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Oooo la la, look at my new lil’ palette from Wet n Wild! This is one of the new limited edition 5-color icon palettes for the Wet n Wild All Access Beauty Fall 2014 collection. I was able to snap a picture of all four palettes, and posted it to my Twitter. But as a true neutrals-gal at heart, I couldn’t pass up Smoke and Melrose. ESPECIALLY since I feel like it’s Wet n Wild’s version of Urban Decay’s Naked3 palette. $54 vs $3.99… well… it was pretty much an easy win for Wet n Wild here. Granted I’m only getting 5 colors instead of 12, and there have been numerous reviews of the other 5-color icon palettes in the past being very dry and yucky, but it was a risk worth taking. In the end, I feel like I really lucked out, and every color is pretty much an A+! Let’s take a closer look:
*swoons* Even staring at the picture just makes me want to slap these colors on my eyelids right now, and it’s 11pm as I right this! (〜￣△￣)〜 There is no “bad” shade to this palette, each one is unique, creamy, and very pigmented. You get four shimmery shades, and one matte (browbone). On the back of the packaging is a diagram of how to apply the shadows to achieve a look, but I would suggest just exploring different looks on your own. You really don’t need to wear all 5 shades in one look…^^;;
You could go both super-simple and slightly smokey with these colors, and I can’t wait to play around with them a little more. For the more subtle look I did attempt, I felt like it did look pretty but the color choices I made may of seemed a little “washed out” on camera and film. Practice makes perfect though, right?
Once I swatched all the colors on my arm, I thought there might be some similarities in other palettes in my collection. Let’s see if I found any dupes!
First up, I thought I found a similar color to the “Crease” color in the Wet n Wild Smoke and Melrose palette–
“Half Baked” seemed similar in the pan, but once I swatched the two next to each other, it easily won both in metallic sheen and brightness. Smoke and Melrose’s “Crease” definitely appears warmer. I’m not complaining, I’m happy I don’t have two of the same colors. Another possible dupe from the Naked2 palette is next:
Again, they looked similiar enough in the pan, but once applied on the hand the difference was easy to notice. ESPECIALLY in the light…
“YDK” wins again in metallic shine, where “Eyelid” is warmer and richer in color. They both share taupe-undertones, but are two different colors.
Last up are three colors, what a treat! Maybe to the untrained eye these colors would seem similar, but for any eyeshadow lover (especially a neutral/rose lovin’ gal like myself), the differences make -all- the difference. Tarte’s “Rose to the Occasion” has the perfect name, where looking at the color makes you think of a dusky, grey-undertoned rose. Naked2’s “Tease” is almost more purple-plum-brown, but shares the same taupe undertones that the rest of it’s palette holds. Wet n Wild’s “Browbone” (ppffffft again who would use this dark of a color as a browbone color YEESH) looked almost identical to Tarte’s color in the pan, but appears the most pink swatched. The only true similarity these three colors share is that they’re all matte and are beautifully creamy.
Oddly enough, I thought I would find a dupe for the lightest shade in the Smoke and Melrose palette (“base”) from some other Wet n Wild palette I may of condensed in my personalized Z Palette, but it was obvious there were none! From the ones I have (Walking on Eggshells, I’m Getting Sunburned, Silent Treatment, Petal Pusher, and Comfort Zone), all the other pinks that were around the same shade were still apparently different enough when compared side-by-side just in their pans. I think out of all the Wet n Wild light pink shades in my collection, the one from the Smoke and Melrose palette is my favorite. Hurray for new loves!
The fall 5 pan ColorIcon palettes are limited edition, so if you’re interested in any, it’s better to get your hands on them sooner rather than later! I might be tempted to pick up one more…at least… hmmmmm! If any more end up in my possession, I’ll be sure to write a blog post for you. Are you tempted by Smoke and Melrose? Or do you already have the Naked3 palette (or some dupe for it), and don’t need it? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Wet n Wild Coloricon eyeshadow palette in “Smoke and Melrose”, $3.99 USD at Walgreens/Rite-Aid/CVS/ drugstores etc etc