The Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palette in Comfort Zone ($4.99, Drugstore.com) is a collection of eight roughly earth toned shadows (more on this in a minute).
Wet N Wild’s formula usually rivals the best high end shadows, but occasionally a palette will have a dud. This palette is dud-free – every single color is extremely pigmented. I got way too much on my brush the first time I used it. It blends wonderfully – it’s very similar to the Urban Decay formula, including the tendency toward a little fallout (which can be minimized with a sticky primer, or having oily lids). It’s the sort of fallout, however, that’s well worth the creamy pigmentation and the way this shadow melts into your skin.
The finishes are all shimmery. Two colors have some glitter, and one is duochrome.
The brown “definer” and the green “crease” color are the glittery ones. If you get cheek sparkle from Urban Decay, you’ll get it from this, too. The “definition” on the green side is the duochrome.
These are from the first column (the brown side). This side is gorgeous and neutral, and despite a superficial resemblance to Naked, there is nothing quite like the second color here in either Naked palette:
Color 1 is a shimmery yellow ivory. Color 2 is a shimmery golden peach. Color 3 is a shimmery tan. Color 4 is a deep brown with flecks of golden glitter.
Color 5 is a shimmery taupe. Color 6 is a shimmery bright green with olive undertones. Color 7 is a deeper browned olive with golden glitter flecks. Color 8 is not a hallucination – it’s a duochrome that’s a shimmery seafoam green in some lighting and a matte brick red in others.
Let me be the first to admit I’m not sure about Color 8. It’s great if you’re going clubbing and want a special effects kind of funky look. But I find brick red a really difficult color to place anywhere near my eyes, and having it turn unpredictably with the lighting to metallic seafoam green doesn’t make it any easier. I don’t expect to hit pan on this one.
All the other colors are fantastic, my only complaint being the glitter – and like I said, I also struggle to keep Urban Decay’s glitter off my cheeks, so part of that is just my lids being on the dry side.
This palette retails for $4.99. In my opinion, the four brown shades are worth that on their own, particularly if you don’t have anything quite like them. The green side is equally good in terms of quality, but not everyone likes to wear green eyeshadow. And even for those of us who love green eyeshadow (like me!), that final duochrome color is likely to be either a love or hate thing. I really don’t get that color – it’s definitely out of my comfort zone!
But with 7 colors I really enjoy wearing and a quality that’s very much on par with Urban Decay, I’m very pleased with this palette. I would still be pleased even if I didn’t love the three green ones.