Welcome to the latest limited edition collection from Wet n Wild! The Tough Girl line is set to officially hit stores on September 1st, however many stores have already started putting up displays. While many of the special displays do say "Beauty Army" - the official word from Wet n Wild is that they're using the name "Tough Girl" for this whole collection (hence the title of this post). And just an update-- the Pop Art Craze limited edition collection (see my post on that here), will continue to be in stores through mid-September unless they've already sold out. As far as the Tough Girl line, many people have told me they've seen the shadow/mascara combo packs at K-Mart. Personally, I've spotted a different display of shadows only at Walgreens. More on that in a bit! First, here's the pic of the combo pack display that Wet n Wild has released... (Also-- the majority of what I'm blogging about was sent to me by Wet n Wild to review- just so you know!)
While there is some color in this collection, it's definitely more toned-down compared to Pop Art Craze. This bunch of shadows makes me think "fall". Each bundle is $2.99 (which is normally the price for just a trio-- you're getting the mascara as a bonus). So you're seeing trios in tones of purple, green, brown, and blue... however in a picture that was shared with me on Twitter, I noticed a packaged trio in grey/smokey shades (very similar to the regular line WnW trio in Don't Steal My Thunder). Not sure why that's not part of this display pic-- but I just wanted to give that a mention, just in case.
The mascara that comes with each of the trios is the MegaProtein version. (The one pictured above is one I already had open and have been using on & off for a couple months). I am not at all a fan of this mascara. I don't really have a problem with the brush or the packaging... but this formula really does next to nothing for my lashes. I suppose it's a positive thing that it doesn't clump, but it just doesn't build much length or thickness. I'm not saying everyone's going to have that experience (this might be great for someone with naturally thick lashes who wants a natural look). Sadly, I haven't had good experiences with most of Wet n Wild's mascaras. I'm just glad it's being tacked on as a "bonus" with the combo packs and they didn't jack up the price.
The shadows in the combo packs are pictured above (left to right): Enlisting for Beauty, Soldiers in Charms, Zero Dark Flirty, and I Don't Do Camouflage. This is more of a "show & tell" post on these trios, because I really haven't had much of a chance to try them yet and give a full review. I just wanted to get a blog out there so you could see what these look like- since we all know how limited edition collections don't always hang around in stores for very long. Judging by the swatches, overall these trios seem pretty consistent with the quality we've come to expect from Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadows. They're pigmented, smooth, and a little goes a long way (I didn't have to work hard to get the swatches to show up like they do, and I did not use a primer underneath).
Enlisting for Beauty: Includes a matte cream, satin brown, and a slightly shimmery beige. I think this will be a popular pick among these trios because many of us love our neutrals! And nothing in this one is super metallic or frosty- making it very wearable for those who don't want to spotlight wrinkles in the eye area.
Soldiers in Charms: This trio has a yellowish-lime shimmery green, a medium matte mossy green, and a super dark and sparkly olive green. That darkest color appears to be the same as the dark green in the Comfort Zone 8-pan palette. If you don't use the lime shade, you could get a typical olive green smokey eye, but I kind of like that they threw in the brighter shade for a little pop.
Zero Dark Flirty: Nice job, Wet n Wild shade naming department! lol. Here you're getting a slightly pearly soft lilac (warning- this shade is a bit flakey), a deep satin-finish plum (almost borders on navy), and a matte purple that's not quite as pigmented as I expected. It definitely could be built up a bit on the lids, and would no doubt perform better with a base-- but just a heads up that 2 out of the 3 shades in this trio are a bit weak.
I Don't Do Camouflage: Here you have a slightly shimmery light blue, a deep sparkly navy, and an almost matte medium blue. The deep navy is almost like one of the navy shades in the Blue Had Me at Hello 8-pan palette, only this one seems a bit more dry to me (still pigmented though). Much like the other trios- you have a deep enough color to give you a smokey eye- but the option to kick it up with a brighter color.
So I mentioned earlier that I saw a different kind of Tough Girl display at Walgreens (not sure what other drugstores might also be carrying it), but it had the trios for sale WITHOUT the mascaras. Also- there were a couple of additional shades-- the grey-toned trio that I mentioned (but I didn't purchase it since it seemed so similar to Don't Steal My Thunder), and also the one below which I (obviously) did pick up. Not sure why Wet n Wild didn't mention this alternate display in the info they sent to me. But just so you're aware... there are trios being sold on their own, and you may encounter shades you didn't see in the combo packs.
Spoiled Army Brat: Here you're getting a shimmery mauve, a stain-finish rose, and a satin peach. For some reason the lighting on the swatches is making these shades seem much more warm than they are... they're coming off kind of coral, but I assure you that the mauve and rose shades come off much more pink. While I love the colors in this kit and I think it's really unique-- I was kind of un-impressed with the amount of color payoff in the swatches. I've always said-- you can't always judge by the swatches... I'm very curious to see how these do applied on the lids with a base. But I think they can definitely be worked with. I just wish there was a deeper shade in this trio- these rosy colors need something to create contrast and keep the eyes from looking sickly.
I wanted to give you a look at the nail collection as well. I haven't noticed this in stores yet, but most of the shades were sent to me, so I figured I'd show them. This is a TEXTURED nail collection. I know quite a few brands have put out textured polishes, but I haven't tried any of them, so I'm not sure what to think! I'll definitely try these out and report back. These retail for $3.99 each (more than a mascara & shadow trio combined!), and my info says that these dry "in a glamour & grit finish". I have a hunch that I'm not going to like any sort of strange texture on my nails (I love shine!!), but I will most definitely give it a whirl. Have you tried any textured polishes? What did you think?
Left to right: Femme Trouper (cream with gold shimmer), Fatigue Glam (creamy rose), Tough Girl (creamy grey), Beauty is a Battlefield (shimmery purple), and Left, Left, Left, Right, Left (creamy royal blue). The display also appears to include an army green, but I didn't receive that one.
So there's the round-up on these new Tough Girl products from Wet n Wild! I hope this was informative so you'll have an idea of what to look for in the stores and what you may (or may not) want to purchase. Thanks for taking time to stop by my blog! It's much appreciated! :)
- Here's link to today's edition of Beauty Broadcast LIVE- in case you missed it this morning! I gave a first look at some of the products I have from Michelle Phan's Em Cosmetics line... and of course there was much more randomness!
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