Sunday, April 6, 2014

Review: Wet'n'Wild Powder Play 5 Pan Color Icon Eyeshadow Palettes in Tunnel Vision, Floral Values, and Art in the Streets

This year, Wet'n'Wild released five new permanent 5-pan eyeshadows. They are designed in sort of a funky twisty pattern as a big 'fuck you' to the concept of symmetry.

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.

WHY.

Tunnel Vision


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




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.

42 comments:

  1. The grey palette makes you look like your eye area is from a fantastic black-and-white movie.

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    1. I've always wanted to do grayscale makeup but have never had the occasion! At least I'll have the eyeshadow for it...

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    2. I would love to see a tutorial for that. I really loved the scene in Pleasantville where the mom has turned to colour, and she's panicking, and Tobey Maguire's character puts her makeup on so that she's grayscale again.

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  2. Agreed. You could do an eyeshadow look with actual flour and hunks of driveway dirt and I'd be saying, "Damn, I need to get some of that RIGHT. NOW."

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    1. "Oooh, look at the blending on that gravel!"

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    2. At least it would be inexpensive!

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  3. I like reading about product flops even more than positive recommendations. I appreciate your blogging style.

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    1. I like writing about flops, but I like having purchased good products. A conundrum!

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  4. I need that orange in my life. I don't know what I'd do with it (cuddle with it on rainy days? ), but I need it now.

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    1. You can just swatch it on your arm, over and over and over.

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  5. Wow, your eye looks are amazing coming from such bad palettes

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    1. Thanks! It only takes three times as long... ugh. (Also, only the purple one is 'bad'.)

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  6. The old WnW 6-pan Lust palette has a couple pretty good purples, though they are redder purples. If you're trolling ebay or come across it in a place that sells discontinued makeup, it's definitely worth a couple of bucks. (I personally loved it enough to buy a backup, because it lives in the everyday makeup bag with my Naked Basics palette, but that's definitely a YMMV sort of thing.)

    I also think I got the only Floral Values palette with a workable crease pan, because while it's not awesome, it's usable enough to be worth the trouble for the unique color. HOWEVER, as someone who is inclined to buy all the purples ever, pretty much all the other purples are better than the palette as a whole. For instance, L'Oreal Infallibles? Tons of great purples at the drugstore. I know, I bought them all. (I have a purple problem.)

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    1. A purple problem is the best problem to have!

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  7. That's such a shame. The WnW 8 pan purple palette (Petal Pusher?) has been my go-to palette when I want an all-purple look.

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    1. Oh, I hated Petal Pusher. Seem to have lost it when I moved last summer, though, so it never got a review.

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  8. I purchased the Naked Truth palette and it's garbage. I wish Wet n Wild would go back to the old formula of the 8 and 3 pan palettes.

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    1. Bummer! I'm glad I didn't grab it, then. I didn't need any more browns. TOO MANY BROWNS.

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  9. For the price I can justify buying the black/white one and the multicolor vividly one. Personally I'm not too into the brand Wet N Wild due to a bad experience with the liquid lipstick.
    Glossedonbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Wet'n'Wild has some absolute GOLD, so I would recommend giving them another shot! These just... aren't the gold.

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  10. I am on the hunt for the perfect purple eyeshadow--a cool bluish purple, medium tone (all my purples are plummy purples or dark purples) and all the online reviews so far go on and on about how hard good purples are to make apparently. So I'm not surprised these purples were toast, but am sad.

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    1. I don't know if I agree with that-- I have lots of spectacular purples. Kat Von D Poetica is a good example.

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  11. I am honestly surprised by the black the most because all the blacks that are in my wet n wild palettes are quite good. Bummer that they might have changed the formula or something.

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    1. They did change the formula, presumably (based on the new ingredients) to eliminate parabens.

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    2. ohhh. hm. Now to search your blog to see if you've already talked about whether parabens in your makeup is the end of the world (if its not....wet n wild I'd say go back to the old formula...)

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    3. I have written about parabens several times! Basically: they are no problem.

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    4. well I'm the worst at remembering stuff but I figured you had! Now forward your findings to WnW with a strongly worded letter so that they can go back to their old formula and we can all have our beloved pigmented shadows back

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  12. WNW palettes are my favorite impulse cosmetic purchase. The line, in general, seems to struggle with purple and blues. They look lovely in the pan, on average, and just have the worst pigmentation.

    Thank you for another awesome review - my lousy day was cheered up by seeing that you had a new post up!

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    1. Thank you! I also love grabbing totally unnecessary Wet'n'Wild palettes whenever I stop by the drugstore!

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  13. For some reason I've had great luck with the 3 pan and 8 pan shadows from Wet n Wild, but everything else seems to suck pretty hardcore. Thanks for the honest review(s) and for guinea pigging so that the rest of us don't have to suffer through the pain of applying shitty eyeshadow.

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    1. I also don't think the new formula is doing anyone any favors.

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  14. You know how they say some people have a voice that could just read the phone book? Well you have a similar talent at making even the crappiest shadows look amazing. Seriously, fuuuuuuck.

    I can't get over how asymmetrical these palettes look, and will never buy them for that reason. The variety of pan sizes makes my eye twitch.

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    1. It's definitely not visually appealing, but I don't really care for drugstore shadows.

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  15. Have you tried the Flirting at the After Party 8 pan from the spring collection? I got it a couple weeks ago and have used the right hand half a couple times. All of the colors are purpley with two of the colors leaning more toward pink. The half I've used are pigmented well, hold true to the color in the pan (when over NYX milk) and blend very well. They are also really creamy. Honestly, I haven't used the other side because I also know of wnw's apparent hatred of purple people and don't want that side to potentially ruin my love of the other side. Irrational? Yes. Am I okay with it? Yes, yes I am.

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    1. I have not! Limited edition Wet'n'Wild doesn't really make it over here, so I have to get some to take pity on me and ship me one if I desperately want it!

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  16. As a purple lover, I always kind of read these posts through my fingers :-P I just know they're going to screw up the purples, they always do! I'm just glad the blue in the last palette managed to escape unscathed, as blues are another set of colours that usually come up with the short end of the stick. Or, you know. get beaten mercilessly with it.

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    1. There's so many good purples out there, though! At least you have good alternatives.

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  17. Ohh...thank you for the loveliness that is your talent for eye-shadowing! Having had a slight obsession with all things make up for far too many years (I'm ancient compared to you!), I've never really mastered eye shadow, always told myself it was because I have small, deep set eyes. With your eyeshadow tutorial post, and now this, I'm getting there. Huge request though - could you literally spell it out for beginners like me the step by step on that black and white, like you did with the eyeshadow tutorial? (Not the priming and stuff, literally just the adding of the eye shadow step by step). I know, I'm boring - sorry - but you literally are the only person ever to be able to teach me this! :D

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    1. It is literally exactly the same as my eyeshadow tutorial but I used the matte white on the inner third and inside corner, the lid shade all over my lid, and the crease shade in my crease and under my eye.

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    2. Thank you, you star :D So you didn't use the brow-bone highlighter, or definer shade at all?
      You are super talented (and as an older person am going to be patronizing and say super pretty too) at making something so simple look so so good :)

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  18. I just stumbled across this blog from I-don't-even-know-where, and I can't stop reading. Even though you hated the palette, the look you did with the Floral Values is awesome. (And I normally don't like purple-y makeup!) It would be great to see this look again, only with products you actually like.

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  19. I purchased Art In the Streets for the orange, and for some reason, the yellow in my palette is gorgeous. Powdery, yes, but nicely pigmented when I put either UDPP or a nude base under it. I love wearing it with the orange. Would you mind if I posted a picture of my orange/yellow eye look on your facebook page?

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