June 8, 2011

Wet n Wild ColorIcon The Gilded Age Review, Swatches, Photos

I gotta say I really like the six pan Wet n Wild ColorIcon Palettes considerably more than the trios. Dare I whisper that the trios are a tad TOO shimmery…


Blasphemy! Did I just say too much shimmer?

True that. They really are intense but at this price no one is complaining around here. Want cheap Summer bronzed lids? Snatch up the new limited edition Wet n Wild ColorIcon in the The Gilded Age for under $3 bucks and have extra change in your wallet this Summer.

Checks it!

A trio of shimmering eyeshadow shades for Summer.

This palette is limited edition and released with the new Wet n Wild Go for the Gold Collection. The collection is a wee one as it merely contains the one shadow palette and a bronzer which I recently reviewed. I purchased it from Harmons for $2.69 so it’s really a nice budget price if you’re on the no buy bandwagon or just need a cheap shadow fix.

I admit I’m a makeup snob but Wet n Wild does have something, something going for them lately and have evolved considerably in terms of quality. I’m not a huge fan of the Trio Palettes (I prefer the six pan ColorIcon series) because I actually feel like they are too intense. You have to agree saying that about an under $3 shadow palette is pretty amazing right?

This comes with three shades of shadow and a how to guide printed on the back of the palette plus two applicators. The sponge applicator is fab but I find the brush they include a bit scratchy and useless. The shades have an imprint of where they go on each pressed shadow for example the top one is printed with “brow bone” the middle “crease”…etc…that’s rather helpful for creating the look if you’re unsure how best to contrast the colors.

The shades graduate from a bronze-y beige pink to highlight with, to a dark chocolate bronze for your crease, with a finale of a true bronze for your lid. The shadows are extremely pigmented for a bold color pay off and blend easily and flawlessly. They create a very dramatic bronzed eye look that will compliment tanned skin very nicely. The colors have a cool liquid metal effect with a load of shimmer and in some cases a bit of frost. I find the shades are buttery smooth and have a texture comparable to a Stila Eyeshadow but even “creamier” and smoother.

Packaging is no nonsense plastic but I actually have come around to appreciate this. At first I felt it was a tad cheap but honestly they store really easily due to the small design and they are pretty much no nonsense so I’m not scared of roughing it up a bit due to really cute or expensive packaging.

I think the overall palette is a steal and makes a nice Summer pick for bold, bronze-y eyes!

As I mentioned above I prefer the six pan series as these are sometimes a bit too much in terms of shimmer and frostiness. I like my shimmer but it can definitely be overdone. I think the frostiness of the shades bugs me a bit too since I really don’t do frost well.

Some fall out woe here as the shades are packed loosely. Nothing too bad but it deserves a mention.

  • Those looking for shades to compliment a Summer tan.
  • Those who wear bronze lids well.
  • Those wanting a cheap, inexpensive palette with quality shadows that blend easily and have great color pay off.

  • Those averse to cheaper makeup (not a budget girl? More high end? You prob won’t like this)
  • Those who aren’t keen on too much frost or shimmer.
  • Those who do not partake of makeup made in China.

The Gilded Age proves a most excellent little budget find. The shades are all amazingly pigmented for under $3 bucks and they create a very dramatic look for Summer. If you’re on a budget you’re sure to love this one. Of course, it does have quirks with a little bit of fall out and alot of shimmer and frost plus the fact that it is Made in China may not appeal but you won’t find a better pick if you’re more of a beauty budget shopper. Without a doubt these are probably the cheapest and nicest trios you’ll find at the drugstore.


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  • Jackie

    I love Wet N Wild eyeshadows because they are good quality and they do last a long time. I’m with you those, it’s just a little too much shimmer and frost.

    • the Muse

      *nods* def Jackie. I prefer the six pan, those are softer and so pretty! the trios are a little OMG shimmerz!

  • LaurieS

    Oooo, so pretty. These colors look like dupes for some of the shades in the new Stila Naturals Palette. Do you know if they crease? I hate to say this but the Stila shadows creased horribly on and I used a Smashbox shadow primer. I was so disappointed 🙁

  • Sarah S.

    I must admit I’ve been hunting for this for a month… to my dismay, I found the display at a local CVS just yesterday… filled with regular old, non-LE trio “Knock on Wood”! I guess they didn’t make enough of these?
    I’ll admit, after hearing that the pink shade is a dupe for MAC “All that Glitters” I drove a couple more miles to another CVS and found the same display filled with “Knock on Wood” (grrr). Does Wet ‘n’ Wild hate Michigan makeup junkies or something? 🙁
    We didn’t get the holiday palettes, either ( I was lemming the pretty red shadow). Sorry to rant but I love their shadows and I wish they’d release the LE ones in the Detroit area!

  • Tigress

    I keep checking Walgreens but they still don’t have this! I want.

      • Nora

        They have a beauty section?! No way! I really want to hunt this trio down, but I haven’t seen it so far. Thanks for the heads up, muse.

      • Tigress

        I just saw this response! I called my local BB&B and they don’t carry cosmetics. 🙁 Thanks for the tip though. I don’t think I’m gonna find this at this point. Poop.

          • Tigress

            I’ve been checking eBay but it’s going for up to $20! Screw that. lol Maybe after a while it will go for less, so I’ll keep checking.

  • Fey

    I love the trios so much. Shame I’m cool-toned, I’ll have to pass on this one. Normally, I love Wet ‘N’ Wild’s frost stuff–their lipsticks, their eye shadows, but that bronze looks weird with a frost finish..

  • JenJ

    I went to my CVS yesterday and did a double take when I saw, Scooped it and the new bronzer up! Wearing it today., Reminds me of some of the colors in the Naked palette. I do like thought 😀

  • Georgianna

    Glad I saw these swatches. Between my Wet ‘n’ Wild Fine Wink shadow, my UD Twice baked, and my UD Baked. I don’t actually need this trio. I swatched my shadows on my hand and (while I like baked more than the bronze in this trio) they look sooo similar to this trio. Glad I can pass on this!

  • Stavroula @drugstoreandbargainlover

    Beautiful colors! I love Wet ‘n Wild! 😀

  • Taylor

    This palette looks gorgeous, but I didn’t get it before it was discontinued……… 🙁