Hope you had a good weekend! It seems like every time I turn around, I'm talking about a new limited edition collection from Wet n Wild! The company recently sent me the "In the Spotlight" holiday collection of Color Icon eyeshadow palettes known as Eyeshadow Medleys. I haven't seen these out in my area drugstores yet, but I wanted to go ahead and share this post with you, so you can know what to expect!
This is what the in-store display looks like. Each palette is $4.99- the same price as the regular Color Icon 8-pan palettes. Like those palettes, these include a dual-ended applicator with a sponge tip and brush, and they do contain 8 different colors. There are three distinct finishes in each of these palettes... the top shadows are super frosty, the middle section ranges from a pearly to satin finish, and the bottom shades are matte. While the matte shades in all of these palettes seem consistent with the quality of the matte shadows in the regular Color Icon line, the other shades seem a bit more hit & miss. I'll sort it out for you in the pictures below (and you can enlarge any of these pictures to get a closer look!) Also, these swatches were done without using a primer.
A Great Glistener
This palettes combines neutrals and blues in several different finishes. While the top shades give off a lot of sparkle and shimmer- very little color actually shows up. They become more buildable and vibrant when used on top of a primer or base, but alone they are just kind of all over the place and flakey. The middle section includes several shades that have a little bit of shimmer- but aren't overly metallic. The blues look so much alike- one is just slightly deeper than the other- and then you have a mid-toned bronzy brown. I love the inclusion of a matte black and brown at the bottom- wonderful basics, and they are so richly pigmented! Overall, it's probably the most neutral kit of the three.
No Neutral Ground
Quite a bit of color variety in this palette! The top row of shimmery shades has better color payoff than the first palette. With all of these palettes, I feel like the middle row of shades pretty good, but not AMAZING and soft/buttery like the regular Color Icon palettes. The purple is a bit sheer, but I do enjoy the gold and green. And the deep brown and forest green matte shadows at the bottom are great. Just for the overall color variety and quality of the shadows- this is my pick of the three! I'm going to have fun creating some green looks with this.
Lights, Camera, Attraction
If those top three shadows aren't cotton candy colors, I don't know what is! They're really shimmery/powdery and much like the shimmers in the "A Great Glistener" palette, the color doesn't pop much. As I've said, a primer will help the situation, but even then, it's kind of hard to distinguish the different colors. In the middle row, the blue is nice, but I was pretty disappointed by the pink and especially the purple. So very sheer compared to the Wet n Wild shadows I'm used to. And once again, the matte shadows are nice! You're getting a deep blue and a deep blue-ish purple color.
So if you've read the whole post, you can pretty much see where I stand with these! I don't think they're must haves, and if I were to rank them in order of favorites, I'd say No Neutral Ground is the best, followed by A Great Glistener and then Lights, Camera, Attraction. I truly think No Neutral Ground is pretty and a fun collection of colors. I will say- I've made VERY cheap shadows work in the past by layering them on top of primers/bases-- it really makes a difference. But I'm holding these to the standard of Wet n Wild's regular line of shadows- so that's where my critique is coming from. I feel like whenever Wet n Wild comes out with new shadows I compare them to what I know and love! Have you seen or tried these palettes yet? What did you think about them?
This blog was created under the supervision of Miss Cupcake. That's right, she's using the boss's chair while I found another place to work on the other side of the desk. Wait... she probably thinks SHE'S the boss- isn't that the way it works with cats? :)
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