Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Smoke and Melrose” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: A Limited Edition 5-Pan palette of Wet n Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadows for Fall 2014
What it Does: This palette contains five gorgeous, highly pigmented, buttery smooth eyeshadows all in rose-tinted shades.
What it Costs: Only $4-$5
Where to Get it: Drugstores, like Walgreens, or online retailers
Similar To: Urban Decay Naked3 Palette ($54)
Quick Verdict: Thumbs wayyyy UP!
Wet n Wild did it again this season. The incredibly affordable drugstore brand is notorious for coming out with limited edition products that are (usually) amazing quality. Sometimes they come out with intense, neon colors, and often their eyeshadow palettes/trios contain colors that really don’t make much sense together, but the Fall 2014 collection is just gorgeous! Specifically the Smoke and Melrose palette.
There are three other palettes in this collection, and I honestly thought that they were all gorgeous (but we must RESTRAIN OURSELVES). Wet n Wild also released some new lipstick shades (for a later post!) and nail polishes.
Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose contains five eyeshadow colors that just scream Fall. There is a great mixture of both matte and shimmery shades, which makes this palette very sophisticated and totally useable for anyone. All of the shades are slightly “rose-toned”, similar to the shades in the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette… however I’d venture so far as to say that these eyeshadows perform a bit better than those in the Naked3! I was disappointed by the HUGE amount of fallout in that installment of the Naked palette range, and this inexpensive little guy contains similar shades that go on like butter. Smooth, pigmented, and with little to no fallout, especially with a primer.
The only thing I have to say against this particular palette (and most Wet n Wild eyeshadows in general) is that I would NOT use these shades where they say to use them. There is no way I’m putting a dark plum/taupe shade on my brow bone. Nope.
Swatches, no flash
Swatches with flash
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Breaking Beauty News: There’s going to be an actual eyeshadow palette from a major drugstore company.
In this video EmilyNoel83 (one of my favorite review YouTubers) gives a really in-depth look at the new Maybelline eyeshadow palette, called The Nudes, which is estimated to be released this June/July.
This palette is really the first of any major drugstore beauty brands. It contains 12 neutral eyeshadow colors with varying finishes. The price for this palette will be $12!
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Rimmel’s Mod Revival + My Photoshoot!
Yes, believe it or not… that’s me! Recently I was invited by Rimmel London to help promote the new Retro Glam cosmetic collection. I spent an amazing week in New York discovering my inner 60’s diva, resulting in the awesome photoshoot you’re glimpsing here! Retro Glam is all about bringing back the Mod scene - an iconic time in the fashion and beauty industries.
For years I’ve been a fan of Rimmel - since my first experiments with makeup, actually - and they’ve consistently come up with trendy and effective formulations. This year they’re pulling inspiration from one of the biggest fashion revivals, and they have created products that really channel the glamour and intrigue of the Twiggy era.
Review + Swatches: Wet n Wild “Poster Child” Eyeshadow Palette
What it Is: Wet n Wild Color Icon 8-Pan Palette “Poster Child”
What it Does: An affordable palette of eyeshadows with bright colors inspired by pop art that’s limited edition!
What it Costs: $5
Where to Get It: Some drugstores and online
Quick Verdict: Thumbs Down
NARS Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette - $79
I think that it is gorgeous and way too expensive.
Let’s face it… we’re in a world FULL of neutral palettes. No matter the price point, brands are coming out with new brown-taupe-greige-rose gold eye palettes more often than I can count. There are a lot of gorgeous ones to choose from - it’s hard to go wrong with neutrals - and NARS definitely is a fantastic brand, for quality and aesthetic purposes. But eighty bucks? Eighty bucks is a lot of money. Yes, there are fifteen eyeshadows, but there are sixteen in my LORAC Pro Palette (my biggest recommendation for eye palette ever).
I was able to swatch this palette in-store, but after watching tons of YouTube reviews of it, I began to realize that the quality varies from palette to palette. There were just as many people raving about the buttery quality of the shadows as there were complaining about the powdery, cheap consistency. Creamy and powdery are very different in the world of eyeshadow, and unless you’re a complete dolt, you’ll be able to tell the difference when you’re swatching them. So this uncontrollable factor was the real icing on the cake that read “Hilary, you could get a lot of frozen yogurt for $80”.
Get Ready With Me: Quick & Easy Valentine’s Date Night Look
Ah, Valentine’s Day. A day for showing your love for one another, for spending copious amounts of money on chocolate and Hallmark cards, and for red, pink, and purple themed makeup. Hooray!
No matter your stance on V-Day, any beauty lover has to admit that the abundance of Valentine’s Day themed makeup looks all over the interweb is fantastic. I love pointless holidays for exactly that reason!
Even though Valentine’s isn’t really my “thang”, I do have a special someone to share the day with. A few days ago we decided to go out on a romantic adventure (which ended up being chicken fajitas at a sports bar), and I decided to document my “getting ready” process! I hope you enjoy this little tutorial!
- Too Faced “A Few of My Favorite Things” Eye and Cheek palette ($56, was Limited Edition for holiday. Try the Chocolate Bar palette instead!)
- Maybelline Color Tattoo “Too Cool” - $6
- Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Liquid Eyeliner - $8
- Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara - $21
- Esqido False Eyelashes “BFF” - $46
- NYX Retractable Lip Liner “Nude Pink” - $4
- NYX Butter Lip Gloss “Eclair” - $5