Be A Runway Beauty: Wet ‘n Wild Three-Pan Shadow Collections

Nothing wants time to fly faster than me anxiously awaiting to get the newest Wet ‘n Wild shadows. These three are almost their newest ones. There are the holiday cream glitters and 8-shade palettes now coming out. I’ll show you those in the near future. For now, here are some delightfully interesting 3-palette shadows…

swatches of wnw 002When Wet ‘n Wild puts a color collection together, it will get it to expand out of ‘safe’ color choices for shadows. Most of the time, I would never think of putting some of these colors together. Yet when I create a look with them, I’m like ‘Wow! That’s amazing!’

First up: Grays Matter…

swatches of wnw 005I had to take a super close-up to show the twinkle..

swatches of wnw 006Here’s your warning for this post: my swatches didn’t turn out at all like I wanted them. You may know that, mostly, Wet ‘n Wild powder shadows are not all chalky. Some have the fall-out expected from Wet ‘n Wild shadows. But, the natural lighting I used is way too harsh to see the proper pigmentation of these on the skin. There. I have given the disclaimer…

swatches of wnw 009Why there is the reference of gray in the name of this palette is beyond me. These shades are purple! The lightest shade is very pale. However, it did show up better on the eye. And the darkest, it was very flaky but with primer, it rose to the occasion for the eye of the day look.

I’m going to say this one is my favorite: Silent Era Film…

swatches of wnw 019 swatches of wnw 021Everything you read before on the first palette applies here. The darkest shade doesn’t work too well without a primer or something underneath to grip it. The lightest shade is more obvious on my eyelids because of the skin tone difference from my much darker hand.

And last, here’s Camera Obscura…

swatches of wnw 013 swatches of wnw 017The lightest and second lightest shades practically don’t exist on my hand. Again, on the lid, it is better. But, not only by about half. These two shadows were the weakest pigmentation-wise of the entire collection. However, where the previous darkest shades were full of fallout and really needed a firm hand to apply properly, this dark shade rocked out. It was very pigmented and created an awesome, deep smokey eye look.

If you keep your eye shadow choices far away from the wild side, you should be quite happy with these. They are more subdue, much more neutral, than the previous Pop Art collection of late this past summer.

How do you feel about these colors? Can you see the cross-usage between them?

Wet ‘n Wild’s Fergie Collection: Desert Festival

Have you seen the new Fergie collection from Wet ‘n Wild? I’m loving the color combos in these. Thanks to beauty blogs and beauty blog friends, I now have no problem stepping out of my old comfort zone and wearing lots of different eye shadow colors. This palette here would have been one that I would never even consider, a few years back. But now, I’m digging it!…

samples and swatches 019 samples and swatches 016‘Desert Festival’ can go from a crisp neutral to a spicy Southwestern feel. For a drugstore brand, Wet ‘n Wild can come up with some complex colors…

samples and swatches 021 samples and swatches 022The center, taupe, is a matte and, so it the darker peach color in the upper right corner. You can see the others are vivid with shimmers.

I swatched with a swab…

samples and swatches 027 samples and swatches 025The off-white shade in the upper left corner seems very weak in the swatches. However, it is a bit more robust on the eye. And just WOW on the extreme dark brown sparkle in the lower right corner! I can push that shade to the limit for a smoky eye look. I used an eyeliner brush and smudged that shadow all around my eyes for a fascinating look.

The darker peach shade in the upper right corner is somewhat chalky, like some mattes can be. It’s workable but some may not feel they have the time to devote to babying that shadow along. There are a few crumbs from the matte taupe shadow in the middle but the application of it is quite solid.

I have acquired several other shadow palettes from this collection and so far, I’m pleased with all but possibly one. I’ll showcase all of them in a later post. For now, I’m enjoying the view outside of my makeup selection ‘box’.

What color have you found that you like when you stepped outside the box? Do you have this Fergie palette from Wet ‘n Wild?

Milani Monday Series: Runway and Marbleized Baked Shadows

One of my favorite makeup brands is Milani. I don’t think they can come out with new products fast enough to satisfy me, I love them that much. So, I thought I’d start a new semi-series of Milani Mondays and share with you Milani items that I own.

The first Milani products I purchased were eye shadows. The colors trapped me on first look..

Here are a couple of regular shadows from the Runway collection: ‘Peaches and Cream’, ‘Golden Touch’; and a marbleized baked shadow called ‘Must Have Fuchsia’.

This is ‘Peaches and Cream’…

I thought that the sparkles were just a spray-over but they are there even below the top layer. And the pigment on all of these is solid. I haven’t tried them foiled (used with water) but I bet they continue to shine. I use ‘Peaches and Cream’ as an all over base, to which I layer other colors on top. And I like it alone for a more subdue feel.

This is ‘Golden Touch’…

‘Golden Touch’ isn’t quite as sparkly as ‘Peaches and Cream’, ironically. But it is still a very warm and bright shade. Mixed with other shadows, it adds a lot of warmth.

And the show-stealer, ‘Must Have Fuchsia’…

She steals the show, doesn’t she? You can see that I have put a dent in this one. I quit worrying about using colors I deemed too bright. Yes, this one is bright but doesn’t it look so otherworldly? The marbled look is so complex. And just like the other two, the pigment is strong and true. Fuchsia doesn’t have any sparkles though; it has a shimmer.

I swatched these with just my finger…

It looks like Fuchsia wants to be streaky, but it is not. These are very creamy and blend so well. Because of the sparkles, though, there is a lot of fall-out. I’m OK with that. A fan brush whisks it all away for me.

Now that I have done a review on these, I think I’m going to set them on the vanity and use these three together for an EOTD (eye of the day) look tomorrow. I think I can come up with something very hot!

Have you tried any of Milani’s eye shadows? Do you have a favorite?