I'm an impulse buyer. There are people out there who do impeccable research on the products that they purchase, even at the drugstore. They read reviews and they look at swatches. They watch youtube videos and they read blogs. For a $5 product, I don't do those things. I just walk into Walgreens and go, "OOH, IT'S WET'N'WILD AND IT'S GLITTERY."
This product was made for people like me because there is no way that Wet'n'Wild doesn't know that this is a shit product. Wet'n'Wild quality is usually super good. They know what quality is and they know that this isn't it. For the 2013 holiday season, Wet'n'Wild released six glitter cream trios and an eight-pan called "Getting Flashed", which is what I bought. As a side note, "Getting Flashed" is a totally inappropriate name for an eyeshadow palette, especially one like this, which I assume will primarily be used as stocking stuffers for 11-year-olds whose parents know nothing about makeup.
In the pan, these look really exciting and glittery. However, when you start digging into these shadows, it becomes immediately apparent that the pretty glitter layer that is on top is just a mask for the greaseball cream shadows that lay underweight.
Overall, the pigmentation on these palettes is very weak. The only one that I might recommend at all is the pearlescent cream shade. Literally all of the other colors are absolute crap. The cream shade actually seemed like kind of a nice throwback to 1990s Wet'n'Wild, especially given that '90s makeup is kind of trendy right now. The rest was a throwback to 1990s quality Wet'n'Wild, which was much less desired.
I get a lot of comments asking about how much eyeshadow or eyeshadow primers crease. I am terrible person to ask about this because my eyeshadows never crease. I can layer on an inch and a half of greasepaint on my lids and I'll still look fine at the end of the day. Sadly, this product is definitely an exception to that rule. These started creasing before I'd even finished my makeup. I wore them all day, just for you guys. This included wearing them to a rather nice restaurant... and I was actually kind of embarrassed because they were so faded and creased by that point that I just didn't think my makeup was appropriate for the setting.
Again, the only one I might use again is the pearl color, and I'd keep it on the inside corner of my eye, where smudging and creasing is non-issue.
What's more, I found them really difficult to work with. Because they are so patchy and uneven, I had a really difficult time getting my eyes to match. Normally, you might think, "Oh, I put more black in the crease of my left eye than my right eye; let's put some more on my right eye to even it out." Here, I would try to smudge in some extra color and the product would get picked up by my brush or my finger, making my eyes even more lopsided than they already were.
Here's what my attempts at using them ended up looking like:
I should also probably note that since glitter is not an FDA-approved additive, these aren't FDA-approved for use on your eyes at all. So, obviously, if you do try this monstrosity on your eyes, please be cautious and don't scratch up your wonderful eyeballs.
This palette costs $5 for 0.3oz of product ($16.67 per ounce), which is the same as a normal Wet'n'Wild eight-pan palette that will be infinitely superior in quality.