Wet n’ Wild Au Naturel Palette – Nude Awakening

Before we get in to the pretty pretty swatches, I think we should take just a quick moment to talk about how awful the name of this palette is. Nude Awakening? Really Wet n’ Wild? What does that even mean? Is it supposed to be sexy? Or maybe it’s the start to a really weird sci fi film? It’s gross whatever it is and apparently it’s been weighing on me for a while, it feels good to get that off of my chest! Oh wait, there’s also a weirdly spelled word in palette name? Wet n’ Wild, pull yourself together.

There are two “Au Naturel” palettes available, Bare Necessities is a gold themed palette and Nude Awakening is a rose themed palette. To my knowledge, these palettes are exclusive to Walmart and as far as I can tell, these are part of the permanent line but I can’t actually find confirmation of that.

At my Walmart, this palette was listed as $4.99, but other blogs (the Walmart website has decided that they don’t carry anything in any stores near me, therefore, no prices are being provided. On anything. Where does it think I am?!) the price is marked as slightly higher so it may just depend on where you live.

There are five matte shades in this palette (we’re going to label all shades as 1-10 from left to right), 1,6,7,9 and 10 are all matte. The rest of these shadows are shimmery or metallic to varying degrees.

All swatches are three passes of my finger over the product and a single pass over bare skin.

The nude shades might actually be my favorites in this palette. They all look much better on the lid than they do swatched.

1 – Great matte base shade. A little powdery but overall, very nice.

2 – Very shimmery metallic nude shade. This is gorgeous on the eye but it does have a little bit of fall out with the glitter. It’s not very noticeable but it’s there.

3 – Soft subtle nude shade that is perfect for glowy highlighting.

4 – Shimmery coppery gold.

This is the section of the palette that drew me in initially. It also ended up being a little bit difficult to work with.

5 – Glittery nude pink. This shade is really really soft. It’s easy to pick up way too much product creating a little fallout. It’s a pretty shade though.

6 – On the eye, this shade is a fair bit darker and more pigmented than it is in this swatch. It’s a great transition shade and I used this in every look.

7 – Matte red eyeshadow, it gets me every time. This is a really pretty shade but it does read a bit more brown on the eye than it does in swatches or the pan. It can also be a tiny bit patchy.

8 – Damn this color is crazy! It’s so dark and so pigmented (much more pigmented when a brush is used as opposed to the swatch above) that I really struggled to work with this shade. You’ll see in the upcoming photos, but I inevitably ended up looking like I had a black eye when I use this shade. It just kind of goes everywhere.

9 – This is an interesting shade in that I don’t really know what it is. Is it charcoal? Taupe? Gray? Off black? It’s decent quality and I didn’t have any trouble using this. Mostly I used it in the crease.

10 – Ah the matte black eyeshadow. Normally I hate matte black eyeshadow but this one is nice and I actually managed to somewhat successfully use it! Woo hoo!


  • Incredibly affordable.
  • Nice balance of matte and shimmer shades.
  • Works as a stand alone palette.
  • Lovely tones.
  • Potential for a wide variety of looks from very very dark to “no makeup makeup”.
  • Generally long wearing and crease free under normal conditions.
  • Cruelty free.


  • Some of the lighter shades read very similarly on the eye. There could have been a bit of shade variation there.
  • Some of the darker shades require a little finesse to get them to look good.
  • The day that I actually remembered to wear sunscreen, these shadows creased within an hour. That isn’t exactly unusual, but it’s worth noting that if you have oilier eyelids or use heavy eyecream etc. you’ll definitely need a primer.

Overall, I’m really pleased with this palette! I’m really guilty of overlooking the little drugstore palettes in my collection but I actually enjoyed using this enough that I can see myself reaching for it in the future. I think quality wise, it absolutely beats any of the other drugstore palette options (including some of the other Wet n’ Wild palettes available). I don’t think that it is going to compare to some of the long standing palette favorites in the higher end department, but I think it’s a good solid palette and I would definitely recommend checking it out!


  • Yesterday I did full glamour, dramatic makeup to go to Walmart. But I didn’t brush my hair so it all evened out.
  • I had a major haul planned for this weekend so you have that to look forward to on the blog! I do think that I’ll do a no-buy for the rest of March though. I have a bunch of things in my stash that I want to actually use. Do you ever have cravings for certain products? I get that with palettes all the time. Like I want to just wear my Monarch and Chrysalis palettes for a few weeks. Is that weird?
  • Dude. My diet has been such a wreck lately! With my brothers here, I was in full on vacation, junk food, eat like it’s 1999 mode. It was delicious and wonderful and I think that several Girl Scouts can probably retire comfortably now. But I really need to get back to eating right, I definitely notice a difference in how I feel when I eat junk all the time.


17 thoughts on “Wet n’ Wild Au Naturel Palette – Nude Awakening

  1. Haha Nude Awakening… um when I wake up in the morning naked even though I’m pretty sure I went to bed with at LEAST socks on? πŸ˜‰
    I like the colours from 5 to 8! Pretty awesome to have mattes in these palettes too.
    I’ve not seen these here yet – I hope they become available!
    Excited to see your haul! And yes, I got it in my head that I wanted to wear MAC Woodwinked last week and wore it almost every day.

    1. LOL! Holy crap that’s hilarious!
      I agree! I think WnW’s major downfall on previous palettes is the lack of finish diversity in each palette. I think they’re finally stepping up their game!
      Oooh I haven’t actually worn Woodwinked in ages!

  2. Nude Awakening… rude awakening? Why would you change “rude” to “nude”, that sounds all kind of skeevy. It makes me think of that scene from Futurama where Leela wakes up next to Zapp, though.

    Anyway, great review! =) Very pretty. Lol’d at the Walmart comment! I get the craving for certain shades nearly all season… hence my pastel blue/orange obsession in Spring 2015. I feel ya on the junk food thing, I was absolutely horrid after Easter, I lived off Cadbury Eggs for awhile. =P You’re so good about staying healthy that you’ll bounce right back, though! Btw, still loving the new ‘do. =)

    1. Exactly what I thought too! Such a weird word choice! I haven’t actually watched Futurama in a really long time. I should rectify that.
      Thank you!
      The pastel blue/orange obsession of Spring 2015 was one of my favorite internet things πŸ™‚
      Those Cadbury Eggs are evil I tell you! I don’t know what they put in them but they are like crack!

      1. LOL, omg, cadbury eggs /are/ like crack though. I pitched the three bags my parents got for a buck each after Easter to help us stay on our diet… a week later, my aunt somehow saved them from the garbage and was stashing them away. We need an intervention!!

      2. LOL! I am dying over your aunt rescuing the eggs! I think she and I would get along πŸ™‚
        I just found the teeny tiny bags of cadburry mini eggs at CVS this week. I thought I was safe from them but alas, the temptation was too much.
        So far though I’ve only been eating them very occasionally, I’ll try to save them for chocolate emergencies πŸ™‚

      3. My aunt’s a character. Good for you! We quickly demolished them. I normally keep bags of cooking chocolate chips for chocolate emergencies, but since I nearly crunched on a cereal beetle who had as bad of a chocolate problem as me, I’ve decided to end my affair. =| I guess it’s just as well since I’m a bit allergic to chocolate anyway!

      4. Oh man, nothing will put you off of something in quite the same way as finding a bug in your food. Poor little thing, I can sympathize with her chocolate problem πŸ™‚
        I didn’t know that chocolate allergies were a thing but that’s the saddest thing I’ve heard all day!

      5. I know!! It was unharmed, then I let my sister take it to show it to her husband (they both adore bugs) and it fell from her hand on the stairs… =( We’ve all been going up and down the stairs carefully.
        Yup. =( I thought a burning face and a tight sensation in the throat was completely normal with chocolate and candy until my sister pointed out it’s likely an allergy, lol. I guess it makes it easier to diet!

      6. Ugh me too! I could give up a whole lot of desserts before I could give up my salty foods. I’ll take pizza over chocolate 9 times out of 10.

      7. Omg, right?! I could honestly eat pizza every single meal, every day. =( It’s the one thing I absolutely cannot resist.

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