Second installment in the Wet n Wild journey and today I am looking at the Color Icon Blushes. I have two out of the four blushes available in Ireland- these were the two that jumped out at me on the stand. I've never bought any Wet n Wild blushes before but I am a HUGE
fanatic lover of the Color Icon eyeshadows so I thought I was in pretty good hands
There are four shades available in the standard line and in all of the Wet n Wild display stands that I have visited (and I have done the rounds and visited a fair few displays now I am not ashamed to admit but they are all uniform in layout)- however, only two appealed to me on this occasion, and I thought the blush offerings were all quite similar- i.e. four pinks. Anyways, the two that I got were Pearlescent Pink, which is a much celebrated NARS dupe stateside (more on that later) and Heather Silk.
I believe that these blushes are €4.49 each which is on par with offerings from other budget brands available here including Essence, Catrice and NYC. The pans are decent in size and the product, whilst not being overly soft or messy in the pan, are a dream to apply. The formula is so smooth and silky that these are exceptionally easy to wear- with a light hand, you can have a gentle flush of colour, but it is also easy to build up the pigmentation for a more dramatic finish should you wish.
Now again, not to dwell on the negatives, but the packaging leaves something to be desired in my opinion. I strongly dislike the black and clear rectangular packaging that these blushes come in. My second peeve is related- the brush that they include in these palettes. It’s small weird short, scratchly hairs, it doesn’t pick up any product but kind of scratches the surface of the product and it’s just a weird shape. I cannot imagine anyone being able to apply their blush with this brush successfully. Now I know it is mean to hold this against the folk in Wet n Wild when they were probably thinking that they were doing the general consumer market a favour by including the brush but my preference would be to just not include the brush and make the packaging a bit neater. And as much as it does pain me to say it because I know I only spent €4 odd euro and wasn't expecting much more, the packaging just isn't hitting any of the right spots for me (I sound like a prized packaging snob now don't I?!). Just saying.
The main reason that I wanted to try Pearlescent Pink was that many US bloggers have long celebrated it as a dupe for NARS Orgasm. When pictured side by side, you can clearly see how similar they are to each other- however, when I swatched Pearlescent Pink, the texture was more akin to NARS Deep Throat and the colour was more like a muted Orgasm without the glitter and pizazz for which Orgasm is known for.
I’ve included swatches of the blushes so you can get an idea for yourselves of what they swatch like. I've pretty much come to the conclusion that Wet n Wild cannot do any wrong in the powder stakes- I have yet to try one of their powder product that I am not hugely impressed with. I really like these blushes and, put it like this, don’t be too surprised if you see Mellow Wine and Berry Shimmer in my collection in the near future. If you haven’t tried one, I would definitely recommend it, particularly Pearlescent Pink because I have a feeling that that is going to be a go-to blush in my collection over the spring/summer period.
Have you tried any Wet n Wild blushes yet? What do you think?