Another blogosphere favourite this week! A drugstore item, no less.
I'm sure you've all gathered by now that I'm pretty willing to spend on my face. Of course I still root around the drugstore in the hope that something amazing will come up, but...those are few and far between. At the end of the day, there's a difference in quality that's up to you to decide if it's worth the price increase.
Enter Wet 'n' Wild's reformulated eye shadows (hauled and played with here). From what I hear, about a year ago WNW decided to do a huge brand overhaul. If anyone remembers the line from my days, it was the quality equivalent of those sketchy pink lipsticks you find in the dollar store. You know, the kind you pick up because you're a beauty junkie then go..."Why am I looking at makeup in the dollar store?" Then you proceed to drop it and block the experience from your memory. However, if this palette is any indication, the brand has come quite a ways since then.
Below are some swatches on my NC40 arm -- these come off much more pigmented on the lid than on my arm, so do take those in with a grain of salt. The texture is a little powdery, but still ridiculously creamy. In fact, I find these creamier than some MAC shadows I have, almost to the squishy level of TooFaced shadows. The colours in this palette are well-edited; the only thing that's missing is a matte shadow to help contour, but that's a personal preference. In fact, from what I hear, there are quite a few MAC dupes, but I don't own any of the comparable shades to swatch for you.
Don't feel pressured to use the shadows according to the label that's stamped into them -- the bottom right Definer colour is the most beautiful wash of blue-brown duochrome all over the lid.
Left Browbone -- neutral cream shimmer
Left Eyelid -- peachy-pink shimmer, can get frosty
Left Crease -- neutral, teddy-bear brown,
more suited for the lid or outer-v, due to shimmer
Left Definer -- blackened, reddish purple with minimal
sparkle. Great for the crease.
Right Browbone -- silvery taupe shimmer.
Wouldn't use this on anyone's browbone
Right Eyelid -- cool, yellow-green shot through with silver shimmer
Right Crease -- gray-brown satin, one of the
least shimmery shades. Great for liner.
Right Definer -- mid-tone raisin colour
with a blue/brown duochrome. Shimmer finish.
I'm lusting after the matte, rainbow version of this palette. Any other tried-and-true drug store favourites?