Wet n Wild hasn’t always been a brand on my hit list. Let’s face it, the packaging screams cheaper, the price makes us wonder how anything that costs less than $3 could be an effective cosmetic product, and our inner snobs demand we stay far away from it.
But you can call me wrong and make me eat my words about Wet n Wild because the brand does, indeed, have some hidden gems amongst all those $1.99 price tags.
Recently, they introduced a selection of six ColorIcon Trio Palettes for Summer. The Wet n Wild Dreamweavers Collection contains all of these trios for a limited time with a price tag of merely $2.69 each (prices will vary depending where you shop it). Some of these palettes are quite exciting since the shade selection is much like the Holiday ColorIcon Six Shadow Palettes.
Let’s take a look at some of the Wet n Wild Dreamweaver ColorIcon Trio Palettes.
A trio of budget friendly eyeshadows for under $3!
I’ve always loved the six pan ColorIcon Palettes but I’m not really a big fan of the Trios since I find they apply with alot more frost than I’m personally comfortable with. Frosty finishes and I simply don’t get along. In the case of the Dreamweaver Collection you’ll find a mixed bagged of finishes as well as formulas. I don’t think these are on par with some of the normal range of Trios that Wet n Wild has put out and the formula suffers in some cases. I also think that color selection is very similar to shades released already in other LE Collections or available right now in the general catalog so you might want to check back in your stash prior to indulging less you end up with a few dupes.
In most cases the Trios are a surprise particularly for those who avoid drugstore makeup or drugstore makeup brands such as Wet n Wild because you’re simply not expecting them to turn out so well. The formula on the Trios normally have a soft, buttery formula with a velvety feel and incredible pigmentation. See? Not exactly what you’d expect from a $3 eyeshadow palette eh? I also think they blend out fairly well and work well together to creating a contrasting shadow look.
The DreamWeaver Palettes have a bit of a different formula going on here and in some cases very little pigmentation. It was a mixed bag here for me but for the most part they turned out fairly well just not as great as Trios I’ve tried in the past.
The shades I purchased were:
We’re Blasting Off: This includes a pale pink, a blackened cherry, and a dusky beige pink. This has intense color pay off but the paler pink shade has a bit of a chalky formula versus the softer, velvety beige pink and blacken cherry. I can’t speak for dupes but the color selection does remind me of a release they did before or maybe already have in the general catalog of Trios they already offer. I find the colors don’t exactly work well together. They expect you to use the paler pink on the highbrow already with the blackened cherry in the crease and the dusky rose beige on the lid. You can get inventive with the shades and apply them however way you wish but as per their suggestion, well, I’d avoid trying it as it just makes a mess.
Dancing in the Clouds: This is a surprising shade selection as I’d never pair up Coppery Penny with Purple but it somehow works. The colors included a dirty gold-ish taupe shade, a royal purple, and a Copper Penny. Again, I personally had issues using such a strong color (the dirty gold) as a highbrow highlight as per their suggestion but it turned out NOT too bad. The formula was a tad disappointing here as both the gold and penny had a nice formula with excellent pigmentation and a frosty finish however the purple had very little color pay off and had a harder texture which was difficult to pick up with a brush or a sponge applicator.
Bright Idea: This is a shade selection you have be a little brave to try out. It happens to be the best I tried in the collection in terms of finish, pigment, and formula. The trio is made up of bright shades of Yellow, Green, and Pink. Again, they suggest using the bright yellow as a highbrow shade so indeed you need to display a little courage to go there.
Earth Looks Small from Down Here: This Trio seems to have shades similar to those released in the six pan ColorIcon Holiday Collection Palettes but I haven’t taken a second to compare them. You get a olive green, navy blue, and a truer shade of bright green. These have very little frost to them and apply nicely if not a little patchy in some cases so I suggest a sponge applicator for application.
There aren’t the best round of Wet n Wild Trios I’ve tried but I could be bias since I really prefer and like the six pan palettes alot better. I do find the colors a little wild and wacky particularly when they are telling you to use neon yellow as a highbrow highlighter but I think with a little imagination you can easily create your own looks using the shades or use them on the solo and not together.
As I mentioned above the shade selections are a little far out in some cases and many times their suggestions for using unusual shades as highbrow colors aren’t what I would personally recommend however you, of course, do not have to take their recommendations to heart.
I also mentioned above about the formulas varying. I found the texture and formulas of the shades varied and their was no consistency amongst the four I purchased where as in the past I’ve always seen consistent results, pigmentation, and blendability from Wet n Wild they kinda went off in a new direction here and in some cases it wasn’t always a good route to take.
I’m slowly getting used to Wet n Wild’s packaging as I find they store really nicely and are pretty no nonsense but I will admit they do cheapen the overall product in some ways and with a little packaging revamp they might garner the interest of more folks.
Another thing I mentioned above would be the rehash of colors here. It seems some of the shades are very repetitive from past releases and also shades that are currently available so check your collection for possible dupes.
And last but not least the collection is LE and I find Wet n Wild LE products, releases, and collections prove very difficult to locate. I do wish they’d offer the collections online for a brief time as they tend to sell out very quickly and prove impossible to find.
- Anyone who likes bolder shades of eyeshadow with a budget price.
- Those seeking highly pigmented shadows for a budget price.
- Back to Schoolers seeking out budget friendly makeup options.
- Makeup snobs who don’t veer far from a counter (you might be surprise how great these are).
- Those who aren’t keen on bolder shades of shadow.
- Those who aren’t comfortable with makeup made in China.
- Those who put alot of importance on great packaging.
Wet n Wild’s Dreamweaver Collection wasn’t a favorite of mine but I can’t deny some of the shadows do prove very worth the haul. I like the texture of these but not nearly as much as I enjoy the six pan palettes which have a smoother, nicer finish sans the frost and shimmer of the Trio Palettes. The Dreamweaver Collection proved a little too inconsistent quality wise for me to really rave here and I also felt alot of the shades were really out there, I’m honestly not sure I’d personally recommend bright neon yellow for anyone’s highbrow….! But if you like bolder shades of shadow and you just aren’t up for paying $15 to $20 for one, Wet n Wild is surely a great pick at under $3 bucks for three shades! Of course, if you’ve unable to locate this Limited Edition Collection they have plenty of these Trios available as part of their regular catalog of color.
Did you try the DreamWeaver Collection?
Love Wet n Wild Trios?