This is the second palette from Wet n Wild’s Pop Art Craze collection that I’ve had the opportunity to try. Compared to Hard Being the It Girl (review), I expected this one to even brighter, but it’s actually well suited for a softer look. The colors themselves are very pretty, but none of them can live up to that vibrant blue in Hard Being the It Girl in pigmentation and intensity.
I have to say that this one has me a little disappointed when it comes to pigmentation, but the colors still blend well together so it mostly just means it takes some extra time and attention to build them up a bit.
The shadows appear matte in the pan, but in swatches I can see just a touch of light reflection in the pink and yellow, while the purple is completely matte. On my eyes, I’ve laid them side by side on my lid: yellow on the inner corner, pink over most of the lid, and purple on the outer third.
In general, I think it’s hard to make complete looks with just these 3-color palettes alone without supplementing a little, because they generally lack very light and very dark shadows. I thought a nice complement to this palette would be Urban Decay’s Glinda palette from this past spring. I just used a teeny weeny bit of Tornado (a rich dark purple) in the outer corner just to deepen Wet n Wild’s purple a bit, blended some of Illusion (a satin peach) above the crease, and then used the pink half of Aura (a pink-toned iridescent highlight shade) under my brow.
It’s a shame about the pigmentation, and I think this might be the weakest palette I’ve tried from Wet n Wild. Still, these colors are capable of producing a pretty look, and it’d probably be worth fooling around with color bases and other shadow combinations to get the most out of these colors. I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion (original), but no colored base underneath the shadows.
The other products used on my eyes include: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel liner (blackest black) on my upper lash line, L’Oreal’s Double Extend Eye Illuminator double-sided pencil eyeliner (black sapphire), using the cream-colored side on my inner corner and the dark blue side at the outer end of my lower lash line, and Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off mascara (black).
On the rest of my face: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD foundation (#2 warm vanilla), Sonia Kashuk Bare Illuminating Bronzer (goddess), Benefit Sugarbomb, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (10 light blonde), Buxom Big & Healthy lipstick (Sydney), Korres cherry oil lip gloss (33 natural)