Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wet 'n Wild Milano Collections Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches + Review


I was watching a video earlier on a Wet 'n Wild palette I knew I had purchased earlier this year, but for some reason I could not find a post I thought I'd done on it.  Yea...I'd taken the swatch pictures and then never got the post done.  Oops.  I bought my palette back during the summer.  But the reason I'm bringing this up now is that I believe this palette is now available in a gift set from Wet 'n Wild available at Walgreens for $10.  Check out this post on Nouveau Cheap's blog for the Walgreens Fergie holiday collection.  This week (through 11/21) Wet 'n Wild is bogo 50% off and, at least at the Walgreens I normally go to, those stickers were also stuck to the WnW holiday display.

Photo Focus Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Milano Collections.
As usual, I did not prep my skin in any way (no primer/lotion/etc) to help the swatches look better.  It's been quite a while since I took these pictures but I don't believe I did any building up of the shades.  I did 2 sets of photos, the first of which are in my lightbox.
These last 2 pictures are in natural daylight:

This is the display I grabbed my palette from (a few weeks later) - I really wish I had gotten my hands on the one with greens but it was gone when I decided I wanted to purchase the palettes.

I have used the Milano Collections palette a few times for my eye makeup and really enjoyed the final look as well as how it was fairly easy to work with.  I do tend to use my fingers a lot, especially for packing on lid colors, but that's just me.  I guess you could say I get into my work.  Other than there being no mirror, I think this could actually be a nice little all-inclusive shadow palette for travel.  There's a few satin-matte shades, from light to black, as well as metallics.  I think it ranges from cool to warm so it works perfectly for me - I feel can wear either tone.

Is the Photo Focus Studio Eyeshadow Palette in Milano Collections something that appeals to you?  Have it already?  Would you purchase it in the current holiday kit at Walgreens ($10)?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wet 'n Wild Fergie Line Walgreens Clearance Haul with Swatches


I just got back from Walgreens a bit ago and ended up scoring quite the deal on the Wet 'n Wild Fergie line - clearance prices combined with buy 1 get 1 50% off!  The Mega Rocks polishes are also on clearance; there were other items from Wet 'n Wild (and other brands) on clearance, but these were the things I was interested in.  After tax, I paid around $14 for all this:
Blushes, Shimmer Palette, Mega Rocks polishes, Eyeshadow Palettes, 
and a (back-up) Take on the Day primer
top: To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Golden Goddess
bottom: Around-the-Clock Blush in Brush with Brilliance and Brush with Danger

Swatches in the same order, unprepped skin:

Photo Focus Eyeshadow palettes in Desert Festival and Camouflage Couture

Mega Rocks Glitter Nail Color:
Slap the Bass and Creative Control
I added in the 2 other Mega Rocks polishes I have in my swatch picture.
Stick It to the Man, Jam Session, Creative Control, Slap the Bass

Also already in my collection (and has been since it came out), the other blush in the line.
Around-the-Clock Blush in Brush with Destiny

Also in my collection already, and recently featured, are the other 2 currently available To Reflect Shimmer Palettes.

Hollywood Boulevard and Rose Champagne Glow

I'm happy with all my purchases.  I hadn't picked up the eye shadow palettes before - somehow I thought they wouldn't be good since the initial Fergie shadows (available in holiday kits) weren't the best.  But these swatched quite nicely.  There are 2 more shadow palettes, but the colors weren't really calling my name.  I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of the Brush with Danger blush, just due to it's color.  The other blush is one I'm more accustomed to using.  The shimmer palette, Rose Golden Goddess, is pigmented enough that it's more of a blush/shimmery bronzer on my skin tone.

I am thinking that in the next couple of days I want to check out a couple more Walgreens to see if I can get my  hands on the translucent powder - I've used it in the past and really liked it.  I also want to try to get my hands on the other Color Icon blush I don't have in my stash yet (also on clearance).

Are you planning on picking up any of the Fergie line from Wet 'n Wild while it's on clearance?   How about any of the other clearanced Wet 'n Wild items?  

>>For a full list of confirmed discontinued products from Wet 'n Wild, check out this post on Nouveau Cheap's blog.<<

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wet 'n Wild We're the Wild Cats! Eyeshadow Palette Collection Swatches + 1st Impressions


I meant to get this post up yesterday but somehow instead of finding my way to the computer, I ended up putting on my makeup and leaving the house.  Oops.  In reality, I should have had this post up quite a while ago, especially since I bought them at the end of September at Rite Aid and it's now November.  Where has the time gone!?!?  But at least now I can say that I have everything I need for my outfit in December - it only took me basically all year.

Anyway...on to today's post!  I've got the 4 eyeshadow palettes from the Wet 'n Wild We're the Wild Cats collection.  This is the Limited Edition Fall/Winter 2015 collection (per WnW).  I have already posted my swatches and impressions on the polishes from the collection - click here for that post.  I've included my first impressions based on swatches, and let's just say that hopefully using these with a very good primer and brushes will help them out...
I passed on the 4 shades of liquid liners.
Let's get right to the swatches and impressions.  On all of my swatches, I did not prep my hand with lotion/primer/anything, but unlike normal, I did have to build all of my swatches to see if they would look any better.

Bohemian Wrapsody:
This was the first palette I swatched and as soon as I started I literally said ewww yuck.  Super dry and gritty.  The bottom shade (actually top shade in my swatch since I forgot to flip the pictures) is the best out of the 3 but it's still not creamy.  The center shade is gritty but at least it has pigmentation mixed in with the grit.  The lightest shade is pointless.  All I got was glitter on my hand for the swatch.  

Wrapper's Delight:
Wrapper's Delight has the best formula out of the collection.  The bottom shade (again, top shade in the swatch) isn't as pigmented, but I'm happy that it swatches differently from the darkest shade.  The lightest shade swatches more metallic and is well pigmented.  However, there's only one color different in this trio from the core palette called Don't Steal My Thunder - the silver and center shades look very similar.

 Freestyle Wrap:
Freestyle Wrap is only worth it for the darkest shade in the trio, which happens to probably be my favorite shade out of the entire collection.  The center shade was built up by going back to the pan 2-3 times and that was the best I got the swatch.  The glitters are pretty in it at least.  As with the Bohemian palette, the lightest shade is basically just glitter.  It's pretty glitter, but it's chunky and dry.

 Bust a Wrap:
Bust a Wrap is especially disappointing as both the pretty navy and the charcoal black look the same.   I'm not even sure if some kind of base would help out the navy. The lightest shade isn't very much to look at either.  That's pretty much all I have to say about this palette.

All in all, I'm disappointed in these collection.  The bulk of the colors are dry and gritty, and pigmentation is questionable for most of the shades.  3 of the 4 lightest shades (what used to be labeled as browbone) are basically just glitter.  Who knows, maybe I'll like the "browbone" colors as glitter toppers for shadow looks?  At least Wet 'n Wild is an inexpensive brand so it's not like I spent a ton of money on these.

I'm happy that this post catches me up for things purchased prior to October (yay!)  and the big office moving project.  Now it's time to move on to October then November purchases.

Did you pick up anything from the Wet 'n Wild We're the Wild Cats! eyeshadow collection?  Do you like glitter toppers for eye shadows?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated