the Wild; I found that several of the eyeshadows in this palette were a bit harder than Wet n Wild’s usual Color Icon formula, and had less payoff than typical.

Wet n Wild Going in the Wild Swatches

Going in the Wild

Wet n Wild Going in the Wild Swatches-3

Going in the Wild – Left Column

None of these four shades impressed me very much; the left browbone shade is pretty and sparkly, but not unique.  The matte lavender left crease shade was terrible – very poor payoff (the swatch is heavily layered).

Wet n Wild Going in the Wild Swatches-2

Going in the Wild – Right Column

I was also unimpressed by the yellow/gold right brownbone shade – mostly sparkle, little color.  The standout shade in this palette is definitely the mint green, which is gorgeous and very pigmented.  It’s a bit outside of my comfort zone in terms of color, but it’s so pretty that I might have to push myself to wear it!

Overall, if you manage to find these palettes, I suggest that you snap up Nude Awakening immediately! It’s a fantastic palette at a fantastic price.  Going in the Wild is more of an edge case; if you like the mint green, it’s worth it, but if you don’t, I’d probably skip it.


*As noted in this review, I purchased both featured products. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

  • I’m hunting all over the place for these lol

  • LOL about Googling for Nude Awakening without the Safe Search on! I usually love these WnW palettes, but the Going in the Wild one just lacks some of the usual quality, it seems. Also, why is it called “Going in the Wild”? Reminds me of peeing in the jungle, lol! Thanks for the swatches and review!

  • Great review! I have also been searching every CVS in my area for Nude Awakening (still no luck). May I ask which CVS in particular had these?

    • It was a store in Silverlake, but they only had a couple left & I bought them out! But, I find that once stores in one region start to get something in, the rest quickly follow – so I bet they’ll start popping up all over LA now.

      • Thank you! I live by Riverside and I haven’t been finding anything! Guess I’ll have to make a trip to LA 😉

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  • Bellyhead

    This is like a Big Foot sighting. Oh BIG FOOT, come to my stores!!