If you read my last post on Wet n Wild, you’ll know I enjoy trying new items from the brand. So I did a bit of hauling recently and I received my order from Wet n Wild on Wednesday so I thought I’d give you a quick run down of what I picked up. I was planning to wait until I had fully reviewed all the products but I was so excited I started playing with everything the minute I got home. I used every single product so let’s make this a first impressions post instead. If you were oogling any of these products like I was, be sure to read below so you know which ones were the duds of the pack.
Color Icon Metallic Liquid Lipstick – $3
I chose the shade Coming Up Roses, a bright reddish-pink in order to get free shipping on my order. It has a metallic finish which makes the lips look fuller. The consistency is similar to the ABH Glosses, high shine finish, fully opaque and no stickiness. It doesn’t last very long since it is a gloss but it does leave behind a strong stain which wore around the 4 hour mark.
I really like the applicator. The doe foot has a slight kink to it which makes application more precise while still picking up enough product the first time.
Color Icon Ombre Blush – $5
This was another impulse buy trying to add dollars to my cart. Mai Thai Buy You a Drink is a peach blush that goes from light on top to a darker shade on the bottom. When I swatched it the first time, it had a strong shimmer and I almost thought it was meant to be used as a highlighter, After dipping in a couple of times I realized it was overspray and the shimmer dissipated.
The blush did just not work for me. The colour was too light and very sheer even if I only used the darker side. There was a lot of fallout and it was very chalky. Definitely a disappointment and a purchase I regret.
17 Piece Brush Bundle – $24
I literally placed my order on the 6th of October and today I saw it was now marked up to $29 for the set. This has been another product I have been hoping Wet n Wild SA would bring to Clicks but how long can you keep a girl waiting? I was initially super annoyed that each brush came packaged individually since that meant having to open them one by one. But then again, you can buy the set and give away or gift the rest because it may still work out cheaper.
The set is valued at $32 and contains 10 face brushes and 7 eye brushes. Six of the brushes are online exclusives so they won’t be making it in to stores. The brush handles are completely white with pink and white ombre bristles. The brush handles are sturdy but the ferrules could come loose if you get water in them.
I used all the brushes on my face and they are all soft and not scratchy. Whilst all the face brushes did a good job and left no streaking, I was left feeling like I wanted them to be more densely packed.
I dislike using a flat foundation brush but that was the one I was most impressed with, with the small stipple brush coming in a close second. I also had no qualms with the powder and fan brushes.
The eye brushes were a complete fail. The crease brush is too flimsy and struggles to apply product. The large eyeshadow brush makes a mess everywhere and none of the eye brushes are suited for blending.
The brow and lash comb was decent but I prefer a spoolie. The bent liner and angled liner brushes worked great for my gel liner and eyebrows respectively.
I then washed all of them when I was done and I got a lot of shedding from the flat top and large stipple brushes. The rest had no fallout and none of the bristles were stained. Overall I think this set was a bitter disappointment and I much prefer my Essence and Cala brushes from Dischem over them.
MegaGlo Highlighting Powders – $4
I’ve saved the best for last. I’ve been lusting after these ever since I saw them on Instagram. Are we seeing the trend here? I should just remove myself from social media lol. The embossing on these highlighters are so gorgeous yet the packaging they are housed in is so simple. I find that even though some Wet n Wild products are hit and miss, their no frills packaging is always sturdy and reliable even when travelling.
The MegaGlo Highlighters come in just two shades. Precious Petals, a champagne gold and Crown of My Canopy, a copper bronze. The formula is soft and buttery and does have some fallout which I am willing to look past since the product is so pigmented. It is finely milled, even more so than Becca Champagne Pop and the ABH Illuminators and does not emphasize pores in the slightest.
Longevity is not outta this world but fades to a sheen after 5 or 6 hours when doused with a setting spray. These retail for only $4 which I think is super affordable in my opinion.
So where did I get it?
That’s the question everybody’s asking. I ordered it directly from the Wet n Wild website and because I purchased over $35 I qualified for free shipping. I sent it to my Aramex address in New York but because of the extra weight of the individual packaging, it tipped just over the the half kilo mark making my shipping R275 to get it to SA. Paired with customs at around R290 the total order came to R1100. The brushes worked out to around R42 each which is still affordable but I’d only recommend the face brushes, not the eye ones. Now if these items were available in Clicks, I’d never spend that much on an ‘affordable drugstore brand’. Nevertheless I’m really glad I did because little old impatient me could not wait any longer for these items to make it to our shores.