Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nudey Tuesday: Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Palette in Vanity Review & Swatches

Repurchase: No
Price: $4.99 (0.25 oz)
Product: 20/25
Packaging: 3.5/5
Value: 9.5/10
Overall Grade: B-

I decided it was about time I pick up some more Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon eyeshadows so I scooped up this palette in Vanity during the last 50% off Wet 'n' Wild sale at Walgreens. Because of my success with the last palette I tried (in Lust), I had high hopes for this one.

The Packaging: The eyeshadows come in the average, plastic drugstore compact with a mirror-less clear, plastic lid. The bottom compartment holds a sponge applicator and another "brush" that I will probably never ever use. However, both can be useful if I'm in a bind and don't have my regular eyeshadow brushes on hand.

"Day Look" Directions
"Night Look" Directions
The Product: I was a little less impressed with the color payoff this time around. While the majority of the eyeshadows from the Lust palette are very pigmented, three of the shades from this palette (1, 3, 6) were excellent (in terms of pigmentation) while the other three (2, 4, 5) were only good or average. Along with the fairly good color payoff, the eyeshadows feel soft on the skin and last nearly all day with a good primer.

Now for the cons. I find most Wet 'n' Wild eyeshadows to be sort of chalky and these are no exception. Along with the somewhat powdery texture, I get some pretty bad fallout with these. Also, they're more difficult to blend than the majority of my eyeshadows.

The Color: The palette consists of neutral shades -shades that I personally do not find exciting or very pretty at all with the exception of #3 and #6. They're just too sallow and boring to me and don't "brighten" up my eyes -they dull them down.
  1. Matte beige with yellow undertones (very sallow looking to me -not the type of highlight I'd ever go for)
  2. Matte dirty tan with neutral undertones
  3. Dark matte bark brown with reddish, almost burgundy undertones (very pretty)
  4. Pearl ivory with shimmer (kind of sheer)
  5. Yellow gold with shimmer (kind of sheer)
  6. Olive-brown with shimmer

Above (with flash) from left: 1, 4, 2, 5, 3, 6

Overall: As you read above, I do see plenty of pros and cons when it comes to this palette. However, I can always put all the negative things aside if the pros outweigh the cons. In most cases, these pros would outweigh these cons but not when it comes to this Vanity palette. Why? Because I just don't like the colors. I know eyeshadow shades are based solely on personal preference but for me, I just think these shades are so boring. I honestly won't be using this palette much. It's by no means a bad palette -it's just that with my other dozens of neutral eyeshadows to choose from, I'd much rather go with something else. With the exception of #3 and possibly #6, I just don't see anything special about this palette.

I of course didn't grade based on the shades (since that's purely based on preference) but if I did, I'd knock the grade down to a "C." Color aside, I do think the quality of the eyeshadows are pretty good -I'll definitely be buying more Color Icon eyeshadows in the future.

Where To Buy: Walgreens, Rite Aid


  1. I agree with most of what you said about this palette. I have Lust, Vanity and Snow Sprite (LE), and the most pigmented seems to be Lust. That's strange! But I like Vanity anyway, the colors are great for a natural and everyday look.

  2. I really love the Vanity palette, actually. I didn't really find any pigmentation or chalkiness problems, aside from the top left shade being slightly chalky. I could definitely see how the colors could be kind of boring though, but like you said, that's all up to personal preference :)

  3. @ G A B Y.. That's so funny because I own the exact same three! I think Vanity's nice but probably not for my skin tone..

    @ Tiffany.. I guess it's all just based on preference. =P I do think Wet 'n' Wild eyeshadows are nice but not a nice compared to some of my others. To me, the colors seem more boring because they don't bring "life" to my skin tone personally (as some of the shades are too sallow for me and look dull on my skin) but we all have different skin tones so I can definitely see why you would love it!

  4. I have all the core collection palettes, but I never reach for Vanity. I love neutrals, but these ones are a bit boring. Do you have any neutral palette recs?

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