I bought three of the five (Tunnel Vision, Floral Values, and Art in the Streets), as I'm only 60% committed to a perfect understanding of Wet'n'Wild's product line.
Like all Wet'n'Wild eyeshadow palettes, these buggers inexplicably come with the worst tools on the face of the planet for eyeshadow application: a crappy sponge and a brush that is so crappy it would win medals in competition. I don't know why these are manufactured, as I can't imagine that anyone is using them. It would be like trying to apply eyeshadow with a hairbrush.
Save a little plastic, Wet'n'Wild, and leave those suckers out.
Tunnel Vision is the gray-themed palette of the bunch. I've spontaneously become a total sucker for gray eyeshadow, so I was pretty excited about this one. Fittingly, of the three 5 pan palettes that I picked up, Tunnel Vision was definitely the nicest.
Here's how the colors did--
Base: This is a bright, matte white. It's fairly nice in terms of pigmentation, but it is so chalky that it would remind my grandpa of elementary school. Still, it's pretty tough to do nice matte whites perfectly and even much more expensive brands have bigger slip-ups than this, so I don't think it's a major problem. It's one of those eyeshadows where you swatch it and then have to blow on it to get all the extra dust off, though.
Browbone: This is a metallic, aluminum foil silver that I think is great. It's smooth, pigmented, and eye-catching.
Eyelid: This is a metallic slate that applies just fine.
Crease: This is by far the worst shade in the bunch. It's a dark gray with a crapload of glitter. You have to scrape your brush against the pan to get any pigment out of it, and what comes off is rough and patchy.
Definer: This is a matte black. It's a pretty terrible matte black, though. There are so many excellent matte blacks in the world that a mediocre one really feels like you're writing with a magic marker that is running out of ink. It's just a faint shadow of the pitch black pigmentation you probably have the pleasure of using on a daily basis.
In general, I would recommend this palette to people looking for a nice gray-toned palette with the understanding that 1. the colors are inconsistent and 2. you're gonna need to find a half-decent black somewhere else.
Here's how this palette looks on my face:
Floral Values looks so promising because of my predisposition to love everything that is purple. Sadly, the whole thing could be summed up in a serious of sad trombone noises. I think someone working in Wet'n'Wild product design must really hate the color purple, because every purple eyeshadow that they produce is embarrassingly bad. (I can only assume it is a personal vendetta against me, as that is my favorite color.)
Here's what I thought of each shade--
Base: This is a baby pink matte. It takes the word "chalky" to an entirely new level. It's like trying to paint on your skin using pink-colored flour.
Browbone: I assume this is supposed to be a shimmery lavender, but I can't really get enough on my brush to actually transfer onto my lid. This is not just lacking in pigmentation, there is no pigmentation. This is the Emperor's New Clothes of eyeshadow. ("Well, I spent 20 minutes trying to get this shit on my face, so I'm pretty sure my eyelids are a little purple... right?") I am pretty sure the only way that this would actually show up on my lids would be if I smashed the palette with a hammer and superglued the pieces to my eyes.
Eyelid: I want to like this shade because it's so damn pretty in the pan. It's a bright, pink-y fuchsia with a hint of shimmer. Sadly, this one is also seriously lacking in pigment.
Crease: This is an indigo shimmer. It's the most pigmented of the bunch, but it applies so patchily it must have been inspired by the Spongebob Squarepants pirate.
Definer: This is a purple that in shade looks like Crayola's Royal Purple, but in pigmentation looks like one of the terrible RoseArt crayons that were equivalent to drawing with purple-tinted candles.
In addition to the problems I have already highlighted, I had one other global problem with this palette: the shadows don't blend at all. Although some eyeshadow blends more beautifully than other eyeshadow, I have never had a problem this severe. Typically, when you want to blend eyeshadow, you take your blendy brush, you blend... and then you have blended eyeshadow. With this palette, you take your blend brush, you blend... and then you go "what the fuck" because random hunks of your eyeshadow disappeared, while other parts stayed in the exact same intensity as before. Instead of looking gorgeously blended, it looks like you applied your eyeshadow with a broken q-tip.
I hate this palette. I don't have anything more to say. Please, for the love of the color purple, don't buy it.
With significant struggles, I managed to make this palette do this on my face:
Art in the Streets
The last palette I grabbed was Art in the Streets, which is the super bright edition.
Technically, these shadows are not labeled like the other ones, but I'm following the same pattern in writing about them. Also, the colors are pretty distinct and you have pictures, so I'm pretty sure you can just look and find 'the blue one'. Here's what I thought of each color--
Base: This is a bright, matte, sunset orange. This has truly top notch pigmentation.
Browbone: Sadly, not all the colors followed suit in their fantastic-ness. In fitting with Wet'n'Wild's presumed hatred of the color purple, this matte violet has terrible pigmentation.
Eyelid: This is an ethereal, matte green. It's like a matte mermaid. It is okay in terms of pigment, but nothing to write sonnets about.
Crease: This matte sky blue is excellent. Neither this nor the orange feel like they came out of a $3.99 palette.
Definer: In order to prevent this palette from seeming too excellent, they threw in a matte, Easter-y pastel yellow that has virtually no pigment whatsoever.
This palette is all over the place. It's like eyeshadow PMS. It goes from "some of the best matte, bright eyeshadow available at the drugstore" to "why would anyone think that this is acceptable to release" and back again. If you're loving it for the orange and blue, though, go for it, since those colors are excellent in every way.
Here's how these shadows look on my face:
Two of these palettes are deeply inconsistent and one is consistent only insofar as it is consistently atrocious. I don't know how the other two palettes perform, but based on my experiences here, I'm not filled with pangs of product lust.
The Wet'n'Wild Powder Play 5 Pan palettes retail for $3.99 for 0.21 oz, or $19 per ounce. For reference, the Wet'n'Wild trios are $2.99 for 0.12oz, or $24.92 per ounce, while the 8-pan palettes are $4.99 for 0.3oz, or $16.63 per ounce.