I get it. I just posted a WHOLE POST about how I am done buying things, and how I’m finally happy with my collection. And I am. But that does not mean that there are not still things that I think are worth trying, and this was definitely one of them.
I searched my local Walgreens’ for about three weeks to find this. The minute I caught wind of the swatches, I had to try it. It has a duochrome and a lovely looking gold, all for the price of $2.99. As much as I do not advise buying because it’s cheap, I, at the very least, wanted to see if this was a duochrome that would work on my eyes.
So, I started my search. The suburbs in south Jersey are not really the hotspot for new LE releases to show up first. So, three weeks after it was released, I went into my Walgreens (for only about the 10th time, these people think I’m nuts) and finally saw the display. I was tempted by the mascaras, but I passed and bought two of the ‘Plaid to the Bones’. I passed on the other trio because I have the Lime Crime Venus (1 and 2)–my burgundy department is full.
So like I was saying, I bought two ‘Plaid to the Bones’, and I regret nothing.
They were $2.99 each, so I spent a whopping $6 total on these shadows, and they are definitely amazing. Well, two out of three, which is still a really great deal here. The duochrome is different from the typical blue-browns. I think I’d call it more of a green-blue-brown. It just doesn’t look like the other blue-browns. ESPECIALLY when it’s blended out. You’ll see. The blue is okay, it’s like a peacock blue. It’s not royal, and it’s not navy. It has a slight green-ness to it. The gold is amazing. It’s easily the shade to write home about.
I hate the buzzword ‘buttery’ because it no longer has a meaning. So, I’m going to classify this gold as smooth. It’s smooth and soft and feels almost like a cream shadow that glides onto the eye with the pigment of a thousand shadows. It blends out perfectly when topped with a transitions shade on top. What I mean by this is that it plays well with others. This is key.
It looks exactly like the dead center shade in the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 1 (note to self: update with MUFE shade name later and post comparison picture). I like the way the Wet n’ Wild shade feels just a little bit more, which is absurd to say and I’m sure to hear. I test-drove this shade by wearing it on a day/night trip from Long Branch to New York, starting at 9 a.m. and concluding via makeup wipe at 2 a.m. This shadow did a phenomenal job at lasting all day and not creasing. This is, of course, with the help of the Wet n’ Wild Fergie eye primer, but still, that is impressive.
I’m going to be honest, I forgot which was which. So I guess that’s pretty much the point of a dupe. They are the same shadow. I THINK the left is MUFE, and the right is WNW.
Unfortunately, I cannot continue this high praise for the rest of the shades. The next runner up in this gush-fest is the duochrome shade. It did well, and it’s okay, but it’s not ready to play in the big leagues. It does not blend as seamlessly as the gold, but it does blend well with some effort. For what it is, it’s workable and definitely usable. I like the shade, so I’m satisfied. I usually just use my finger to apply this as a lid shade anyway, so life goes on.
(Below: Prestige Total Intensity shadow in ‘Hocus Pocus’ on left and Wet n’ Wild’s duochrome shade from ‘Plaid to the Bone’)
What I am not excited about is that blue shade. I’m just not a blue girl like that. I didn’t give it a fair chance. I swatched it and it just seems light and patchy just from swatching it, that can’t be good. I’m sure if you pack it on there, it’ll be okay, but there are other blues out there in the world.
So how do you interpret this in a way that will help you? If you’re looking for a new blue and nothing else, don’t waste your time. If you’re looking for a new duochrome to try, go for it, you may love it. And if you’re looking for a gold, start searching high and low, because this is perfect for ‘oh me, I didn’t even try’ looks. I have no ragrets getting two of these. One will live at work for emergencies, and the other at my home base. It’s perfect for travelling and more than just a bang for your buck.
Bonus, here’s my creepy eye with the gold shade blended out with Smashbox’s Shape Matters mini palette.
Did this help? Lol. Enjoy and happy hunting!