The Wet N Wild Flora Collection is a limited edition Spring 2012 set makeup set retailing at many drugstores for $4.99 – it’s a companion set to the Fauna Set I reviewed yesterday. It contains an eyeshadow trio, a blush, a lip gloss and a nail polish.
The eyeshadow trio
These are some super-vibrant colors! The quality is what I’ve come to expect from Wet N Wild at its best: rich, creamy, pigmented and easy to work with. Browbone is a shimmery chartreuse that can be used to highlight (as it’s intended), but works better as a lid color in my opinion. Crease is a satiny emerald which does a wonderful job of adding definition as well as color. Eyelid is a matte orange that’s surprisingly sumptuous (seems like good mattes are hard to come by), but be forewarned: it’s a very distinctive shade of orange, similar to Fierce and Tangy by Maybelline, and it will not complement every skin tone – I can’t wear it at all unless I isolate it from my skin with other colors (that is, it has to be bordered on all sides by other colors so it’s never right against my skin tone). That said, I really enjoy the other two shades.
The blush is Mellow Wine, available in the permanent collection, and it’s a richly pigmented satin finish medium pink. While it is warm in tone, I would have chosen a light peachy blush to go with the eyeshadow in this set. But this is a beautiful blush on its own – very pigmented, but you can just start with a little on your brush and build up to avoid ending up with too much. I have to say, this blush and the one from the Fauna set are my first two WNW blushes, and they’ve really turned me onto the line. These are great blushes!
Wear time is a bit longer than average – not the very best, but better than many. As with the blush in Fauna, the packaging is a little sticky to open, but it hasn’t caused me any problems.
Unlike the gloss in Fauna, which was fairly opaque, this truly is a “glassy gloss” – it’s a sheer strawberry pink-red that shows up less on lips than it does on my hand. It has a pretty shiny finish, which is what glassy type glosses are all about. It has a strong fruity scent which you’ll probably either love or hate, but it goes away within a minute or so of applying. It wears for a decent amount of time – about average for a gloss.
The polish that comes with this set is a sparkly chartreuse. It applies somewhat sheerly because the base of it is sheer (even though the sparkly bits are densely packed). You can see in the swatch that it applied more evenly in some places than others – this may partly be my application skills failing me, but it was a little harder to work with than most polishes.
The colors in this set are so very not for everyone – I think that’s obvious! If they scare you at all, don’t try to talk yourself into it. If you like the color, it’s a very fun set. The eyeshadows are excellent quality – great pigmentation, no fallout and easy to work with. The blush is just superb. The lip gloss is very dupable, though it does wear well and has a pretty finish. The polish was a slight disappointment because of how it applies, but if you have more patience than I, you might love it. All in all, it’s a great set for $5 if you’re sure you’ll enjoy the colors.