The Wet N Wild Fauna Collection is a limited edition Spring 2012 set containing an eyeshadow trio, a blush, a lip gloss and a nail polish. It’s available at many drugstores (Rite-Aid, Walgreens and CVS for sure) for $4.99.
The eyeshadow trio
The shadows are very pigmented, but they’re more soft than creamy, so you can get some fallout during application.
The first color, the Browbone color, is a very shimmery peachy champagne color. This one’s great to work with – it applies very evenly so you can sheer it out or build it up. It’s great as a highlight color. The crease color is a shimmery teal that’s very soft and prone to fallout during application – tap the excess off your brush. I didn’t the first time I used it, and it made a hot mess all over my face. Once applied, however, it stays put. The lid color is a shimmering blue-based violet that tends to apply a bit sheerly, but builds up easily to the color in the pan.
I have to say, I question the color combination. The lid and crease colors just don’t work well together on me, and I’m not sure they would on many people. I like to have lighter and darker colors to shape my eyes as well as add color – these just add color because they’re too similar in tone to create areas of light and shadow. That said, they’re beautiful and while I may never wear them together again, I could certainly use them with other colors in my stash.
The blush is in Pearlescant Pink, and can be bought separately in the permanent collection. This is a light-medium pink with a satiny finish – not shimmery or glittery, just not quite matte either. It’s highly pigmented, but the powder is densely packed enough that you can swipe your brush over it without picking up too much color. That makes it very easy to work with. This color will flatter a lot of skin tones – it’s pink enough for cool tones, but deep enough for warmer tones. The wear time is good – I’ve seen better, but it’s a little above average.
The package on this one (not their normal packaging) is slightly difficult to open.
The lip gloss
The lip gloss in this set is a blue-based pearlized pink. It may be too cool for warmer skin tones. It has a strong fruity flavor, but that scent goes away within a minute or so. It’s pretty pigmented for a gloss, especially one called a “glassy gloss.” It wears about average, retaining the color and finish for at least a couple of hours before fading and needing a retouch.
The nail polish is a shimmery teal-blue color from WNW’s Fastdry collection. I did not specifically test this one to see how many days it wore – nail polish doesn’t stand a chance with me because I’m always doing the sort of tasks that chip it off. But I do know the Fastdry collection is good stuff from past use, holding up longer than a lot of lines (including WNW’s Megashine line). This one applies nicely, nearly opaque on the first coat. The swatch is 2 coats.
I have a few minor issues with this collection – the eyeshadow colors don’t go together in my opinion (or maybe my taste), and the blush is a little bit sticky to open. You should also note that the colors are not exactly universal – they won’t look good on everybody, and if these colors aren’t really your thing, you might not love the set. That said: it’s $5. For the price, I got a great blush that I love and have used quite a bit, three quality eyeshadows that go well with other colors in my stash even if they’re not so great together (just tap off that excess, especially with the teal color!) and a lovely nail polish. The gloss is okay, but not thrilling or special to me (and I don’t love the scent, so I haven’t found myself reaching for it.