Friday, November 12, 2010

WetnWild Holiday: Night Elf Palette Review + Looks

I bought 3 of the 4 Wet n Wild Holiday palettes a little over a week ago, and of course this one drew me in the fastest. Red eyeshadow... from the drugstore? Count me sold.

These little gems sell for $4.99 and consist of 6 eyeshadows and a matching eyeliner. Pretty good deal... WetnWild has really been stepping up their game lately. I am hoping they release a new permanent line of the 6 pans from earlier this year... that would be awesome!

Anyway, back to this palette... look at the gorgeousness:






























































I will note that if you like to keep packaging, the packaging on these is a bit wasteful. The palettes aren't very large and literally half of the box is just open air! It's not a big deal for me but I've sent two sets of these to girls overseas and on one set, I took them all out of the boxes to save postage.

I have to stress the quality of these eyeshadows for the price. Even if they cost double for each palette, even triple, I would say they would still be worthy of the price tag. The color selection on these palettes is amazing for the drugstore... it's a refreshing change from the boring same old, same old we've been seeing from other brands. Hint hint guys, keep up with WetnWild, will you! :)

All colors in this palette are shimmery, which could be a complaint for some but I personally have enough matte skin tone highlighters to last me into the year 3000.

Upon inspecting the eyeshadows, I of course immediately starting calculating Mac Dupes. Let's check swatches first:




















These swatches are on bare skin, no base.
Top row, left to right: Off white/champagne shade (looks more silvery here), dirty golden taupe, brown/blue duochrome
Bottom row, left to right: Sparkling silver, mid toned satin red, satin black with sparkle

The matching eyeliner in the set is a really nice deep black with a slight silver sparkle... very good eyeliner despite the size, which is a little on the tiny side.

I can immediately spot the blue/brown shade being a dupe for Mac Club. I've read on some forums that it is more like Blue Brown pigment, which I've never seen in person so I cannot comment. I can certainly tell you that it's 5x more pigmented than Club though... this eyeshadow is insanely smooth and easily to apply.

The black with sparkle eyeshadow is a dupe for Mac Black Tied... again, it's more pigmented. I think WetnWild made a smart choice by making it more of a satin texture versus a matte with sparkle, even though they do mattes very well.

The red is a bit lacking in pigmentation but I wasn't really wanting a full on matte red eyeshadow... I like how it turned out in the upcoming FOTD I will show.

All of the colours are potential faves, they all apply very smooth and even with the exception of the silver. The silver is not as finely milled and I therefore had some fallout issues and creasing. Yes, creasing. I hesitate to bring this up because I'm not sure if I made an error in my eye prepping (I may have accidentally got some of my Clinique Redness cream on my eyelids) or if it is the eyeshadow. I have not had a chance to wear it again to tell for sure. I photographed my FOTD even though it was at the end of the day and one eye is very badly creased.
































































FACE:
- Clinique Redness Solutions base
- Mac Studio Fix powder
- Maybelline Super Stay concealer "Cream"
- Mac Prism blush
- Mac Espresso eyeshadow (brows)

EYES:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Wet n Wild Night Elf palette - silver, red and black & sparkle eyeliner
- Maybelline The Falsies mascara

LIPS:
- Mac Creme d'Nude lipstick
- NYX Baby Rose lipgloss

The next day I decided to try again with the other shadows to see if they would crease. I did not have the problem, though the blue sparkles in the brown shade did migrate around a little (no surprise there, it's a strange shade). Still, my makeup looked great at the end of the day. I did a brown sort of smokey eye, I guess?








































































FACE:
- Clinique Redness Solutions base
- Maybelline Super Stay concealer "Cream"
- Mac Prism blush
- Mac Gold Deposit MSF
- Mac Espresso eyeshadow (brows)

EYES:
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Wet n Wild Night Elf palette - champagne, taupe and blue/brown shades
- Mac Lord It Up eyeliner
- Maybelline The Falsies mascara

LIPS:
- Honestly don't remember... Flurry of Fun lipglass?

I would definitely check these palettes out if you can find them! I will post the next two palettes over the weekend :)

14 comments:

  1. This was the one palette I didn't get from Wet N Wild's holiday palettes. I know the red looks so pretty, but I was thinking...red eyeshadow? On me? I just knew I couldn't make it work. But looking at your photos, I can see that it's not a super bright red and it looks very pretty on your eyes! At the time I bought mine, I don't think there was anyone (at least I knew of) from the beauty blogger community who owned these online so I couldn't see the swatches before purchasing. I may go back and get this one after all. Very pretty :)

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  2. What a coincidence, I bought this the other day! I have yet to try it out but now I know some things to expect, thanks to you. Also the red looks great in the look- not as vibrant as I expected but very pretty nonetheless!

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  3. I think the club dupe looks even prettier than the original ! I haven't found them in my drugstore yet : may be next week in Canada ? I have the regular ones : Lust, Vanity....and I am amazed by the quality....Great use of the red shadow in the crease !

    Caro xxx

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  4. I LOVE the second look! The main lid shade looks so shimmery and pretty!

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  5. Love the second look! As discussed before, I wore the shadows for approximately 9 hours and had no creasing issues. I did have the black shadow travel a bit to my lid from my crease but nothing that was noticeable to anyone, except me. I knew you said you had issues with the silver creasing so I challenged it and wore it over NYX JEP Milk. That's my report ;) lol

    Great review BTW!

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  6. Great review of the Night Elf palette! And very beautiful looks you did! I think my favorite if your first look!

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  7. Haha I'm one of the lucky girls!! :)

    I love both looks and I also really like your hair! :)

    xxx

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  8. wow this is so pretty wet n wild have really stepped it up, now i must try this !! thanks for this review !!

    Both looks are beautiful 2nd is my fav =]

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  9. wow elf looks so pretty !! can't wait to see your last palette :D

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  10. I reeeally want this but can't find it any of the drugstores I've been to...

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  11. You're soo pretty, love your brown eyes! x

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