Jan 242011

The last few days of January are winding down, and I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing some exciting things released in February.  For now, I have a few things from the Spring collections to review for you, but also letting  a few collections pass me by.  Armani, Clinique and Estee Lauder have released things over the past week or two, but I haven’t seen anything very exciting that is a “must have” from a number of lines for me this time around.

Am I the only one that thinks that some of these lavenders are going to start looking a little tired by May?  I don’t know, maybe on some they will keep going.  I have to keep lavenders and violets  either very sheer, or very greyed-down, or they look over the top.

And if I’m not excited looking at it, my view is that it’s not for me.  Makeup should be fun.

In the meantime, I’m playing with some of my current products, going to the gym and taking care of some interesting things I’m doing outside of the blogsphere.

With a few exceptions–and one of them is the subject of this post.  Over the past few months, drugstore beauty company Wet n Wild been busy reformulating new eyeshadow palettes, including two for neutral lovers–Walking on Eggshells ($2.99) and Silent Treatment ($2.99).

According to one of my favorite drugstore beauty experts, Noveau Cheap, Silent Treatment looks like a drugstore “must have”:

Attention all taupe fanatics! You NEED Silent Treatment. I could just stop there, but I’ll go on. My pics do NOT capture the beauty of this taupe. It’s got a rose-gold sheen to it that you must see in person.

Well, when a fellow beauty blogger writes something like that, how can you ignore it?  I’ll tell you how–you can’t! Plus, she’s been giving very high praise for Wet n Wild’s new 8-pan palettes that sell for around $5 (are these octo-pans? for $5? what?).  It sounded exciting enough to investigate, so I did.

My local Rite Aid had none of the 8-pans/octo-pans, but it did have the three-pan beauties in stock so I thought I’d take them out for a spin.  Shall we?

Here’s Walking on Eggshells, which I believe was released before the holidays.  It includes a creamy white highlighter, a medium soft brown-gold and a peach that has a tendency to go frosty.

Certainly, Wet n Wild saves some money by providing bare-bones packaging and tiny sponge-applicators.  All of the focus is on the quality of the powder. Wet n Wild gets extra points for having stickers that peel off without leaving a mess, or breaking a nail, yet keep the product sanitary and untested:

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Apr 012010

Café Makeup is starting a new feature!  To play off of the fast food idea of the “dollar menu,” I’m going to review a few easily affordable beauty items to add some variety to the Café’s offerings. I can’t promise that all will be winners, but I wanted to experiment and post some pictures and thoughts along the way.

First up is Wet n Wild’s Greed Palette (around $5 at drugstores), part of the Color Icon line (others in the line include Pride, Lust and Vanity).  It contains three matte shades, each paired with a corresponding three shimmer shades.  The packaging is the typical rigid plastic with a clear lid (no mirror).

The peachy and grey-black tones of the palette are an interesting mix of shades–I can’t think of any palette that I’ve seen over the past few years that has a similar combination of colors.  This has potential to work on both warm and cool toned skin types.

I found that the lighter shades suffered from a little bit of chalkiness, but they were pretty easy to build up.  The sparkle in the shimmery shades is on the large side, so if you dislike glitter then this is a “pass” for you.  The best shade in the palette is the matte black–it was extraordinarily pigmented for such an inexpensive palette.  Click to enlarge:

I didn’t get as much of a chance to play with as I would have liked to complete this review.  I will say that the colors went on quite nicely, considering that you get six decently-sized pans for around $5.  The matte shades didn’t exactly melt into the skin but they held their own with plenty of color.  The light gray shimmer sparkle was nearly transparent, more texture than color.  The peach sparkle shimmer was not nearly as strong or as pretty as Chanel Abricot or Lorac Serenity.

However, I have to give the palette a major break because of the price point.  I’d say this is worth it if you are looking for a fun little treat that won’t break the bank.

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