Thursday, 13 February 2014

Wet n Wild Color Icon Powder Blush in Pearlescent Pink and Heather Silk- review and swatches (plus a NARS dupe?!)

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?

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20 comments

  1. Beautiful colours, going to try get the Pearlescent Pink! Perfect dupe! xxx

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  2. Do, let me know what you think of it when you have tried! :) x

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  3. I really liked the blushes, have Heathr Silk too. I totally agree when it comes to the packaging & brush... Also, they are so strongly pigmented! Most of it really needs to be taken off the brush before applying! x

    alex @ http://pinkelephantbloggin.com/

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    1. Glad I am not the only "packaging snob" Alex! I haven't really found that the blush is too pigmented but I do think I automatically give my brush a tap when I pick up any powder so I might not have noticed too much. Good to know though! Heather Silk is very pretty- with all the blushes I have, I don't think I have anything else quite like it! x

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  4. Ooh I have to grab pearlescent pink! Even though I have more pink blushes than I can wear...

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  5. Yeah, agree about packaging. I love to open up my blushers for some reason, not see them through the packaging! Great dupe though

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    1. I am so glad that I am not the only one who resents the packaging! We're harsh critics Nora! ;) x

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  6. Haven't tried any of the blushes but they are on my wish list. Great to know there's a good dupe out there x

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    1. Defo pick one up Avril if you're at a stand, think you'll be pleasantly impressed! :) x

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  7. Pearlescent Pink looks lovely - I have to admit that the packaging would put me off. I have tried blushers with similar packaging and it is off putting! I prefer blushers that are a bit more compact and for some reason I dislike clear lids on blushers......

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    1. I quite like a see through lid but I agree, packaging is not the prettiest! And I love compact blushes too- these ones take up alot of space in my daily top-up makeup bag! x

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  8. They look so pigmented! Must pick up a couple!

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    1. The pigmentation is awesome- good thing they are only 4.49 if you're planning on picking up a couple!! ;)

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  9. Pearlescent pink is gorgeous! Think the other one may be a bit much for me...

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  10. That dupe is a great find. I've always been a lover of Nars 'Orgasm' but I'll definitely be trying out this dupe instead! xx

    rachraves.com

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    1. Can't wait to hear how you think it measures up, esp when it's like one sixth of the price! :)

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  11. Ooh I think I might need pearlescent pink in my life!

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    1. I think you and Pearlescent Pink will be very happy together :)

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