Today, Wet n' Wild is still cheap, but have survived amongst a sea of other cheapo brands. They've stepped up their game, still sellin' them for dirt cheap through ugly-@s$ packaging, but the stuff inside will make you go "Hoooooooooooo m'Gaaaaaaaaawd!!"
I don't have a ton of Wet n' Wild stuff, but the ones I do have, have yet to disappoint me. I enjoy using them, and enjoy it more that I don't have to sell my left arm for a product that delivers. These babies are cheap, but they work expensive, ya know?!
I was so reluctant to get their 8-colour palette Ultimate Expression Eyes. Not because they're not good, but there are 8 colours in one palette. Anything more than 5 colours in a palette will confuse the heck out of me, so how am I going to use 8 colours???
For $4.99 a piece, you get 8 highly pigmented colours. So let me get to the usual questions asked when it's cheap:
No they're not chalky at all.
No they're not hard, in fact they're darn silky.
No you don't get fall outs.
No they're not hard to blend.
No they do not smell.
No they don't fade after an hour, but like any shadow, drugstore or high end, you can make them last even longer when you use a good eye primer underneath.
No they do not make your lids go dark because they're cheap. *excuse me while I roll my eyes*. Use a good remover to take off eye make up, then your lids won't darken overtime!
No you won't get cooties because they are cheap. *lemme roll my eyes again*
Yes they come in the ugliest packaging, but so what! They are freakin' awesome!!
I started out getting this plum/purple-ish pallete called Paradise Cove.
The 2 light colours on your left are a little sheer, but they make great highlight colours. Not too stark or too white that'll make you look odd. I like using the bottom left in lilac (?) on my lids. Ver-ry pretty! The other 2 on the right have more shimmers than all the other colours. My favourite colour is the burgundy colour (2nd from the top). The 4 middle colours are crazy pigmented and so silky!
Third's time a charm with this palette!
Both times, my order shattered in the mail, and no thanks to drugstore.com's atrocious packing skills, I nearly gave up on the idea of owning this palette. I consoled myself saying it's a bronze/gold/natural palette, and I am not a fan of natural colours. This is called Sand Castle and it has a little more shimmery fillers than the other palettes. The colours can be quite frosty but super-pigmented. I didn't get "true" natural colours, thank Gawd! This palette is far from boring.
But yes, this palette is just as gorgeous, and as silky, although I suspect, softer and more fragile as it shattered on me twice before! I finally lucked out with Nonpareilboutique.com which started carrying Wet n' Wild products and they are much better at packing their stuff! My Sand Castle finally came to me in one beautiful piece!
Cute feature with these palettes, the mirror slides out at the bottom!
I initially though this was one cheap gimmick, but the mirror proved to be quite useful when I am applying my eye shadow!
These come in 3 colours - I have 2 as you can see. The other one is a more of a green/blue palette, not so shimmery, but the colours are still very pretty.
They retail for $4.99, if your buying online, you can find these at drugstore.com (bad packing!) and nonpareilboutique.com. *Don't get these confuse with the cream shadow palette - they look similar, but I hear the cream palettes suck big time!*
Have a great day!