One of my absolute favourite brands from the drugstore is Wet n Wild. Not only are they a cruelty-free brand, but their products give you affordable options that won’t break the bank. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a good splurge, but discovering top quality products at a fraction of the price…that’s a real thrill! Today we’re chatting about my 3 current favourite products from Wet n Wild. Let me give you a bit of history – Wet n Wild is a US drugstore brand and was one of the first companies to sell makeup for under a dollar (about R 10,00). In more recent years Wet n Wild became increasingly popular for their Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio palettes, one could say they’re cult favourites in the beauty industry. Speaking of which…Walking On Eggshells is still my number 1 favourite eyeshadow trio of all time, but more on that a bit later.
I recently went on a bit of a Wet n Wild spending spree, because I wanted to stock up on the above mentioned trio palette plus another eyeshadow palette. I’ve already been through THREE ‘Walking On Eggshells’ palettes (that’s how much I love it) and didn’t want to take a photo of the current ratchet palette I’ve already hit pan on. The same goes for my ‘The Naked Truth’ palette, I’ve already hit pan on 3 of the 5 shades and thought I’d buy a brand spanking new one to take a photo of (I also wanted you to actually be able to see the name of each eyeshadow shade because we’ll be chatting about each shade). So I popped in to Clicks the other day to pick up a new one, plus a handful of other Wet n Wild products (some of which I haven’t started using yet). These are my current favourites, let’s take a look:
Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in The Naked Truth (R 89,95) – This palette is so versatile and contains everything you need to create a beautiful neutral eye makeup look. All the shades complement each other so well – whether you’re going for a subtle eyeshadow look or a bold smoky eye, this 5-pan palette is exactly what you need. The shades are smooth, pigmented and blend very easily. The ‘Crease’ shade at the very bottom is just a tad drier than the other shades, so it does require a bit more effort to blend. It’s a stunning warm-toned brown with tiny gold glitter particles, the glitters are more of an overspray, and aren’t that noticeable after the second or third use. The ‘Base’ shade is a matte cream, perfect for a shimmer-free, clean highlight on the browbone. The ‘Eyelid’ shade is a stunning shimmery taupe, and the texture is very smooth & silky. The ‘Browbone’ shade is a soft white with a subtle pearlescent finish, I use this shade to brighten the inner corners of my eyes. The ‘Definer’ shade is a dark, matte cool-toned brown, as the name would suggest it does a great job of defining the crease, plus I also use it as a smoky ‘eyeliner’ to make my lashes appear fuller.
Cover All Pressed Powder (R 55,95) – This is a very finely-milled face powder that provides excellent coverage, whilst absorbing oil along the T-zone. All you need is a light dusting of this to mattify the skin, I like to apply it with a big fluffy makeup brush. Even though it gives the skin a matte finish, it doesn’t feel dry or chalky at all, the texture is actually quite silky. It diffuses imperfections, and sets my makeup in place all day long. I also love this powder because unlike many other drugstore powders, the colour isn’t too orange-toned, plus it feels very lightweight on the skin.
Color Icon Trio in Walking On Eggshells (R 72,95) – We all know Wet n Wild reigns supreme among drugstore eyeshadow brands. Walking On Eggshells is my ultimate eyeshadow trio, my BFF, and my top of the pops favourite (I featured it in my ‘Best Of Beauty 2014’ blog post here). If you haven’t tried any Wet n Wild products, I suggest you start with this 3-pan palette – it will knock your socks off! All 3 eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented, even without a primer, and they stand out boldly on the lid. One could argue the shadows in this palette rival Urban Decay in terms of colour pay-off, creamy texture and blendability. Oh, and by the way the ‘Eyelid’ shade is a very decent dupe for Urban Decay ‘Sin’ eyeshadow. It is an ethereal shimmery peachy champagne shade that really pops on the lid and inner corner, I find myself reaching for this shade very often when I’m doing a quick and easy eye makeup look. Heck, this is the only palette I gravitate towards when I’m on the go and I need something that I know will blend easily and show up in one swipe. The ‘Browbone’ shade is a shimmery cream, and I must admit I don’t use it all that often because it is such a bold off-white shade. Next we have the ‘Crease’ shade…and this is a good one! It’s a warm coppery brown shade with a frosted finish, and is also a very good dupe for Urban Decay’s Smog eyeshadow. I like to apply the peachy champagne on the inner corner & inner lid area, the coppery / bronzed brown shade on the outer lid and blend it up into the crease. I know you might be hesitant to blend a shimmery copper shade into the crease, but trust me, it works (just don’t take it too high up). I always receive compliments on my eye makeup whenever I wear this combo, it works like a charm!
So there you have all my current favourite Wet n Wild makeup products. You can see both the eyeshadow palettes in action in my ‘Quick & Easy Drugstore Makeup Tutorial’ here:
I wanted to give YOU the chance to discover your own favourites – so Wet n Wild South Africa and I have teamed up to do a GIVEAWAY. I’m giving away this amazing treasure trove filled with Wet n Wild products – the best part? It’s worth R 2500,00! This ‘kit’ contains nail polishes, bronzers, eyeshadow palettes, single eyeshadows and chubby lip pencils…you’re bound to discover a couple of favourites.
Here’s how you can enter to win yourself this Wet n Wild hamper. Remember to enter through the Rafflecopter widget, otherwise your entries won’t be valid. If you choose to tweet about the giveaway every day, please remember to tweet using this widget (every time you tweet) if you only copy and paste the tweet each day Rafflecopter won’t count your entry.
The giveaway is open to South African residents only.
A winner will be chosen on the 19th of October 2015 & I will announce the winner on Twitter, Facebook and in this blog post.