Price: $4.99 (0.21 oz)
Overall Grade: C
I picked up the Wet 'n' Wild i-Sparkle Palette in Solar Eclipse during my Rite Aid visit a few weeks ago. The palette came in 3 shades and I went with the safest choice and went for the neutrals. I was weary of the palette because it looked a little cheap -I thought maybe I should just go with another Color Icon Palette but the design was too pretty to pass up! I should've gone with my gut..
The Packaging: I love the floral layout of the eyeshadows and even though there are no "borders" to keep the colors from mixing, I don't feel like it's a problem because each shade is "raised" differently (so they're not all on the same "level.") The clear, plastic packaging is rather bulky and I already know that if I drop this, the eyeshadows will shatter and the palette will either get chipped or break. The palette comes with 2 sponge applicators which are in this case, convenient.
The Product: The design looks pretty and all but that's where the palette's "good qualities" stop. The eyeshadows are not pigmented -most of the shades are sheer. The one brown shade has decent color payoff but I need to layer it on at least 5 times to get decent pigmentation. These are also somewhat difficult to blend and when I do, the color fades drastically.
I usually apply my eyeshadows with brushes but for these eyeshadows, I feel like the sponge applicators work better for packing on the color. I have no idea why but I tried it and it works (for me.) I do use a blending brush for blending though.
The Color: All shades contain shimmer.
- Petals of flower (top left)- Sheer olive with golden shimmer.
- Center of flower (top left)- Sheer, pale yellow with golden shimmer.
- Background- Sheer, light tan with golden shimmer. This looks very dewy -like shimmery water. It would be amazing if it was more pigmented. (Reminds me of my Stila Jewel Palette)
- Flower (bottom right)- Chocolate brown with golden shimmer. This is the most pigmented of the bunch but I still needed over 5 layers for good color payoff.
Above (no flash) from left: Wet 'n' Wild i-Sparkle Palette in Solar Eclipse (All shades were swatched 5-6x)
Overall: I got this palette free during the BOGO at Rite Aid but I'm bummed that I could've gotten something better (free.) Because I try my best to judge lower end and higher brands on different scales, the palette is average (C grade) compared to other drugstore eyeshadows. However, if I were comparing this to say Urban Decay, this would be a D or lower.
The design is pretty but like a book or CD, a pretty exterior doesn't make up for the quality of the product. These really let me down -I've had some really great Wet 'n' Wild palettes in the past so it's just really a bummer! Wet n Wild, you really need to up your game when it comes to these i-Sparkle palettes.
Where To Buy: Rite Aid
And my Dessert Haul..
I stopped by Mitsuwa a few nights ago and picked up some Mango Mochi and Kit Kats in (I think) banana or strawberry banana flavor. They taste really yummy (but different) -I can't quite put my finger on the taste but it doesn't taste just like straight banana. The Mochi's decent -sort of wish I saved my $5 on something else.