You may have recently heard that Wet N Wild reformulated their eye shadow formula. More importantly, however, is the fact that they brought out a Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance (MR) dupe. The MR palette came onto the scene almost 2 years ago and took the makeup world by storm. The colors are all warm pinks, reds, oranges, and nudes and it is beautiful. About a year ago I finally bought it and was so excited, but then it turned out I was allergic to it. I’m generally not sensitive to eye shadow and haven’t been since. I was so sad because at the time there really wasn’t anything else on the market like it.
~Enter~ the Rose in the Air palette from Wet N Wild. Almost all the colors are exact copies of the colors in the MR give or take a few. So naturally, as soon as it hit the Wet N Wild website in beginning of December, I hopped on there and placed an order. I ordered a lip pencil, an eyebrow pencil, two brushes, a liquid highlight, a concealer, the Rose in the Air palette and I got a free mystery bag of goodies with my purchase. Now that I’ve had some time to play with these items I wanted to talk to you about how they were.
Let’s begin with the star of the show: the Rose in the Air Palette. The mattes in this palette are super pigmented and pretty easy to blend. I really like all the shades they included, particularly the transition shades. The shimmers are just OK, but for $4.99 I think it’s a really good palette. It’s easy to buy a nice single eye shadow that is a strong shimmer to really complete the palette. However, this palette definitely can’t make 1,000 different looks. They’re all mostly warm toned and you’ll likely be able to come up with a few different looks, but not a ton. I think if the MR colors jump out to you that this is a really good alternative.
The biggest standout for this haul for me is the eyebrow pencil. I’ve been pretty loyal to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown. I’ve tried a few other pencils but have always been super disappointed and quick to go back to the ABH Brow Wiz. This Wet N Wild pencil, however, is awesome and only $3.99! The ABH Brow Wiz has a very fine pencil tip whereas the tip of this pencil is a triangle shape. I find it super easy to create natural brows with it. Something I have struggled with for years is getting the front part of my brows to look natural. This pencil makes it so easy, I just use it on its side and swipe sideways, not creating any noticeable (and dark) pencil strokes. This just lightly colors in the front of the brows. I got the shade Ash Brown and it’s a great, cool-toned color for me.
The lip pencil is I got is a nice, creamy lip pencil. It’s retractable so it doesn’t need to be sharpened (I don’t have patience for sharpening things!). I got a very bright peach color so I’ve only worn it at home, but it felt comfortable. If you’re like me and don’t wear lip liners often, I think these are a really good option at only $2.99.
Something else I was super excited to receive was the new liquid highlighters. I got mine in the shade Halo, Goodbye because it seemed like it would be the only shade that would work on my skin tone. Also I liked the pinky-champagne color of it. However, I absolutely hated this highlight for a couple of reasons. First of all, I’m so used to putting on concealer and going straight to powder 75% of the time I forgot to even put it on. Then, when I did put it on, it was patchy and difficult to blend. It looked glittery and unflattering on my skin. Overall, super disappointed in this purchase and I passed it onto a friend.
I also purchased two brushes from Wet N Wild’s new Pro Brush Line. To be honest, I bought them because they looked pretty (oops). I ended up really liking one and not loving the other. I really like the Tapered Highlighting Brush ($5.99), it does a good job applying highlight in a targeted area and it is soft and hasn’t shed yet. The Tapered Blending Eye Brush ($5.99), on the other hand, I found to be too densely packed and scratchy against the eyelid. I’m going to keep it for targeted application of color, but I will no longer be using it as a blending brush (its name suggests it is to blend). In the free mystery bag, I got a Unicorn Highlighting Brush ($4.99), which I found to be quite nice. To be honest, it wasn’t really a brush I needed but I’ve used it to blend out highlight and it does a great job. If you need a highlighting brush and you like the fan brush shape I think this is a unique option.
Another item I got in this haul is the Photo Focus Concealer, which I already own but I needed in a lighter color. Ever since I’ve had a light enough color, I’ve been loving it. I only use this concealer on my face (not my under eyes) but it works really well. I need to mix two colors to get the perfect shade, but at $3.99 I really don’t mind. I use it to cover discoloration and acne. I find it doesn’t blend away and that it lasts well throughout the day. Overall super happy with this purchase. I use the colors Light Ivory and Light/Med Beige.
Another big surprise for me was the Photo Focus Color Corrector which came in the mystery bag. I got the peach shade which is made to color correct blue/purple dark circles (think about the color wheel; if the colors are across from each other they cancel each other out). I find it to be easy to blend out, not drying, and light (which is necessary if you’re putting on more concealer over it). I’ve used high end under eye correctors and to be honest, this one is definitely one of my favorite ones if not my favorite one. Couldn’t recommend it enough for $4.99.
To sum it up, overall I’m pretty happy with the things I bought. The more items I try from Wet N Wild the more impressed I am. They are a super cheap drugstore brand but consistently come out with awesome products. If you’re looking to get a few more things from Wet N Wild here are some recommendations:
- Color Icon “Bronzer”: Ok this is 100% not a bronzer. It’s a beautiful, subtle highlighter. They have some quality control issues because sometimes they’re glittery but this is one of my absolute favorite products. I use it everyday as a base highlight to get an all over subtle glow.
- Color Icon Blush: really nice and super easy to blend. They have glitter in them but generally do not translate to the face. I have Rose Champage and Apri-cot in the Middle.
- MegaGlo Highlighting Powder: really nice and creamy powder highlighters. I love these for when I want something a bit more intense. They also have really nice colors. I have Blossom Glow and Precious Petals.