Swatchapalooza – Wet n’ Wild Eyeshadow

Here in the U.S. we just celebrated one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. The Boy and I actually hit three Thanksgiving dinners so it was a day filled with a lot (seriously…so much) of food, a lot of friends and a lot of family. By the time that we got home I was looking forward to passing out in a mimosa and turkey induced coma but wouldn’t you know it, I can’t sleep! Yay! So I thought I would add a lot of swatches to my day as well. Gray Cat is helping me by alternating his demands for pets and his demands to become the author of this post. Normally I would take all responsibilities for typos but today it’s all getting blamed on him.

Wet n’ Wild eyeshadow is insanely cheap ($2.99 for the trios, $3.99 for the quints and $4.99 for the 8-pan palettes), insanely accessible (Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, basically any drugstore and even some grocery stores) and good quality. There are definitely some palettes that aren’t quite as good as the rest and there are some individual shades that don’t perform quite as well as others but overall, these are pretty awesome eyeshadows. I dare you to look at these swatches and tell me that these aren’t on par with some much higher priced products.

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Art in the Streets is an all matte palette. I really love the orange in this palette. The blue, purple and green shades aren’t the best in the world but they are also not shades that I often use. I’m not afraid to admit that I bought this just for the orange!

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wnw_blue_had_me_at_hello_packaging     Blue Had Me at Hello is over all, pretty good. The only real stinker in this palette is the black on the bottom right. Blue's are not a color I use very often and generally when I do use it, it's as a small accent color. With that said, I may not be the best judge of the quality of this palette but I think this is a pretty stand up palette.
Blue Had Me at Hello is over all, pretty good. The only real stinker in this palette is the black on the bottom right. Blue’s are not a color I use very often and generally when I do use it, it’s as a small accent color. With that said, I may not be the best judge of the quality of this palette but I think this is a pretty stand up palette.

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Comfort Zone might be Wet n' Wild's most talked about palette and for good reason.  Every shade in this little gem is buttery smooth and pigmented. There are gorgeous neutrals and a stunning little shade that has a brown to green duochrome.
Comfort Zone might be Wet n’ Wild’s most talked about palette and for good reason. Every shade in this little gem is buttery smooth and pigmented. There are gorgeous neutrals and a stunning little shade that has a brown to green duo-chrome.

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Drinking A Glass of Shine was a limited edition palette so I won't dwell on it. It's all matte, and similarly to Art in the Streets, this one is a little hit or miss on the quality.
Drinking A Glass of Shine was a limited edition palette so I won’t dwell on it. It’s all matte, and similarly to Art in the Streets, this one is a little hit or miss on the quality. Generally it seems that WnW does pretty well with neutral matte shades but the colorful mattes are a little disappointing.

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I picked up I Dream of Greenie just in case I ever needed a variety of green eyeshadow. I have no other explanation because I really don't wear much green.  The odd thing about this palette is that none of these shades really work well with the other shades in the trio. On their own they are all very pretty but I'm not sure you could create a look with them all together. Maybe I'm just not very creative.
I picked up I Dream of Greenie just in case I ever needed a variety of green eyeshadow. I have no other explanation because I really don’t wear much green. The odd thing about this palette is that none of these shades really work well with the other shades in the trio. On their own they are all very pretty but I’m not sure you could create a look with them all together. Maybe I’m just not very creative.

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I'm Getting Sunburned is another palette that isn't really cohesive. That being said, all three of these shades are stunning right?!
I’m Getting Sunburned is another palette that isn’t really cohesive. That being said, all three of these shades are stunning right?!

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I was so excited to have the cranberry shade in Knock on Wood. Sadly, this palette isn't the greatest in the world. Definitely still useable and the colors are indeed pretty, it's just a little more patchy and less buttery than most of Wet n' Wild's shadows.
I was so excited to have the cranberry shade in Knock on Wood. Sadly, this palette isn’t the greatest in the world. Definitely still useable and the colors are indeed pretty, it’s just a little more patchy and less buttery than most of Wet n’ Wild’s shadows.

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Melrose at Night is a limited edition for fall 2014. The display is still up in my local Walgreens but I think this probably sold out fairly quickly. It's a great palette with consistent quality and beautiful shades.
Melrose at Night is a limited edition for fall 2014. The display is still up in my local Walgreens but I think this probably sold out fairly quickly. It’s a great palette with consistent quality and beautiful shades.

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Petal Pusher is part of the permanent collection and has a couple of really lovely purples with gold shimmer or pale duochrome. The darker shades are a bit lacking in pigmentation.
Petal Pusher is part of the permanent collection and has a couple of really lovely purples with gold shimmer or pale duo-chrome. The darker shades are a bit lacking in pigmentation but not so much that they aren’t usable.

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Smoke and Melrose is another palette that is part of the fall collection which may or may not still be available. Another gem in the line.
Smoke and Melrose is another palette that is part of the fall collection which may or may not still be available. Another gem in the line.

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Sun Set to See is from the summer 2014 collection. As you can see, Wet n Wild puts out a fair number of limited edition products which is great if you can find them! Not so great if you missed them. One thing I have noticed though is that quite often, most of the colors from various palettes make it into future limited edition palettes. There is rarely a release that is so unique that you won't be able to duplicate at least some of the shades.
Sun Set to See is from the summer 2014 collection. As you can see, Wet n Wild puts out a fair number of limited edition products which is great if you can find them! Not so great if you missed them. One thing I have noticed though is that quite often, most of the colors from various palettes make it into future limited edition palettes. There is rarely a release that is so unique that you won’t be able to duplicate at least some of the shades.

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Sweet as Candy is part of the permanent line and has three basic but versatile shades. This one always reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream. Wet n Wild shadows do tend to be softer shadows. I like that for application but it does make them particularly prone to breaking, as you can see here.
Sweet as Candy is part of the permanent line and has three basic but versatile shades. This one always reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream.
Wet n Wild shadows do tend to be softer shadows. I like that for application but it does make them particularly prone to breaking, as you can see here.

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Walking on Eggshells is one of my favorites from Wet n Wild. That peach shade is stunning, and a little more unique than the brands standard fare.
Walking on Eggshells is one of my favorites from Wet n Wild. That peach shade is stunning, and a little more unique than the brands standard fare.

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Lastly I have another limited edition palette from last Christmas...and the Christmas before that if I'm not mistaken.  This is one of those palettes that does seem to pop up occasionally, if it's not exactly the same every time, it's very close.
Lastly I have another limited edition palette from last Christmas…and the Christmas before that if I’m not mistaken. This is one of those palettes that does seem to pop up occasionally, if it’s not exactly the same every time, it’s very close.

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I’ve included the limited edition palettes for documentation of the swatches and to highlight that a lot of the limited edition palettes are very good quality AND that a lot of the individual shades in the limited edition palettes can actually be found within the permanent line.

As much as love these shadows, I tend to forget that I have them so they don’t get that much use.  Right after I took all of these photos, I spent a long and tedious afternoon depotting most of them into z-palettes. Remember when I mentioned that these shadows are prone to breaking? Depotting them was a little bit of a nightmare. I spent almost as much time repairing broken eyeshadow as I did actually prying the dang things out of the plastic packaging. I have been able to get a bit more use out of them now that they’re all in one place though.  Overall, I think that the majority of the wet n wild palettes make great companion palettes. Quite a few of the smaller palettes need additional shades to make a complete look. Some of the palettes seem to be composed not as a palette but as individual shades that don’t mess with one another and there are not very many matte neutrals available in the line.

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