I’ve seen the new Wet n Wild Pop Art Craze eye shadow trios here and there on the internet, but it always feels like it takes a while for these limited edition products to show up in my local drugstores. A couple of days ago I was just strolling through a Walgreens, about to walk out, when I noticed a mostly empty display sitting lower than knee-level under an unused sales desk in the cosmetics section. It was a Pop Art Craze display that looked like it could have held around 25 of the little trios, and there were just two left. Luckily for me, they were two different shades and I liked the look of both of them.
All of the Pop Art Craze palettes feature vivid colors coordinated in ways that are reminiscent of Andy Warhol prints. Emily Noel of Beauty Broadcast has a great post showing all of the available colors here. Unless you only plan on wearing the bright shadows out to dance parties and the like, it seems that the challenge with these is creating looks suitable for the daytime while still keeping things fun. Although it’s certainly ok to use the bright colors one at a time, I’d like to see if I can make the color combinations that Wet n Wild has created work. I like to think they put colors together based on attractive looks they created during their testing process, as opposed to just putting some colors together that make a pretty package (I really don’t know what they do, though).
Hard Being the It Girl is pretty gentle as far as these Pop Art Craze palettes go. Two of the three colors are pale, with just the bright blue shade providing the real energy. I’m happy with the quality of all three shadows, and it is consistent with the quality of other Wet n Wild eye shadows. They’re soft and easy to work with, which is nice for bold colors with a matte to nearly-matte finish. When swatched, the shadows reflect enough light to probably be called satin, but when worn on the eyes I’d say they look pretty matte.
I applied the shadows mostly in the way the palette suggests, with the butter yellow all over the lid, the blue in the crease and outer corner, and the pink over the brow bone. To soften some of the blue areas, I lightly blended in a couple of shadows from the Too Faced Sweet Indulgences palette: I used Teddy Bear, a matte light brown, softly over the middle and inner crease area, and then Nice Ash, a bluish gray, into the outer corner. This left the very furthest edges of the outer corner as the most vibrantly blue spot on the eyes, which you can see when my eyes are both open and closed. Too finish off, I brought Nice Ash down into the lower lashes, and used Black Sugar, a black shadow also found in Sweet Indulgences, to line the upper lashes.
Other products used include Benefit They’re Real! mascara, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (10 light blonde), Revlon Colorstay liquid makeup (180 sand beige), Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, NARS blush (deep throat), and Revlon Lip Butter (pink truffle).
I feel like this palette allows for a look that I can have fun with while still letting me feel sane and comfortable in public during the daytime. I integrated a small number of other neutral shades from another palette to help, and I suspect that the other Pop Art Craze trios will similarly benefit from a little supplementation. $2.99 is a great way to pick up some awesome color, though!
Do you like wearing bright colors, and have you tried any of these new trios?