Drugstore Dud or Delight? Wet n Wild

Spoiler alert: it’s good

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I picked up the Not a Basic Peach palette from Wet n Wild in my Target Haul last month and it has become a staple in my makeup bag. The mattes are nice and blendable without being too dry and the shimmers are smooth and pigmented. There are a few shades with glitter flecks and they haven’t given me much fallout thankfully!

The shadows last pretty well on my eyelids, which are getting a bit more oily as the summer arrives. I’d say about 8 hours without primer and there’s a bit of creasing. With my Sephora Collection Tinted and Cooling Eye Primer, I can get 10 or more hours with no creasing! Overall, I think this is a lovely palette, and it’s only $4.95! Let’s take a look at some swatches.

Aren’t these colors fun? I love that you can create a basic every day eye or add some pops of color. The purplish color on the bottom row has been a lovely outer corner shade when I do want to infuse a little color into my look. The blue looks great along the bottom lash line too. It’s a pretty versatile palette.

The two lightest shades are a bit hard to see on my skintone, but I like the beige on the bottom row for blending my crease and outer corner color together. It adds a tiny bit of definition without any darkness. The lighter shimmer is great for highlighting the center of the lid or the browbone.

I’m clearly loving this palette, so I’d love to know if you have more recommendations from Wet n Wild! What’s your current favorite palette?

 

Target Beauty Haul

Swatches and first impressions

I usually try to stop at Target when I’m in Chicago because they have so many brands and everything is much more affordable than NYC. Most recently, I wanted to find the new Wet n Wild Not a Basic Peach palette and I really needed a new lip scrub. I also picked up a couple extra items since they currently have a promotion for a $5 gift card when you spend $20.

One of those items was the Up and Up version of the BeautyBlender, which was $3.99. I love the original BeautyBlender and have never tried any of the dupes until now. I’ll have a whole post on this coming soon!

I also happened upon these adorable mini Real Techniques brushes. They’re my favorite drugstore brush brand, so I had to pick up a travel size version of my Expert Face Brush. It blends like a dream and was only $5.99.

I haven’t tried anything from ELF in a while and loved the colors in this duo. It’s the Best Friends eyeshadow palette in Pink Pal. I love this for an everyday eye and I think it would make a great contour and highlight palette for travel too. This swatches beautifully and wears well on the eyes. It lasts about 8 hours without primer and 12 hours with my Sephora Collection Tinted and Cooling Eye Primer. I’ve been using it a ton this week and would highly recommend it, especially for $3!

Wet n Wild recently redid their eyeshadow formula and everyone was raving about these their palettes a couple months ago. The one I picked up is a new color scheme and I love the warm shades with a pop of blue. It’s easy to get different colorful looks from this palette, but you can use it to create a couple basic options as well. It’s very compact and would be perfect to travel with. Full review coming soon!

Lastly, I saw this cute lip scrub from Burt’s bees and decided to give it a try. I had been eyeing the Lush Honey one, and this Conditioning Lip Scrub with Exfoliating Honey Crystals seemed like a similar option for only $8. It has a very soft base that my finger sunk into, to give you a better idea of the texture. It still exfoliates well though and I enjoy the scent. My lips are always dry and I’m happy to have a lip scrub back in my routine. I think I’ll try the Lush scrub or Frank Body one when this runs out.

That’s everything! I’m really happy with this haul and will have to get to Target more often. What have you picked up lately?

5 Drugstore First Impressions

Here is the video I had mentioned in my drugstore post featuring some new makeup and a couple items that are EWG approved. If you’d like to see me swatch and test everything for the first time, just press play!

What are your favorite EWG approved products or new finds from the drugstore?

Reviewing New & EWG Approved Drugstore Items

Affordable hits and misses

I don’t own many drugstore items, but there have been several releases lately that looked promising. I’ve also been looking for a new concealer and mascara that are EWG approved.

The Environmental Working Group has a Skin Deep Database that rates product and ingredient safety. The lower the score is from 1 to 10, the safer the product is for you. I’ve already tried the W3ll People mascara (which I love) and concealer (which I don’t love) that score really low, so I wanted to look into other options. I was surprised to see two drugstore items were on the list!

Let’s start with my favorite find – the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Concealer + Corrector. I wanted to pick this up because it’s rated a 2 on Skin Deep. This concealer looks very natural on the skin, but it covers the dark veins under my eyes so well. I’m really impressed with the finish and lasting power. I wear 10 Ivory which is the lightest shade.

I also purchased the Physician’s Formula 100% Natural Origin Mascara because it was rated a 2. I wanted to love this because it’s more affordable than the W3ll People mascara, but it didn’t do enough for my lashes. There was some length, but I like more volume and a fanned out effect.

The most disappointing item from the new launches was the Almay Eyeshadow Quad. I picked up the shade 180 Ambition and the matte and satin shades hardly had any pigment at all. The shimmer shade was really pretty, but it faded after just 5 hours of wear. It also creased quite a bit (which was possibly made worse because I had added a bit of the next item on top).

I’ve heard so much hype about these Wet N Wild Megaglo Makeup Sticks. This one is the Highlight version in the shade 208 When the Nude Strikes – it’s a stunning, wearable champagne. The formula is really creamy and blendable as well. It looks amazing and natural on camera, but in person, I found that it has chunky glitter that sits on top of the skin. I like a more subtle highlight that melts into the skin to give it a glow.

Lastly, I tried one of the new Revlon Plumping Lip Cremes in the shade 510 Nude Honey. This formula tingles very, very slightly, so if you hate the Buxom glosses, you might want to try this. It was a little bit hard to smooth onto the lips at first because it’s almost a chunky whipped formula, but after a few minutes it settles quite nicely. Then it looks plush, the color is more even, and it feels like a balm.

If you’re wondering what all of this looks like in action, keep an eye out for a new video on Saturday with swatches and my first impressions!

Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite affordable makeup item?