Eight dynamic, perfectly color-coordinated shades with high pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color. Shades can be used together or individually to create an endless variety of looks.
Wet n Wild has released three (3) Color Icon eye shadow palettes for its Holiday 2012 collection. This review is for the palette Shimmer The Night Away, which includes shades of silver, black, pink, and purple.
This palette comes in a plastic compact with a clear, flip-up top that snaps shut. The palette is lightweight and good for traveling with.
In the left column, you get a frosty white, metallic grey-silver, charcoal black with silver shimmer, and black with silver shimmer. The right column contains a pale dusty lilac, an orchid with a lighter pink sheen that gives off an almost duo-chrome effect, a very pale lavender, and a violet-blue with silver shimmer.
The left column of this palette has much better pigmentation than the right side. In particular, I find that the two, pale purple shades have weak color and are quite grey-based, making them look sad.
The formula is very soft, which is great for transferring and blending the shadows out. At the same time, the softness makes the shadows a bit crumbly, which I’ve found makes the colors fade more quickly.
The top color in the right column (pale dusty lilac) is noticeably more dry than the other colors. The black shade, though smooth and pigmented, doesn’t stick to the silver shimmer particles very well. If you blend the color, the silver shimmer seems to fall off.
I get a little less-than-average wear time out of the formula–around five (5) hours when applied over primer before creasing starts. And the colors lose a little of their vibrancy by the end of the day.
All of the colors have frosty or shimmery finishes, though the shimmer is pretty subtle in a couple of the shades (like the black one), so they can function as matte colors if you want.
Ease of Use: 9/10
The soft powder makes these colors apply to the skin very easily and smoothly, with the exception of the top right shade. Blending the shades out is pretty effortless, though you are at risk of over-blending because of the more crumbly nature of the formula.
You cannot get a better deal than this. You get 8 shadows for $5–less than $1 for each color! You are absolutely getting more than you pay for.
This sample was provided for consideration purposes by the brand or a PR company. Reviews are always honest and never paid for.